The Guide to Oily Skin


How do you know if you have oily skin?

  • Your face is shiny or greasy by mid-day regardless of the season
  • You frequently experience breakouts
  • You have large visible pores 

What causes oily skin?

Oily skin is actually dry skin. I know you’re probably a little confused but hear us out. Everyone has sebaceous glands that are responsible for producing natural oils called sebum. This helps keep your skin hydrated and healthy. When your skin isn’t receiving enough moisture (ie. Serums, moisturizers) your glands go into overdrive to overcompensate for the lack of moisture.  

Image 1: Diagram of sebaceous glad 

Keys to correcting oily skin

  1. Moisturize

No matter what your skin type—oily and acne-prone or dry and dehydrated—you need to be using some kind of moisturizer to keep your skin balanced and nourished. The differences lie in the type and amount of moisturizer your skin needs. 

  1. Finding oils that are compatible with you!

Moisturizing is a key to correcting oily skin, but it’s important to note that you need to find a moisturizer that is compatible with the chemistry of your skin. Everyone has unique skin, so, it’s important to understand that what works for one person may not work for you! Just because a product is designed for oily skin doesn’t mean that it’s going to work.  You can test a small patch of a product by the back of your ear – this closely mimics the skin on your face. 

  1. Find the right cleanser for you

Cleansers with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid help not only people with acne but also those of us with oily skin. Foaming cleansers can also help dry things out. 

Here is a list of our favorite moisturizers for oily skin:

Here is a list of our favorite cleansers:

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