How do you combat oily skin?


I have combination skin of the worst kind, the oily parts are super oily and the dry parts are flaky and aligator-like.

I can handle the dry parts with thick night creams - as long as I use it consistently I can keep it under wraps. But I am sick and tired of having to constantly use blotting tissues or powder throughout the day.

Ideally, I want something I can use in the morning that will minimize the amount of oil my face produces throughout the day.

Any suggestions???
Dec 16, 2010 @ 12:03 pm

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wish i had the answer :(

I am in the same boat cathy! A little while ago I picked up Derma E Very Clear Problem Skin Moisturizer and it's doing an excellent job at soothing the dry parts on my face while balancing out the oily areas. The only thing is the smell - it has tea tree oil and other natural ingredients, so it smells a bit medicinal when you first put it on. If that bothers you, I know Derma E has some other moisturizers that sound like they'd definitely be worth a try :) Hope that helps!
Dec 16, 2010 @ 05:24 pm

Same here.. :(

I also have extremely polar portions on my skin. My nose and chin get esp oily while my cheeks are pretty dry.

What I've found that works pretty well is to use a primer, especially something like Clinique's Instand Pore Minimizer. It has a powdery texture after you apply it, so it helps absorb any extra oil. Using mineral powder foundation helps too, I think.
Dec 16, 2010 @ 05:44 pm

Mineral powder

use a good toner,you can make your own with witch hazel and a few drops of rosemary essential oil thats good for oily skin.Also throughout the day and over your makeup use a loose non coloured translucent mineral powder its really good and healthy for your skin and also just sucks up the oil and makes your skin feel fresh and good.I always order mine from Yves rocher but there are many mineral powders on the market.
Dec 16, 2010 @ 07:11 pm

Combination Skin nightmares

If only there was a way to harvest all of the oil on my nose and cheeks, I'd be a millionaire! But for now, I control the oil by using MAC's blot papers. I find that they absorb the oil without leaving the powdery residue that other blot papers do. To combat my dry skin, I use Nuxe 'Huile Prodigieuse' - a multi purpose face oil as a moisturizer. The oil does wonders for my skin, and keeps my dry skin manageable and soft in the winter :)

Dec 16, 2010 @ 07:34 pm


Thanks for your awesome tips everyone!!

Shagtownlady: I actually need to buy a new moisturizer soon so I'm going to go with the one you recommended (I read your review on it)

Bren: I usually use a power during the day but I worry that leaving the oil on my face will cause breakouts. I'm definitely going to switch to a mineral powder now, it makes so much more sense to use something natural to avoid breakouts!
Dec 17, 2010 @ 01:39 pm


I hope you end up liking this stuff as much as I do! It is different than alot of the usual lotions for your face, but I think that's what makes it work sooo well. And glad to be of some help :) Cheers ladies

Dec 18, 2010 @ 12:46 pm

have you tried...

One of my friends has combo skin and we went to clinique to see what they had to say. They basically said she has oily skin, and the parts that appear dry / peeling is because she's not exfoliating properly.

The review on shagtownlady's moisturizer looks promising, and perhaps invest in a good exfoliator that has proper amount of salicylic acid in it to combat the oils?

Hm...i'm sure you already have a very good exfoliator which you use regularly..the only other suggestion I can give is go to Sears or Bay, visit all the face booths (Clarins, Lancome, Clinique, etc.), explain your situation and see what each has to say. See if they'll give you samples to try out before you buy because those lines, although work well, tend to be very costly so you really want to invest in what really suits you.

Sorry i wish i could be of more help :( I have dry skin so my personal regime wouldn't apply to you at all..
Dec 18, 2010 @ 08:15 pm

Thanks Becky

I wish I just had either dry or oily skin - it's so much trouble trying to satisfy both skin types! I exfoliate regularly - I've been using one from Yves Rocher (review coming soon) and it does make the dry parts better, but I still need a good cream!

I've been using this mattifying product from L'Occitane recently and so far so good - I'm going to give it a few more days to make sure there are no changes in my skin and then I'm going to write my review!
Dec 22, 2010 @ 10:51 am


Try using a gel-cream before your moisturizer. I found this super helpful when my cheeks and forehead were dry and peeling. It's basically like wetting your skin except your skin absorbs the water. It's cool an refreshing and there's no oil components so you don't have to worry about oiliness/clogged pores. I really think the hydrating gel-cream saved my skin!
Garnier Nutritioniste has one you can try :)
Dec 22, 2010 @ 11:56 am

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