How to deal with oily skin (5 tips)

26 Feb 2009

I found these tips the other day online. I find them very useful, so I decided to share! 🙂 I myself have oily skin, so yeah….

Oily skin
See? Ieew! Gross!

How to deal with oily skin

1. One challenge with oily skin is avoiding the urge to over-cleanse, which can confuse the heck out of skin, making it either crank up the oil production or swing between oily and excessively dry. Experts recommend avoiding alcohol-based cleansers, which can strip the skin. Instead, reach for gel cleaners and wash no more than twice a day. I may also use a gentle exfoliating product, but not more than once a week.

2. Even though moisturizer might seem like the last thing oily skin needs, think twice about skipping it. Oily skin gets thirsty, too. Don’t forget to moisturize your neck and décolleté, as these areas show the first signs of aging. When my skin was uber-oily a few years ago, I liked light oil-free moisturizers without rich mineral oils and cocoa butter.

3. I’ve always been pretty good about wearing sunscreen, but many are oil-based and can worsen oily skin. I opt for non-greasy sunscreens with a minimum SPF 15.

4. When my skin is all about the oil, I reach for oil-free makeup, particularly foundations and powder. I like to use a makeup primer under my foundation, and if I’m using a cream blush, then I’ll top them off with a similar shade of powder blush. Same goes for my eye shadows, too.

5. When I get breakouts with oily skin, I’ll use cleansers and toners with salicylic acid. My skin tolerates SA better than any other topical acne treatment.

You can read more about how to care for oily skin here. And remember: oily skin tends to age better, with less dryness and fewer wrinkles over time! (This is what I tell myself every time I wake up in the morning and my face looks like an ice skating rink…). 😀



  1. heyy thanks for the post, I have oily skin too 🙂

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  2. Ik heb ook vaker van die materende ‘papiertjes’ van Essence bijvoorbeeld.. absorbeerd al het overtollige talg en geeft een tijdje een matte teint.

  3. @Desiree
    Die papiertjes werken bij mij jammer genoeg niet 🙁 Of ik moet ‘t elk kwartier doen…

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  4. Ik ben blij dat mijn huid niet zo vettig is. Heel af en toe last van.

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  5. @kerstin
    Moet je inderdaad blij om zijn! Het is zo vervelend! Vooral als je van make up houdt….

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