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Our skin produces oil to protect itself from dirt and to keep itself moisturized, but sometimes too much oil can build up and leave our faces looking shiny. Some people's skin produces more oil than others, but everyone can benefit from taking certain measures to have healthier facial skin. Read on to learn how to remove oil from your face.
Method 1Method 1 of 2:Employing Quick Fixes
- 1Use blotting paper. Blotting paper is smooth, absorbent paper that removes oil without taking off your makeup. It's the most convenient quick fix for an oily face: simple take out a sheet and blot your forehead, nose, chin, and any other oily spots.XResearch source You can buy blotting paper at most drugstores, but if you don't have it on hand, try one of these handy substitutes:XResearch source
- Tissue paper. Use the plain white kind that that you use to wrap presents. Avoid getting colored tissue paper, since it can bleed on your skin.
- Cigarette papers. These are made from smooth paper similar to blotting paper. They're usually cheaper than blotting papers, too.
- Toilet seat covers. In a pinch, you can use a clean paper toilet seat cover as blotting paper. Cut it into smaller squares and blot away.
- 2Use disposable face cleansing pads. These are convenient when you're on the go and just have to wipe away the oil on your face. Since cleansing pads are wet and they contain soap, use this solution when you aren't wearing makeup - cleansing pads will take it right off. If possible, splash your face with cold water after using a pad to remove the trace amounts of soap.Advertisement
- 3Swab on some toner. Use a cotton ball to smooth some toner over the oily areas of your face. Toner takes off the oil and tightens the skin, temporarily cleaning your face. You can buy a bottle of toner at the beauty supply store or drugstore, or make your own using the following recipe:
- 4Splash water on your face. Splashing some cold water on your face will tighten up your pores and make your face feel fresher.XResearch source Pat it dry with a soft towel when you're finished. This is a good quick solution no matter where you find yourself with an oily face.
Method 2Method 2 of 2:Keeping Your Face From Getting Oily
- 1Wash your face less often. The oil our faces naturally produce is called sebum. It's a beneficial oil that protects our skin and keeps it flexible and healthy. Washing it away too frequently results in your pores producing more oil to make up for what was lost. This overproduction is what leads to the appearance of oily skin. To prevent this from happening:XResearch source
- Wash your face (with oil) just once a day. If you need to remove oil in between washings, use blotting paper instead of washing your face.
- Moisturize your face after washing it.XTrustworthy SourceHarvard Medical SchoolHarvard Medical School's Educational Site for the PublicGo to source If your face gets too dry, your pores will produce oil to make up for it.
- It may take a few days of using this new routine for your face to balance out.
- 2Remove your makeup every night.XResearch source Wash your face every night before going to bed. It's important to remove makeup and the dust from the day before you go to sleep at night, so that your pores don't get clogged. There's no need to wash it again in the morning.
- 3Don't use drying products. Using soaps and facial cleansers in an attempt to get rid of your face's oil will cause your pores to produce extra to make up for it. Wean yourself off of your soap-based facial cleansers, especially those containing harsh cleaning agents like sodium laurel sulfate.
- It's better to wash your face with plain water than to use a facial cleanser. Use the oil cleansing method when your face needs a deep cleansing.
- If you're worried about acne, use tea tree oil and other natural methods instead of resorting to harsh cleansers, which tend to irritate acne more.
- 4Use makeup that won't cause your face to produce more oil. Choosing your makeup wisely is a big part of oil control. Caking on the makeup isn't going to solve the problem, so use it sparingly. Go for matte foundation and mineral powders to help absorb the oil and keep your face from looking shiny.
- 5Watch what you eat. While more research is needed, some evidence suggests that what you eat can play a role in the development of excess oil and acne. In particular, foods that encourage your body to produce insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) may also cause an increase in sebum.XResearch source
- Foods that increase IGF-1 levels include dairy products, like milk and cheese, and foods with a high glycemic index (GI), like breads, cereals, pastas, refined grains, potatoes, melons, pineapples, pumpkins, and snack foods.XResearch source
- On the other hand, foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help clear your complexion. These include fatty fish, pastured eggs, soy products, spinach, nuts, and wild rice.XResearch source
- QuestionHow can I treat my oily face?Community AnswerBlotting pads found in the makeup section of stores can be used to reduce the oil during the day. Washing your face many times a day, or even just splashing water on it, can make a significant difference.
- QuestionDoes blotting help remove pimples?Community AnswerPimples are caused by excess oil, dirt and even makeup left on the face. So blotting may help prevent pimples, but it will not remove them.
- QuestionHow much does blotting paper cost?Community AnswerIt shouldn't cost more than $10 to $15, depending on the brand and size of the package you buy.
- QuestionHow can I remove acne scars?Community AnswerThrough exfoliation. Some exfoliators include scrubs, some type of micro-dermabrasion, or a peeling gel.
- QuestionWhat make up lasts all day and reduces oil?Community AnswerYou can use matte makeup, such as foundation and powder, which makes your face less oily during the day. You can use a primer before it, which may help reduce the oil or you can use a face wash or cream that reduce excess oil from your skin.
- QuestionIf I don't have castor oil, can I use something else?Community AnswerYes, you could substitute olive or coconut oil.
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When you need to remove oil from your face without ruining your makeup, dab your face with blotting paper, tissue paper, or a clean toilet seat cover. If you don’t have any of those on hand, you can try splashing your face with cold water to tighten up your pores. For a natural but heavy duty solution, try making a natural cleanser out of 2 parts castor oil, 1 part olive oil, and your favorite essential oil. Wipe that mixture off with a hot, wet washcloth. Keep reading to learn how to prevent oily skin.
Reader Success Stories
- "I have noticed my skin is so much less oily than it wad previously. Thank you a lot, the blotting paper helped."