How to Fix Greasy Skin So Your Face Doesn't Shine in Photos

By Adam Hurly
20 August 2018
Grooming, Oily Skin, Skincare
Illustration by Seunghee Yi
It's actually not as hard as you'd think.

This is an unfortunate but necessary piece of information: Ours is a visual culture and getting your face camera-ready isn't as easy as it used to be. A frequent enemy? Greasy or oily skin. Here's how to fix a very natural occurrence without having to obsess over it.

I should know. Whenever I’m readying for a photo, the first thing I do is swipe my forearm across my forehead. It’s second nature, because I’m usually about as shiny as a trophy. I dread flash. It draws attention to my greasy skin by blowing out the forehead in a blob of white or yellow. It’s far from flattering.

If you’re excessively oily or sweaty like me, you could also use a few pointers on how to reduce shine, mainly by minimising oil production in the first place. Here are seven products I recommend for the matter, each with a different approach on controlling, preventing, or combating grease buildup.

Commit to a Mattifying Moisturiser

Ernest Supplies Protective Matte Moisturizer

Ernest Supplies ProtectiveMatte Moisturizer, $25 (Approx. Dhs92), Ernest Supplies

Sometimes, the necessary process of moisturising can cause you to sweat profusely. If the product is too dense, heavy, and oily, it’s going to aggravate your already greasy situation. Thus, a lightweight, fast-absorbing moisturiser will allow your pores to breathe more easily. Ernest Supplies’ matte moisturiser is exactly this. Its loaded with nutrients to protect and hydrate the skin, without pushing your sebum production into overdrive.

Or, Switch to a Face Oil (Seriously!)

Golden Door essential moisturize complexion

Golden Door essential moisturize complexion, $60 (Approx. Dhs220), Golden Door 

Believe it or not, the solution to oily skin might be to apply more oil. Really – you can “train” the skin to produce less oil by applying a nutrient-dense oil as a moisturizer. The oil you apply absorbs lightly and quickly (just like a matte moisturizer), and your skin in turn produces less oil because it registers the oily levels of the skin as sufficient. Try Golden Door face oil to nourish and protect the skin with squalene, rose hip oil, and sea buckthorn oil.