The Most Common Misconception About Oily Skin
I cannot tell you how many times someone has told me "oily skin just needs to be dried out" which logically would make sense. Unfortunately this is a common misconception about oily skin. Oily skin is your body's way of producing oils to hydrate and soothe your skin, because it is in fact dry. We see a lot of oiliness commonly in the teenage and early adult years, as hormones are still developing and trying to find a norm. For all of my fellow millennials, we were marketed proactiv back in the day to dry out our skin. They've since added a sister company, Rodan + Fields, to market to the new generations but the ingredients aren't any better, and do not even get me started on the MLM piece. Let's dive into specifics of how to fix oily skin.
*Please keep in mind I am not a dermatologist, or a licensed aesthetician. My recommendations are based on testing thousands of products, doing my own research and scouring the internet, and my own personal experience. Additionally skincare varies for everyone.
Add hyaluronic acid into your routine.
HA is having a huge moment. Everyone wants hyaluronic acid, but not a lot of people understand how this complex molecule works. Hyaluronic acid can hold 1000 times its weight in water, which means it is extremely hydrating for the skin. The biggest thing to remember about hyaluronic acid however, is that it needs to pull moisture from somewhere. If your skin is dry (which is usually the case with oily skin) you definitely want to ensure you're giving your skin moisture so the hyaluronic acid can actually hold moisture from another product. Using just hyaluronic acid alone could actually have the opposite effect that you're looking for, so make sure you have a hydrating moisturizer on hand.
Use a face oil.
Many people think because their skin is oily, that they shouldn't use an oil but that couldn't be further from the truth. To ensure your skin is getting the hydration it needs you want to use a face oil (it can be something affordable like pure jojoba oil) but it will make a world of difference. Here's a few of my favorites:
Find a super hydrating moisturizer.
You want the moisture to really come from something super hydration, so having a luscious moisturizer is really going to be key. I love Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore, or this one from Sweet Chef. Here's a few of my favorites: