if you have oily skin, then you’re well aware of how difficult it can be to control. sadly, many products that claim to get rid of oil actually add fuel to the fire. if you’ve tried taking matters into your own hands such as washing your face 1,000x a day, or stripping your skin with harsh, drying ingredients, it only seems to make the problem worse. in the end, it all comes down to understanding what ingredients will truly keep oil production at bay

how to 86 the oil…

start oil cleansing: don’t let this scare you if you’re oily- it’s even better for your type. oil actually dissolves oil (AKA like dissolves like). the reason ‘oil-free cleansers’ don’t seem to solve the problem is because they strip your skin of its natural sebum, causing it to become unbalanced. when your skin is unbalanced, it will produce even more oil to compensate for what was lost


use witch hazel as a toner: it works by removing excess sebum, but not stripping your skin in the process. it also prevents bacteria build up which leads to breakouts. it helps balance your skin’s pH and keep excess oil production at bay *make sure its alcohol free*

sulphur mask: sulfur works its magic by killing bacteria found in acne and shedding the very top layers of the skin. basically, it exfoliates and purges pores. *not to be used all over, but great for in the t-zone or where you see the most shine* can also use as a blemish spot treatment- read more on that *here*

don’t forget to hydrate: just because your skin isn’t dry (lacking oil) it could still be dehydrated (lacking moisture) *big difference* a light moisturizer or hydrating serum will do the trick. look for one containing hyaluronic acid or non-comedogenic

incorporate an antioxidant, particularly vitamin e: when you aren’t get enough of them in your diet, it’s like heading to battle without armor. when our bodies start over-producing oil, they signal a supply of antioxidants, particularly vitamin e, to the rescue. however, if you don’t have an army of antioxidants waiting on standby, your skin is left defenseless

carry blotting papers: just incase. great for touchups throughout the day and removing excess oil pre makeup application