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    So Long, Greasy T-Zone: People With Oily Skin Swear By These Products

    Grease: great when it's a movie starring John Travolta, not great when it's residing on my t-zone.

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    1. Oil blotters you'll want to stash in your black crossbody right this second. These charcoal sheets remove excess oil without ruining your makeup in the process and..wait...what's that? It's your greasy t-zone running away in fear. Problem solved.

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    Promising review: "I have lived with oily skin my whole life and, when spring and summer arrive, my face is even more oily. These blotting sheets are much better than the ones you get at the drugstore, and I only need to use one sheet for my entire face (as opposed to the two sheets I need to use with other brands)." —Boa C.

    Get a pack of 200 from Amazon for $11.35.

    2. A KOSE oil cleanser that may confuse you at first ("But why would I put more oil on oily skin!" "That makes no sense!"), but bear with me — your skin is overproducing oil because it's in desperate need of moisture. This stuff? It'll remove all traces of makeup and built-up gunk while still giving your complexion a dose of hydration needed to halt all that excess sebum.

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    Promising review: "This is a holy grail cleanser that saved my skin from cystic acne and blackheads. A full bottle of this cleansing oil lasted me about a little over seven months. For reference, I have super oily skin that is also very sensitive and acne-prone. Although this particular brand does contain mineral oil, I didn't have any reactions to it since I was able to lightly rub the oil onto my entire face and gently take off all of my makeup at once! It emulsifies into a milky wish liquid upon contact with water. I recommend only using 1-3 pumps and gently sweeping in wiper-blade motions, not rubbing too hard on your skin. Since this is oil, it miraculously lifts and pulls on the dirt and debris trapped inside my (huge) pores and made my blackheads nearly invisible for most of the time after cleansing." —SAPfan

    Get it from Amazon for $9.85.

    3. A pore-cleaning Aztec Secret clay mask formulated with a powerful calcium bentonite clay that has 👏 no 👏 time 👏 for cystic acne. If you're trying to keep breakouts and excess grease at bay, then please say hello to your new skincare soulmate. The Romeo to your Juliet. The Peter Kavinsky to your Lara Jean.

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    Be sure to dilute this mask with either apple cider vinegar or water for the best results! AND! You can apply it with this golden facial mask brush.

    Promising review: "Cystic acne: the bane of my dermatological life, and maybe yours too? This clay has helped immensely in keeping it at bay. I do a treatment once a week (since it is a bit time-consuming), but I haven't had any of those awful underground, takes-two-weeks-to-surface pimples since I've started using the clay. Combined with apple cider vinegar, it's immensely helpful for oily, cystic acne-prone skin. My skin's been so much happier since I've started using it. You need this. Right now." —Rebecca Shady

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    Read our full review of the Aztec clay mask.

    4. A Bioderma micellar water that tackles both makeup and oil in the laziest way possible: with just a few swipes of a cotton pad. Not only will this gentle formula leave your skin feeling refreshed, but it'll *also* prevent excess shine from creeping in mid-afternoon (at about the same time you're in desperate need of caffeine).

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    Promising review: "I know micellar water is usually advertised for taking makeup off, but this has been the best thing I've found at keeping my oily skin at bay — and I've tried a lot of stuff! My skin is so oily that by 6PM, I have visible shine and go through about three oil-absorbing wipes just to get rid of it. This has made a remarkable difference! I use it once at night before bed and in the morning before applying moisturizer. I'm addicted. Also, I should note that I am acne-prone and this does not bother me." —BoyWonder

    Get it from Amazon for $5.90+.

    5. A Maybelline foundation to answer your callout for medium-to-full coverage that looks both au naturale and has a matte finish to control even the greasiest of t-zones. It's also inexpensive!? Someone pinch me. I'm pretty sure I'm hallucinating.

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    Promising review: "This is possibly the best foundation I've tried in years. My skin is oily and breakout-prone, but this foundation blends in easily and keeps my skin smooth and matte for an entire eight-hour shift at work (my job is sometimes physical and involves heavy lifting). My other foundations turn into an oil slick after four to five hours! This foundation also offers good coverage for acne scars without looking cake-y." —Clare C.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.68 (available in 40 shades).

    6. A Yes To facial cleanser that uses an effective trio of charcoal, tomato extract, and salicylic acid to kick the derriere of every annoying skin concern you have: This includes everything from excess shine to pesky blackheads that have become so lodged in your nose, they were probably paying a mortgage.

