If you carry around an endless supply of oil-blotting papers and mattifying powder, you probably have an oily skin type. There’s definitely no harm in using additional products to combat midday shine but starting with the right cleanser can eliminate the need to carry around compacts or blotting papers (and think about how light your handbag will be).
First, it’s important to note that sebum (aka the greasy, waxy substance we typically refer to as oil) isn’t a bad thing. It helps hydrate the skin, protect it from environmental aggressors and—bonus!—oily skin types are less prone to fine lines and wrinkles than a dry complexion. But if your skin makes too much sebum, it can often lead to things like clogged pores and acne. The key is to find a skincare routine that helps regulate the production of sebum, without stripping skin of its natural hydration, because that can cause your body to create even more oil.
Not sure where to start? Here are ten stellar face washes for oily skin.