Is oily skin your no.1 skincare challenge? You've probably tried the usual skin drying out 'go-to's' that only encourage your skin to make MORE oiliness in the long run. It's a rebound thing! Instead you should be doing these 4 things to help 'dry out skin' in the long term, by that we are talking reduce your skins oiliness in a super healthy way ->

How to Dry Out Skin… the healthy way for oily skin types

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Are you suffering from an oily complexion? Do you have combination skin and want to ‘take some action’ to dry out your skin? Not sure where to start, which skincare to turn to and just what the heck will work or what might be a quick fix but leave your skin heat-broken in the long run? If you’re nodding yes, yes, yes – this blog is for you.

Is oily skin your no.1 skincare challenge? You've probably tried the usual skin drying out 'go-to's' that only encourage your skin to make MORE oiliness in the long run. It's a rebound thing! Instead you should be doing these 4 things to help 'dry out skin' in the long term, by that we are talking reduce your skins oiliness in a super healthy way ->

Things to Know Before You Dry Out Skin

An oily or combination complexion is actually a BIG skin friend. So when we say ‘dry out skin’ the aim is to make your combination/oily skin type closer to normal but absolutely not push it to dry.

See here is the thing to love about an oily and combination skin type, you have the absolute best skin type for slowing signs of ageing. Your oily skin’s like a highly evolved defence system against water loss which means your skin stays plump and hydrated – most of the time. Skin that is plump and hydrated is what fights away fine lines and wrinkles. Wahoo.

So this is us giving your skin a moment of thanks… and then maybe no thanks(?) Or at least thank you and I will ‘work with you’ to bring a more controllable amount of skin protection to the table – (we have the best management talk here ;)).

The secret to drying out your skin is this – stay clear of harsh astringents that will dry out your skin like a dessert ultimately giving you oily-dry-oily-dry skin.

Instead the aim of ‘drying out skin’ is to push your skin’s oil aka sebum production back towards normal.

It’s a wee-bit ironic we call it ‘drying out skin’ as what we actually want to happen is to keep all that moisture in your skin (psst – it’s potently anti-ageing) and instead what we want to do is balance your skin’s oil production.

‘Happily hydrated skin is one of the biggest ways to fighting the signs of ageing’

So when we want to ‘dry out skin’ what we actually mean is we want to balance your skin’s oiliness. We want to be edging your skin towards a normal skin type and staying well clear of you getting a dry skin type. That means being super savvy about which ‘dry out skin’ promise products you’re using (psst – usually you want to be using none of the ones that promise to ‘dry out skin’). And also being super savvy about which skincare serums and moisturisers are forming the foundations of you healthy skincare routine for your currently oily skin type.

Psst – you’ll want to join for my 7-days of Get Great Skin Started email lessons (you get one new Great Skin email lesson each day) so you can go from feeling like your skin’s an oil slick to wow – I can’t believe how balanced and healthy my skin looks right now… people keep wondering if I’m pregnant 😅. Join for free here.

Signed up to Get Great Skin Started? Awesome, now let’s get going with how to dry out skin but not hurt your skin.

How to Dry Out Skin The Healthy Way

Or in other words, how to reduce your skin’s oiliness – here we go. These are the 4 pillars to taking your oily and combination skin towards normal and healthy. And doing it without taking a pit stop at dry skin station.

1. pH of your skin

Your skin has a set of ‘vital statistics’ that keep it on the it’s healthiest life path. If any of these vital stat’s get shifted, you got it, that means your skin throws a tantrum and wonders from normal into dry – or oily or combination or spot-prone territories. We need a skin-naughty step ‘eh.

One of your healthy skin stats is your skin’s pH level. Naturally, it’ll be in the ballpark of 4.2-5.5, which means it’s slightly acidic. Your skin being slightly acidic keeps your skin normal, spot free and protected.

A healthy skin pH is between 4.2-5.5. Really oily skin is usually pH low, dry skin is pH high.

When skin is dry skin’s pH gets pushed up way above 5.5. When your skin goes above this pH level it becomes breakout and acne prone because spot-causing bacteria thrive at higher pH levels.

