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Beauty 101
Control That Oil!
Rachel Gibbons Beauty Expert
Control That Oil!

1. Use a cleanser with salicylic acid 

Salicylic acid is oil soluble and thus is great for soaking up excess oil, decreasing oil buildup and reducing the overall level of oil in the future as it exfoliates your pore lining.

2. Exfoliate once a week

Exfoliation is vital to reduce oil production as oiliness makes it more difficult for your skin to shed cells naturally as your skin is adding more mortar—in the form of sebum—into your skin cell wall. So make sure you scrub, scrub, scrub!

3. Moisturise!

 "People confuse oil with hydration, so they don't properly hydrate the skin. We now have really great ingredients, like hyaluronic acid, which balances oil and water in the skin," says an expert. "By balancing the water in the skin, you'll have a better barrier, which can help to control oil production." 

4. Niacinamide is your new best friend

Niacinamide helps reduce sebum excretion rates and reduce the appearance of oily skin. According to a 2017 review, 100 people who applied topical products with 2% niacinamide experienced significant reductions in sebum production rates after 2–4 weeks.

5. Mask up with charcoal

Charcoal and kaolin can absorb oils and reduce skin shininess and sebum levels without irritating the skin.

6. Green tea isn't just for drinking

Green tea has been shown to reduce oil one 2017 review found that the polyphenols in green tea such as EGCG reduce sebum secretion in sebaceous glands, leading to less shine. 

7. Eat your greens

The American Academy of Dermatology suggest that foods and beverages high in glycemic may stimulate sebum production, as they raise blood sugars quickly. Therefore try to opt for low glycemic foods, such as: fresh vegetables and fruits, beans and peas, whole grain oats and cereals.

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