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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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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