Skin care basics – Oily Skin.

Skin care basics – Oily Skin.
January 9, 2019 Aidee Erhime
Oily Skin

We have come across many people who say that they wake up most mornings to oil stained pillows. They also live everyday of their lives fighting acne attacks, investing in handkerchiefs for their sweat and spending on makeup products that claim to be for their skin type. If this is what you battle too, then chances are that you have either the OILY skin type or the COMBINATION skin type.

Click to read about the five skin types here.

Oily Skin Type

A common occurrence in this type of skin is ‘acne breakouts’. This skin type is a fertile ground for acne because of the way it accumulates oil in it. People with the oily skin type usually experience skin shine especially in hot weather. When the skin is dabbed with a piece of tissue paper, one would usually find traces of oil on the paper.

Combination Skin Type 

This is a very common skin type where a part of the face (The T-zone area) is oily and other parts (around the cheek), is dry. It is a combination of both the oily and the dry skin. To understand what the T-zone area is, imagine writing the letter T on your face starting from your forehead. This means the forehead and the nose area and down to the chin. If this T-zone area is what is oily, then you have a combination skin type.

Causes of Oily Skin

Our body produces oil which is referred to as sebum to help keep the skin hydrated. The excessive production of sebum by the body is what causes the skin to be more oily than expected. This oiliness may be a result of hormones (during puberty, pregnancy or stress) or genes (if it runs in the family). If too much sebum is produced, it may lead to acne breakouts which make some people with oily skin feel very uncomfortable.

How to make your oily skin worse

  • Frequent washing of the skin.

Certain people believe that frequent bathing/washing of the skin helps reduce the amount of oil that the skin secretes. This is an incorrect notion. In fact, washing the skin too frequently only worsens the oily situation as it causes the skin to be extra sensitive and even causes it to produce more oil than usual.

  • Using a Drying toner

It is important to always look out for the ingredients in the products that you use. This includes the toner. Toners that contain alcohol or any other ingredients that dry the skin, should be avoided.

  • Using the wrong cosmetic products

Makeup products that have a matte finish are preferable to use for this skin type. This is because they leave the skin looking less shiny due to the secretion of oils.

Common problems with oily skin

This skin type usually presents with common skin conditions like acne, pimples, whiteheads and especially blackheads because the excess oil is trapped in the skin.  This issues can cause discomfort for anyone with this skin type.


As a solution, it is recommended that whoever has an oily skin should meet with a licensed aesthetician/skin expert, for regular facials that are suitable for the skin type.


Oily skin is a normal skin type that can be managed if correct precautions are put in place.

One way to manage this skin type is to use water-based moisturizers as against oil-based moisturizers.

Avoid alcohol based products because it may worsen the condition of the skin and lead to excessive production of sebum (oil).

People with oily skin usually have higher rates of acne breakouts.

Use products with a matte finish.


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