Dealing With Oily Skin

Oily skin is hereditary condition that develops due to overactive sebaceous glands. It can be recognized by its shiny, thick and firm appearance. Your oil glands work overtime, producing more oil than you need and leaving behind an obvious sheen. Many people with it actually have a medical condition called seborrehic eczeme in which oil glands overproduce oils in the face and scalp.

This type can have any number of problems like acne, blackheads, whiteheads and enlarged pores. The pores are enlarged usually due to oil entrapped in the pilosebaceous follicle. As more sebum flows into the plugged pores, they stretch and sometimes break, leading to the characteristics blemishes and nodules that we call “acne”. The complexion tends to look dirty and neglected with blemishes on the chin, forehead and cheeks. The good thing is that it produces more plenty of sebum and the skin is well moisturized. It feels smooth and the moisture can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

The skin problems can be aggravated by the misuse of skin care products and the tendency to dry the skin either through the use of harsh soap or excessive use of astringents and scrubs.

Care requires through yet gentle cleansing. Daytime protective moisturizers will help the skin maintain its suppleness and moisture. It’s essential to keep the oily skin clean and hydrated with appropriate cleansing and care. If you don’t take a proper care it won’t be able to protect itself from the external aggressions – sun, wind, environmental pollutants.

There are two types – the first type is a skin with excessive oil secretion and the second type is a skin with many blackheads, clogged and enlarged pores.

  • experiment with different types of cleansers to see what works best for you
  • use toners to remove excess oil and tighten the enlarged pores
  • don’t wash your face mere than twice a day
  • use lukewarm water and avoid bath oils because they can be gummy
  • after cleansing use a small amount of a light, oil-free moisturizer if necessary; remember too much moisturizers can clog your pores and give your face a greasy appearance
  • always use oil-free cosmetics
  • always use oil-free foundations in order your make-up to stay put longer; some powders and foundations have oil-absorbing ingredients
  • never pick or squeeze the pimples – torturing your skin can inflame blemishes further and could damage or scar your skin
  • eat lots of foods that are high in vitamin C and vitamin B including wheat germ, organ meats, grains, beans, nuts, vegetables and fruits
  • avoid fatty foods (fried foods, fatty meats, chocolate)


Exfoliation – use a product with 1% to 2% beta hydroxyl acid (BHA) or 8% alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) to exfoliate your face. BHA is more effective than the AHA because it penetrates better into the skin and cleanses in deep, without irritating it.

Disinfecting – Benzoyl Peroxide is the most effective agent in the fight with it and breakouts. Alcohol may be really good disinfectant but sometimes it’s too drying and irritates the skin and this in turn can aggravate the condition of your skin.

Daily skin care

1 step Cleanse

Use oil-free products researched for oily skin. Gentle facial brushes are recommended. The scrubs are best to help clean the clogged pores. The cleansers leave the skin feeling clean, smooth and non-oily. They wash off the makeup, the dirt and the oil, leaving the skin dry and tight.

2 step Tone

Use oil-free astringent. Use it lavishly – apply with cotton balls pr pad and wipe until clean. The toners are one of the most important part of your daily regimen. The toners remove the traces of makeup, dirt and oil that your cleanser may have missed. The toners also reduce pores, eliminate oil and refine the skin.

3 step Moisture

Use water-based oil and fragrance-free formulas for oily skin. Light moisturizers protect, retain moisture and shield agents against the environment. Use a fragrance-free eye make-up remover. Use a cotton ball to remove eye make-up.

The oil blotters or oil wipes as they are also called are a must for those with oily or combination skin. The oil blotters blot off the excess oil from your face without removing the makeup. They don’t leave a residue and keep your makeup fresh. You can use blotters instead of face powder to correct your makeup during the day – they instantly remove the excess shine and oil from the face. Just press them gently to the areas that get shiny – forehead, chin and nose area to blot up the excess oil and perspiration from your skin. Oil is soaked up and away from your face and your makeup won’t be disturbed at all you can use them as often as required. Try: Clinique Stay Matte Oil Blotting Sheets ($6.10), Mary Kay Beauty Blotters Oil-Absorbing Tissues ($5), Proactive Solutions 130 Oil Blotter Sheets ($8.50), Shiseido Facial Oil Blotting Papers and Clean&Clear Control Film ($4.70).

Use a gentle gel cleanser. A creamy face wash may leave a residue on your skin, prompting a greasy feel and oily look.

Wash twice a day – Too much washing can dry out your skin, causing it to produce even more oil and may look “tired”.

Tone carefully. Look for a toner without alcohol, which can cause the skin to become dry. Instead, choose a toner with witch hazel or other soothing ingredients, and use it after every wash.

Don’t skip sunscreen. Many women forget face lotion and sunscreen. But everyone, no matter what the skin type is, needs sunscreen. Use a gel SPF formula, especially if you have dark skin.

Avoid moisturizing makeup. Foundation for older skin is usually formulated to be moisturizing, which means it contains oils and humectants that your skin doesn’t need. Instead, choose an oil-free foundation.

