7 Big Mistakes You Should Never Make with Oily Skin

by Corinne Shoemaker

Oily skin can be super annoying. Many struggle to keep it under control since they keep making these huge mistakes...

1. Using The Wrong Toner

    The solution to oily skin is drying it out, right? Wrong. Lots of people use harsh toners thinking it will help them, but it’s only making things worse: in drying out their skin, they increase the production of oils as their faces try to make up for the lack of moisture. Witch hazel is a better option. Try Multi-Active Toner by Dermalogica. Refreshing facial spritz hydrates while smoothing the surface with moisture-binding humectants plus soothing Lavender, Balm Mint and Arnica.

    2. Using The Wrong Moisturizer

      Again, you don’t want to dry out your skin, so even if your face tends to be more oily you need to be using a moisturizer. However, not all moisturizers are created equal -- some create excess grease on the skin which can actually cause zits to crop up. You can avoid this by choosing moisturizers that don’t contain oil, like Beyond Hydration Moisturizer by Bioelements.

      3. Wearing Think Makeup

        You want to follow suit and use oil-free makeup. Heavy makeup clogs pores if you’re not careful to wash it all off before bed. If it’s oil-free, it will be easier to remove. We recommend double-cleansing in either case (wash your face with a gentle foaming cleanser and repeat, then moisturize). This is an age-old method that will ensure your pores stay clear and able to breathe, preventing breakouts. If the makeup you choose has vitamin B in it, that’s also a plus since this tends to absorb oil.

        4. Over Exfoliating

          This presents pretty much the same problem as a harsh toner: it dries out the skin. Limit your exfoliation to twice per week and use a formula with salicylic acid like Gentle Cream Exfoliant by Dermalogica.

          5. Not Washing After A Workout

            Your skin is exposed to so much dirt and grime during the day that by the time you get to your workout, your pores are junked up with all kinds of breakout-inducing materials. The sweat doesn’t help! This is why it is critical to clean your face after exercise. Use a cleanser with salicylic acid like Spotless Cleanser by Bioelements.

            6. Over Washing

              Again, excessive drying of the skin (which over-washing does) is no good for your skin since it just causes your oil glands to produce extra oil. Don’t wash your face more than twice a day.

              7. Going Overboard With Treatments

                Piling products onto your face in order to control oil can be time-consuming and costly (not to mention, bad for your skin)! Usually you will be good to go if you just stick more to products that have salicylic acid (it is powerful enough to get inside your pores and eliminate excess oil). If that doesn’t work, you may want to see a dermatologist.

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