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Start An Oil Embargo: How To Banish Oily Skin

Photo by Jennifer Ryan Jones

When it comes to taking care of your oily skin, you might not be as slick as you think. To combat shine and acne, most men reach for an overly drying face wash. Or they choose a harsh astringent hoping to de-grease their derm. And they skip the moisturizer altogether. Makes sense right? Then how come oily skin remains a reoccurring issue?

A healthy, youthful complexion is about hydration and balance. Whether your environment causes your oily skin, hormones, diet or the weather, depleting your hide of hydration can exasperate the problem. Using products that strip the oil and water from your skin can send it into overdrive causing it to produce even more excess sebum. And it's when that oil gets trapped in the pores under dead skin cells when all hell breaks loose. To avoid acne, whiteheads, and blackheads you need to balance your oily skin by using the right products. And yes, that includes moisturizer and sunscreen. These products drill down and help banish oily skin.



Kiehl’s Oil Eliminator Deep Cleansing Exfoliating Face Wash

Stop washing your face with the same bar of soap that you use to lather up your pits. Instead, use a designated cleanser that gently frees the acne-causing gunk in your pores. This one enlists Crushed Apricot Seeds and Argon shells that gently slough away dead skin cells while clearing the way for added Salicylic Acid to deep clean your clogged pores.


Brickell Purifying Charcoal Face Mask

Overdoing it with harsh, overly drying scrubs can aggravate your skin and leave it feeling super tight. Instead, look for products with natural ingredients like this one from Brickell. Activated Charcoal and Kaolin Clay gently draw out dirt, grime, blemish-causing bacteria and excess oil from your skin. While Vitamin E and Hyaluronic Acid add moisture back in,  leaving your derm balanced and healthy.


Jack Black Oil-Control Toner

For those hot and humid days, that require extra shine control, go ahead and use a toner. Just be sure that yours is an alcohol-free formulation like this one from Jack Black. A little bit, applied with a cotton ball will absorb and control excess oil especially in the T-zone. And Red Macroalgae Extract, Salicylic Acid, and Witch Hazel will work to unclog dirt and grime. Your cleaner pores will appear smaller and make your overall complexion look brighter.



MenScience Advanced Acne Pads

Zits happen. But they tend to happen more often if you have oily skin. When it comes to fighting the war on acne, these medicated pads from MenScience can be a potent weapon in your arsenal. Swipe on as part of your morning grooming routine and use them throughout the day as an on-the-go cleanser. Stow them in a gym locker or desk drawer and use them up to three times a day to keep your face clean and heal acne.


Recipe For Men Anti-Shine Moisturizer

No, you should not give up on moisturizing because you have oily skin. However, you can switch those heavy lotions and balms for a lightweight, oil-free gel like this one from Recipe For Men. Not only does it absorb excess oil but it contains an ultra-fine powder that dries down to a matte finish leaving your complexion looking, well ultra-fine! Slather on this oil-control magic formulation comprising of a slew of other anti-aging botanicals for a youthful, shine-free complexion.

This article was written and appeared on Grooming Lounge and our Founder, Mike Gilman, were quoted a lot, so we borrowed the article. Giving them credit -- hope it's OK.

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