Remember my oily comrades, we’re not going to have wrinkles.

This is perhaps the only form of consolidation that those of us with oily skin can get. Other than that, it’s one slippery battle we have with keeping our sebum production at bay. Still, it’s a common enough skin type that’s been targeted by the beauty industry, and though it may be a persistent problem, it’s an imperfection that can be easily tamed.

By tending to your skin’s sebaceous glands, you’re not just preparing a cleaner canvas for your make up routine. You’re also eliminating the chances of oiliness’ pesky offspring to sprout up. There’s nothing worse than trying to camouflage acne and zits with foundation; if anything, it just makes it look worse.

So here are a few tips to rid yourself of an unbearably greasy layer:


Sometimes, it’ll take more than your regular cleanser to scrub out the grease. Pollution from an urban environment and leftover make up can also leave their residue on the face, and this certainly doesn’t help oiliness. You’ll want a pre-cleanse product to melt away these impurities along with the ostensible layer of sebum. Look for an emulsifier that contains tea tree oil and lavender oil, as these will erode counteracting oil-based creams such as sunblock and foundation.


Though daily exfoliation can be a little bit harsh on the skin, there are exfoliators specifically designed for oily skin that are gentle enough to be used everyday. This will scrub off dead skin cells produced by sebum, leaving your skin looking brighter and feeling softer.



Weekly Mask

As we’ve said before, the industry has left no stone unturned when it comes to curing oiliness. Find a mask that’s specifically designed to purify and deeply cleanse the skin. Salicylic acid and clay masks will be your best bet. However, do make sure that it’s only applied once a week, because if you strip away too many essential oils, your sebaceous glands will be further encouraged to produce more to counteract dryness. In fact, you might not have to apply it to your cheeks if it’s just your T zone that’s giving you trouble.

Foundations for Oily Skin

Look for a foundation that’s been designed for oily or combination skin. These tend to be lighter in consistency and are sometimes even water based. Some of them even have a lovely matte powdery finish that will allow you to skip this step in your make up regime, thus requiring less layers of make up.



Primer for Oily Skin

Combine your foundation with an oil-combating primer to make your matte finish last longer. However, you might want to experiment with this, as merging a foundation for oily skin with a shine-minimising primer might lead to a dry and flaky appearance. After all, you don’t want to strip the face entirely of its moisture.


No matter how professional your products are, you’re still going to get a bit of shine towards the end of the day. Invest in some good-quality blotting paper to assist this, and gently press down on oily areas, making sure not to rub your make up off. Some are even equipped with an in-built ingredient similar to a setting spray.




Do you have oily skin? How do you combat it?

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