If you’re tired of living with oily skin, I know the feeling. There are few more annoying things than looking in the mirror and seeing your face covered in oil. I’ve tried all kinds of things to get rid of my oily skin, most of which didn’t work out very well. Over time, though, I’ve found a few methods that have helped me keep my skin healthy while minimizing oiliness. In this post, I’ll explain how these home remedies work and how they can help you get rid of your oily skin.
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Wash your face twice a day
It’s not just about how you wash your face, but also how often. Wash your face twice a day with a mild cleanser and warm water—but don’t scrub it! If you do, you’ll irritate the skin and cause some of that extra oil to come out. Soap isn’t good for oily skin either; besides irritating the skin, it can cause dryness by stripping moisture from its surface.
To keep excess oil at bay and give yourself a fresh feeling throughout the day, try using an exfoliant once or twice a week (remember: avoid overdoing it). A gentle cleanser with salicylic acid is another option; this ingredient helps remove dead cells without removing too much moisture along with them—a common problem in more abrasive scrubs and chemical peels that are considered too harsh for everyday use on sensitive skin types like oily ones.
Apply products labeled as ‘non-comedogenic’ or ‘non-acnegenic’
While there are some products that are specifically labeled as non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic, many others will be labeled as ‘for sensitive skin.’
If you’re unsure about which to buy, look for products that have been tested by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) panel. The CIR is an independent scientific body composed of experts in the fields of toxicology, dermatology and chemistry who evaluate ingredients used in cosmetics. Their goal is to ensure the safety of the formulas people use on their bodies every day.
Avoid using too much makeup
If you wear makeup, it’s important to use a light hand when applying it. The less foundation and concealer you’re wearing, the less oily your skin will be.
If you have to be in front of people for extended periods of time and are worried about your makeup smudging or running off your face, consider using a makeup remover at night to get rid of any excess product before bedtime.
Use a primer before applying your foundation or concealer to help keep it from rubbing off during the day.
Setting sprays help keep everything locked in place, even if you work up a sweat!
Use the right moisturizer
To start, you need to choose a moisturizer that’s right for your skin type. If you have oily skin, try using a gel or oil-free lotion instead of regular moisturizers. These types of products are less likely to clog pores and cause breakouts, which is especially helpful if you’re prone to acne.
Moisturizers are not just for dry skin—they can be beneficial for all skin types! They contain humectants that help draw water into your skin cells, as well as emollients (like glycerin) that seal moisture in without clogging pores like some other ingredients in many formulations, may do (think alcohol). Moisturizers should be applied in the morning and evening after cleansing but before sunscreen application—this way they lock in hydration while keeping harmful UV rays out of reach!
Remember to drink water. It’s no secret that drinking plenty of water is one of the most effective ways to combat oily skin, but it can be difficult to remember to do so. To make sure you’re getting enough hydration, try keeping a water bottle with you at all times and make it a point to sip from it whenever you feel thirsty or hungry (you need more fluids when you are stressed or in the sun). If this seems like too much responsibility for your memory, set alarms on your phone or computer reminding you every hour or so to drink up!
Apply a clay mask
Clay masks are great for oily skin because they help to reduce oil levels and fight acne. Clay masks are also good for exfoliation and moisturizing, which makes them perfect for those with oily skin to use on their face.
You can use a homemade clay mask that you make from scratch using bentonite clay powder or you can buy a pre-made one at the store. There are many different brands of clay masks available, but I recommend buying one with minimal ingredients rather than something that has lots of chemicals in it. If you decide to buy a pre-made mask instead of making your own, look for one with no added oils since those ingredients will only exacerbate your problem by making things worse!