Oily Skin: The Good, The Bad, and How to Deal

In this life, we all have our downfalls or our “crosses to bear” sort of speak. Some struggle with their weight. Others with frizzy hair. Mine? Oily skin. Sure it doesn’t sound that bad, I mean it’s an easy fix to just stop using products that contain oil right? Wrong. It felt like no matter what I did, by lunch time my face would look like I had ran a 5k marathon. For years I struggled with my skin and being confident in it. It has been a long road but I’ve finally managed to get to the place of viewing it with love and care. What I lacked was understanding and the patience to truly nurture and take care of my skin. And what better way to do that then compile a list of the good and bad things and ways to help?


The Bad

  1. Oil free is basically code word for “works for everyone BUT oily skin”
  2. Most setting spray’s makes you look like your face took a shower.
  3. Wanting to try that pretty dewy and glowing look? Forget about it.
  4. Thinking powder will help but only ends up making you look like you have an appointment…with a casket.
  5. Acne. Nuff said.
  6. At least when you’re actually sweating you have an excuse.
  7. Having such high hopes when getting a new product only to be let down.
  8. The constant battle to moisturize or not to moisturize?


The Good

  1. You will always be a walking fountain of moisturized youth.
  2. Oily sin + melanin= no wrinkles. Like ever.
  3. Always having a natural glow with minimal effort.
  4. Your skin is thicker and thus, less likely to be overly sensitive due to the weather and its elements.
  5. Vitamin E is naturally produced in your skin type so you won’t need to slather on ridiculously thick layers of sunscreen
  6. Whenever you get a facial you leave looking like a glowing bronzed goddess.
  7. Saving money on facial creams and moisturizers
  8. Having makeup artists love and prefer you because oily skin helps the makeup application.


How to Deal

  1. Don’t use harsh facial cleansers and toners that strip away your skins natural oils. This causes your skin to overproduce oil thus, making it worse. Try cleansers that have natural oils in them.
  2. Moisturize your skin. Sounds like it’s the opposite of what you’re supposed to do but doing so helps your body to not overproduce any oils.
  3. Read all labels carefully including the ones that say “oil free.” Avoid toners, and alcohol based products.
  4. Don’t over wash your face. Only try to wash it once in the morning and once at night. Over washing strips your skin of its natural oils and will make your skin even oiler.
  5. Use one facial product at a time. Slathering on multiple oils and treatments will make your skin go into overdrive and will end up doing more damage than good.
  6. Facial masks are your friend. Clay and mud masks are the holy grail for oily skin.


If you’re like me and have been struggling with oily skin, let today be the day that you decide to love all the things about your skin, the good and the bad.

Author: Imani Hassan


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