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. 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 harsh cleansers and soaps don’t solve the problem is because they strip your skin of its natural sebum, causing it to become unbalanced. and when your skin is unbalanced, it will produce even more oil to compensate for what was lost

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toner: using the right toner can work wonders by removing excess sebum without stripping your skin in the process. it also prevents bacteria build-up which leads to breakouts, and helps balance your skin’s pH and keep excess oil production at bay *steer clear of toners with alcohol*

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don’t forget to hydrate: just because your skin isn’t dry (lacking oil), it could still be dehydrated (lacking water/moisture) *big difference* just like your body gets thirsty, so does your skin. hyaluronic acid is the gold standard ingredient for hydration. it can bind 1000x its weight in water to the skin (layer it with a light moisturizer to seal it in)

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

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

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exfoliation: pores tend to be a common complaint for oily skin type as they’re typically larger. it’s important to incorporate exfoliating acids like AHA’s and BHA’s into your routine. they work to remove dead surface skin cells, oil and bacteria from getting trapped under the skin, keeping clogged pores and breakouts at bay. we swear by Dr. Dennis Gross peel pads 2-3x a week

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