I’ve always had very oily skin. People with oily skin have larger oil glands and oil can be caused by several factors, but genetics plays a major role. My mother always had oily skin and I remember her saying, “Hopefully it will help me look young in my old age!” In the meantime, it can be very annoying.
I had heard niacinamide can reduce oiliness over time. The first product I tried for about two months was The Ordinary Niacinamide. This product stung my face every time I applied it and I did not notice any difference using it. The second product I tried and am currently still using is Purito Galacto Niacin 97 Power Essence which contains 5% Niacinamide and 92% Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, which is actually a nutrient dense yeast. Immediately, it felt so soothing to my face, and guess what? No sting! Fairly quickly, it seemed that my face was not getting as oily as fast in the day and even by the end of the day oiliness was reduced. I truly think this product is helping the most with oil production. I’m not sure if it is the niacinamide in the product or the galactomyces ferment, but I also think my skin looks brighter since I started using this. I’m debating when it’s gone if I should stick with this or try another brand just for fun.
Once a week, I’ve recently introduced Cetaphil Pro Dermacontrol Purifying Clay Mask. It’s a white clay mask but it does not dry like many clay masks. It stays sort of moist on the skin and I feel like it draws out oil, but leaves my skin baby soft at the same time.
Lastly, I have slowly been working up from Tretinoin .025% Cream to Tretinoin .05% Cream. The use of a retinoid has also helped to reduce oil and refine my pores. When I use the stronger .05% cream at night, I feel a slight burning sensation the next morning when applying products, however I learned a little tip on YouTube of applying a nighttime moisturizer first and applying the retinoid on top of that which does seem to reduce irritation. Tretinoin has helped tremendously with the acne portion of rosacea for me. While using the .025% cream, I noticed I was still getting some small pustules and blackheads which seem to respond well to the stronger cream.
Those are some little tips that have helped reduce oil for me. It's a fine, balancing act to do so and not cause further irritation with rosacea. What have you tried that has helped you?