Here’s What You Should Do If You Have Oily Skin


The always hilarious and informative Into The Gloss recently had a chat with aesthetician Jordana Mattioli, who practices at Complete Skin MD and has become the go to for all of the chic looking New York ladies blessed (cursed?) with oily skin.

“Treating oily and acne-prone skin has become my MO over the years. I’ve had oily skin ever since I could remember,” she said in the interview.

“It was how I originally got into skincare, by researching and reading everything to help me figure out what to use on my skin.”

A is for “Absolutely you should be using vitamin A.”

“Vitamin A is researched and proven to improve almost any skin issue, and it works extremely well for oily skin,” says Jordana.

The good thing is, there’s a vitamin A retinol formulation for every skin type, and if you’re just starting your affair with vitamin A, consider this plan: Use retinol twice a week at first, gradually working towards every other night, alternating with your chemical exfoliant.

Know your ingredients.

“Non-comedogenic is a term from the 1970’s that unfortunately isn’t a regulatory standard. What you can do is look to make sure any of these common irritants don’t fall in the first few ingredients: SD Alcohol, denatured alcohol, witch hazel, menthols, peppermint, eucalyptus, or camphor,” she said.

Gasp! And to think we’ve all been depending on our witch-hazel infused rose water all this time!

The same is true with products labeled “oil-free,” because according to Jordana, oil isn’t the enemy. But it isn’t always your friend, either.

She recommends using lightweight non-oil serums and essences instead, and dab on richer or thicker products where needed.

Jojoba, rosehip, and grapeseed oils are the three Jordana recommends on oily skin. Steer clear from coconut, olive, avocado, apricot kernel, and sweet almond oils.

Treat and exfoliate regularly.

Jordana suggests regular clay masking paired with a gentle peel for maximum results. “Masks with clays can reduce oil for a few days, and leave your skin soft, smooth, and shine-free.” As for peels, “glycolic and salicylic acid are my go-tos. These get into your pore lining to exfoliate so oil doesn’t get backed up and cause bumps. You can use each separately or together.”

Extract regularly, too.

“I do all the right things for my oily skin, and still need some extractions once in a while,” Jordana admits.  If the experts aren’t afraid of no invasive procedures, then you can hunker down to one too, right?

“Find an experienced aesthetician for a facial a few times a year. We can also guide you with finding the right products, administer different types of peels, and utilize various technology to get your skin back on track.”

Embrace the blotting paper.

It’s a drug store checkout counter product staple, and one you probably haven’t thought much about.

“They soak up excess oil and don’t strip your skin, so it’s almost impossible to overuse them,” says Jordana.


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