10 Ways to get rid of oily skin. Everything you need to balance oily skin.

If you have oily skin struggling with frequent breakouts and acne chances are, you hate your skin more than anything.

Am I right?

I also used to hate my skin a lot. because i have super oily skin and my skin tends to cause breakouts. I had been struggling with cystic acne for almost two years   (now it is pretty much ok!)

I am glad! i took managed my oily skin and was able to solve my acne problem(not 100%) with the help of several ways.

Being an oily-greasy skin victim I can tell you some important ways to get rid of oily skin.

In this post, I am going to share with you several tips and some advice that will help you manage your oily skin in a great way.

Trust me.

Oily Skin Symptoms:

you already know your skin type right? but if you are confused and want to make sure what oily skin type actually is.

Here are some characteristics of oily skin.

  • your skin feels shiny and greasy all day long
  • your pores look so big (which is the most irritating thing)
  • your skin is thick and rough
  • frequents or persistent breakouts!(which is the most horrible thing)
  • congested skin and whiteheads and blackheads appearance

What Causes Oily Skin?

it’s all work of sebaceous glands. your skin has sebum that produces oil which keeps your skin hydrated and smooth.

oil is not an as bad thing as you think. it is the skin’s natural moisturizer to keep functioning well, decrease the growth of bacteria and prevent dehydration.

oil is the reason for oilier skin people tend to get less wrinkle and age more slowly than dry skin. yay! there have some good things in it.

But the problems start when it produces more  more more way than it needs.

there are a few other reasons responsible for why you are cursed with oily skin.

They are including genetics, hormones, Age, living in hot more humid climates, Enlarged pores, and using the wrong skincare products.

Related: Best Skincare Routine For Oily Skin |5 Key Steps For Healthy Skin With Science

Related: The best Skincare Routine For Acne-Prone Skin (Morning & Night)

10 Ways to get rid of oily skin

1.Cleanse your face properly with an appropriate cleanser

This is the step of skincare where most people doing mistakes in choosing the right cleanser for them.

There are tons of cleansers out there for your skin type,

For example: if you have oily with acne-prone skin, the market tells you X cleanser is oil-free, acne-free, Acne Aid, and used all that marketing terms to hook up you to buy their products.

But are they really as good as they claim?

Definitely not. Except for some valuable brands.

you should not trust them at all. you should research independently.

oily skin people usually tend to buy cleansers that are drying and strip out skin.

Don’t do this mistake, please. you need oil to keep your skin safe and healthy, yes you need some cleansers that clear up your skin’s excess oil, sebum, and dirt but not ALL oil.

overdrying skin=subum gets a signal to produce more oil=more oily skin.

keep in mind, use a gentle cleanser for your skin type that cleanses your skin without overdrying it and leaves skin fresh, healthy, and glowy.

moreover, wash your face not more than two times a day.

morning and night is the best time to cleanse your face. The more you wash your face the more your skin barrier is affected and irritated.

2. Do Use skin care products that are labeled alcohol-free and non-comedogenic

Is alcohol in skincare bad for oily skin?

if you have oily skin it is so tempting for you to use alcohol-based products as they provide an immediate matte finish look which is the main aim of oily acne-prone skin.

But alcohol is a harsh ingredient that dries out your skin easily which is not a good sign of healthy skin.

it irritates the skin’s protective barrier and triggers the cycle of dehydration and irritation resulting in the sebum making more oil and leading to more acne.

Alcohol is mostly used in toners, if you are a person a huge fan of toners, avoid using Alcohol-free toner.

comedogenic product meaning It will clog your pores.

clog pores=blackheads, whiteheads, and acne galore!

Non-comedogenic products meaning they will not clog your pores

unclog pores=fresh clean and healthy skin

that’s why non-comedogenic products are so important for oily and acne-prone skin.

3.Exfoliate your pores with salicylic Acid

I am a big salicylic acid lover. yeah! I am a huge fan of it.

it is true it is not the magic stick that clears up my acne in a second but definitely worth it to add to my skincare routine.

I am fortunate salicylic acid exists in the skincare world.

salicylic acid is a BHA(Beta Hydroxy Acid) FDA-approved skincare ingredient used in skincare products, perfect for oily and acne-prone skin.

it is a chemical exfoliator that is best known for its ability to deep cleanse the pore, excess oil, dirt, and sebum without drying out the skin.

