October 3, 2023

General ideas and product recommendations for Oily Skin

having oily skin, blotting paper is like an extension of my hand, LOL!
After battling oily skin my whole life (well, considering that my teens, a lot more like), I think I’ve finally come to terms with it. For the way I see it, you just can’t win a battle against oily skin, so the sooner you realize and accept it, the better.

I mean, think about it. If you have oily skin, it indicates that your sebaceous glands produce a lot more oil than normal… Do you really think you can change the amount of sebum you produce just by applying something on top of your skin? I don’t know about you, but I personally don’t think that’s possible.


You can use products consisting of oil-absorbing ingredients that do help a little, but if you really have oily skin, nothing will keep you shine-free all day. What I try to do is use products that won’t make me oilier, which unfortunately, in my experience, is not as easy as it sounds, especially because lots of products specifically formulated for oily skin on me have opposite effects than they promise.

But luckily, after about 15 years of trial and error, I can now say that I’m finally satisfied with my skincare regimen, and today I’d like to give you a few general ideas and product recommendations that I hope may be beneficial to at least some of you.

At which point I’ll insert the normal disclaimer: I’m not a dermatologist, and all the recommendations and recommendations in this post are solely based on my personal experience. Obviously, what works for me might not work for you.


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That being said, if you have oily skin and are not satisfied with your skincare, the following ideas and products might inspire you to change something in your routine that will hopefully help keep your skin under control.

Cleanse with gentle, yet effective products

I use the Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser in the morning to wash off any excess oil and dirt that have accumulated on my skin overnight
You’ve probably heard it a million times already, but I’ll tell you for the million-and-oneth: cleansing appropriately is essential to keep your skin healthy. As an oily-skinned gal, it’s crucial you find the ideal products that get rid of any excess oil without being too stripping.

The Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser fits the bill perfectly. It’s not one of those cleansers you remove your makeup with (for that I love my Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm – been using it for years!), but it’s great in the morning (which is my favorite time to use it) or as a second cleanse at night.

Opt for an alcohol-free toner

The Clinique mild Clarifying lotion is alcohol-free and consists of salicylic acid, a chemical exfoliant that helps stop any blemishes

I feel like toning is probably one of the most skipped skincare steps, and I was “guilty” of that myself until not too long ago, considering that I still hadn’t found the ideal product. That’s because lots of toners consist of alcohol (especially those aimed at oily skin), which on me is one of those ingredients that cause the infamous “rebound effect”, making my skin even oilier.

If this sounds familiar, you may want to give the Clinique mild Clarifying lotion a go. It is very gentle on the skin and, thanks to salicylic acid, it also helps stop any unwelcome zits.

Hydrate with a serum and skip moisturizer (in the morning)

After years of trial and error, I’ve come to the conclusion that a lot of moisturizers (even those formulated for oily skin) make me oilier. I much a lot more like the lightweight texture of serums instead, because I feel like they deliver the hydration I need without the extra stuff my skin tends to turn down (if you have oily skin, you’ll know what I mean). At the moment, I’m rotating among the Collistar Pure Actives Hyaluronic Acid Serum, the Oskia Renaissance Brightlight Intensive Pigmentation & Dark spot Serum, and the Skinceuticals Retinol 0.3 Refining night Treatment.

Since hyaluronic acid molecules have the ability to attract and maintain a lot more than 1,000 times their weight in water, the Collistar serum is a great one for a great improve of hydration.

The Oskia Renaissance Brightlight, besides delivering enough hydration for my oily skin thanks to glycerin and hyaluronic acid, has certain ingredients to target pigmentation and dullness, like vitamin C, niacinamide, arbutin and fruit enzymes.

Retinol is said to help with pigmentation, too, as well as skin-aging and enlarged pores. Plus, I’ve observed that whenever I use Skinceuticals Retinol 0.3 at night, the next day my skin gets less oily.

Use a sunscreen specifically formulated for oily skin

As I pointed out in my spring appeal essentials, I love the La Roche-Posay Anthelios dry Touch Gel-Cream SPF 30 because it has a completely mattifying effect upon application, and also helps keep me matte over time.

Apply a face oil at night for extra nourishment

I love jojoba oil but don’t have a certain brand recommendation. any will do, as long as it’s pure and cold-pressed
If you had told me five years ago that someday I’d voluntarily put oil on my skin, I would’ve probably laughed in your face, but these days I actually love using oils as the last step of my nighttime routine. They feel so soothing and luxurious!

If you’re terrified of turning yourself into a grease ball, I suggest you get accustomed to face oils with jojoba, which absorbs pretty swiftly into the skin and doesn’t leave much of an oily residue.

Once or twice a week, deep cleanse your skin with a non-drying clay mask

The Pixi glow Mud Mask leaves my skin thoroughly cleansed and brighter
Clay masks are ideal to remove deep down impurities and excess sebum from pores, but some of them can be quite drying. My suggestion is to look for a mask that also consists of moisturizing ingredients (like glycerin) and not to leave it on too long.

Personal favorites include the SEPHORA Mud Mask and Pixi glow Mud Mask, which I’m using at the moment.


My favorite makeup products for a completely matte base
To stay shine-free as long as possible, I like to start my makeup with a completely matte base. My favorite products to achieve that are the make up For ever Step1 Skin Equalizer Mattifying Primer (but I’ve recently tried the BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector and found it just as good) and Chanel perfection Lumière velvet foundation, which I’ve already pointed out a number of times.


If I use a satin-finish foundation (let alone a dewy one!), the stage where I could fry an egg on my forehead comes much quicker.

Anyways, no matter how lots of oil-absorbing products I use, I’ll still get shiny at some point, so I always have blotting papers in my purse to freshen up my base. I like them way a lot more than powder for touch-ups because they get rid of any shine without giving me a cakey face.

And that’s pretty much it, my friend. I’d love for you to tell me how you take care of your oily skin, and if you have any favorite products you think I must know of. Thanks!

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