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All about Oily Skin

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Oily skin is coarser and thicker than the other skin types. It is caused by excess production of oil (the technical term is sebum). Here the oil producing sebaceous glands are overactive or hyperactive and hence they produce more oil than is needed. The oil oozes and gives the skin a greasy shine.

The good news is that oily skin helps skin age more slowly with fewer wrinkles. The bad news is that people with oilier skin tend to suffer more with blackheads and acne. This skin type requires constant care and tends to get affected by weather changes.


  1. Be aware- Oily skin is usually confused with combination skin because it has some areas that are oily and some which are dry. The care though is totally different in both the conditions. Hence if you are facing such a situation trouble shoot and check the skincare products you are using. Usage of wrong harsh skincare products is the main contributor in this type of situation.
  2. Factors that can aggravate the problems for oily skinned people-
    • External factors: hot humid climatic conditions, heat, dust, pollution.
    • Internal factors: genetics, diet.
    • Lack of hygiene or efficient cleansing regime.
    • Excessive scrubbing.
    • Excessive facials or stimulating massages.
    • Certain medications both oral or topical which are generally used to combat acne like iso-tretenoin, benzyol peroxide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid hormone-replacing medications (Therefore, it is very important to choose correct daily use skincare products for your skin type).
    • Choosing incorrect skincare products and regime: this is extremely important but is usually overlooked. Hence make sure you use only those skincare products that have a gel or serum or lotion base. Avoid products containing denatured alcohols, skin irritants (irritating or drying ingredients only make matters worse, because they actually trigger more oil to be produced directly in the oil gland) and excessive fragrance. Are non-comedogenic. Are skin pH friendly. Formulated specifically for your skin type/ concerns/ needs and are safe (do not contain toxic/ harmful ingredients in them) for application on human skin.
    • Excessive Stress– High stress levels often lead to more androgenic hormone production that could trigger excessive sebum production thereby causing oily skins.
    • Sun Tanning– Since it causes temporary skin dryness, it should be noted it could trigger excessive sebum production as the body tries to compensate the low oil level and protect your skin.
  3. Oily skin is extremely reactive to any change in your skincare regime, skincare products or any aesthetic procedure. Therefore, always get any aesthetic procedure; be it laser treatment, chemicals peels, chemical rejuvenation etc done only from a certified Dermatologist/Cosmetologist.
  4. Always consult a dermatologist; without any delay; if you are suffering from acne because it is very important to identify which type & stage of acne do you have. If treated timely you can prevent severe stages of acne.



  • Wash your face 2 times in a day using a gel/foam/liquid based face wash.
  • How much ever you may be tempted to use; Please totally avoid cleansers that contain irritants like artificial fragrances, chemical dyes etc. (Irritating or drying ingredients only make matters worse, because they actually trigger more oil to be produced directly in the oil gland. Also when your skin tingles, it means it is being irritated).

You can also read the DO’s & DON’Ts of CLEANSING

Step-2: TONING

  • Toner is a must and an important step for oily skinned people. Toners remove the last traces of impurities that can clog pores and help balance the skin pH. 
  • Always use ALCOHOL-FREE toners because if they are alcohol-based they dry out the skin.


  • How much ever you may be tempted; avoid excessive scrubbing.
  • Exfoliate 1-2 times in a week. Once using synthetic scrubs and once using homemade face scrub. 

You can also read the DO’s & DON’Ts of EXFOLIATION


  • Moisturiser for oily skinned people should be lightweight, water based, non-greasy and non-comedogenic. Not applying moisturizer will cause the skin to get dehydrated which is never a good option for the skin. Dehydration will disrupt the skin barrier as well as increase oil production which can possibly lead to increased breakouts.

 You can also read the DO’s & DON’Ts of MOISTURIZATION 

Step-5: PROTECTING (Sunscreen)

  • It is difficult to apply sunscreen if you have oily skin but remember you can make matters worse for your skin; if you skip a sunscreen.
  • Always go in for gel/water/lotion-based, non-comedogenic, broad spectrum sunscreens.
  • Nowadays powder touch sunscreens are available; these give a dry touch and are a good option for oily skin.

You can also read the DO’s & DON’Ts of SUN PROTECTION

Step-6: PAMPERING (Face packs/masks)

  • Steaming your face once a week for 10 mins will help in unclogging your pores. Afterwards, moisturize your skin with your moisturiser (oil-free, light-weight, non-comedogenic). 
  • Apply face masks 1-2 times in a week. 

IF YOU have any skin concerns like (uneven skin tone, acne, post acne scars, blemishes, dark spots, wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, tanning, sun burn, dull skin, dark lips, sensitive skin, highly reactive skin,  stubborn blackheads, hyperpigmentation, dark circles, enlarged pores, sun spots, rosacea, melasma, skin allergies etc) then in addition to your Basic Skincare Regime you will require CUSTOMIZED SKINCARE REGIME (containing specific skincare products that can target to resolve your concerns) along with correct skincare guidance. 



  1. Oatmeal & Aloe Vera Scrub: Mix some oatmeal with freshly extracted aloe vera. Rub gently on your skin. After 10-15 minutes, cleanse your face with lukewarm water. (Do not rub too hard or scrub for a longer time, in case you have acne problem, as this can aggravate your currently irritated skin.)
  2. Face Packs: You can keep fuller’s earth or multani mitti/gram flour or besan/ clay as the base of your face packs. 
  • Apple Facial: Peel an apple & cut it into small pieces. Rub these apple pieces on your face. After one hour clean your face with lukewarm water. This will make your skin oil free & glowing.
  • Lemon juice, Honey and Milk Pack: Mix a tablespoon of lemon juice with half a spoon of honey & a tablespoon of milk. Apply this paste on your face and leave it on for 10-15 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water.
  • Egg-white Mask: Mix one teaspoon of honey with an egg white and stir well. Then add just enough flour to make a paste. Apply the mask to your face, avoiding the eye area. Let it dry for about 10 minutes; then wash it off with lukewarm water.
  • The famous Clay Mask: Clay masks remove dirt, makeup, dead skin cells, and other impurities from the skin while tightening pores, giving you a cleaner, more refined skin tone. Mix rosewater or plain water to fuller’s earth or clay to make a paste. Apply for 10-20 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water.
*Disclaimer : Result may vary from person to person.