Any ideas how to rid of oil?

I have super oily skin!Any products that help?
i take a zinc food complex supplement. zinc is to help reduce oiliness. i use mineral makeup and oil blotters.
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And a facial sunscreen with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

Also make sure your skin is properly hydrated. Lots of folks' skin pumps out obscene amounts of oil to overcompensate from the stripping effects of oil-control washes, etc, where the skin was not poperly hydrated after cleansing.
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I don't take a zinc supplement but I use a zinc sunscreen. I've been using Burnout Kids. I used to turn into a pretty shiny mess mid-day but now I don't have to touch up my makeup or blot during the day since I started using the zinc sunscreen. Before I tried this, I'd use a mattifier, primer, foundation, setting powder, and I'd still turn greasy before lunch.
"Also make sure your skin is properly hydrated. Lots of folks' skin pumps out obscene amounts of oil to overcompensate from the stripping effects of oil-control washes, etc, where the skin was not poperly hydrated after cleansing."

So very true! Often people's skin WILL over-compensate by becoming even oilier with such harsh washes. After a certain point, one can only do so much "oil-free" this and that. Although it might sound counter-intuitive, using a GENTLER cleanser can make a big difference. Using harsh cleansers over the long term just strips the skin of good stuff too, like one's skin barrier function, oil and natural hydration, making things worse. But if skin is naturally oily, nothing will change the basic skin type, just balance it out somewhat. People often discount cleansers' importance, because "they're not on the skin that long" or "they just wash down the drain". Not so - give a gentler cleanser a try. CeraVe Foaming for oilier skin is not too harsh at all. Something else to look into that any number of people have had success with is the Oil Cleansing Method, with oil. Before oily-skinned anyone runs off screaming from the idea of this, google it, and read people's accounts. It might work for you, and is very inexpensive to try too, so if it doesn't you're not out much money.
If it's any comfort at all, you'll be glad you have the skin oil when you get older, because skins with any degree of oil in them tend to wrinkle a good bit more slowly. Hope this helps.
"Also make sure your skin is properly hydrated. Lots of folks' skin pumps out obscene amounts of oil to overcompensate from the stripping effects of oil-control washes, etc, where the skin was not poperly hydrated after cleansing."

So very true! Often people's skin WILL over-compensate by becoming even oilier with such harsh washes. After a certain point, one can only do so much "oil-free" this and that. Although it might sound counter-intuitive, using a GENTLER cleanser can make a big difference. Using harsh cleansers over the long term just strips the skin of good stuff too, like one's skin barrier function, oil and natural hydration, making things worse. But if skin is naturally oily, nothing will change the basic skin type, just balance it out somewhat. People often discount cleansers' importance, because "they're not on the skin that long" or "they just wash down the drain". Not so - give a gentler cleanser a try. CeraVe Foaming for oilier skin is not too harsh at all. Something else to look into that any number of people have had success with is the Oil Cleansing Method, with oil. Before oily-skinned anyone runs off screaming from the idea of this, google it, and read people's accounts. It might work for you, and is very inexpensive to try too, so if it doesn't you're not out much money.
If it's any comfort at all, you'll be glad you have the skin oil when you get older, because skins with any degree of oil in them tend to wrinkle a good bit more slowly. Hope this helps.
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I totally forgot about this! I do this at night several times per week. I can vouch for this method's effectiveness.
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oil cleansing and actually using oil on my face at night totally halted my oil prone skin in its tracks.

i use argan, camellia or an herb infused olive oil at night.

my skin is also MUCH clearer than before!
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I've been using Cetaphil with good results. It's OTC. Very gentle and recommended when I got a facial. Did as good as or better than other products such as Aveda.
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I used to use lots of harsh chemicals(face washes) and so my face became too oily especially my T zone.. Now I just use a gentle soap or face wash n apply coconut oil to my face n massage..I don't use it regularly cos I'm lazy :P I have lots of white and black heads n when I massage they literally come out.. Without any force and my face feels sooo good after I wash.. So u should try this method.. I was skeptical abt this too.. But now love it


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I know it goes against common wisdom, but I don't think face washes of any kind can directly influence the behavior of sebaceous glands. Sebaceous glands are influenced by genetics and hormones, only. As someone with oily skin, I don't think it's helpful for anyone to think that if they use just the right cleanser or other product that their skin will stop being oily. That's not going to happen.

That's not to say you should just use whatever and it's all that same, because it's not. A harsh cleanser will strip your skin of the oil that's there, making you feel dry, and making the oil production after the dry feeling seem like more oil production than it is. Harsh cleansers will also damage your face's natural barrier, which can contribute to all manner of problems, including acne.

My goal in finding the right routine for me is to keep my skin feeling pretty much the same at all times. I don't want it to feel dry when I've cleaned it and I don't want it to feel weighed down when I moisturize. I do this by using a gentle cleanser and a really light, not creamy moisturizer. It takes time to fix your skin's barrier after it's been beat up for years.

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A harsh cleanser will strip your skin of the oil that's there, making you feel dry, and making the oil production after the dry feeling seem like more oil production than it is.
I have to disagree.
I generally judge how oily my skin is by how many blotting papers I can go through in a day. While using a pretty harsh cleanser and no moisturizer, I could blot 3-4 hours after my morning face wash and fill up two whole papers. After switching to a really gentle cleanser and regularly moisturizing, I use half the amount of blotting sheets than I used to. (I also tested that by going back to the harsh cleanser without moisturizing for a few weeks and my skin got just as oily as it was before.)

Anyways, I think the Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser works pretty well (for me, at least). If I wear any foundation or heavy sunscreen, I oil cleanse first because the Cetaphil won't wash all of it off. There's also a Target knock-off that's a dollar or two cheaper.
As for moisturizers, I'm trying CeraVe right now. So far so good.
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I've been using kaolin clay mix with unsweetened cocoa powder to absorb oil. The cocoa powder is to prevent white cast.

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