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Skincare Routine for Oily Skin: Easy Steps You Can Follow to Achieve Great Results

Updated: Apr 11, 2021

Oily skin can be a struggle. There is no greater (beauty) letdown than starting the day with a fresh complexion that veers into oil slick territory midday.

If you have oily skin, developing and sticking to a new skincare regimen that focuses on moisturizing your skin and keeping it hydrated will give you the best results.

Divide your daily skincare routine for oily skin into two parts - a morning and evening time skincare routine.

While a morning skincare routine ensures that your skin does not suffer damage from exposure to the sun and pollutants, an evening skincare routine can help reverse the damage that may have been caused to your skin during the day.

Read on to learn more and find the perfect skincare routine for oily skin!


1. Cleanser

Unlike dry skin, oily skin cannot go without cleansing in the morning. Dirt, excess oils, and impurities have built up on your skin at night and can clog your pores if not (gently) removed. Start your morning routine with a mild water-based cleanser to kick off your day with a fresh canvas. Starting with a clean face also allows skincare products to work better.

Cleansers come in all forms, so be sure to pick out one that is right for your skin type. Experts recommend picking a formula that can combat excess oil and balance your complexion if you have oily skin.

Certain fruit extracts such as grapefruit and papaya are known to be great to unclog your pores. You can use a foaming cleanser, focusing on your T-zone, where most of the excess oil build-up occurs.

2. Toner

Use a toner as the second step in your morning skincare routine. Using a toner can help unclog your pores, regulate your skin's pH levels, and create a layer of evenly toned skin.

Certain toners also help reduce the damage caused by UV rays, so they are a great addition to your morning skincare routine.

Pick a gentle toner formulated with ingredients such as witch hazel, rose, elderflower, lychee seed extract, aloe vera, eucalyptus, chamomile, almond oil, and honey.

3. Moisturizers & Serums

Just as you would moisturize dry skin, moisturizing oily skin is also essential. Moisturizing your skin can help reduce sebum production while improving its texture.

For oily skin, using a non-greasy moisturizer that is low on the comedogenic scale is ideal. Many moisturizers formulated for oily skin can provide the right amount of hydration without clogging up your pores.

Also, treat your skin with a concentrated treatment ( a serum ) that can really work its magic on your skin while you’re sleeping.

4. Sunscreen

Finish your morning routine with a sunscreen to protect your face against harmful UV rays.

Choose a light formula that contains antioxidants and natural extracts, while offering ample protection against the sun's UV rays. It should not leave your skin feeling sticky throughout the day.

Zinc, vitamin C, fruit extracts, and caffeine are ingredients you should be looking for in a sunscreen if you have oily skin. Certain formulas that come in matte finish can also work as a good base for your makeup. Whatever you use as your sunscreen, just make sure that you apply it liberally! The general rule is to use ½ a teaspoon for your face.

Note: some foundations and BB creams have sunscreen, but the amount of BB cream the average person applies to their face is not enough to protect skin throughout the day. So don’t think that just because your foundation or BB cream has SPF, you don’t need a separate sunscreen. Unless you apply half a teaspoon of foundation to your face, you should always use a separate sunscreen under your makeup to keep your skin protected.

7. Lip balm

Our lips don’t have any sebaceous glands. Keep your lips soft and hydrated with a moisturizing lip balm!


1. Cleanser

While cleansers are excellent for removing your makeup at the end of a busy day, you should cleanse your face even if you don't wear makeup. Use a light water-based cleanser to eliminate excess oil and impurities, along with traces of makeup from your face.

If your skin is oily and prone to acne, choose a cleanser that specifically addresses this concern. It's best to steer clear of cleansers containing drying alcohols as they may irritate your skin and cause flare-ups.

2. Toner

Don’t forget to prep your skin with toner.

3. Moisturizer

It's necessary to moisturize your skin both in the morning and evening. Keep your skin moisturized at night with a nourishing moisturizer.

4. Eye Cream

The skin around your eyes is particularly sensitive, which could lead to dark circles and puffy eyes. Look for ingredients such as caffeine in an eye cream as it can help calm the skin around your eyes.

Tips For Oily Skin

  • Moisturize : Moisturizing is important even when you have oily skin, so never miss this step in your morning and evening skincare routine.

  • Always Remove Your Makeup : Make it a rule to never go to sleep while wearing makeup. Doing so can lead to blackheads and acne, while significantly damaging your skin.

  • Wash Your Face : Wash your face in the morning, evenings, and after workouts or strenuous activities that make you sweat.

  • Try Blotting Papers : You can use blotting papers to absorb excess oil from your face when you're on the move.

  • Protect Your Skin : Remember to protect your skin from UV damage, so wear sunscreen when you step outside and shield your face with a hat or an umbrella.

  • Don't Over Exfoliate : Over exfoliating and scrubbing your skin too hard can strip it of its natural oils. Exfoliating once a week is usually sufficient.

Wrapping Up....

Remember that oily skin is a common condition and can also occur due to reasons such as hormonal changes, genetics, over-washing, certain medications, and a poor diet. Building a skincare regimen with the right products can help you prevent and manage oily skin!

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