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How To Manage an Oily Forehead and
Stop Shine In Its Tracks

If you always seem to have an oily forehead, we feel your pain. Navigating how to prevent an oily face can seem near impossible when it’s something you deal with on the daily. But a greasy forehead doesn’t have to be something you’re stuck with. With the proper skincare tips and products, you can rein in and manage a shiny forehead in no time at all. Ahead, learn how to remove shine from your face and say goodbye to a greasy face once and for all.


Why Is My Forehead Oily?

When your skin produces excess sebum (or oil), your forehead and other parts of your face can appear shiny or oily. While this may happen for a variety of reasons, stress, fluctuating hormones, genetics, and humidity are common factors.

Our Best Product For an Oily Forehead

To help manage an oily forehead quickly, turn to Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask. This face mask is formulated with Amazonian white clay and aloe barbadensis. It works to cleanse and detoxify skin by drawing out dirt and toxins that can cause clogged pores, as well as help reduce skin’s surface oil production. To use, apply a thin layer to damp skin after cleansing. Allow the mask to dry completely, letting it sit on your skin for 10 minutes. When the time is up, rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.

Kiehl's Expert Tip: Use the mask as a treatment, applying it specifically to your forehead. Then, apply a more hydrating mask, like Avocado Nourishing Mask Hydration, to the rest of your face. Multi-masking at its finest.


How To Prevent an Oily Face

We’re sure you’d probably like to avoid an oily forehead in the first place. While you can’t change your skin type, you can help prevent excess shine by starting the proper skincare routine. Here’s what to do.

Step #1. Cleanse Your Face

First, take the time to thoroughly cleanse your skin of oils, dirt, and impurities. You can do this by using Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser and Rare Earth Pore Refining Tonic. Like the mask we mentioned earlier, both are formulated with Amazonian white clay. The face wash works to cleanse and exfoliate your skin with it’s non-stripping foaming formula. Apply it to your face, massage, and rinse. Then, follow up with the tonic, which helps to further remove dirt and oils from your skin while reducing shine to leave your complexion matte and rebalanced. Saturate a cotton pad and glide it over your skin to use.


Step #2. Mask a Few Times Per Week

Our pore cleansing face mask is a must for your routine. Apply it a few times a week all over your complexion.

Step #3. Use an Oil-Free Moisturizer

Even if you have oily skin, finishing your routine with moisturizer is a must. Use Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream. The lightweight, non-comedogenic gel moisturizer will refresh and hydrate your skin while still leaving it shine-free.


How To Prevent an Oily Forehead and Dry Cheeks

While oily skin types can experience excess oil and shine all over, many people only have an oily forehead or nose and experience drier skin in other areas. This skin type, known as combination skin, tends to have oily patches in the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin), but is drier in other areas like the cheeks and jawline. Combination skin types may also notice that the center of their forehead is oilier while the outer areas feel a bit drier. If you have combination skin, it is essential to find skincare formulas that can target excess oil without overdrying your skin. Use a routine for combination skin to help keep skin balanced and shine-free.

Step #1. Cleanse Your Complexion

You know the drill—look for a cleanser that won’t dry out your complexion. Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser is a gentle foaming face wash that delivers. It’s specifically formulated to visibly reduce excess oil and refresh the skin without overdrying. Massage it onto your face before rinsing thoroughly. Even though you don’t want to dry out your skin, it’s important to follow with a toner to ensure your oily forehead doesn’t make an appearance. Use Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner, which contains glacial glycoprotein and desert plant extract, to further remove residue, dirt, and oil without stripping skin of moisture.


Step #2. Grab Your Mask

Smooth on a thin layer of our pore cleansing mask. This time, opt for a targeted application to your forehead, replicating the KCR tip we mentioned earlier.

Step #3. Smooth On Lotion

As with any skincare routine, you’ll want to finish with moisturizer. Smooth on Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion to help restore your skin’s moisture barrier while helping to reduce the appearance of excess oil on the skin's surface.


How To Prevent an Oily Forehead For Men

Men may want an oily skincare routine specific for them. Fortunately, there are products available to help keep shine at bay.

Step #1. Use a Cleanser

If you have oily skin, use a cleanser or exfoliating scrub to help slough away excess oil and dirt. Oil Eliminator Deep Cleansing Exfoliating Face Wash contains crushed apricot seeds to do just that. Massage it onto your skin, then rinse.


Step #2. Apply Your Mask

Use Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask to target your shiny forehead and reduce the appearance of an oily face.

Step #3. Smooth On Moisturizer

Follow with a lightweight anti-shine moisturizer, like Oil Eliminator 24-Hour Anti-Shine Moisturizer for Men. The men’s moisturizer contains glycerin and totara wood extract to moisturize your skin while helping to reduce excess oil, sweat, and pollution.


Does An Oily Forehead Cause Acne?

When skin produces excess sebum, impurities like dirt and debris can often become trapped within the pores. These clogged pores can turn into blackheads, whiteheads and acne blemishes. While excess oil production does not necessarily mean your skin will develop acne, oily skin types are often blemish-prone and need a routine that can target shine and help reduce oil.

Next up: If your oily forehead has resulted in some undesirable breakouts, here’s How To Prevent and Treat Clogged Pores.

i.“How To Control Oily Skin.” American Academy of Dermatology. (2020)

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