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Oily skin is a skin type characterized by the overproduction of sebum on the face. We all have sebaceous glands that produce oil, which keeps our skin moisturized. If your glands happen to make , skin becomes oily and shiny. Your pores appear larger because, often, they can get clogged with oil and dead skin.

Because of this, your skin can be prone to breakouts. And there’s also the tiny inconvenience of having makeup slide around your face because the surface is just too slick. If you have oily skin, worry not. Here’s an effective routine that keeps sebum in check.

What Causes Oily Skin?

Before we address the effects of excess oil on your skin, it’s important to establish that oiliness is not caused by poor hygiene, and you can’t get rid of it by washing and scrubbing obsessively. Usually, oily skin is hereditary. You may share the same skin type with one or both of your parents. Excess oil production can also be triggered by the weather. When our skin gets dry because of cold air, our glands produce more oil to keep our skin moisturized. Your skin can also get oilier before your period, when estrogen and progesterone levels are low.

But, while you’re stuck with the skin you were born with, it’s also totally manageable. You just happen to need a bit more maintenance than others with normal skin types. 

How to Show Your Oily Skin Some Love

Contrary to popular belief, drying out oily skin with harsh soaps and astringents is actually counterintuitive. Stripping your skin of its natural oils signals your glands to produce more oil. Instead of aggressive treatments, what all skin needs is some TLC. Oily skin, in particular, requires a regular skincare regimen not only to keep oil at bay, but cleanse pores and prevent blemishes, as well. This skincare routine will keep oil at bay, with that are also friendly on the budget.

Pay more attention to your cleansing routine. 

Over the years, the art of cleansing has evolved from briskly washing with bar soap in the shower to lovingly moving a cleansing brush in small circles all over your face. Everyone has different skin needs and levels of tolerance. If you’re planning to level up your cleansing routine, you can start by doing two steps instead of one. is great for oily skin because it allows you to remove dirt from the surface of the skin gently.

Skin care for oily skin can start with an oil-based cleanser to remove makeup and impurities without drying the skin. Follow it up with POND'S Pure Detox Facial Foam, which is specially formulated to control oil with activated charcoal and Japanese green tea.

Choose a toner that is exfoliating but non-drying. 

In oily skin, pores can get congested with sebum and dead skin. Make sure you aid your skin’s natural exfoliation process with a toner that helps with cleansing and cellular turnover. Choose a toner with beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs), which unclog the pores and get rid of excess oil. They are also effective at addressing acne.

The most popular BHA is , which can be found in most pore-refining toners. Meanwhile, Eskinol Facial Deep Cleanser Oil Control contains lemon extract and niacinamide in an anti-bacterial formula that cleans and keeps oil in check.

Don’t skip the moisturizer.

The truth is, oily skin can also be dehydrated. You need moisturizer to replenish the oils on your skin and keep your glands from going on overdrive. However, steer clear of heavy creams that can congest the pores. POND'S Aloe Vera Jelly Moisturizer is oil-free and contains aloe vera and vitamin B3 to nourish and smoothen skin while refining pores. 

Oily skin doesn’t have to be a life-long problem. You can love the oily skin you’re in by giving it the TLC it needs. Like this skincare routine? Share this article with your friends!