Taking care of oily skin can be frustrating. With so many products on the market aimed at dealing with oily skin, making the right choice isn’t easy. To help ensure you end up with the best products for your skin type, we’ve come up with a list of our oil-fighting favorites.
If you have oily skin, you need a cleanser that helps combat shine and blemishes. Try Cosmedicine Healthy Cleanse for Oily Skin ($15 at Sephora), a lightly foaming face wash that helps stop skin from producing excess oil as it cleanses skin of dirt, bacteria and makeup. Also try Shiseido Pureness Deep Cleansing Foam ($22 at Macy’s), which washes away pore-clogging impurities.
After you clean your skin, use a toner formulated for excess oil production to further clarify skin and remove any oil, dirt or makeup that didn’t come off with cleansing. We love Kate Somerville Clarifying Treatment Toner ($24 at Sephora), which fights bacteria to minimize breakouts and helps regulate oil production. Also try Bliss Steep Clean Mattifying Toner Pads ($38 at Blissworld). These convenient one-use pads banish oil, reduce shine and refine pores.
Though you may be tempted to avoid moisturizing your oily skin, don’t skip this skin care step. Skin that’s starving for moisture actually produces more oil! Try Fresh Umbrian Clay Face Lotion ($38 at Sephora), which absorbs impurities and balances an oily complexion while hydrating and calming skin. Also try Philosophy Hope In A Jar Oil Free ($38 ) for oil-free hydration that leaves skin shine free.
Removing dead skin cells is an important skin care step for oily skin. Try Korres Pomegranate Scrub ($21 at Sephora) to slough away dead skin, unclog pores and smooth skin. Also try Clinique Exfoliating Scrub ($18.50 at Clinique), which unclogs pores and leaves skin looking soft and healthy.
Using a mask formulated for oily skin once or twice a week helps hydrate and balance skin. We love Nude Skincare Deep Cleansing Mask ($52 at Sephora), which may seem pricey but does a great job eliminating impurities, absorbing excess oil and revitalizing skin. Also try Korres Yogurt Mask ($29 at Korres), which cools and comforts oily skin.
When choosing a foundation for oily skin, opt for something mattifying that helps absorb excess oil. Try Clinique Stay-True Makeup Oil Free Formula ($22 at Sephora) for smooth, even coverage that minimizes shine and won’t clog pores. Also try Nars Sheer Matte Foundation ($42 at Nars) for shine-busting, oil-free coverage.