Oily Skincare Facts


Starting the conversation about caring for oily skin involves understanding its root cause. In simple terms, oily skin occurs due to the overproduction of sebum, a natural oily substance produced by the skin. Just like with anything in excess, too much sebum can lead to clogged pores, the build-up of dead cells, and the formation of pimples/acne. Furthermore, oily skin can affect your appearance negatively. Therefore, taking care of oily skin is just as crucial as caring for other skin types.


The basic aim of oily skin care is the removal of excessive sebum or oil from the skin. However, oily skin care procedures should not lead to the complete removal of oil. Oily skin care starts with the use of a cleanser. However, not all cleansers will work. You need a cleanser that contains salicylic acid i.e. a beta-hydroxy acid that retards the rate of sebum production. Cleansing should be done twice a day (and even more in hot and humid conditions).


Most skincare products designed for oily skin are oil-free. However, it's advisable to review the product's ingredients before making a purchase. This is crucial, especially if a product is labeled as suitable for all skin types rather than specifically for oily skin. The effectiveness of oily skin care products also depends on the level of oiliness; if your skin is not excessively oily, some products labeled for all skin types may still be suitable. For extremely oily skin, it's best to stick to products specifically formulated for oily skin. As part of your oily skin care routine, you can incorporate an alcohol-based toner, especially for extremely oily skin, as the second step after cleansing. Be cautious, as excessive toning can be detrimental to your skin.


For your oily skin care routine, consider adding a gentle moisturizer as the next step. The level of oiliness in your skin will determine if it is necessary for your routine. If you opt for a moisturizer, ensure it is oil-free, wax-free, and lipid-free.

Using a clay mask occasionally, such as once a week, can also be beneficial for oily skin care.

When it comes to oily skin care products, you may need to experiment with a few before finding the one that works best for your skin.

If these methods do not yield the desired results, seek advice from a reputable dermatologist. They may recommend potent oily skin care products like vitamin A creams, retinoids, or sulfur creams to address oily skin issues.