You really can outsmart breakouts and makeup meltdowns. The key? Don't wait til your oily skin goes into overdrive. Keep it in check from morning to night with these grease-defying skin and makeup strategies.More
Squeaky clean skin: It's the goal of every oily-skinned woman, but it's destined to backfire every. Single. Time. "Drying out your skin triggers it to produce more oil," explains bi-coastal dermatologist Karyn Grossman, M.D. "If you wash your face, and it feels tight, it's actually too much." Your true aim? Soft, supple skin. Achieve it by sticking to gentle cleansers like Skinceuticals LHA Cleansing Gel. "It has a little acid, which will help keep pores clear, but it's not drying," Dr. Grossman says. Or for an even milder option, try Cetaphil DermaControl Oil-Control Foam Wash.
It's no secret that toners are prized for ousting oils. The problem is they're too good at their job, potentially leaving skin parched and flaky. The worst offenders are alcohol-based varieties. Instead, try witch hazel, which can also help rein in oil production. To degrease without dehydrating your complexion, take these additional precautions: Mix your own 50-50 witch hazel and water solution in a spray bottle, use it only once a day, and spritz only on oily areas like your T-zone, advises Dr. Grossman.