Benifits of salicylic acid:

  • it exfoliates dead skin cells
  • it has the ability to unclog the pores
  • remove excess oil
  • prevent future blackheads, whiteheads, and bumps.
  • decrease the growth of acne bacteria (can’t kill the p.acne bacteria, Benzoyl peroxide can murder the acne-causing bacteria)
  • minimize enlarge pores
  • soothe inflammation

See, it is a compact package of Oily and acne-prone skin.

you can add salicylic acid as a cleanser or exfoliator form into your skincare step.

I highly recommended avoiding face scrubs or physical scrubs because their microparticle will irritate and damage your skin and make your acne worse.

4. Don’t ditch the moisturizer instead of choosing an oil-free moisturizer

Another myth you often hear is Don’t use moisturizer, it will make your skin greasy.

NOPE NOPE NOPE. Don’t do this mistake.

it is not true.

Moisturizer is crucial for your skin to maintain its healthy surface and regulates oil properly.

when you stop using moisturizer, your skin loses its moisture and gets dehydrated. Dehydration makes your skin more oily by producing excess oil to maintain moisture loss.

it is the skin’s basic function. Don’t disrupt its natural process instead of using oil-free non-comedogenic products.

Ways to get rid of oily skin

5. Using products with niacinamide

niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B3 which helps the oil glands to regulate oil production.

niacinamide is an ingredient that comes with solutions to multiple problems for oily skin like severe inflammatory acne and hyperpigmentation.

it also protects the skin from sunlight, environmental damage, toxins and improves skin texture.

But it takes time to treat all the problems. you see an improvement within two-to-three months after using it consistently.

Most skin types can tolerate niacinamide smoothly but few of them react negatively.


don’t forget to do a patch test before applying it all over the face.

6. using products with retinoids

retinol-based products can stop the oil production produced by your sebaceous glands. although retinol can do more than that like treat severe acne, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, fine lines, fade acne scars, smooth skin texture, and what not.

Warning: wear sunscreen while using retinoids. it can make your skin more susceptible to the sun.

7. Wear sunscreen

Sunscreen is a MUST. you may assume – don’t wear sunscreen if you have oily skin.

But the thing is every skin type needs sunscreen. You are a human being, You have skin, and you want to protect it from harmful UV rays. You have to wear SPF.

All you have to do is choose the right sunscreen for your skin type.

it is true most sunscreen doesn’t suit greasy skin, it is an extra layer of your thick oily skin, (sounds irritating, me too)

BUT what can you do?

you have already problematic skin – excess oil, enlarged pores, and acne.

Do you want to add more sunburn, sunspots, and wrinkles to it?

If your answer is NO, then, please consider SPF as a best friend and pick a product that is oil-free, non-comedogenic, and has lightweight consistency.

8.Add clay mask to your regular skincare routine

I like covering my face with a mud mask at least once a week.

it makes my face squeaky clean with a soothing effect.

clay or mud mask can do an excellent job in regard to drawing out extra oil from your face.

it unclogs the pores by removing bacteria, dead cells, and impurities hence all the acne-causing particle doesn’t trap in the pores and prevent acne.

it also calms irritation and soothes the breakouts of your skin.

You can use Bentonite, kaolin, and calamine clay.

Bentonite and kaolin clay is a very gentle ingredients for all skin types, even sensitive skin can tolerate them smoothly.

You can use them in combination or in separately. It is completely your choice and based on how your skin reacts.

warning:  over using clay mask (I know, it’s tempting) can dry out your skin.

make sure to use a moisturizer afterward immediately, it will make your skin fresh, healthy, and oil-free.

keep in mind, adding it once a week to your skincare regimen is perfect for oily skin in check.

9.Use blotting paper to control shine throughout the day

blot! blot! blot!

washing your face morning and night is great. but what can you do between cleansing to prevent excess oil?

blot the extra oil to get a matte finish by using blotting papers without ruining your makeup.

oil absorbing sheets are very useful and safe to use and instantly de-grease the oily face.

10. Use oil-free makeup and setting powders

How can I make my oily skin matte?

I love the matte finish skin. ALL oily skin people dream of this type of skin.

 unfortunately, we can’t have smooth skin with bare skin.

But with the use of setting powders or mattifying makeup, we can achieve this.

After applying the mattifying primer, it will absorb all excess oil and give you smooth skin throughout the day.

Warning: Avoid makeup that is comedogenic and try to choose oil-free and non-comedogenic makeup.

Final Words: 10 Ways To Get Rid Of Oily Skin

you can control oily skin by following the steps above. But please don’t overdo it.

stick to your basic skincare routine and keep it simple.

Take Love


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