At the best of times, skin can be picky.
Especially oily skin.
Trust me, I get it. Skincare hacks just don’t seem to work. You go through Walmart scooping products off the shelf by the armful, hoping that one of them– just one of them– will do something to help.
Somehow, none of them do.
Your face always reacts the same: you apply product, follow the directions to a T, and for a moment, maybe even a few moments, it seems like it might be working! Your skin feels refreshed, maybe a little dry, but that’s okay because you’d rather it feel a little dry than feel like you’re drowning in the middle of a BP oil spill.
Then, your pores open up and here comes the flood.
It’s like your skin has reacted to not having any oil on it by producing 10X MORE OIL. Do you want to know a secret, though?
That’s exactly what it’s doing.
Oily skin reacts harshly when being stripped of all its oils at once because being oily is its natural state, which is why using products that dry your skin out always makes it worse, and most hacks for clear skin only aggravate the issue!
Oily Skin Care Hacks
Don’t worry though, all hope isn’t lost. Oily skin may be tricky to deal with, but it isn’t impossible. You just need to know how to finesse it, which is exactly what I’m here to teach you.
Stay tuned for my personal top three face remedies for oily skin:
Hack 1: Wash Regularly (But Not Religiously)
Don’t get me wrong, washing can be an excellent remedy, but if you don’t do it correctly, you may end up aggravating the issue.
Washing an oily face should be done regularly, but not more than twice a day, as washing too much dries out the skin and results in more oil being produced.
It also makes a huge difference which soap you use. In general, you should be washing with something that has zero added fragrance, moisturizers, or harsh chemicals. This is because these things can dry out the face, making it respond by producing more sebum (oil).
When you finish washing, you should be patting your face dry, rather than wiping. Dragging on the skin irritates it, worsening the problem. Patting, however, dries the face without overdrying or overstimulating it, leaving you with a smooth complexion.
Hack 2: Use a Toner
Be careful about which toner you use, however. Most astringent toners contain alcohol, which is an irritant and dries out your skin like the Sahara. However, natural astringents have the opposite effect, soothing your skin instead. Witch hazel is an excellent example.
Natural astringents can also shrink the pores, helping your issue in the long term as well as the short one. However, most products are not suitable for all skin types.
For those with particularly sensitive skin, you may find your face tingles or bums when you apply these toners. If this is the case, discontinue use and look for a different toner.
Hack 3: Use a Facial Mask
Yes, I know. If you have oily skin, you’ve likely tried this already. However, you may not be using the correct masks.
Most companies don’t advertise that you need certain masks for certain skin types, as it puts more money in their pockets when their products don’t work your you.
When searching for masks for oily skin, you should look at the ingredient list for one of the following three ingredients: clay, honey, and oatmeal.
Each of these contains skin-soothing properties which help both in the moment and in the long run.
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