5 Things Every Woman with Oily Skin Needs

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Oily skin is shiny skin, especially in the T-zone (from the forehead, down the nose to the chin). You may have enlarged pores, and you may be prone to blackheads and breakouts due to the overproduction of the sebaceous (oil-producing) glands.

You may not feel lucky right now with your oily skin, but the truth is, oily skin is great for aging. You'll develop fewer lines and wrinkles as you age. In the meantime, you probably just want the oil to stop oozing out of your pores. There are 5 things every woman with oily skin needs and I run down each one in this article.

Oil Blotting Sheets

I suffered from oily skin for much of my life, until I turned 35 and my skin turned as dry as the Saharan Desert. Hormones! But because I know what life is like with super oily skin, I know the best ways to combat the oils.

And the best way, hands down, is blotting sheets.

Ever press a paper napkin to your face in the middle of the day and watch in disgust (or glee, depending on your interest in body function) as you pull it off and it's covered in oil? Blotting papers work much in the same way. They blot up excess oils leaving your skin oil-free and your makeup untouched without the added heaviness of powders or extra makeup.

Not only do they magically soak up facial oils while leaving your makeup (foundation, powder) intact, they are a much smarter option than paper napkins and powdering your forehead every hour (which leaves you looking like a mime as the day wears on, and can clog up your pores).

Oil-Free Foundations or Tinted Moisturizers

When it comes to your makeup choices, you should stick to oil-free foundations and tinted moisturizers. Powdering your face is good when you do your makeup initially and yes, you can powder your oily nose if you want, just be sure not to pile on the powder all day long.

Powder Blushes and Bronzers

When it comes to blush and bronzers, powdered blends work better than liquid ones.

A Cleanser Formulated for Oily Skin

To take care of your skin, wash with a cleanser formulated for oily skin before you go to bed. Gel cleansers work well for oily skin because they absorb excess oils.

Gentle Scrubs

Exfoliate twice weekly with a gentle scrub. You can buy them or make your own.