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    Promising review: "YES! I have super oily skin which has caused me to breakout frequently. Within a week of using this cleanser, I've had a significant decrease in breakouts, plus my face feels so smooth and much less oily. It doesn't dry out of my skin, either. I use lotion right after and it leaves my skin feeling a tingling soft. I'm now swearing by this! I could rave about this for hours!" —Kira

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    7. A NYX setting spray to lock in a grease-free complexion. Humidity, sweat, tears: it's all irrelevant when you've topped your foundation with this magic stuff, which works to mattify your makeup and prevent it from turning into a greasy mess (no small feat).

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    Promising review: "This stuff will make your makeup last and last! I have severely oily skin, which means that most foundations just slide right off my skin. And then I found this! I spray this on before I do my makeup, after I do any cream makeup (foundation, concealer, etc), and then again after I set with powder. This helps my makeup easily last from 7 in the morning the 7 at night." —Sadie

    Get it from Amazon for $8.47.

    8. A Skin Food toner enriched with peach extract (plus vitamins a and c) that zeroes in on enlarged pores and grease with a vengeance. Not only does this stuff smell delicious, but it's also the "Not today Satan" of all oily t-zone fiascos.

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    Promising review: "I have very oily skin and live in a subtropical humid climate, so I needed a toner that would control excess oil. I am amazed at how well this toner does the job! My face is no longer a greasy mess, even by the end of the day. It has a light, peachy scent that's not overpowering and my face feels smooth and polished without being irritated." —FiregirlZ

    Get it from Amazon for $15.

    9. A La Roche-Posay gel cleanser with a favorite five-letter word: C-L-E-A-R. This salicylic acid wash targets (and destroys) blackheads and whiteheads while ridding surface oil by up to 47%, meaning you can say wave a warm hello to clear complexions ahead.

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    It's also surprisingly gentle enough to use twice a day, meaning you'll be able to attack acne in the AM *and* the PM without making your complexion overly dry.

    Promising review: "I am OBSESSED with this cleanser. I have extremely oily skin (my chin is literally an oil field), and this cleanser has decreased the amount of shine and has been very helpful with my congested pores. It's even able to do all of this without being harsh or irritating." —Angelia T.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    10. A Garnier daily moisturizer perfect for those of us who forget the most important step in our AM skincare routines: SUNSCREEN. This contains SPF30 and actively prevents sun damage, so non-greasy hydration and sun protection can be yours with just a few quick swipes.

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    If you're looking for oil-free moisture that won't leave your face looking like a puddle of grease, this is the product for you. It contains vitamin c, vitamin e, lipo-hydroxyl acid LHA, and pine bark essence to also brighten your complexion and reduce dark spots.

    Promising review: "Finally, no white cast!! This sunscreen is unlike other sunscreens in that it does not make me look ashen and it doesn't make my face look greasy. I don't have to knead my face since the product absorbs easily." —Raggedy Ann

    Get it from Amazon for $10.53.

    11. A C&C by Clean & Clear anti-shine stick here to challenge the whole ~never meet your heroes~ notion: this portable pore blurring product is definitely a top dog you'll want to become acquainted with. It eliminates shine for up to 12 hours, can be used under or over makeup, and takes about 0.5 seconds to apply.

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    This vegan formula can be apply directly over even the most oily patches of skin and it even goes on clear, meaning it won't give your complexion a weird white cast *or* look cake-y throughout the day. Think of this as your invisible weapon in the fight against excess grease!

    Promising review: "I have combination skin that is perpetually shiny in the t-zone. This product not only eliminated the shine but it erased my pores, too. This is my new go-to item to have in my purse and it goes everywhere with me." —Sonya Herrick

    Get it from Amazon for $15.20.

    12. A Mario Badescu powder about to enter holy grail status if you're oil-prone and want some coverage. This sulfur-based formula works to absorb excess grease and reduce redness, all while actively working to heal breakouts throughout the day — because not all heroes wear capes.

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    And, unlike a ton of other "setting powders" on the market, this cruelty-free option also won't clog your pores further — it'll actually give your skin some room to breathe and heal.

    If you want to use this under makeup, be sure to use it after you apply your morning moisturizer to prevent it from looking caked-on. You can also slather it on at night prior to hitting the hay and it'll help dry up acne and prevent inflammation!

