Oily skin: the bane of many guy’s existence. Often seemingly impossible to control, oily skin problems can range from a moderate (but embarrassing) light sheen at the end of the day to skin that looks like an oil slick by noon. Oily, shiny skin can especially be a problem for guys, who aren’t encouraged by society to keep a regular skin care routine.
The truth is that there’s plenty guys can do to combat shiny face syndrome – and no, it doesn’t have to mean washing your face every two hours. In fact, overwashing your face or washing with the wrong cleanser can actually make the problem worse. Whether your problem is a minor inconvenience of a major one, we recommend following these simple 5 steps to reduce or eliminate oily skin – so you can get on with business!
Find the right facial wash – and use it every day. To be clear: when it comes to facial wash, NOT any old soap or cleanser will do. Every person’s skin requires a different moisture balance in order to keep a healthy, oil-free tone, and not all cleansers are made equal. Some cleansers may dry out your skin too much, causing flaking and, eventually, even worse oiliness as your skin combats excessive dryness by overproducing oil. Other cleansers, such as oil-based cleansers, on the other hand, can be too oily for your particular skin, making shiny skin and acne problems worse.
It goes without saying that regular bar soap is right out!
The best thing to do is to first understand your skin’s composition. Is it excessively dry? Excessively greasy? A combination of both? Keep in mind that just because your face can be shiny and oily doesn’t mean it isn’t “dry”; too much dryness can lead to excessive oil production. Once you know your skin, look for facial cleansers that specifically address your skin’s needs. Buy the smallest bottles or sample sizes available and try several out, using each type for at least a week. Take note of the results, and stick with the one that helps your skin achieve the best balance.
As far as frequency goes, it IS possible to wash your face too often! Your skin needs a certain amount of natural oil to maintain a good tone, and washing too often can strip your skin of much-needed natural oils, causing it to overproduce even more oil. Try washing once in the morning and once at night, and if you notice this causes excessive dryness, switch to washing at night and use a simple, gentle toner in the morning.
Moisturize properly. Like facial cleansers, not all moisturizers are made equally. Use the same process we recommended for choosing a cleanser when picking out the right moisturizer for your skin. Keep in mind that some moisturizers are oil-based, and unless your skin is excessively dry, you should steer clear of these. Oil-based moisturizers tend to clog pores and cause more oiliness.
Again, regular hand or body lotion WON’T cut it when it comes to your face!
You should moisturize after every time you cleanse. In dry winter months in cold climates, you might consider keeping a little tube of moisturizer on hand to apply to dryness-prone areas of your face throughout the day.
Use skin toner. Skin toner is one of the skin care industry’s best kept secrets. Most skin toners contain witch hazel, a gentle antiseptic, as their main ingredient. The purpose of a skin toner is to cleanse your face’s pores without stripping its natural oils. Swabbing with facial toner is a perfect way to freshen up quickly in the morning or throughout the day, and if you struggle with excessively oily skin, it’s a great way to swab up excess oil without making your skin overly dry.
If you feel that washing your face every few hours is the only way to combat an excessive oil problem, try using toner instead of cleanser – it’s gentler for frequent use.
While there are plenty of great skin toners out there, nearly all of them use witch hazel as their active ingredient. If you’re opposed to spending $8 on a bottle of skin toner, pick up a bottle of straight up witch hazel for $1.49 instead and achieve the same results.
Change your diet. You’ve heard it before, but it’s still true. A diet that contains excessive amounts of fatty, acidit and sweet foods – pizza, potato chips, fries, soda, takeout – is a big contributor to excessive oil production in your skin. Do your skin (and your body) a favor, and replace these types of foods with veggies, whole grains and home cooked meals.
Cover up! Even the best skin care regimen and diet can still leave your skin oily from time to time. When you need to look your best, a little concealer and matte finish can go a long way in glossing over that face shine – and boosting your confidence. Apply a small amount of concealer such as our own Men Pen, to your face’s affected areas (after washing and moisturizing, of course) and blend thoroughly. Apply a very light layer all over if you struggle with all over sheen, or spot-apply if it only affects certain areas of your skin. If you’ve chosen the right color concealer, blending these spots in seamlessly should be easy.
For a little extra help with extra oily skin, try brushing on a light matte powder after applying concealer.