15 Unexpected Ways To Deal With Oily Skin

Oily skin is a bit like frizzy hair. They’re both beauty issues that never seem to go away. As someone who is blessed cursed with both, it seems like I am constantly switching back and forth between dealing with each one them. The good news is that at least we have options for dealing with them. And there are actually a lot of options for tackling oily skin.

This is something that you’ll want to keep in mind because as the weather warms up, the oil levels in our skin usually go up, too. (It’s one of the downsides of warm weather, along with bugs and sunburns.) While you might be tempted to wash your face multiple times a day, that actually isn’t the best way of dealing with oil. In fact, that can actually cause your complexion to produce even more oil. And that’s the last thing you probably want.

To manage your greasy face without messing up the balance of your skin, take a look at 15 different ways to deal with oily skin. Choose one, two, or any number of options that will work for you.

1. Try a cleanser for oily skin.



Are you using some random cleanser that is meant for any type of skin? It might be time to switch to one formulated for oily skin. It will help balance your skin’s oil levels without stripping your face completely of its natural oils. Some oils is still a good thing.


2. Stash blotting sheets in your purse.



Blotting sheets = lifesaver. They’re usually made out of a rice paper that can soak up all of the excess oil on your T-zone without messing up your makeup. Sweet.


3. Remember pressed powder.



Pressed powder is another great thing to stash in your bag when you’re on the go and want to keep your oily skin under control. It helps you get a matte finish with just a few pats.


4. Don’t forget about tissues.



Ran out of blotting sheets? Grab some regular ol’ tissues. They might not be quite as good as blotting sheets, but even a cheap single ply tissue will help get rid of shiny spots.


5. Try a mattifying lotion.



Did you know that you can get products that are specifically meant for treating oily complexions? Apply them after you’ve washed your face and they will help stop shine from ever starting.


6. Look for makeup products that manage oil levels.



I’m frequently amazed by the innovative makeup formulas out there. Not only are there foundations to treat acne, there are ones that help keep greasy faces in check.


7. Actually apply toner.



Toner might seem like an unnecessary step, but it’s as important as cleansing and moisturizing. Why? It helps “rebalance” your skin. That means sorting out oil levels and ensuring your complexion stays happy.


8. Try some toilet paper.



Out of tissues and blotting sheets? Grab a roll of toilet paper and apply a few sheets to your greasy T-zone. Even the cheapest toilet paper will help “mop up” oil.


9. Spray on a makeup setting spray.



I know that spraying anything on your face after you’ve applied makeup sounds like a recipe for a disaster, but a setting spray genuinely does help your makeup stay in place. And it does this by ensuring your complexion doesn’t turn into an oil slide.


10. Give loose powder a try.



Pressed powder is convenient thanks to its handy compact, but loose powder can really help soak up oil. And if you choose a transparent or translucent formula, you don’t have to worry about getting that “cake face” look if you apply a few coats of it.


11. Apply a mask.



There is legit a mask for everything. Check out clay and charcoal-based masks if you’re prone to oily skin. They’ll help take down the grease so you don’t have to worry about major midday shine.


12. Start off with a primer.



Primers are brilliant at prepping your face for makeup. Part of that is that they actually help control shine so your makeup doesn’t slide off.


13. Spritz on a mist.



A mist is an underrated product that is worth checking out. They help cool you down, moisturize your complexion, and manage greasy T-zones. And they require minimal effort to apply. Just squirt them on and tap the product in.


14. Switch up your diet.



Scratching your head with this one? It might sound odd, but certain foods can actually make your face oilier. Try going off them and see if your complexion is less greasy. You might be surprised by the results.


15. Try a natural remedy.



Are you a beauty DIY fan? There are lots of natural products you can try to help combat greasiness, such as tea tree oil and witch hazel.


What other ways do you deal with oily skin? Let us know in the comments!

You can follow the author, Heather Cichowski, on Twitter.


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