    Promising review: "I have no idea how this stuff works, but it’s amazing. Let me start by saying that my skin has always produced excess oil and I’m very prone to breakouts. I live in Florida where it’s hot and humid all the time, so I put this on after doing all of my normal skincare routine. It literally helps keep my skin OIL-FREE! It’s incredible. I used to go through oil blotters, napkins, and the back of my hands (gross I know) to dab at the excess oil, but now I put this on and I’m good to go! This is a holy grail for oily skin." —Kay

    Get it from Amazon for $12.

    13. A Stila liquid eyeliner with a formula worthy of the cult-like praise it gets: it dries quickly, lasts 25 hours a day, the thin tip makes application a summer breeze, and won't smudge or budge if you have oily lids.

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    This cruelty-free, waterproof liner is perfect for day-to-night wear! The fine-tip applicator allows you to draw on a thin line, but it's also easy to add a few extra swipes for a more dramatic nighttime look.

    Promising review: "I've been re-purchasing this for years now and it's the holy grail of liquid liner. It's my favorite liquid liner of all time. Goes on in a solid, smooth line, and lasts all day. It has held up through heat, humidity, and the gym. It's very easy to apply, and is especially great for people who struggle with winged liner. All in all a fantastic purchase and well worth the price!" —littlebird

    Get it from Amazon for $22 (available in 12 colors).

    14. A L'Oréal Paris oil-free moisturizer because PSA — oily skin STILL NEEDS MOISTURE! And thanks to this aloe vera and hyaluronic acid formula, you can prepare for lightweight and non-greasy hydration that won't result in more excess sebum (or acne).

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    A lot of people don't realize that, YES, even if you have oily skin, moisturizer is still a crucial step in your skincare routine. Just be sure to opt for formulas that are oil-free.

    Promising review: "This is the absolute best facial moisturizer I have ever bought. I generally don't like using a facial moisturizers because it ends up feeling oily and makes my acne worse, but not this one! It's like an ice gel that melts into your skin without making it feel greasy. I love this stuff so much." —coupleofnerds

    Get it from Amazon for $9.11.

    15. An Elizabeth Mott eye primer capable of keeping your wing and smoky eye in tact all day long. That's right, folks! No creasing, smudging, or fallout under the watch of this cruelty-free must-have.

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    This primer is paraben-free and lightweight, plus it's infused with both pearl powder to enhance the vibrancy of your shadow AND a sebum-controlling powder to stop oily lids in their tracks.

    Promising review: "Let me start by saying that I have used nearly every eyeshadow primer available. From expensive to cheap...none of them hold a candle to this. I have very oily skin, but this primer lets my shadow last a full eight hours or more. I could get maybe five or six out of the other brands if I'm lucky! Thank you to Elizabeth Mott for finally making a primer that lasts! I seriously love this stuff." —Melissa Mae

    Get it from Amazon for $13.06.

    16. A lightweight L'Oreal face primer with a mattifying formula that both blurs pores *and* makes it known to excess shine that no, it is not welcome on this complexion. "Do you know how long it took to apply this foundation? We refuse to have you ruin it." —me, speaking to the grease on my face.

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    Promising review: "This is THE BEST PRIMER on the market! I have tried dozens of primers (from cheap to expensive) and this one really wins the gold medal. It simply is MAGIC and the tiniest amount delivers HUGE results. This covers up imperfections and pores better than any foundation I have used, and I won't even wear makeup a lot of the time I wear this. It delivers instantaneous mattifying, blurring, and smoothing results, and diminishes the appearance of pores, wrinkles, and other imperfections while creating a smooth canvas for makeup. This is a luxury cosmetic at a price you can't pass up!!" —Lady LuLu

    Get it from Amazon for $10.16.

    17. A hypoallergenic Bioderma foaming gel begging to become a part of your world (or at the very least, part of your nightly skincare routine). This cleanser will actually help feel all that built-up oil, dirt, and miscellaneous gunk be exhumed from your pores.

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    Psst, this cleanser is available in a pump and a tube bottle!

