Skincare for Oily Skin


Oily skin is skin that overproduces oil due to overactive oil glands. Oily skin usually looks somewhere between a little shiny and like a total oil slick.
Those with oily skin will have larger pores, especially in the T-zone. Despite the oiliness, this skin type can still become severely dehydrated, especially because people with oily skin types tend to use very harsh cleansing agents. Flakiness, tightness, and rough texture, despite the oiliness, can be signs that your oily skin is dehydrated.

  1. Cleanse
    Use a gentle, water-soluble cleanser twice daily. Ideally, the cleanser should rinse without leaving a hint of residue, be fragrance free and not contain drying cleansing ingredients.. For extra cleansing, please avoid skin-aggravating scrubs or cleansing brushes with stiff bristles. A soft washcloth or cleansing brush with ultra-soft bristles can be helpful being rough on your skin is not!
  2. Tone
    A toner is an incredibly important step for oily skin. Toners that contain these ingredients help skin renew and recharge, minimize the appearance of enlarged pores, and remove the last traces of makeup that can lead to clogged pores. For some this can be the only “moisturizer” they need for daytime.
  3. Exfoliate
    Exfoliation is one of the most important skincare steps for oily skin. Oily skin tends to have an extra-thick coat of built-up dead skin on the surface, along with a thickened pore lining. Gently exfoliating is the only way to remove that build up and diminish clogged pores. It is also the best way to improve the look of stubborn, tiny, hard white bumps that occur primarily on your cheek bones but can show up in other areas too, even when related to milia-prone skin.
  4. Sun Protection
    A sunscreen is essential for reducing the risk of early signs of aging (and skin cancer) and keeping everything about skin from getting worse. If you’ve avoided sunscreens in the past because the ones you tried were too greasy or too occlusive, we have some options that will change your impression of sunscreens for good. Case in point, our RESIST Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 provides weightless protection that helps keep your skin matte.
  5. Hydration
    At night, choose a feather light but exceptionally effective hydrating and skin-renewing gel or serum that is free of pore-clogging ingredients while giving your skin the essential antioxidants and skin-replenishing ingredients it needs to look as healthy and revived as possible.
  6. Absorb Excess Oil
    Try an oil-absorbing primer like our SHINE STOPPER Instant Matte Finish to help control oil, minimize the appearance of pores. (Wears beautifully, by itself or under makeup all day long.) Our SKIN BALANCING Oil-Absorbing Mask may also offer temporary help for oily skin. Both of these are optional but beneficial steps for anyone with oily skin.

    The ONLY way to minimize the amount of oil the oil glands produce is by taking Isotretinoin orally. There is absolutely no other way, especially not with a topical product that will make your skin produce less oil. As time passes and as you grow older, your skin will naturally stop producing as much sebum as it did in your youth.


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