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Mondays with Michelle: How to Deal with an Oily Forehead

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Q: I wash twice daily with a cleanser from Glytone and a Clarisonic. Within an hour after washing, my oily forehead is SO shiny. I’ve been using a mattifying powder, but that’s not doing the trick. I feel like I’ve tried everything. Help!

A: I recommend applying Murad Oil Control Mattifier SPF 15 after you cleanse and before you put on makeup. It will really help in controlling oil and shine throughout the day. I recommend this product to many clients, and find that it really works! Make sure you apply it only where shine is an issue, not all over your face!



  1. AshD
    Posted February 6, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    I’d also recommend not using the Clarisonic that often – too much exfoliation can irritate the skin, causing it to produce more oil. I’d suggest using it once, every other day – see if that helps. Also, your cleanser may be too harsh. I suspect Glytone has glycolic acid in it, again something you don’t want every day. Use it a few times a week, and use a gentle cleanser that is no or low foam on other days. Too much glycolic or salicylic acid can irritate your skin and leave you oily. Try these tips and I bet you’ll be less oily :)

  2. Mallory
    Posted March 25, 2012 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    I was my face twice a day with Clinique acne cleanser wash and toner. I periodically use a lotion bye Giovanni. By mid day I have such an oily/shiny forehead it is gross. I am also breaking out more than usual lately (could be due to stress) but I am assuming I can change something about my face regime also. Any suggestions?

  3. albion
    Posted September 6, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    I used to have the worst oily forehead! Always my forehead was shiney and I was so embarrassed! I now use the Citrus Clear Acne Wash daily and it is great at keeping an even skin tone and keeping those fine lines and wrinkles at bay. The product is all natural with no harmful chemicals so my daughter who struggles with acne uses it also and it has kept her acne under control for the last five years. No more oily forehead!!

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