5 Ways to Manage That Shiny Forehead

After various Sephora consultations (I've yet to see an actual dermatologist), I've been assured that I have normal skin that veers slightly toward the dry side in the winter month and oily during the summer. While we all desire to unleash our inner (and outer) glow, our oily skin can get in the way. Once stimulated by fluctuations in hormone levels, food intake, externally applied products, or environmental factors, overactive sebaceous glands in the skin lead to more oil secretion. Here are a few things you can do to reduce your undesired shine.

Use Salicylic Acid

If your skin breaks out, try buying a cleanser with 2% salicylic acid. A cleanser like this will fight zits and keep your skin looking matte. Try Neutrogena® Oil-Free Salicylic Acid Acne Fighting Face Wash ($5), Regenerating Cleanser by TATA HARPER ($42), Skin Laundry's Acne Face Wash ($25), Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser with Salicylic Acid ($8).



There's a misconception that exfoliating means vigorously scrubbing your face. There are a few gentle exfoliators that, when used once a week, leave the skin feeling smooth and not dry. For oily skin, try MD Complete Clarifying Gel Mask ($20), L'Oréal Pure Sugar Scrub Nourish & Soften for combination skin ($13), or Bioré Acne Clearing Scrub ($8) available at any drugstore. 


Think of Your Diet

We are what we eat. Period. Studies have shown that eating spicy foods and drinking cocktails may be adding to your breakouts, as they dilate blood vessels and make you sweat. On the contrary, stocking up on foods high in vitamin A, like carrots or spinach, can slow down oil production.


Moisturizer is a step not to skip. It balances your oil production, keeping breakouts in check. I love Shiseido Ibuki Refining Moisturizer ($24), Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator by CLINIQUE ($39), Ultra Repair® Cream Intense Hydration by FIRST AID BEAUTY, ($30), and GinZing™ Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer by ORIGINS ($29). 


When I was a preteen and my hormones started doing their thing on my face, I carried around blotting papers. They are definitely helpful, whether you're wearing makeup or not. I suggest FENTY BEAUTY's Invisimatte Blotting Paper ($16), BOSCIA's Green Tea Blotting Linens ($10), or Sephora's Mattifying Blotting Films ($8). 

Djali Brown-Cepeda