Oily skin is oftentimes overlooked in the anti-aging skin care world. As we age, it’s more common to have dehydrated skin than blemishes and increased oil production. That said, combination and oily skin remains a common problem among those who also struggle with aging skin. 

What causes excess oil in the skin? This happens when oil glands in our skin make too much sebum. Sebum is the waxy, oily substance that adds hydration and protects the skin. An excess of sebum leads to oiliness, clogged pores and blemishes.

Here are our top tips to combating oily skin.

1. Cleanse your face morning and night. It’s important to diligently adhere to your cleansing routine to wash away impurities, dirt and oil that build up and can cause breakouts and blemishes. It’s especially important to cleanse directly after you sweat - not doing this is a sure way to end up with pesky breakouts. Opt for a cleanser containing salicylic acid—like Papaya Cleanser—that works to clear breakouts. Salicylic acid gently exfoliates dead cells from the top layer of the skin and decreases the redness and swelling of blemishes. Papaya Cleanser is packed with natural papaya fruit enzymes to help brighten and smooth the skin for a naturally clear complexion. They’re also moisturizing and exfoliating, resulting in clearer, more radiant skin. 

2. Use a toner. Toners have gotten a bad rep because some previously on the market stripped the skin of its natural oils. We’re here to tell you that regularly applying toner is a great way to support healthy skin and prep it for the rest of your routine. We recommend Clear-ifying Toner - like Papaya Cleanser, it contains salicylic acid to fight breakouts and unclog pores. It also contains glycolic acid, helping the skin shed dead cells and improve overall texture. If you struggle with acne, glycolic acid can work wonders - it helps keep your pores clear and prevents clogging that causes blemishes and breakouts.

3. Use an oil-free, lightweight moisturizer. When you have oily skin, it’s tempting to skip using a moisturizer altogether. The truth is that if you skip this vital step, your skin can overcompensate and get even oilier! To avoid clogged pores, seek out a gel-based moisturizer for lightweight hydration. Skin Replenishing Gel is a great option - it contains both hyaluronic acid and plant extracts to soothe, hydrate and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

4. Avoid heavy makeup. Choose a lightweight, tinted moisturizer or just a simple powder rather than a heavier foundation that can clog pores and cause blemishes and breakouts. It’s even better to use a product that contains a sheer tint for a bit of coverage along with a high SPF - like Triple Duty Plus. It’s also formulated with powerful collagen-boosting peptides that restore elasticity and repair fine lines while firming the skin. (Doubles as your daily sunscreen, too!)

Questions on our products for those struggling with oily skin? Send us a message on Facebook or Instagram - we’re here to help!