I have very oily skin, it used to be just around my T zone, but now it seems to have spread to my forehead and cheeks. It’s gotten so bad, my makeup slips off. What’s the best cleanser and moisturiser to use? I am 27 years old and otherwise my skin is good and blemish-free.
- Joanne, Co Kerry
The nice thing to know about oiliness is that it’s not a true cause for concern if it’s not breaking you out. Nonetheless, it is undoubtedly annoying for your makeup to be slip-sliding away when you’re simply trying to live your life.
Realistically, you’re just built to be oilier and that’s more than allowed, especially since it sounds as if you’re producing a healthier, thinner sebum (oil) than those who would be suffering from congestion because of their oil production. Some brands are even making oiliness the new matte - — let’s take a minute to appreciate how real 2019 is being.
I’m starting to sound like a broken record but, to be fair, the whole The Skin Nerd brand is about keeping it simple. What you need is salicylic acid and vitamin A to help you to manage that oil daily, as there isn’t a one-time, forever solution for your genes and hormone levels.
There are tonnes of salon-based or clinical options when it comes to salicylic acid cleansers but I’d recommend the IMAGE Skincare Clear Cell Cleanser (€37.00, theskinnerd.com and selected salons). IMAGE combine salicylic acid with well-known oil-slicking tea tree oil and sebum-reducing neem. You should use it every second night, alongside a milder cleanser in the morning and on alternating nights, as you don’t want to overcorrect and dry out your skin.
If you’d prefer to be able to grab your cleanser from your chemist, you can pick up Skingredients Sally Cleanse (€25.00) from pharmacies nationwide. We formulated this to be the strongest form you can get over the counter with 2% salicylic acid, so keep your usage at once every three nights!
The other ingredient I recommend for helping to stop sebum from getting in your way is vitamin A, particularly in the form of retinyl palmitate, which works to normalise your skin including your oil production. Get that on to you in the form of the Environ SkinEssentiA Vita-Antioxidant AVST Moisturiser 1 (€57.00, theskinnerd.com and selected salons), the first step of their progressive vitamin A system.
Oil control isn’t the only benefit of a topical vitamin A serum! Vitamin A serums are also anti-ageing, prompting your skin to create more collagen, and environmentally-protective, as vitamin A itself is an antioxidant. It’s your skin saviour in a bottle.
Maybe it’s time to look at the makeup you’re using too. In Nerd HQ, we’d usually suggest a mineral powder for those with oily skin, as powders work to absorb oil. Ben, our in-house makeup expert, has a tip from his years in artistry whereby you dust powder as your primer prior to applying your usual foundation. It works a treat, so long as you use a finely-milled powder like a rice powder. Nobody wants a clumpy, congealed base.
On top of that, there are lots of mattifying products on the market geared towards simply temporarily mattifying the skin! The Koreans swear by blotting paper, tiny, lightweight sheets that mop up oil for you throughout the day, but Team Nerd have been loving the Murad MattEffect Blotting Perfector (€35, cloud10beauty.com and selected salons) of late. It’s a liquid that dries on matte and it greatly rivals any and all mattifying powders!
Fuschia Loose Mineral Powder, €28.50, theskinnerd.com and selected pharmacies and salons
Fuschia is one of my favourite Irish brands. They create skin-friendly mineral makeup. Pure mineral foundations do not contain the drying alcohols and irritating fragrances often found in cosmetic makeup, and thus tend to respect the skin as the organ that it is.Their Loose Mineral Powder is sheer but builds to full coverage with their signature “dip dip, taptap, buff buff” method. When it comes to mineral makeup, it’s important to follow the correct technique. Incorrect technique is a big reason people are anti-mineral. Nerd up.