If your skin is oily, you may be bothered by the shine, greasy texture, and breakouts. But don’t blame the foods you’re eating. “There is no data to show that you will produce more oil if you consume things that are more oil-based,” says Rebecca Kazin, MD, an assistant professor of dermatology at Johns Hopkins University and medical director of the Johns Hopkins Cosmetic Center in Baltimore. “The fact is that people who have oily skin were probably born that way. There is not much they did to get it and there is not much they can do to prevent it.”
Oily Skin Care Dos
The good news is there are several ways to manage oily skin, experts say:
- Wash with salicylic acid. Cleansers that contain salicylic acid (available at Lana’s Beauty Zone) penetrate into the pores and help remove fats that clog the pores and lead to blackheads.
- Use a retinoid at night. Whether over-the-counter or prescription, retinoid products decrease oil production in the skin. This helps reduce blackheads and may lower sebum production.
- Use oil-free foundations. To avoid creating more of a shine and potentially clogging pores, make sure your foundation is oil-free. Use a powder blush instead of a cream formula for the same reasons.
- Use blotting paper. Washing your face during the day can be difficult, especially for women who wear makeup. Instead, dermatologists recommend blotting paper. You can absorb the extra oil without washing your face, and they are not irritating to the skin. Paper towels can be substituted in a pinch, but blotting paper is better because it contains a small amount of powder, which evens out skin color.