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Expert tips and product picks for dealing with overactive, oily skin and spots…

What causes oily skin?

There’s nothing you’re doing wrong that causes oily skin because it’s all down to genetics. However, there are certain reasons your skin produces more oil at certain times, such as during your menstrual cycle or when you’re physically or emotionally stressed – or you may simply be using products that don’t suit your skin type.

Best cleansers for oily skin

Don’t be tempted to scrub your skin into submission: over-cleansing can cause dryness, which stimulates the sebum flow and causes skin to become even oilier. Surprisingly, oil-based cleansers are good for oily skin: they attract the excess oil on your face like a magnet and remove it. But if you can’t face using anything oily on your skin, try micellar water, which removes dirt and makeup without leaving the skin stripped of moisture.

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Biore Biore Charcoal Cleanser 200ml £5.19 Buy Now
Nip + Fab Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Cleanser 150ml £3.95 Buy Now
Garnier Garnier Pure Active Micellar Cleansing Water 400ml £3.29 Buy Now

Using exfoliators and facemasks on oily skin

Using a gentle exfoliator two to three times a week will help keep oiliness and blemishes to a minimum. A deep-cleansing facemask once a week will also help with the condition. Choose one containing tea tree, which will help fight spot-causing bacteria. When the weather is warmer, your skin produces more sebum, so pop your facemask in the fridge for a cold, soothing effect.

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Neutrogena Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pore & Shine Daily Scrub 150ml £4.75 Buy Now

 

Using moisturisers on oily skin

It’s a common misconception that you shouldn’t use a moisturiser on oily skin, but it’s really important not to miss this step out. Skin can become dry after cleansing and if it’s not rehydrated, it will produce more sebum to compensate. Apply morning and evening to regulate your oil production and to keep skin supple. Moisturiser also acts as a barrier, protecting the skin from free radicals and toxins. The secret is to choose a moisturiser that is suitable for your skin type, such as a light, mattifying formula. A thick moisturiser will be too heavy for oily skin, further clogging pores.

Garnier Garnier Moisture+ Matte Daily Oil-Free Moisturiser 50ml £3.99 Buy Now
Simple Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Moisturiser 75ml £2.79 Buy Now
Neutrogena Neutrogena Visibly Clear Moisturiser 50ml £4.25 Buy Now

Best makeup for oily skin

When choosing primers, moisturisers and makeup, opt for a mattifying formula to prevent shine. Start with the primer, which will keep your makeup firmly in place. Aim for light, oil-free makeup, which not only conceals any blemishes, but treats them, too, then finish with a light dusting of powder. Don’t layer powder on too heavily as it can clog hair follicles. Carry mattifying shine control papers in your bag and use them throughout the day to get rid of excess oil. Alternatively, if you find your makeup slips out of place during the day, use a damp foundation sponge to smooth it back into place.

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