How to get rid of oily skin

How to get rid of oily skin

Oily skin is nothing to be ashamed of, though it’s easy to feel self-conscious about the greasy sheen and acne breakouts that an overproduction of sebum can cause. 

But in fact, there are many reasons to feel happy about your oily skin. Oil preserves our skin, keeping it plump, hydrated and less prone to wrinkles and other signs of ageing. 

That’s why the answer to oily skin is to manage it, not get rid of it. And managing oily skin is easy as long as you keep up a consistent routine.  

In this article, we’ll explain the causes of oily skin and how to treat it naturally with some great recommended products. 


What causes oily skin?

Having oily skin is simply a result of excess sebum production by your sebaceous glands. Sebum is the waxy substance that protects and hydrates the skin.

Some people are prone to having naturally oily skin, but some people can suddenly become much oilier than usual. If this is you, you might be asking ‘why is my skin so oily all of a sudden?’

Aside from a genetic predisposition, your skin might produce more oil due to hormones, if you’re stressed, if you’re in a hot and humid climate, if you have poor skin hygiene, or even if you just use products that don’t suit you. 

How to stop oily skin

Oily skin is one of the easiest types to treat. Just follow these steps consistently to ensure you look radiant and healthy all year round. 

  • Wash your face twice a day (and no more) - use a gentle cleanser to remove oil build up both morning and night. Avoid scrubbing, harsh products, and washing your face too much as this can exacerbate the problem
  • Don’t avoid hydration - some people avoid moisturising in the mistaken belief that this is the cause of their oily skin. Make sure to use a light, water-based moisturiser and wear an SPF of factor 30 or higher 
  • Resist the urge to touch your face - checking the state of our skin by constantly touching it can be very tempting, but doing so can spread more dirt, oil and bacteria
  • Change your diet - try to limit refined carbs, dairy and foods containing polyunsaturated fats
  • Change your products - check whether the products you’re currently using could be exacerbating your oily skin. For example, you should heavy creams with occlusive emollients like paraffin. 

  • How often to exfoliate oily skin

    Gentle exfoliation is essential for all skin types as a way to remove buildup of dead skin ells. However, exfoliating too frequently or too harshly can damage the natural moisture barrier of your skin, making it dry, which your skin will try to compensate for by producing more oil. Use a gentle scrub a couple of times a week and no more. 

    How to take care of oily skin naturally with products 

    When it comes to oily skin, there’s nothing more powerful than natural products, which can combat the production of oil while nourishing the skin and protecting its natural barrier. 

    Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum

    The award-winning Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum blends Vitamins C and E, and ferulic and hyaluronic acid, chamomile and clary sage to soothe and repair your skin. The sage helps to eliminate over-oily skin and acts as a natural toner. 

    Skin and Tonic Get Up and Glow

    A jelly cleanser that rejuvenates dull, tired and lacklustre skin, Skin and Tonic Get Up and Glow gently lifts impurities from the skin without stripping its natural oils. You can use it twice a day and even leave it on a brightening gel mask. 

    NINI Organics Crimson Beauty Face Serum

    Combining powerful vitamins and minerals, Crimson Beauty is a luxurious water-based serum that helps to boost moisture levels, balance your skin’s flora, regulate oil production, and protect your epidermal barrier.