How to Deal with Oily Skin: 5 Tips for Clearer, Healthier Skin

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If you are having trouble figuring out whether your skin is oily, here are some tell-tale signs. Your skin might have a shiny appearance, enlarged and open pores, and slightly coarse texture.  

If you're dealing with excess oil, there are various factors to consider. This could be from the products you use to your emotions and behaviours. In this blog post, we've shared tips to help control your oily skin. 


Cleansing the T-Zone Area

One of the oiliest areas of the face is the T-zone, which includes the forehead, nose, and chin. It's crucial to pay close attention to the T-zone when cleansing to reduce excess oil production and rebalance the skin.


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Our Super Facialist products include a selection of cleansers for varying skin types, including our best-selling Salicylic Acid Purifying Cleansing Wash combining Salicylic Acid, Niacinamide and Elderflower to deep clean blocked pores promoting a healthier complexion.     


Reducing Stress Levels

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Stress can cause an increase in cortisol, the body's stress hormone, which accelerates oil production within the skin, resulting in oilier skin. To combat this, taking time out of your busy schedule for activities that reduce stress, such as exercising, meditating, journaling, or socializing with loved ones, anything that puts a smile on your face can help.         


Skincare After Exercise

Not only does exercising release endorphins, it also stimulates blood flow in the skin's surface, which activates the sebaceous glands and leads to more sebum production. While this can be beneficial for those with dry skin, it can be problematic for individuals with oily or combination skin.


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If you lead an active lifestyle, it is recommended that you use an acid-based cleanser to remove any sweat residue after working out and follow up with an oil-control regimen to prevent clogged pores and congestion.              


Choose Oil-Free Products


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When dealing with oily skin, it's best to avoid oil-based skincare products as they can clog pores and increase blemishes. Choosing oil-free products, such as clay, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and retinol, can help control oiliness and mattify the skin. Additionally, using an oil-absorbing mask, such as our Super Facialist Salicylic Acid Clay Mask, which contains sea mud, salicylic acid, niacin, and avocado oil, can help detoxify the skin and promote healthy breathing.


Natural Remedies

If you don't have any skincare products at hand, there are natural remedies you can try! Try applying antioxidant-rich cucumber to the t-zone to shrink pores and reduce oil secretion or use aloe vera to dissolve excess oil while nourishing the skin tissue.  


We hope these tips have helped you to know where to start when tacking your oily skin. Especially as the summer months are approaching, you may find your skin is becoming oilier and more congested, finding a regime to that agrees with your skin type will ultimately lead to healthier and happier skin.