Very Easy And Inexpensive Treatments for Your Oily Skin

Very Easy And Inexpensive Treatments for Your Oily Skin

It's no secret that your oily skin is fighting a never-ending battle against our own pores.

The downside is that we're more likely to develop acne, even well after our teen years, but the upside is that our skin will regain its youthful appearance for years longer than that of our dry-skinned friends.

Taking care of oily skin doesn't have to be expensive, so unless you really love forking over huge amounts of cash for tiny little bottles and tubes of things you can't pronounce, try some of these preventative measures instead:

Keep it clean: 

Squeaky-clean skin is the best way to avoid both shine and breakouts. While many people use regular soap on their faces, it's best to use a gentle daily cleanser. 

Almay and Neutrogena, among others, are available for reasonable prices at your local grocery store, but if even those are off-putting for you, at least try a glycerin-based soap. 

You can also use things like ground almonds and honey as a scrub. Just be sure to rinse really well.

Stay cool: 

Coldwater refreshes you and closes your pores, reducing shine. 

If you're not into chemical creams, splash your face with cold water a couple of times a day, then blot (never rub) dry with a cotton towel. 

Rinsing with cool water after you cleanse is a good idea as well.

Don't get hairy: 

For many people, their oily skin is really caused by their oily hair touching their faces. 

Whenever possible, keep your hair off your face for a fresh, clean look.

Say hello to Aloe: 

Aloe vera isn't just for sunburns! Aloe gel is great for absorbing oil and clearing your pores. 

Dab a little on your face after washing, and let it dry. For a truly rejuvenating experience, keep the aloe in the fridge between uses.

Use astringents: 

If your skin is really oily, an astringent may be in order. Alcohol wipes can be incredibly drying, so consider witch hazel, instead. 

Alternatively, revisit your childhood and invest in a jar of Noxema (bonus: it's made with eucalyptus and menthol and will open your sinuses as well as cleaning your skin). 

If even Noxema is too much product for you, consider cucumber slices. They really work, but eating them afterward is not advised.

Tissues are your friends: 

The blotting paper looks cute but isn't always the least expensive option. Instead, consider carrying a travel-pack of facial tissue. 

They work almost as well, for a fraction of the cost of anything you'll find at the cosmetic counter.


While it's best to avoid make-up altogether, most women aren't willing to do so. 

If you're one of them, make sure you buy water-based cosmetics that are labeled with the word "noncomedogenic," which is a fancy way of saying they won't clog your pores.


Some dermatologists believe that people with oily skin should avoid all moisturizers, and stick with sunscreen. 

Others say moisturizing is important. If you choose to moisturize, follow the same guidelines as you would for choosing make-up: look for noncomedogenic products made for oily skin and go for water-based lotions rather than those that are heavy and creamy. 

Souffle-textured products like Philosophy's "Hope in a Jar" are great for all skin types but can be pricey. 

Oil of Olay (yes, the stuff your grandmother used!) makes a lighter product called "Complete" that is under $10 and works great as a night cream for those of us with oily skin.

While all of these ideas are inexpensive and easy, the cheapest thing you can do to take care of your oily skin is to keep your hands away from your face. 

Clean, wipe, moisturize, blot, then leave your skin alone until you get home.

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