    Promising review: "This is the best face wash I have ever used. My skin has always had issues with oiliness, and you can feel your face healing when you use this — like you can feel the oil being lifted away! It's awesome. My skin has never looked better, and I've even made it through law school final exams without any stress blemishes." —Jsal

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99

    18. A pink clay Sand & Sky pore-refining mask to hit the reset button on grease and blemishes (this includes both scarring and all those painful, emerging zits) with an impressive blend of Australian botanicals. ✨ Smoother, brighter skin ✨ is at your fingertips — and all you'll have to do is apply a face mask two or three times a week.

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    This vegan and cruelty-free clay mask also includes an application brush!

    Promising review: "BEST MASK EVER! This is the only mask that has ever helped heal my hormonal breakouts! This really helps control excess oil without drying out my skin." —makeupdivah

    Get it from Sephora for $49.

    19. A Teddie Organics rose water fantastic at everything from hydrating and brightening your complexion to (you guessed it!) controlling all that oil. This spray bottle actively restores your skin's pH balance, working to hydrate the dry patches and tame the grease zones.

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    This formula is also alcohol-free, meaning it won't dry out your skin and leave it producing *more* oil as a result.

    Promising review: "I have added this toner to my skin care regimen and WOW, what a difference. I use it in the morning and evening along with my the rest of my skincare routine, and it's also an amazing afternoon pick-me-up. It controls the oil and shine on my face and for the first time EVER, I have seen the acne on my chin gradually disappear and not come back. I couldn't be happier with this product and will continue to buy in the future." —Kimberly Bringas

    Get it from Amazon for $17.49.

    20. A Neutrogena foaming scrub guaranteed to make your complexion feel so minty fresh, you could consider it the skincare equivalent of a York Peppermint Patty. This glycerin-fueled exfoliating cleanser transitions from a gel formula into a bubbly foam, removing every trace of dirt, oil, and makeup as your continue to lather.

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    Promising review: "I have used this face wash for over 10 years and it is the ONLY product that has consistently and successfully controlled my oil and kept my breakouts to the minimum... without over drying my skin. I love the tingling sensation and exfoliating beads. The formula also changed to make the beads biodegradable, so it is better for the environment." —HLT

    Get it from Amazon for $6.22.

    21. Bioré pore strips that act like powerful magnets for trapped gunk and deep-rooted oil. These amazingly satisfying strips (the review pics are *ahem* delicious) have the ability to reduce the appearance of blackheads and remove a significant amount of them after ~just~ one use.

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    So how do these work? Wash your face, wet your nose, peel off the plastic liner on the strip, and stick it on. In about 10 to 15 minutes, the strip will dry up and feel stiff. Then, just slowly peel it off and VOILÀ!

    What are the results? The deep-rooted dirt, pesky oil, and annoying blackheads buried within your nose will come to the surface — without irritating your skin in the process.

    Promising review: "No matter how clean you think your face is, it can use some deep poor cleaning. Being a gal with really oily skin, these have proven to be a lifesaver for my nose and jaw line. I always get pimples there and needed something else to go along with my washing routine." —DST Diva

    Get a pack of seven nose strips and seven face strips for $7.49.

    22. A Peach & Lily pH-adjusting toner that combines a powerful blend of botanicals, salicylic acid, and AHA (as well as cape lilac, eggplant, and turmeric extracts) to simultaneously soothe inflamed skin while loosening dead skin cells. The result? Exfoliated, squeaky clean pores that are too busy thriving to even *consider* producing any excess sebum. It's the "boy bye" of skincare.

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    Promising review: So worth it. I'm actually on my second bottle of this! It's gentle and, with consistent use, my skin isn't as oily as it used to be, I break out less, and my dark marks have lightened up a lot." —ReanneVerified Buyer

    Get it from Peach & Lily for $39.

    23. A Coty translucent powder to mattify oily patches and set your makeup for a flawless finish — and one that will actually last. Like, all day long! This is the perfect dupe for high-end products that also come with a high-end price tag (AKA way too high for my budget).

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    This cult-favorite powder sets makeup with a lightweight finish, and has over 5,000 positive reviews. I'm not going to outright SAY that your beauty routine is suffering without it, but...

    Promising review: "I am totally blown away by this product! I live in a warm climate and have oily skin, but by the end of my work day using this powder, my face is still very matte! I am THRILLED! I can't believe it." —Alexis Julian

    Get it from Amazon for $5.67 (available in six colors, including translucent).

    Waving goodbye to the overproduction of oil on my face like:

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    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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