How To Get Rid of Oily Skin
I was recently asked for some advice on how to tackle an issue that everyone with oily skin has faced at one point or another.
“Could you help me out? I have more oily skin, and I breakout like crazy. What should I do? I want a matte, smooth finish look without having to retouch my face every other hour. What should I use?”
No one likes to have a shiny, oily face! I mean, isn’t that we carry mirrors, powder and blotting pads in our purses in the first place? So I am here with some suggestions.
Before we begin…I am guessing that since you have oily skin, you don’t use a good moisturizer because it would make you too greasy…am I right? 🙂 I hear it all of the time. BUT it’s important to know that our bodies are amazing…and we can produce oil where we are actually DRY! It’s our bodies ways of over-compensating for being dry. So my first question is ALWAYS going to be: are you using a good moisturizer? My first recommendation is to start there. Results wont happen RIGHT AWAY, but you should start to notice a change in your skin shortly 🙂
Okay Lauren but I do that and am STILL oily!
Ok, first thing’s first. If you have naturally oily skin, stay away from the oily foundations. You want to purchase products that claim to mattify the skin, not moisturize. If they dont say Matte, they will definitely say “for oily skin”.
Second thing — before you apply anything, really, you should always prime. Whether it’s your face, your eyes, or your lips — heck, even your nails! (Isn’t that what a base coat does?!) Adding this step into your skincare regimen will also help prevent extra oil from seeping through your makeup throughout the day.
For this person in particular, they are probably thinking — I wont want to put anything else on my face! I break out like crazy as it is! Don’t worry. I have some recommendations that are SAFE for the skin!
- Clearprep FX Matte Foundation Primer and Anti-Acne Treatment This is a product that is MEANT for skin like that–oily and prone to breakouts. This anti-shine primer leaves the skin with a matte finish and works to heal and prevent breakouts.
- Matte FX Oil Obsorbing Powder The name is pretty self-explanatory! If you need fuller coverage than powder can deliver, Cover FX has some great products. Get into a retailer and try it out! If there isnt one in your area, it’s worth the online order.
- MAC Prep+Prime Skin Refined Zone
This is an ideal product for the T-Zone of your face (forehead, nose, chin) that supposedly minimizes pores and controls shine. I have not tried this myself, but I hear this helps keep your makeup in place.
- Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray
Another hypoallergenic makeup primer/setting spray. I was in the store with my best friend a few weeks ago and she pointed to this on the shelf. “Have you tried this?! It’s awesome!” Since I haven’t tried it, I asked her if she could write a few sentences about it for us all:
“Since I was developing a fish fry forehead while working after only being there for 3 hours, I decided to buy the spray to control my oily face and to make sure my makeup stayed on for the entire night. I noticed immediate results when it came to my face makeup. I didnt look as oily, my blush and face powder stayed on just as well! I think its also because I use a primer, BUT… my eyes looked good, and just as they did when I left the house. All around it’s a really good product and I use it every time I have to work or if I’m going out for the night, I spray it on just in case I dont make it home to wash it off…I wont wake up in the a.m. with all my makeup on a pillowcase! :)”
- As a general rule, you can always set your foundation or skin with a translucent finishing powder, which will act as an extra “sponge” to soak up any extra oils.