Use powder.
A translucent powder applied after your foundation will help the base to stay smudge-proof all day, and will help curb mid-day greasiness.

Blot away shine. Use a blotting paper, made especially to absorb oil without ruining makeup, during the day when you need to squelch shine. Don’t cake on lots of powder, which can settle into fine lines and look heavy.

Try a mask. A clay-based mask, used once or twice a week, cleanses enlarged and clogged pores (which often become blocked on women with oily skin).

Go for powdered makeup. Eye shadow and blush in powder form will stay put longer than cream- or pencil-based products. Apply face powder anytime you need to. If you are using a blush it should match your natural skin tone – too rosy or red shades may emphasize your problem skin.

Follow a strict diet regime. Avoid eating fatty foods and chilly foods. Eat foods rich in vitamin C and B complex. Take a brewer’s yeast daily.

Use a hydrating face cream and moisturizer. Your moisturizer should be oil-free.

The Best Ingredients

Thermal water – the thermal water contains magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, selenium, sodium bicarbonate and other special ingredients and has tremendous benefit in treating the skin. It is proven that thermal water has anti-inflammatory properties which could be very beneficial for those women with sensitive and dry skin. Using a thermal spray is absolutely a must have during the hot summer months as even the oiliest skin needs hydratation. Using a spray with thermal water is very easy – simply spray it on your skin and after a minute wipe skin dry.

Tea tree oil – no wonder that the tea tree oil has been used for years in traditional medicine – it is one of the best natural skin care ‘products’. It not only fights bacteria but it actually heals the skin. Tea tree oil is a common ingredient in most of the skin care products as it nourishes and moisturizes the skin and is proven to help prevent and treat acne. Tea tree oil is especially beneficial for oily skin as it helps control shine and blemishes and has antibacterial properties. Serious skin problems such as warts, insect bites, rashes, blisters and even cold sores can benefit with tea tree oil use.

Grape seed oil – the grape seed oil has strong hydratating effect and is used primary as massage oil and a main ingredient in anti-aging creams and serums. The grape seed oil not only moisturizes the skin, but it also tightens and tones the skin. The oil is often a main ingredient in matifying products and anti-aging creams as it restores elasticity of the skin and nourishes it deeply. Due to its high linolic acid content it nourishes and moisturizes the skin deeply.

Zinc Oxide – a natural mineral that is used to protect, soothe and heal the skin. Zinc oxide is one of the most common ingredients in products treating oily and combination skin due to its unbelievable properties. It is proven that the zinc oxide has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Zinc is known to support increased collages “turnover” and promote cell division. It could be very beneficial for those with oily skin as it controls the excess sebum /oil/ production and eliminates shine. Zinc oxide is used not only in the skincare products but also in the makeup products especially foundations and face powders.


  • experiment with different types of cleansers to see what works best for you
  • use toners to remove excess oil and tighten the enlarged pores
  • do not wash your face mere than twice a day
  • use lukewarm water and avoid bath oils because they can be gummy
  • after cleansing use a small amount of a light, oil-free moisturizer if necessary; remember too much moisturizers can clog your pores and give your face a greasy appearance
  • always use oil-free cosmetics
  • always use oil-free foundations in order your make-up to stay put longer; some powders and foundations have oil-absorbing ingredients
  • never pick or squeeze the pimples – it is torturing your skin can inflame blemishes further and could damage or scar your skin
  • eat lots of foods that are high in vitamin C and vitamin B including wheat germ, organ meats, grains, beans, nuts, vegetables and fruits
  • avoid fatty foods / fried foods, fatty meats, chocolate/

Egyptian Face Mask
An interesting fact is that the Egyptians have invented the mirror, the mascara, the make-up that we widely use today and that they have also discovered the milk as a rejuvenating product. We offer you one amazing face mask that works well for those with enlarged pores and oily skin.

You will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. milk
  • salt
  • 1 tbsp. flour / or ground rice/

Mix all the ingredients well in a bowl. First mix the egg, the milk and the olive oil. Then carefully add the flour and the salt. You should get a thick mixture – you can apply and one or two drops of rosewater. Apply the mask to a cleansed face and don’t forget to apply and to the neck.

Leave the mask on for approximately 15/ 20 minutes. At the end rinse your face with lukewarm water and apply a hydrating cream. The mask will tighten enlarged pores, cleanse and nourish your skin deeply and will heal any small pimples. Do it once or twice a week to keep your skin healthy and gorgeous.

Cosmetic Oils

A few drops of aromatic bath oil can change your mood immediately. The cosmetic industry began to pay more attention to the essential oils since they have discovered their true properties. Until recently the cosmetic oils were used only for a body massage but nowadays there is a huge variety of oils that contain many nourishing and therapeutic ingredients used for different purposes – to regulate oily skin, to shrink large pores, to nourish and moisturize the skin, to repair sun damage, to relief dry skin etc. Nowadays these oils aren’t as oily as they used to be and you can find them at any drugstore or cosmetic counter. The cosmetic oils are appropriate for every age and for every skin type. They can be beneficial for both dry and oily skin as they not only moisturize the skin but they also repair and nourish it.

