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How To Control Oily Skin (6 Ways To Beat Oily Skin)

How do you know if you have oily skin?

This skin type is recognized by excess sebum (natural oil) on certain areas of the face like forehead, nose, and chin – known as the T-zone.

But, there are those of us who produce an overabundance of it, and we consider ourselves lucky if our entire face doesn’t start to shine two hours after applying makeup (on a good day).

If you have a shiny complexion, enlarged pores and your skin is prone to blackheads and whiteheads – your skin type is leaning on the oily side.

In this guide, I am going to show you how to control oily skin and I’ll also share with you 6 ways to beat oily skin (taken from my own experiences).

Let’s get started…

What Is Oily Skin?

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It is a skin type that is determined by the number of overactive sebaceous glands present in the area that produce large amounts of sebum.

Oily skin type is most common in adolescents and young adults due to the increase in sebum production. The increase of sebum production is due to the hormonal changes each one of us experiences during puberty.

This process is mainly influenced by the male hormone testosterone which becomes active during the time of these changes. This means that after puberty, oil production might slow down for some people.

How To Get Rid Of Oily Skin?

The short answer to this question is: You cannot.

Oily skin is genetic. Just like you can’t change your eye color, you also can’t change your skin type. But no matter how annoying it can be (almost all the time), having oily skin has its perks too.

Your skin needs the naturally acidic film as a barrier to protect and maintain a healthy pH balance. Or in other words, a certain amount of natural oil is needed to keep your skin healthy, smooth and supple.

Thanks to the natural sebum your skin will always receive moisture and as hard as you might find it to believe – this is the exact reason why oily skins typically experience the signs of ageing at a slower pace than people with dry skin types. Dry skin can make wrinkles appear more pronounced.

Which is not a bad thing at all, right?

What Causes My Skin To Become Oily?

You might find battling the awkward shiny complexion and enlarged pores caused by our natural oil to be a real challenge.

Especially when everything seems to be a trigger for your skin to start greasing. But although challenging, it is by no means impossible.

Let’s start from the beginning and pay attention to recognizing the primary factors that are probably the main cause of the overproduction of sebum.

1. Poor Hydration:

The main trigger for this condition may believe it or not be poor hydration, and it’s simple:

Low water intake triggers our system into easily detecting the problem, and the sebaceous glands are immediately thrown into overwork, producing sebum to compensate the hydration our skin is missing.

You are two big bottles of water (a day) away from resolving this problem.

beat oily skin by drinking more water

2. Imbalanced Diet:

I think this is self-explanatory.

A poor diet can be the main trigger for many serious health-related issues, and this always shows on the skin. Many skin concerns address an imbalanced diet including clogging of pores which leads to acne, bumps, cysts, etc.

You might want to remember having your fruits and greens daily because your skin will undoubtedly be thanking you.

3. Stress:

I won’t be the one to tell you that you should avoid stress. We all know that stress is bad for our skin and health and we should avoid it by all cost.

But what we also know is that doing such a thing is nearly impossible in today’s world.

However, I feel compelled to list stress as one of the main factors to completely mess with our health and skin. Stress causes most hormonal imbalances which in turn stimulate the sebaceous glands to produce enough sebum to clog the pores and cause the most dreaded acne problems.

Which – I’m not going to lie – is the main reason on how I ended up with a face riddled with acne.

4. Pollution and humid climates:

A humid climate means that the air is full of water and all that water sits on your skin.

Which is not that big of a deal. But when you imagine all the pollution in the air, and all that polluted, bacteria-filled water sitting on your face, that changes the whole perspective.

This combination is a total nightmare for oily, acne-prone skin and a reason why we should use adequate protection against these daily aggressors.

What Can I Do To Control And Balance Oil Production?

There are quite a few things you can do and products you can use to help control your oily complexion. Remember that when cared properly, oily skin can appear dewy and never dull, unlike other skin types.

1. Cleanser:

Having greasy skin isn’t an excuse for using harsh cleansers as this may potentially worsen the condition by making the skin feel stripped and in need of moisture.

The skin will only produce more oil to compensate for what was lost! So the desired solution is to always go with a mild, gentle cleanser as this will only complement your complexion without irritating your skin.

2. Toner:

The function of a toner is to complete the cleansing of your skin and remove any traces of pollution or makeup that still might be lingering on your face after cleansing.

Toner serves to bring back and balance the pH of the skin after using a cleanser and depending on your skin type – to soothe and calm the skin.

Oily skins might slightly benefit from astringents (strongest acting of the toners) due to the most desired effect of pore-shrinking, but they are still drying to the skin and should be avoided in the long run.

The alcohol content, which irritates the skin also causes swelling around the pores and temporarily makes them look less obvious. A gentle, balancing and non-irritating lotion is something I would always recommend for any skin type.

3. Moisturizer:

I see many people making the horrible mistake of skipping on applying their moisturizer. Okay, we get it. It is greasy, and this is the last thing your oily complexion needs.

This is wrong on so many levels. Incorporating a light, hydrating moisturizer into your skincare routine has the potential of balancing out the oil production.

It all goes down to the same solution for a familiar problem. The sebaceous glands will not be thrown into overwork to provide moisture for your skin because a gentle, oil-free moisturizer will have that covered for ya’.

4. Sunscreen:

Sun protection is essential for healthy skin.

As we all know (and are tired of reading) sun causes the most serious damage to our skin compared to all self-inflicted injuries we expose our skins to daily.

The sun is a number one factor for any skin conditions from freckles, discolouration, hyperpigmentation, telangiectasia (dilated blood vessels under the skin), sallowness (a yellow discolouration of the skin), destruction of the collagen and elastin tissue and the scariest and most fatal; skin cancer.

