Too much oil got you down? We are well aware of the struggle. No matter what you try — toners, astringents, exfoliators and more — there’s no way to dim that shine on your face. In fact, the more you try to treat your oily mug, the more problems seem to erupt: acne, skin irritation and redness. What’s a girl to do?  Well for starters, try these trusty tricks of the skincare trade.

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Tip #1: Cleanse regularly.  Make sure to wash your face in the A.M. and P.M. -- no exceptions. Otherwise, excess oil — known as sebum — will build up and clog your pores. Worse yet, this can cause acne and mess with your smooth skin texture. Try a targeted cleanser like Garnier’s Clean + Shine Control Cleansing Gel. It cleanses, removes excess oil and mattifies the skin all in one. MDC Quick Tip: When cleansing the skin, use gentle circular motions to stimulate the circulation and blood flow in the skin.

Tip #2: Moisturize. You might assume that oil is its own moisturizer. In actuality, skipping out on this step is the biggest mistake you could make. Moisturizing oily skin is as important as it is for other skin types. Just look for products that are formulated specifically for oily skin such as SkinCeuticals Daily Moisture

Tip #3: Drink lots of water. Keep your body hydrated with good ol’ H2O. Believe it or not, dehydrated skin makes up for the lack of moisture by producing excess oil. It’s a nasty, vicious cycle. But an easy one to fix.

Tip #4: Keep blotting papers handy. These little rectangles of magic do indeed come from rainbows and unicorns. They quickly absorb excess oil that can develop throughout the day without clogging your pores or stripping your skin of its essential moisture. Keep products like The Body Shop Tea Tree Blotting Tissues in your purse to keep your skin in tip-top shape.

Tip #5: Opt for mattifying and waterproof makeup. Scared to wear makeup for fear it’ll slide off your face? Withstand the elements by using a little waterproof eyeliner and waterproof mascara. Top it all off with a mattifying, translucent finishing or setting powder and you’ll be good to go.

Product Recommendations: Urban Decay Ink for Eyes Waterproof Precision Eye Pen, Maybelline The Colossal Cat Eyes-Waterproof MascaraThe Body Shop Skin Primer Matte It, Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder

What are your tricks for keeping oil at bay? Spill in the comments below. 

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