Maybe your have noticed that the newest face creams, moisturizers, cleansers, body lotions and even the makeup products contain different essential oils due to their properties, smell and benefits.


The face oils contain a cocktail of essential (vegetable) oils that are “essential” for a healthy and beautiful skin. One big misconception is that these oils are appropriate only for dry skin, and that of course isn’t true. For example the teat tree oil or eucalyptus oil have antibacterial properties that regulate the oil production, shrink large pores and repair the skin. If your skin is hypersensitive chamomile oil, olive oil or almond oil will be your best choice as these oils calm and soothe the skin immediately after application. Many of the biggest cosmetic companies began to produce makeup removers in which oil is a main ingredient as it removes any makeup thoroughly without damaging the skin.

How to use and apply
Apply a small amount of the oil over your entire face and neck and rub the oil very gently to spread it evenly. Leave the oil on your skin for approximately 10/ 15 minutes and then use a tissue to remove the excess. You had better apply the oil in the evening if the product is too oily and you don’t feel comfortable with it. You can also use the oil to massage your skin in order to improve the blood circulation and to “tone” your skin. Apply the oil with soft, circular motions for about 10 minutes and then remove the excess.

How to use and apply hair oil
Hair oils should be applied on dry hair, before washing. To apply the oil evenly you should separate your hair into a few sections. Apply the oil only to the roots and to the ends of the hair, depending on the product, with the aid of your fingers or with a brush. Massage your scalp gently with your fingertips and wrap your head into a towel. Leave the oil on your scalp for approximately 30 minutes, unless the instruction says otherwise. To remove the oil you should use hot or lukewarm water to rinse your hair and a mild shampoo. You can use any hair (scalp) oil once a week to keep your hair and scalp healthy, beautiful and shiny.


A few drops of bath oils can do wonders for your mood and for your skin. The combination of essential oils and fragranced oils has an aromatherapic action. The bath oils not only soften the skin but they also contain many moisturizing ingredients that hydrate and sooth even very dry skin.


Body oil is a must for those with dry or sensitive skin. The body oils are also known as “dry” oils because they are absorbed quickly into the skin without leaving any oily patches. The body oils usually come in a spray form and the application is very easy (usually takes 1/ 2 minutes). These oils have a big concentration of moisturizing and nourishing ingredients – essential oils that repair the upper layer of the skin. These oils erase any feeling of dryness or tightness and keep the skin well-moisturized all day long.

How to use and apply body oils
You shouldn’t use body oil for a massage purposes, as most of them absorb quickly into the skin. Apply the oil on wet skin, straight after a bath as the oil will lock 10 times more moisture than many body lotions or creams.

The most common oils used in the cosmetic industry:

Lavender oil

  • for oily skin prone to acne and frequent breakouts
  • for skin inflammation, sun burns, small wounds
  • for body massage

Peppermint oil

  • for oily or combination skin prone to acne
  • for skin irritations

Rosemary oil

  • for body massage
  • for cellulite, stretch marks

Almond oil

  • appropriate for every skin type
  • works well for dry, sensitive or mature skin
  • great remedy for dry hair

Avocado oil

  • rich in vitamins A, E, D
  • works great for dry or sensitive skin
  • improve the collagen production

Grape oil

  • a powerful antioxidant
  • regulate the oil production
  • works great for oily or combination skin
  • shrinks large pores

Jojoba oil

  • appropriate for every skin types
  • nourish and protect the skin from the external aggressions
  • regulate the oil production
  • soften, moisturize and nourish the skin

Olive oil

  • works great for dry, sensitive and mature skin
  • prevents wrinkle, and fine lines appearance
  • a powerful moisturizing agent
  • sooths and smoothes the skin

Sesame oil

  • works great for dry, combination and mature skin
  • rich in vitamin E, magnesium
  • slow down the aging of the skin
  • widely used in hair masks
  • act as a sunscreen

Cocoa oil

  • appropriate for normal skin
  • for body massage
  • softens and moisturize the skin
  • acts as a sunscreen

Tea tree oil

  • with antiseptic and anti-microbial properties
  • regulate oil production
  • shrink large pores

What do you think about this post?

    • Fam wrote:
      I really like clinique products. They are the best.

    • Sandra B wrote:
      he Made from Earth Green Tea Cleanser not only leaves my face feeling clean (but not dry) it has totally eliminated the mild to moderate breakouts I'd been suffering from for the past year. I tried the Made from Earth cleanser after reading online reviews, and after only 3 months, have seen major improvement (read: not one zit for over 4 wks) Admittedly it is not an overnight miracle, but it did work eventually. I use this product 2x per day (a.m and p.m), and for my night ritual I use a disposal exfoliating sponge to help remove my makeup, followed by the Rosehip & Hibiscus face Serum (also by Made from Earth).

    • beluna wrote:
      yeah it works thx!

    • rahel wrote:
      I think the product that listed above is very good for oily skin. And how about the product that suitable for dry and sensitive skin?

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