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The 10 Worst Things For Oily Skin

April 28, 2015 by Maria Bobila
shefinds | beauty

Like caring for any skin type, knowing the right and wrong ways to deal with oily skin is tricky. Most myths have been debunked (yes, you still need moisturizer, for example), and luckily, there's a slew of new products that help you manage a shiny T-zone (mattifying makeup!). We narrowed down the top 10 things that you may be doing wrong (or not even doing at all) for your oily skin. Click through our slideshow to see for yourself.

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Going HAM on washing, toning, and scrubbing. Yes, oil clogs your pores, which increases the chances of acne. But the idea of constantly cleaning, toning, and exfoliating your face to prevent a breakout will most definitely backfire. Stripping your skin of its natural oils (no matter how much you have) will lead your skin to producing even MORE oil production. So take it easy on your daily routine: wash twice daily with lukewarm water (not hot), tone your T-Zone only, and exfoliate once a week max.

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Avoiding a moisturizer. Some oily skin folks think their natural sebum is already enough when it comes to moisturizer. Nope! You still need it! Chances are you're treating your skin with oil-fighting products, so you still need something that will help hydrate your skin. Try an oil-free moisturizer with components that mattify your shine-prone skin.

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Using the wrong cleanser for your skin type. Take note of what cleanser you're using every day since it might contribute to your oily skin (see tip #1). Instead, try a cleanser that's gentle and will still remove dirt and oil without completely drying out your skin.

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Not washing your face at night. This is a major rule of thumb for any skin type. But your oily skin is already a culprit for clogged pores, so the idea of having makeup on your skin for an additional eight hours in the evening will definitely lead to a breakout.

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Skipping the SPF. Another must-do in your skincare routine is applying sunblock before leaving the house. (Your wrinkle-free 70-year-old self will thank you.) Sure, the typical sunblock can leave a layer similar to an oil slick on your skin but there are plenty of options available that are oil-free and even oil-controlling.

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Not keeping up with the seasons. You may find your skin's oil production skyrocket during the summer months, or possibly your skin experiences dry patches during the winter. Adapt your skin care routine to the changing seasons because your skin's needs are changing, too.

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Choosing the wrong foundation. Less is preferred when it comes to wearing makeup on oily skin. But if you're the type who can't leave the house without putting on foundation, make sure you're actually applying the right one for you. Naturally, go for products formulated for your skin condition. Phrases like "none-comedogenic," "matte complexion," and "shine prevention" are key.

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Forgetting to keep oil blotters on hand. Always remember to keep this simply but highly effective product on you as you would with your iPhone or house keys. They're perfect for mid-day touch ups and getting rid of your shiny T-zone throughout the day.

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A poor diet and/or diet deficiency.  Practice moderation when it comes these food with the following: sugar, fat, and salt, along with enriched flour and dairy. Satisfy your appetite to foods high in fiber, leafy greens, citrus foods, and of course, plenty of water. Oily skin could also mean that you're low in Vitamins B5 and B2, so treat yourself to things like almonds, fish, sweet potatoes, and—hooray!—cheese.  

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Letting stress get to you. Stress increases the cortisol levels in your body, which leads to more oil production. So you may find yourself with shinier skin during tough times. Try to keep calm through regular exercise, meditation, and plenty of sleep—whatever works for total relaxation.

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