My face is constantly oily. Is there any treatment or skincare regimen that can help control this?

Although it sounds unlikely, the best way to get rid of excess oil is with an oil-based product – yes, oil attracts oil! That’s why those suffering from super oily skin shouldn’t gravitate towards a regime that includes harsh scrubs and less moisturising.

Having the perfectly balanced oily skin is not about completely getting rid of the oil, but about finding the right skincare regimen that works wonders for you without overly drying your skin. Fear not, your quest for shine-free skin can be achieved in four simple steps:

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1. Pick a gentle wash that mattes and purifies, and contains a bit of salicylic acid, which helps remove dirt, bacteria, and grime; or fruit enzyme exfoliates. Fruit enzymes can dissolve superficial dead skin cells and this can result in a smoother and brighter complexion. Wash your face in the morning and at night to relieve your skin of any pollutants, bacteria or oil that creates a greasy face. Also, don’t forget to use a toner, as it helps balance the pH of your skin.

2. Get the glow with a great exfoliator. Choose one that is non-abrasive, has a matte effect, and that will unclog pores without over-drying the skin. If you are short on time or feeling lazy, there are some effective ready-soaked pads available in the market. But remember, don’t over-exfoliate, and opt for it once a week.

3. Use a face mask once a week. Clay-based formulas will pull out impurities, while charcoal-based masks will brighten and invigorate oily skin.

4. Finally, a good oily skincare moisturiser that offers broad-spectrum UV protection is a must. It will remedy a greasy look and ensure that your skin stays hydrated throughout the day.

Pro tip: Avoid heavy liquid foundation and choose powder-based products for a lighter finish.

Ezmina Taurani is a UAE-based beauty expert and owner of Sasha Beauty Salon. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to friday@gulfnews.com.