How to Care for Oily Skin

For some, fighting the symptoms of oily skin can be a daily struggle! Excess oil, a shiny complexion and clogged pores can knock your confidence and strain your skin.

Those who suffer with the condition often feel frustrated at the contradictory advice and ineffective products that claim to combat excess oil.

So, how do you manage your oily skin?

The following post explains the causes and the simple steps to take to keep those overactive oil glands at bay.

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What is Oily Skin?



Oily skin occurs when sebaceous glands in the skin produce an excess amount of sebum, the medical term for oil. This creates a ‘shiny complexion’ and often makes the skin appear dull.

Sebum is made from a complex mixture of lipids (fats) and dead sebaceous gland cells that produce oil. They are most commonly formed around the T-zone area, that is, your forehead, nose, and your chin. This explains why these tend to be the most troublesome areas when it comes to oily skin.

Other symptoms of oily skin include enlarged, visible pores on the surface of your skin, blackheads, pimples and blemishes.

What Causes Oily Skin?

Oily skin can be hereditary, meaning it’s passed down genetically through family members.

Alternatively, it can develop due to hormone levels, particularly during puberty. During this time, we experience an increase in androgen levels and this causes the oil glands to produce excess oil.

However, for some, oily skin is triggered by external factors. This can be anything from high stress levels to humid weather.

How to Care for Oily Skin

Now you know the causes, how can we care for oily skin and alleviate the symptoms?

There are a number of ways to do this, and most require only small changes to your daily routine! Altering the way you care for oily skin can significantly reduce the sign of shine, clogged pores and blemishes.

Firstly, and most importantly, you need to adopt an effective skincare routine.

Adopt a Skincare Routine

Your skincare routine provides the groundwork for oil-free skin. The following steps will help to unclog blocked pores and minimise the appearance of oil on the skin.

It’s important to cleanse your face twice a day with oil-free, non-comedogenic products. This helps to prevent any pore blockage.  

Follow up with an alcohol-free toner. Alcohol is a drying agent that can tighten the skin and trigger excess oil production to compensate for the dehydration.

Finally, apply a light moisturiser to the skin. Though it may be hard to believe, moisturisers will not worsen your oily skin. A good moisturiser will help to reduce sebum levels, improve skin texture and allow the skin to retain its natural oils.

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Use the Right Makeup


Many of us are unaware of the impact makeup can have on our skin. Using the wrong makeup products can exacerbate your skin troubles. Therefore, it’s important to choose the right makeup for your skin type.

Where possible, try to keep your makeup as light as possible. Applying an oil-free foundation that contains SPF removes the need to apply an extra layer of SPF separately.

Using mineral makeup, and applying primer can help to ensure your makeup stays put, whilst keeping that oily shine at bay!

Finally, make sure to remove your makeup before you go to bed! Foundation and other cosmetic products can clog your pores, increasing the amount of oil and blemishes on your skin.

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Use Blotting Paper


When it comes to oily skin, blotting papers can be game changing! As the name suggests, blotting papers are used to blot the oil on the surface of your skin. The papers absorb this oil and remove any shine.

To use, simply apply to your T-zone and other problem areas, leave for a few seconds to allow the paper to absorb the oil and remove!

The paper will soak up any excess sebum without compromising the look of your makeup.

Amend your Diet


Foods that disrupt your blood sugar levels can inflame pores and cause acne breakouts. These foods include refined grains, sugary sweets and inflammatory fats.

Avoiding these foods where possible and incorporating healthier alternatives into your diet can significantly improve your skin’s health.

A good starting point is to increase your consumption of Vitamins A, C and D. These contain antioxidants that offer a whole host of skin benefits.

Zinc is essential for cell growth and replication, whilst a handful of walnuts or almonds contains anti-inflammatory properties.

Taking care of your skin does not have to be time consuming, or require a myriad of products. Simple alterations to your diet can significantly reduce the appearance of oily skin.

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Triggers to Avoid


In addition to the common causes, there are also factors that can trigger the onset of oily skin.

Avoid touching your face excessively:

When you pay attention to it, you’ll most likely be surprised at how often you touch your face throughout the day. This is one of the most common, yet avoidable triggers of oily skin.  

Our hands come into contact with thousands of germs on a daily basis and when we touch our faces, we transfer this bacteria.

It can be a hard habit to break, but reducing the amount of times you touch your face can significantly improve your skin. It’s important to wash your hands or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day.

Don’t over-wash your face:

When faced with oily skin, there is often an urge to wash away the oil as it appears. However, excessively washing your face will not help to combat the production of excess oil.

Washing your skin too many times can dry it out, which actually triggers the production of more oil. Therefore, as mentioned above, we recommend you wash your face twice a day: when you wake up and before you go to bed.

Wash your face cloth:

If you use a face cloth as part of your daily skincare routine, it’s vital that you wash this every 3-4 days. Ensuring your face cloth is fresh and clean prevents the spread of bacteria that can intensify oily skin.

No matter what provokes your oily skin, adopting an effective skincare routine, amending your diet and taking care to avoid triggers can help to improve your skin’s health. But, don’t just take our word for it- give it a try!

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