Oily Skin – Control And Care Tips


What is Oily?

Your pores are noticeable, your skin looks shiny most of the times, and it feels oily, especially along the nose and across the forehead and chin. Your overall skin tone is likely to be sallow. But when it comes to aging, you are lucky. You have far fewer lines than your friends with dry or even normal skin. 

Your skin tolerates cold and wind very well, but hot, humid weather may make it glisten with oil. Foundation disappears after about an hour or two, an moisturizing lotions and creams absorb slowly.

If you have oily skin, it is important to dissolve the sebaceous oil product promptly so it does not have a chance to clog the pores and follicles; give rise to blackheads, whiteheads, acne, or enlarged pores; or cause a generally red dish, inflammatory skin condition.

Although oily skin is perceived as being moist, it may actually lack sufficient structural lipids. So one of the main objectives of this regimen is to reduce the shine without removing too much of the skin’s natural moisturizers which help optimize the skin’s water content.


If you’re using harsh, detergent-based soaps and alcohol-laden astringents to dry up the oil, stop immediately. Over time, these products can damage your skin – and they may encourage already overactive oil glands to step up production. Try and oil-binding liquid or gel cleanser formulated for oily skin. And avoid ‘superfatted’ soaps that contain oily ingredients such as cocoa butter, cleansing cream or lanolin. You may want to work more exfoliation into your regimen by using a cleanser with alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) on alternate days or more often if your skin seems to respond well to it.

Antioxidants – Skin stimulating Ingredients

Then, while the skin is still moist from the toner, give it a boost of antioxidants to combat the free radicals in the environment. You may use some of the advanced, acid-based, thin serums that are rich in skin-stimulating ingredients and antioxidants, such as bioactive oligopeptides, vitamin C, carnosine, CoQ10, alpha lipoic acid and others. Allow the antioxidants treatment a few minutes to seep into your skin, then seal in all those powerful free radical-fighting ingredients with a light, vitamin-enriched moisturizer. 


Depending on how oily your skin is, you may not need a moisturizer at all, especially the oiliest regions – the nose, the chin, and the forehead. Or you may only think you need one, because you’ve been using harsh cleansing products that have stripped the oil from your skin. But if you think you need one, go for moisturizers that contain humectants (ingredients that attract and hold water), such as glycerin and sodium pyrrolidonecarboxylic acid (PCA). These ingredients trap water in your skin without producing a greasy shine. Also choose a lotion. They’re lighter than creams and tend to contain less oil, so they won’t clog pores. For moisturizer, look for a lightweight and have minimal to no waxy or emollient ingredients of any kind listed near the beginning of the ingredient list, because emollients can theoretically clog pores.


Exfoliating helps to remove dead surface skin cells so as not to promote pore clogging. Exfoliating with glycolic acid or AHA-based acids is one of the key step. You may try using a glycolic acid or AHA/BHA-based cleansing pad, at least once, but more likely twice a day, as long as you can tolerate them well. It is considered the best solution to bring AHA/BHA into the skin. It is not recommended to use an exfoliating cream containing glycolic acid overnight. 

Sun Protection 

For sun protection, use an oil-free sunscreen. The micronized particles of titanium give your skin a matte finish that helps minimize the shine of oily skin. Many people with oily skin shy away from sunscreens, fearing that the oil they contain will trigger breakouts. With oil-free sunscreens available in the market, there is no excuse not to wear it. They can keep your skin safe from solar assault without adding extra shine.

Night Care  

In the evening, you’ll treat your skin to an overall acne treatment product that not only addresses the various factors that contribute to breakouts but contains collagen builders, such as retinol, along with exfoliating and hydrating ingredients. If you do have an occassional breakout, you can apply a more potent acne spot treatment. 

Special Care 

Prescription-strength tretinoic acid (Retin A, Differin) also serves a dual purpose by regulating the sebaceous glands and by acting as a powerful anti-aging agent for your skin. Do note that the prescription-strength, tretinoin-based products can dry the skin significantly, especially around the eyes and the corners of the mouth.

Non-invasive Treatments 

Oily skin also responds well to superficial chemical peels and microdermabrasion, but it does not respond well to traditional cleaning facials. The traditional idea of cleaning the skin pore by pore can cause more redness, breakouts, and irritation, especially in light of the fact that traditional facials were designed for dry, more mature skin, so all the cleansers, serums and creams that are part of the traditional facial protocol are not meant for the oily skin. Chemical peels and microdemabrasion, on the other hand, address all the pores at the same time and open those that are ready to be opened. These procedures need to be repeated a few times for best results.


Opt for oil-free and water-based foundations. They won’t add extra oil to an already oily complexion. Other options are oil-blotting foundations and powders, which delay shine by soaking up excess oil. Use powder rather than cream blushers.

Not Forgetting Your Eyes!

Even if you have oily skin, your eye area still needs to be treated as dry skin. Though you may try to control oil on your skin, but you need to keep the eye area well supplied with skin-identical lipids.

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2 Comments on "Oily Skin – Control And Care Tips"

  1. dollstory says:

    Hi, I came upon your blog, and you seemed really knowledgeable on skincare! In another post, you recommended moisturisers for different skin type. But I am wondering, how about for oily skin? What products do you recommend for oily, young skin? Please do recommend a some affordable skin care products as I am desperate to stop my skin from being greasy! Thank you!

  2. Shirleen says:

    Hi Dollstory,

    You may want to try Sana Natural Resource Milk Lotion ($38.90), Hada Labo Milk Lotion or Aqualabel White Up/Moisture Emulsion (S) ($27.90).

    Among all, I like the Sana as it feels the lightest and I also like the lavender scent. You can get Sana at all Sasa outlets.

    If you decided to get Aqualabel instead, take the emulsion in ‘S’ as it means ‘Supply’ and is suitable for normal to oily/combi skin. Fyi, all Aqualabel products contain minimal alcohol which can cause the skin to get dry. Aqualabel and Hada Labo are exclusive available at Watsons.

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