Hi loves! I recently spoke about this topic in my Instagram stories and thought this would be a fantastic topic to write about on the blog.
I used to have terrible acne as well as super oily skin. The combination of the two was definitely not fun. Over the course of a year, I tested out various products and used the ones that worked religiously until my skin completely changed. I have written a blog post about facial oils which will definitely go hand-in-hand with this one. I’ll link the older post here!
One of the basic things that you’ll need to understand before jumping into finding the right products for is the following:
Oil counteracts the natural sebum that your skin produces. Your sebum glands will realize that there is already enough oil on the surface of your skin because of the facial oils that you’ll be applying. Hence it’ll stop producing all of that gross oil that quite honestly just ruins your day.
Now with this in mind don’t rule out the fact that you will still need to use salicylic acid for spot treatments when you break out. Just remember that you should use these products in moderation. Most people think that in order to get rid of the oil, which in turn will most often cause your acne, means that you need to dry it out. This isn’t completely false but remember the fact that oil counteracts oil is important to understand so that you can balance hydrating and drying a pimple or two out.
Below are the products that seriously helped me balance my skin’s over production of sebum.
The Balance Line from Ole Henriksen
I love each of these products in their own respect and all of them have helped my skin improve in one way or another.
The Cold Plunge Pore Mask is one of my favourites. It’s one of those products that, no matter how much your skin has improved, will always be a useful tool in your arsenal.
I’ve spoken all about how its ingredients prove to be affective. I also just want to say that every time I use it, I definitely see a difference in my skin and how it feels. Its a great mask to put on right before you begin to apply your makeup for a long day or night out especially if you’re currently dealing with oily skin.
Want to find out more about this miracle mask? The link to my blog post is right here!
Shop the Mask here: Ole Henriksen Cold Plunge Pore Mask
The Sauna Facial Scrub is literally the only thing you need when taking a hot shower after a long day. exfoliate your skin with this beauty and wash all your worries away. I’m seriously being honest, when I say that this stuff is the bomb.com
It’s main ingredients (sea moss, eucalyptus, kelp, and green tea) all have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties which help to absorb excess oil but condition the deeper layers of your skin at the same time. It also has AHAs and BHAs which is fantastic for exfoliating the top layers of your skin. Trust me, you’ll be sad when you run out.
Shop this product here: Ole Henriksen Sauna Facial Scrub
The Balancing Force Oil Control Toner is one of things that is necessary when creating a go-to skincare routine for oily skin. Whether it is this toner or not, if you have oily skin and are not using a toner, get up, go to the store and pick some up right now!
This toner is sold at a hefty price for a what it is, though its ingredients are what make it special. Just like the Sauna Facial Scrub it also has all of the antiseptic and anti-inflammatory ingredients to help control all of the oil that your glands are overproducing while nonetheless condition the skin. The AHAs and BHAs that are also in this toner help regenerate the skin surface which means you can say goodbye to large pores and minor scarring.
(Aside: I also use separate products that contain AHAs and BHAs or will use the concentrated product in my regimen. The use of these products in a higher concentration helps with exfoliation and regeneration but will not specifically help with excess oil produced by sebaceous glands.)
You can purchase this toner at Sephora because every time I check the Ole Henriksen site, it’s literally sold out: Ole Henriksen Balancing Force Oil Control Toner
The Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator is one of my favourites. It’s a hydrating and much cheaper version of a new medical grade moisturizer that I have, the no.2 NexUltra Universkin moisturizer. The Ole Henriksen cream is a little lighter than the one I currently use and specifically target oily skin.
What’s great about this product is that it mattifies your skin so that you won’t go super oily underneath your makeup throughout the day. You put this on and it seriously works on your skin’s texture and oil problem for the long run throughout the rest of the day.
Shop this product here: Ole Henriksen Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator
(Did you know: The entire Balance collection features all of the same main ingredients so that the treatment your skin receives from the products are consistent and in various forms.)
There are tons of products out there on the market that do the same thing. It’s impossible for me to try everything under the sun, although I personally used these when I had terribly oily skin and saw a major change in my skin over a short amount of time (we’re talking within 1-2 months of constant use).
Stick around for part 2 of this series! I’ll be talking about facial oils in the next blog post and how they can actually help regulate your oily skin.