How to Get Rid of Oily skin

One of the most common questions I get in my DM is ” how do I make my skin less oily? Well as someone whose face can fry puff puff I can tell you what I tell everyone a good skincare routine and a healthy dose of acceptance and you will understand why in a bit.

First of all oily skin is genetic most of the time which means just like your height or skin colour it is here to stay. However, there are some products you can include in your routine to ”control ” the oil production . Notice i said control because anyone who promises you the can completely change genticcally oily skin has a bridge they want to sell to you .

The second cause could be induced oily skin which usually occurs when you have traumatised your skin and or damaged your ski barrier and the only option your skin has is to produce excessive amounts of oil to protect it. In this case, your skin can go back to normal once the offending action is removed.

so if your skin has been oily since you were a child manage your expectations but implements these tips because they will help significantly.


Don’t over wash your skin

The old school of thought was that stripping your skin of its oils would help keep the oil at bay. So I understand the temptation of thinking that washing your face excessively will control the oil.

It won’t.

What happens instead is that your skin realizes that something is out of balance and produces even more oil to compensate. So wash your face but do so gently and make sure you do not use overly harsh products otherwise guess what? your face will produce more oil.

Ditch Astringents

Gasp ,I know. Astringents and alcohol based toners work by stripping your skin of all its natural oils causing it to over produce just like when you over wash. So read the labels and avoid any thing with alcohol most of them thankfully either say astringent or alcohol based toner on the bottle.

Use None comedogenic Products

One of the side effects of having oily skin is clogged pores. So using products which are comedogenic (pore-clogging) makes things even worse and can lead to acne and hyperpigmentation.

None comedogenic products have gotten a bit of a bad of recent because of their use of some products on the comedogenic scale, so investigate but make sure to choose skincare and make up that clearly states it is ”none comedogenic ” or oil-free

Use the right serums

The right serums are a godsend for oily skin, the two I highly recommend are a salicylic acid serum and Niacinamide and zinc. Salicylic acid is oil soluble so is able to unclog your pores while Niacinamide reduces oil production and strengthens your skin barrier.

Use a Face Oil

What what, yes you heard me.

Using clarifying face oil is a great way to control oil production on your skin. Some oils have an astringent property which means they are able to clarify the skin and reduce oil production; in addition, using oil lets your skin know all is well. If you want to learn more about which face oils to use for oily skin click here.

If you would like to learn more on how to cleanse your face without over washing THE BEGINNERS GUIDE ON DOUBLE CLEANING ., check out my review of GOOD MOLECULES NIACINAMIDE TONER as well as the REVIEW OF THE ORDINARY NIACINAMIDE +ZINC & ., REVIEW OF PAULAS CHOICE BHA LIQUID a salicylic acid toner .

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  1. Ife
    2020-11-14 / 8:01 am

    Nice and helpful write up. Can someone with extremely sensitive and oily face use the good molecules toner and also the ordinary niamincide acid at the same time?

    • 2020-11-24 / 11:19 am

      Hi There Ife, it depends. If you have sensitive skin I would say stick with just one because some people react to high concentrations of Niacinamide

  2. Ife
    2020-11-14 / 8:09 am

    Can someone with sensitive and oily skin used the good molecules toner and the ordinary niamincide acids together?

    • 2020-11-16 / 9:19 am

      It depends, some skins are sensitive to high concentrations of Niacinamide so I would suggest you use on during the day and the other at night. Alternatively, try both and if your skin is fine to go ahead otherwise use on in the morning and the other at night.

  3. 2022-09-24 / 10:00 am

    yes its not possible to get rid of oily skin, we can only control it. Rightly said. Your readers ca check out this skincare brand Refresh Skin Science.

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