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Use and Don’t Use: Oily Skin

Yeah.. We know hard it is to have oily skin

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Oily skin can be a blessing and a curse. While it often means your skin stays more hydrated and youthful-looking for longer, it can also lead to frequent breakouts and an overall greasy appearance. Managing oily skin requires a delicate balance of using the right products and avoiding certain pitfalls. Here’s a comprehensive guide on what to use and what not to use for oily skin.


1. Gentle Cleansers: 

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Go for gentle, oil-free cleansers that effectively remove excess oil and dirt without stripping away natural moisture. Look for ingredients like salicylic acid or glycolic acid, which can help to unclog pores and regulate oil production.

2. Oil-Free Moisturizers

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Contrary to popular belief, oily skin still needs hydration. Choose lightweight, oil-free, or water-based moisturizers that won’t clog pores or contribute to excess shine. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid are great for providing moisture without adding extra oil.

3. Matte Sunscreens

Sunscreen is a must for everyone, regardless of skin type. For oily skin, choose matte or gel-based sunscreens that won’t leave a greasy residue. Look for products labeled as “non-comedogenic” to ensure they won’t clog pores.

4. Exfoliants

Regular exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores, which can prevent breakouts and reduce oiliness. Choose chemical exfoliants like AHAs or BHAs over harsh physical scrubs, as they are gentler on the skin and more effective at preventing excess oil production.

5. Oil-Absorbing Sheets

Keep oil-absorbing sheets handy throughout the day to quickly blot away excess oil without disturbing your makeup. These sheets are a convenient way to keep shine at bay without over-drying your skin.


1. Heavy, Creamy Moisturizers

Thick, creamy moisturizers can exacerbate oily skin by adding unnecessary oil to the skin’s surface. Avoid products containing heavy oils like coconut oil or mineral oil, as they can clog pores and lead to breakouts.

2. Overly Harsh Cleansers

While it’s important to keep oily skin clean, harsh cleansers can strip away too much oil, leading to rebound oil production and irritation. Avoid cleansers with harsh sulfates or alcohol, as they can disrupt the skin’s natural barrier and cause inflammation.

3. Skipping Moisturizer

Whoever said oily skin doesn’t need moisturizing, they’re lying. Some people mistakenly believe that skipping moisturizer will reduce oiliness, but this can actually have the opposite effect. When the skin is dehydrated, it can overcompensate by producing even more oil. Always use a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer to keep your skin balanced.

4. Heavy Makeup 

Thick, oil-based foundations and concealers can clog pores and exacerbate oiliness. Go for oil-free or water-based makeup formulas, and consider using a mattifying primer to help control shine throughout the day.

5. Over-Exfoliating 

While exfoliation is important for oily skin, overdoing it can cause irritation and inflammation. Limit exfoliation to 2-3 times per week, and be gentle when applying exfoliating products to avoid damaging the skin’s barrier.

Don’t forget to dry your forehead out every five minutes… sorry..

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