This means to ‘dry skin out’ the healthy way we need to keep your skin pH between 4.1-5.5 .

‘STEP 1 to ‘dry out skin’ – rid your skincare routine of high pH products’

ACTION: Avoid using oily skin cleansers, foaming cleansers or cleansers which promise to ‘balance’ your skin. These cleansers almost always have an alkaline pH level which will dry skin out the unhealthy way. I reveal more about how to choose a great cleanser for your oily/combination skin type in my free Get Great Skin Started e-lessons.

2. Exfoliate regularly

What makes oily skin look even more oily are tiny little sponges (of dead skin cells) soaking up skin oil and not being put in the bin. When these sponges sit on your face they turn shiny oil fountains. Oily skin looks way more oily if there’s stuff keeping more oil on your face.

Dry skin sheds skin easy-peasy-lemon-squeasy because it has less ‘skin glue’ holding it together. Oily skin types have a lot of skin glue, which means exfoliating your skin’s super important.

‘Imagine using a blotting pad and then leaving it on your face – that’s exactly what your dead skin cells are doing’

Exfoliation is a lifesaver for oily skin types as it fills your skin’s skill gap ;). Oily skin’s a hoarder that’s afraid to say goodbye, exfoliation isn’t.

‘STEP 2 to ‘dry out skin’ – make sure you exfoliate regularly’

3. Choose the RIGHT moisturising oils

When you’re trying to ‘dry out skin’ you don’t actually want to dry it out of water – you just want less oil about your face. That is why choosing the right moisturising oils or moisturiser is essential.

Some oils are awesome for dry skin because they’re high in really moisturising fatty acids like Oleic acid and Lauric acid – these guys are found in oils like Sunflower and Coconut oil. A lot of the really well-known oils are awesome for dry skin types but awful for oily skin types.

The key? Making sure you chose low oils or moisturisers which are high in Omega 3 and 6 (aka essential fatty acids) and low in Oleic acid.

Oils which can be safe for oily skin include oils like rosehip oil and squalane.

Omega 3 and 6 high oils are light-weight, thin, non-greasy and easily absorbed. That means they’re great for oily skin types. If your oily skin’s looking for its perfect life partner, essential fatty acids are it. Omega 3 and 6 oils are also known to be anti-inflammatory and skin reparative – they’re winning.

Omega 3 and 6 oils are PERFECT for oily skin types. Anti-inflammatory and skin repairing PLUS non-comedogenic, perfect for acne prone skin.

Make sure your moisturising skincare is high in these oils and LOW in the blacklisted oily skin oils like coconut oil.

‘STEP 3 to ‘dry out skin’ – moisturise only with Omega 3 and 6 high oil based skincare’

4. Choose a mattifying treatment product

That doesn’t dry out skin like it wants to be the Sahara desert. This means staying away from Benzoyl peroxide and Alcohols like Ethanol, Methanol, Isopropyl alcohol, Alcohol Denat and SD alcohol. These guys cut through your oiliness like you were washing a chip pan with Mr.Muscle, it works, yes, but then your skin is left defenceless without a good, normal amount of oily protectiveness. This leads to dry skin which leads to using heavier moisturisers which then leads to triggering breakouts and acne. This is the vicious cycle you want to avoid.

Now we know what to avoid, what do we use?

Ingredients like skin healing and mattifying Zinc. Zinc has a whole family of helpers for oily skin types, you’ll find this guy called one of these things in your skincare – zinc oxide, zinc gluconate, zinc sulphate, zinc PCA.

Oil-absorbing treatments that contain clays like Kaolin are also perfect for treating your oily/combination skin type. These treatment products ‘pull-out’ excess oil from your pores, meaning it can’t be released during the day – yay.

‘STEP 4 to ‘dry out skin’ – choose a mattifying treatment product’

Follow these 4 key steps to dry out skin and not only will you get your skin’s oil production balanced in a healthy way, you’ll also have healthy, happy radiant skin that has you feeling like awesomesauce.

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