How to deal with oily skin

Last updated 05:00 13/11/2012

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Oily skin is a beauty junkie's nightmare, a makeup artist's stumbling block and an everyday battle for many of us.

Whether you have an all-over oily face or just a smattering of oil on your T-zone, having oily skin can mean enlarged pores and regular blemish problems, as well as having trouble keeping your makeup from sliding off.

Here's how to beat the oily skin blues.


Use a cleanser formulated specially for oily skin. Harsh soaps and cleansers can strip too much oil from the skin and dry it out, causing the sebum glands to produce more oil, so look for gentle options.

TRY: Clinique Facial Soap Oily Skin Formula, $32; Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit, $16.99; or Eve Lom Cleanser, $88.


Oily and combination skins still need moisture. Look for oil-free or water-based hydrators.

TRY: Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Mattifying Moisturiser, $89; M.A.C Oil Control Lotion, $70; or Kiehl's Facial Fuel No Shine Hydrator, $50. 


Primer puts a protective layer between skin and foundation, gives a smooth and flawless finish and will make your makeup last longer. 

TRY: Revlon Photoready Primer, $40; Napoleon Auto-Pilot Pre Foundation Primer, $50; or Estee Lauder Matter Perfecting Primer, $68.


Oil-free or powder foundations will give you coverage without adding excess oil.

TRY: Revlon Colourstay Makeup for combination/oily skin, $40; Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Makeup, $64; or Bobbi Brown Powder Compact Foundation, $90.


Depending on sebum production, you may find you need to tend to your skin throughout the day to eradicate greasy areas. There are various different products that will keep your shine and oil under control.

MATTE: Mattifying creams are applied directly onto oily areas to instantly mattify the area. Many mattifying creams also have pore minimising properties.

TRY: M.A.C Matte, $45; The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser, $35; or Dr Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner, $88 from Mecca Cosmetica.

POWDER: Translucent powders absorb oil and will rid your face of shine. Overuse can make your face look cakey, so only apply through the T-zone and in areas prone to oil.

TRY: Natio Translucent Powder, $21; or Estee Lauder Lucidity Translucent Powder, $81.

BLOT: Blotting papers contain oil-absorbing products and can be dabbed across problem areas for a quick and easy fix-up job. These are handy to have in your handbag for emergencies.

TRY: M.A.C Blot Film, $26; or Bobbi Brown Blotting Papers, $45.

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