There are common signs that you need to know to make sure that you have oily skin. If your skin feels greasy, has large pores, oily surface, pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads then you do have an oily skin. Taking care of an oily skin is not that easy especially if you're a woman because makeup wears off within a few hours of application. 

After knowing what type your skin you have, start on how to properly take care of it. If you have a sensitive skin then you need to be extra careful when applying to some products until you can find out what will work right for you.

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things you'll need:

  • Time to research
  • Computer and internet connection
  • Appropriate facial products
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      Wash your face more 2-3 times a day by using plain soap and water. This is the most effective and easiest way to help keep your oily skin clear of blemishes. Take note that oily skin attracts dirt so try washing your face early in the morning, at noon time and before going to bed. If you're applying makeup, use a makeup remover before washing your face.

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      Use a non alcohol-based astringent. Apply this by using a cotton on your oily face once a day. Avoid applying it more than once so that it will not strip too much oil from your face.

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      Use a light moisturizer to keep your face hydrated despite the natural oil on your face. Choose an effective moisturizer that is oil-free so it won't add to the problem by causing breakouts or clogging your skin pores. Be sure that the moisturizer has Aloe Vera as a natural ingredient to help soothe your skin. 

      Apply your acne lotion first if you have any pimple, blackhead or acne then follow with a moisturizer and makeup. Select for a light, non-comedogenic oil-free moisturizer with 10-12 hour moisturization and SPF.

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      Apply a light mattifying primer powder. Choose a porcelaine oil control mattifying primer powder that is magnesium-based and also translucent which is finely pulverized with a creamy feel to it. Use this non-greasy mattifying primer powder to make your skin not oily looking before you apply your makeup.

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      Bring a few oil-blotting plastic-type sheets or papers in your purse for a quick touch-up whenever you go outside. These small pieces of oil-blotting sheets or papers are effective for absorbing oil and not your makeup. Oil blotting plastic-type sheets are the most absorbent. Use these sheets to blot whenever you start feeling oily. 

      The ones made of paper are also effective and they are much more economical. You can also use a blotting film which effectively locks up all the oil on your face without removing or ruining any of your makeup. The best thing using any of these oil-blotting plastic-type sheets, films or papers is that you won't need to powder often to absorb oil on your face and put too much layers of makeup. 

      You can easily purchase any of these products at drugstores or online. Take note that there are more effective products out there that you can choose for your oily skin and all you need to do is research and read some consumer reviews.

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      Apply an absorbent face powder on your oily skin. Make sure to choose the one that is sheer so that it doesn't get thicken on the skin. Look for the one that really absorbs excess oils and effectively reduce the shine on your skin's surface.

      Remember that the face powder that does not contain talc will not leave your skin looking too powdery. Look for an effective absorbent face powder that will suit your skin type. There are cosmetic companies out there that give samples for their products and you can request one before buying. You can even do this online.

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      Use a clay mask once a week. A clay mask absorbs and draws toxins from deep in your skin's tissues at the same time cleansing and detoxifying it. It has a grainy texture that exfoliates the dead skin cells from the surface layer of your skin. The nutrients that are found in the clay mask have a firming and toning effect on the skin. 

      As an effective cleansing skin treatment, the facial clay mask can be applied prior to toning and moisturizing. The cream based clay blends are the ones used as a mask to nourish, hydrate and moisturize your oily skin. You can apply a good amount of clay creme to your face and neck then leave it on for about 10-13 minutes. Don't forget to rinse it off with lukewarm water.

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      Use a makeup that is appropriate for your oily skin. Look for cosmetic products with natural ingredients that are specially formulated for people with oily skin. Applying a makeup primer product minimizes oil showing up on your face and makes your makeup in place for hours. You can also use a light and loose powder every now and then throughout the day to absorb extra oil from your skin without ruining your makeup.

Tips & Warnings

  • Apply a powder foundation. A good powder foundation can effectively absorb oil and stay in place much more than a cream or liquid.

  • Avoid eating fatty foods like bacon because it will only make your skin more oily. Eat more fruits and vegetables. 

  • A body mist or mineral water spray is also appropriate for oily skin since it doesn't stimulate the production of oily gland.

  • Sunscreen is still needed to protect your skin from the ultra violet rays of the sun. Look for a sunscreen that is specially formulated for the face. You don't need to apply sunscreen if your using a moisturizer with 15 SPF. The spray or gel type sunscreen is also beneficial for people with oily skin.

  • Avoid buying any expensive product for your oily skin without testing it first because you might just waste your money if it will irritate your skin. Ask if the one who is selling any product to provide a sample so that you can determine if it will match for your skin type.

  • Avoid using moisturizers with mineral oils and cocoa butter because these can make your skin greasy looking.