Using a broad spectrum sunscreen to protect from the damaging UV rays will save your skin from all of the above.

Sunscreens include lots of silicone and acrylate polymers which make them water resistant, so typically these tend to leave that greasy film on the face which oily skins dread most.

Opting for an oil-free sunscreen dries quickly can put an end to this struggle and shield your skins from daily aggressors.

5. Exfoliation:

The process of this involves the removal of old, dead, keratinized skin cells that are tightly packed on the surface of our skins and are responsible for making our complexion appear dull.

Exfoliating once or twice a week promotes a healthier complexion appearance, improved skin color, and overall smoother skin.

Oily skin types are spoiled for choice between both chemical exfoliators or mechanical scrubs as this skin type can take both types of exfoliation without showing an overly sensitive reaction.

6. Clay Masks:

clay masks for oily skin

And my personal favorites –Β  clay masks – are the absolute best for your oily skin since the negatively charged molecules in clay are excellent for drawing impurities out of your pores and absorbing the excess of natural oils that are on the skin.

Using clay masks once a week will significantly improve the texture of your skin, making it look and feel fresh and smooth.

In Closing

Thank you very much for reading my guide on how to control oily skin;

These are just a few things that anyone who is dealing with oily skin can do to balance and improve the texture of their skin.

Following the simple steps listed above will dramatically improve your overall health and of course, protect your skin, making you notice an instant, positive change.

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14 Comments How To Control Oily Skin (6 Ways To Beat Oily Skin)

  1. Jon

    I naturally have an oily face but it is not always a bad thing as most people would seem to believe. It can help to naturally lubricate it and help it feel naturally smoother and younger if washed thoroughly and regularly. Diet is also the biggest factor. Do you deal with oily skin and do you think that it changes significantly with diet?

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    1. Simone Sidel

      Having oily skin isn’t at all a bad thing. It is very important that we keep the healthy pH balance of the skin which is naturally on the oily side.

      The oily film on our skin is called the acid mantle and it is created by sebum and sweat together to lubricate and protect us from the naturally drying environmental aggressors.

      I have managed to control my excessively oily skin with using gentle cleansers and keeping my face hydrated. I must say that personal experience has made me believe a healthy diet and good water intake are a massive game changer when it comes to clearing your skin and maintaining the balance of sebum production.

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  2. Pronay Pappu

    I use face wash 3 times a day. But the problem is it can’t control my oily face. It always comes back.

    So, I did some research on oily skin and I realized that pH is also the causes of oily skin. So do you think that if we try to control our pH, we can get free from the oily skin?

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    1. Simone Sidel

      pH stands for “potential Hydrogen” and this value is used to measure acidity or alkalinity of water-soluble substances. It looks like this http://www.jansanconsulting.com/uploads/5/5/5/8/55581447/ph-scale_orig.jpg. As you can see there are numbers from 0-14. What this means is that if a product has a pH value of 3 let’s say, it is on the acidic side and that in skincare means that it’s on the oilier side. If the pH value is 10, that means that the product is alkaline or on the drying side. A balanced/neutral number is 7 (which is too dry for the skin), and a pH value of healthy skin is between 4.5 and 6. Which means that healthy skin is naturally on the acidic (oily) side. Having oily skin isn’t a bad thing and the best way to control excess oil and maintain a healthy pH balance on your skin is to use a gentle, non-stripping cleanser, followed by a toner and a moisturizer. Remember that this is to be done twice a day and that your skin might be getting oily due to overuse of a cleanser and not enough moisturizing.

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  3. mohammadahm1

    After reading your article I have benefited greatly.You disscuss in your article about How To Control Oily Skin. You also said What Is Oily Skin, How To Get Rid Of Oily Skin, Poor Hydration, Imbalanced Diet, Stress, Pollution and humid climates, What Can I Do To Control And Balance Oil Production. I think your article is an informative article. After reading your article i have learned in this topics clearly. So, Thank you very much for sharing your  article.

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  4. Richard Brennan

    Although I don’t have oily skin, my Wife does, and she has fallen into the trap you highlight of NOT using a moisturizer. To do so when you have oily skin sounds counter-intuitive, but having read your explanation it makes sense.

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  5. Sharon Howieson

    Diet and water intake definitely play a big part in caring for oily skin. But so does cleansing and moisturizing your skin. A moisturisor especially made for oily skin should be used. I used to have oily skin. But that changed as I got older. Now, In my 50s, I have a combination skin. In summer I still battle a little with oily skin, but then I wash it more often and of coarse moisturize.

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  6. Monalisha

    Hi Simone Sidel.
    Your post was about how to control oily skin. I have read your entire post because unfortunately I also have oily skin. It is so irritating because I never feel fresh when my skin became oily. You have nicely mentioned how to get rid of this problem. After reading your post, I have learned why our face becomes oily and what should we do for it. You have given many instructions to control this problem. I think it is a very helpful post to them who has oily skin like me.
    So I am gonna share your post to others. Thank you so much.

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    1. Simone Sidel

      Thank you for your comment. Please remember that having oily skin isn’t a bad thing. Healthy skin is naturally on the oily side, and excess oil can be controlled in many ways, starting from your diet and water intake to skincare products that you are using. This is what worked for me, and I hope it will help you too.

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  7. RoDarrick

    Thanks so much for sharing this much detailed information about oily skin and how to control it. I did have oily skin but I never knew its bad because to me, it seems to be a result of good nutrition and skin refreshment. Thanks so much for clearing my misconceptions. Truly, I get dehydrated most times but I don’t take water rather, I prefer juice and others. I will really try to adhere to the tips here to overcome my oily skin at least, to control it. Thanks

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