Allow me to begin by saying that I have had oily skin for as long as I can remember. After a mere two hours into a school day, my face would get so shiny to the point where I was convinced that people could see their reflection in it. However, I’ve found multiple tips and tricks to help cut down on the production of my natural oils, and I am pleased to say that now, after two hours at school, my face looks a lot less like a Slip ‘N Slide. Here are some of the changes that I have found to be extremely helpful.
Using a mild cleanser is important for people with oily skin types. Although it may seem to make more sense to use a drying cleanser, this is not the case. Everyone’s skin produces natural oils, and using a harsh cleanser strips the skin of these oils. If someone has an oily skin type, their skin will overcompensate and produce too much oil to get rid of any dryness. A mild cleanser will keep your face clean without drying it out, and therefore without causing an oil slick on your face halfway through the day. I have been using the Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser (as pictured above), and my skin produces much less oil than when I was using the much more drying Liquid Neutrogena Facial Cleanser.
Blotting papers are an oily skin type’s savior. Most blotting paper packs come with about fifty to one hundred sheets and cost around five dollars. It’s easy to find time every couple of hours to run to the bathroom, whip out some blotting papers, and blot your face to temporarily rid yourself of oil. If you wear makeup, be sure to gently dab your face to make sure there is minimal makeup transfer. Furthermore, if you can’t find time to go to the store and buy blotting papers, a folded tissue or a (clean) toilet seat cover provides an even cheaper alternative.
Face primers are used for a myriad of purposes: pore minimizers, color correctors, highlighters, skin-hydrators, and, finally, oil-controllers. Primers usually come in cream formulas. Apply the primer wherever you get the oiliest and make sure your skin absorbs it completely before you begin putting on makeup. Some of the primers that I have tried that worked successfully on my skin are Neutrogena’s Shine Control Primer and The POREfessional’s Matte Rescue Invisible-Finish Mattifying Gel; some of the most popular primers for oily skin that I have yet to try (but want to) are Hourglass’ Veil Mineral Primer and Smashbox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer.
Hopefully, these tips will be able to help you control your oil. I might not be shine-free, but thanks to these slight changes to my skincare routine, I’m definitely on my way there.