Caring for Oily Skin

The skin usually produces sebum to help keep the skin healthy but too much of anything isn’t good. Excess sebum produced by the skin results in breakouts, acne flare ups and blackheads. On the brighter side, oily skin tends to age slowly as there are less visible wrinkles compared to dry and normal skin. Caring for oily skin requires a lot of patience because it’s the most difficult skin type to deal with.
Listed below are some of the top reasons for oily skin/face
~ Genetics plays a major role in your skin type as it does in your hair texture. It is the main cause of an oily skin. When oily skin type runs in the family, chances of all family members to have an oily skin are unavoidable. A genetically oily skin is more likely to include rough facial skin, clogged pores, blackheads and breakouts.
~ Hormonal changes in women, during menarche, pregnancy, post and pre-menopause can trigger the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum which results in oily skin.
~ Medications such as Hormonal birth control pills and hormone replacement medications mimick the body’s natural hormone thereby causing an increase in sebum production.
~ Allergies caused by either the use of some certain ingredients in skin products or by environmental factors (e.g stress, dust, rain water, increase in weather temperature) can also trigger excess production of sebum.
~ Excessive or Inappropriate use of skin care products for cleansing, moisturising, exfoliating or scrubbing in order to achieve a smooth, clear skin can also lead to over production of sebum.

Now we know the major reasons for having oily skin or T-zone, don’t fret because this can be fixed and you can achieve a clear skin. Some of the useful tips for handling oily skin includes…

* DO make sure to remove any residual make up off your face at the end of the day no matter how tired you are either by using a face wash designed for oily skin types or with a mild facial soap. This will prevent your pores from getting clogged as your pores will breathe.

* DO use a ‘water based’ moisturiser instead of an oil or petroleum based moisturiser. This means that when buying a product for your oily skin make sure the first ingredient on the list is water.

* DO use only water based make up products as well.

* DO drink lots of water because that’s the way to keep your skin hydrated alongside water based products.
Oily skin has a lot of oil already. So avoid products that contain oils. Water is the way to go with oily skin

* DO make sure to avoid fatty and fried foods. These also contribute to the production of excess oil so cut them in your diet and replace them with fruits and vegetables instead.

* DO a facial steaming about twice a week at your convenience. To do this, boil some water and pour it in a bowl. Put your face over the bowl and cover your head with a towel in order to get the maximum steam from the boiled water. This helps to open up clogged pores, remove blackheads/pimples and brighten up skin tone. Immediately after steaming, splash cold water on your face to close up your clean pores.

* If you don’t have sensitive skin, lemon juice is an effective and natural way to curb excess oil and tone skin. Squeeze out the juice from a medium sized lemon into a small bowl and mix it with cold water. Apply this mixture all over face and leave on for not more than 15 minutes. Then wash off with mild soap and water before using a moisturiser.



Do you have oily skin? How do you control excess oil on your skin? Have any methods to share that I didn’t mention above? Have any questions? You can share your skin care experiences with me via my personal email ( or through the comment section. I’m excited to hear from you…


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