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I’m Chinese/white and also suffer from extreme oiliness that is worsened by hot and humid climates. Sure, everyone says oily skin stays looking younger for longer, but I really don’t enjoy looking like a slimy tree frog every two hours. It feels disgusting on my face and, if any of my hair blows into my face, it gets revoltingly greasy as well.
Growing up in the UK, I tried everything available to me to solve the problem. I tried pressed powders, but having to dab it onto my face so frequently, it became a gooey mess that caused breakouts. I tried baby powder, but because of the same problem, I ended up making my face look really pasty with white goo and I blocked my pores again. I tried frequently wiping my face with tissues or toilet paper, but they simply weren’t absorbent enough. Kitchen paper and the paper you use to dry your hands after washing them work well, but it’s annoying having to collect that and carry it around. I tried facial blotting papers from The Body Shop, but because they had powder, they caused breakouts. The tea tree oil one was far too harsh for my sensitive skin and led to EVEN MORE oil seeping out of my face. They were also flimsy pieces of tissue, so they tore easily and felt rough on my skin. Not as rough as kitchen paper, but still.
Then Boots (chemist/pharmacy/drug store in the UK) started carrying Clean & Clear oil control film. It could have been another brand, but that is what I still use today. The blotting paper is not paper. It’s like a thin, durable sheet of soft plastic. No tearing, no powder, no harsh tea tree oil. It becomes transparent as you mop up the oil, showing you it’s working. They left my skin much drier than the Body Shop ones. Unfortunately, several years ago, they vanished from the shelves because white Brits don’t need it as much as I do… Now all they have is a tiny Boots brand bottle of powdery water that I believe works by evaporating quickly off of your face sucking moisture out of your skin, which will eventually encourage more oil production since your skin will sense it is too dry.
Another great product I found that really works is OC8. It stands for `oil control’ and the 8 is for its claim to prevent oiliness for 8 hours. Without this moisturiser, I was wiping my face every 2 hours on hot and humid days. With, I only felt the need to wipe every 4-6 hours and there was a lot less oil on the blotting paper than before. It’s non-comedogenic, which means it won’t clog your pores. Do not get the benzoyl peroxide one if you don’t want anything harsh. I found the original mattifying gel worked just fine:
I do remember reading that we should actually take the skin advice of our opposite skin type because our skin over-produces oil to remedy dryness. However, I found using dry skin products only led to feeling oilier, so I wouldn’t recommend it based on my experience. If you’re oily yet sensitive like me, I’d stick to the sensitive skin products. Oily skin products can often be too drying with things like alcohol and tea tree oil in them, but dry skin products are too heavy and greasy.
If blotting tissues are tough to find where you live, I recommend trying East Asian brands. e.g. Shiseido has oil blotting tissues, but I don’t know what they’re like. Blotting tissues and other products to combat oiliness are ubiquitous in East Asia. I have no trouble finding items to help with my oiliness here. You can also search for websites that sell and ship products from here to the rest of the world.
Airs- strong feelings 4 any1 who calls them cute bc they know they r not
Tarus- big head
Gemeni- kind of good looking
Cancer- smart, strong, beautiful, perfect. do not come for them
Virgin- cautious and not trusting
Liberal- smart asses but never know what they talkin abt
Scorpion- manipulative but every1 looks past it bc they r hot
Saggitarius- do not come into contact with them no matter wat
Capricon- horny 24/7
Cool life hack: Only ever buy yourself band t-shirts so that then when you see an actual shirt that you think is kinda cute your mom will buy it for you immediately because she’s just happy that it isn’t another band shirt.