Oily skin composition, support, and treatments

We’ve all got natural oils, called sebum, on our skin. It comes from our pores’ sebaceous glands and it provides moisture. But we all produce oil in varying amounts and types.

Although oil protects our skin, it sometimes gets a bad rap. That’s because an excess of it can grip dead skin cells and create a blocked pore, leading to a blackhead or pimple. The other oft-lamented issue of oily skin is shine.

Glossy skin is so in right now. Just check out any makeup shelf and you’ll see all the products designed to achieve just that. But if shine bothers you, Palm recommends blotting with regular tissue paper. “You don’t have to pay for expensive blotting papers,” she says.
If you’re managing blemishes with acne-fighting products that have a drying effect, you’ll crave a moisturizer. Never be afraid of moisture to combat flakiness and keep your skin smooth and soft.

“Oily skin is best served with moisturizers with oil-free occlusives, like dimethicone,” says Fayne Frey, MD, a board-certified dermatologist with expertise in skin care product ingredients and formulation.

If you think overproduction of oil is causing skin issues, Palm recommends talking to your dermatologist about the possibility of taking oral medications or using topical applications that might help keep oil production in check.

Stunning Makeup Tutorials That Have Taught Us the Most

The numbers don’t lie: millions of people, including us here at Byrdie HQ, flock to the site to learn how to create stunning new looks. There’s something oddly satisfying about watching someone go through an entire makeup routine from start to finish and seeing the transformation unfold, so to give you all a bit of eye candy, we rounded up our favorite tutorials (with a few of our makeup hack videos thrown in for good measure).

Sona Gasparian has a smart tip for applying dark lipstick: When working on the upper lip, tilt your head down so you can catch any areas you may have missed, and vice-versa for the bottom lip (tilt your head up). When completed, Gasparian’s created a stunning cold-weather beauty look, complete with Urban Decay Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner in Goldrush in her tear ducts for a gilded accent. That liner is off the market, but Revlon So Fierce! Chrome Ink Liquid Pen Eyeliner in Bronzage ($9) is another good option.