I've heard from numerous gals lately who all have the same problem: they have that fresh-from-the-gym shine when the most physically exerting thing they've done all day is get out of bed and wash their face. The problem? More often than not, the root cause of oily skin is... the skin is being stripped of oil.
This sounds counterintuitive, but according to an interview InStyle magazine conducted with dermatologists Jeannette Graf and Anne Chapas, "like attracts like. A cleansing oil adheres to the sebum deep inside pores, so both end up getting rinsed away with water."
Also recommended for those suffering from acne (or anyone who worries about fine lines): retinol. Dr. Chapas says, "Not only does retinol exfoliate and unclog pores, but retinoic acid actually binds to the sebaceous glands and limits their production of oil."
Shu Uemura makes some of the best cleansing oils on the market. At $31 a bottle, they aren't the cheapest product available, but I prefer to think of it in terms of bang for your buck. Because the oils emulsify on the skin, a little goes a long way, but Nip + Fab makes a similar product for around $11.
I use Origins Mega Mushroom Calming Cleanser ($28.50), which is rich in oils, RoC retinol (around $15), and CeraVe moisturizer ($13), and I've seen a dramatic improvement in my skin's texture, clarity, and oil production. Because winter weather does dry the skin, I recommend using a richer night cream or raiding your pantry. When nothing else stops my skin from peeling, olive oil works wonders.