Balancing Act

Balancing Act

There’s a fine line between dewy and greasy. Achieve the perfect balance with treatments that banish the oil slick.


  1. If you have excess sebum, you probably have clogged pores. This cleanser’s time-released salicylic acid works all day to penetrate clogs. Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser, $32,
  2. Decongest pores and decrease oiliness with an antimicrobial toner with AHAs and willow bark extract. Ren Clarimatte Clarifying Toner, $28,
  3. Silica and perlite, a volcanic glass that absorbs up to 2.5 times its weight in water and oil, suck up excess sebum without drying out skin. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen, $19.99,
  4. This moisturizer doesn’t just mattify and reduce the appearance of pores instantly; its high-tech ingredients regulate sebum for up to eight hours. Cosmedicine Medi-Matte Perfected Oil Control Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20, $63,
  5. Dab on this treatment with a powder-like finish as the last step in your skin care routine for six hours of oil control. Paula’s Choice Shine Stopper Instant Matte Finish, $23,
  6. In this “intelligent” foundation, a micro-fit polymer repels sebum and sweat, while an oil-absorbing powder helps the finish last for hours. As oil increases, the “time match” powder becomes semitransparent to diffuse shine. Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation, $45,
  7. All the purifying, oil-sopping benefits of mineral-rich volcanic mud from Korea’s Jeju Island with none of the mess. Patchology SmartMud No Mess Mud Masque, $8,

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