If you struggle with breakthrough shine, an oily t-zone, large pores, clogged pores, or just overall oily skin you are not alone. Excess oil is one of the top skin concerns people have, especially in warmer months. Keep reading to find out our best tips for managing excess oil along with the best oily skin products you should use.
Tips to keep excess oil at bay
Excess oil production can be caused several external factors, or it can just be your natural skin type. To manage excess oil you need to reduce or eliminate as many oil-causing factors from this list as possible:
Using unnecessary skin tools
Over cleansing, over exfoliating, or over treating your skin
Using harsh products
There are certain factors you can't control, like your genes, a change in the weather, your hormones, and more. The correct oily skin products can help when you cannot eliminate or minimize oil-causing factors.
Another way to help manage oily skin is to receive regular facial treatments at the spa.
"I believe that the answer to controlling oily skin is to maintain balance (a healthy water-to-oil ratio) in the skin at any age. I recommend achieving this by having regular facials and using the appropriate oily skin products at home." –Mary Luke, licensed esthetician and owner of Skin Perfect Spa
Oily skin products you need
"Excess oil needs to be managed, not stripped entirely. A little bit of oil is good; it keeps our skin soft and protected. The key is to use the right oily skin products that will help balance the skin instead of stripping it." –Kelly Leonard, licensed esthetician and Bioelements educator
THE LATHERING GEL CLEANSER:
Decongestant Cleanser will remove all traces of impurities, excess oil and makeup without stripping the skin. Only cleanse the skin twice a day to avoid over cleansing it.
"You want to keep the oil production balanced by cleansing with a gentle, yet effective product, like Decongestant Cleanser. When you use a harsh cleanser you can strip the skin which will trigger it to produce even more oil to protect itself." –Rhonda Robb, licensed esthetician, Spa Sweet Studio at The Trove Salon
"Another great option for oily skin is Spotless Cleanser. This cleanser is designed for those with an acne skin type, but it can be useful to help prevent and clear up occasional breakout in those with an oily
skin type. If you have acne-prone oily skin, this cleanser can help rid your skin of acne causing bacteria." –Carol Byrne, esthetician
THE BALANCING TONER:
Equalizer is an alcohol-free toner laced with Chinese herbs and aromatherapist oils to strengthen and calm the skin.
THE REFRESHING MOISTURIZER: A moisturizer is always a must, even for those with oily skin. Beyond Hydration is a gel moisturizer that keeps oily skin comfortable without added shine.
"Aside from cleansing, one of the keys to conquering oily skin is actually proper hydration inside and out. People with this skin type are often surprised at how important moisturizing their skin is to combat oil. It's important to give the skin enough water to help balance the oil production." –Carol Byrne, esthetician
THE LIGHTWEIGHT OIL MATTIFIER:
Oil Control Mattifieris a lightweight blotting creme to blot breakthrough oil and keep surface shine at bay.
"I am in love with Oil Control Mattifier and recommend it to most clients- everyone gets a little breakthrough shine now and then- but it is especially important for those with an oily skin type." –Mary Luke, licensed esthetician and owner of Skin Perfect Spa
THE OVERNIGHT OIL CONTROL CREME:
Oil Control Sleepwear works while you sleep to control oil as it smoothes the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
THE MULTI-ACTION SCRUB:
Measured Micrograins + is a facial scrub for all skin types that exfoliates, controls oil, strengthens, and calms the skin. Exfoliate 1-3 times per week to avoid over exfoliated skin.
"Exfoliate to remove sebum plugs and blackheads, and refine the texture of the skin." –Rhonda Robb, licensed esthetician, Spa Sweet Studio atThe Trove Salon
THE PORE-REFINING CLAY MASK: Refine pores, absorb oil and dirt, and improve skin's texture with Restorative Clay.
"The natural clay base works like a vacuum to absorb excess oil." –Carol Byrne, esthetician
"Restorative Clay mask has oil absorbing qualities to help balance oil production in the skin." –Rhonda Robb, licensed esthetician, Spa Sweet Studio atThe Trove Salon