Ask Lauren: Help! I Have Oily Skin

Today’s post was inspired by the following private message I received a few weeks ago:

Hi Lauren, I have very oily skin. Even though I use oil-free products, toner, and wash my face every single day (twice a day!!) the shine just won’t go away and I break out all the time. What products do you use and do you have any tips for an oily skinned girl like me?

Great question! Many women believe that because they have oily skin they must abstain from oil-based products. However, you might be surprised to learn that more oil might just be what your skin needs…

Cleanse your face with a botanical oil-based face wash.
It may sound counterintuitive but when you have oily skin, it’s important to use a botanical oil-based face wash. Many of us have been trained to shop for “oil-free” products, but more recently dermatologists have learned that it’s not necessarily the best rule of thumb to apply to every aspect of your face wash routine. So why use a botanical oil-based face wash? Cleansing botanical oils adhere to the sebum deep inside your pores and when the skin is rinsed with water both the sebum and botanical oil both get washed away!

Use products with oil-absorbing ingredients.
If you’re prone to shine, start your beauty regimen by applying a mattifying gel or lotion (primer). Make Up For Ever has a great micro-perfecting primer that feels pretty weightless and gets the job done. At night, use an alcohol-free toner after you have washed your face and before you apply your moisturizer.

If you’re dealing with constant breakouts…
Apply a retinol exfoliate to unclog pores and limit oil production. I suggest putting this on at night since retinol makes the skin very sensitive to sun exposure. Also, because retinol is especially drying, I would recommend that you slather some Egyptian Magic on top (it’s the perfect mix).

You still need to moisturize.
Since stripping the skin of it’s natural oils can encourage increased oil production, be sure to keep your routine balanced by applying a good moisturizer both morning and night. Non-comedogenic, water-based moisturizers are best for those with oily skin. (For the morning, use a moisturizer with SPF in it.)

Drink up!
Last but not least, remember to drink plenty of water to keep your skin calm and properly hydrated.

I hope you find these tips helpful!

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For more pointers on dealing with oily skin, be sure to check out this thread in the Fourm!

XO Lauren

Photo: Pinterest via Glamour

  • alba

    Hi Lauren! I’m a girl aged 15 from Albania and have really seriously oily skin.Do you have a recipe that I can apply to my skin? Thanks for your time!!!! LOVE YOU!

  • Angie P

    I can wash my face and 10 min later my whole face is oily,especially nose and forehead. I’m 60 and had acne since I was 12. Then at 27 Dr. gave me accutane and it cleared up back chest and face . I have scars on my face and oily and sick of it. Do you recommend dermabrasion? I cry a lot because I have never had a nice face. Please Help!

  • Angie P

    had acne at 12 then at 27 a Dr. gave me accutane. Yes worked but I have scars on my face. Now 60 and still sick of my face. Dermabrashion is very exspensive and now on Medicare.

  • Mony

    Thanks for sharing amazing tips for oily skin. My sister has very oily
    skin. She keeps trying new products everyday to remove oily from her
    skin but all of them works for some time only. These days she is using Lemon Face Wash And Cleanser For Oily Skin.( Visit site to see this product online @ )
    I will share your tips to her. I hope she will get permanent solution to get rid of oily skin.