Hey, you have an oily skin

Oily skin occurs when the skin’s sebaceous glands produce too much sebum, or oil, which can make it look shiny or greasy. Pores are often enlarged, and excess sebum can clog them and lead to acne. Hormonal changes can also cause oily skin.

It’s important not to overload oily skin, and to help it to naturally limit its oil output and reduce impurities without stripping it of moisture. Choose pH-neutral skincare products that are tailored to help oily skin restore and retain balance by hydrating it without making it greasy.

Take special care of your oily skin in hot weather, as heat can lead it to produce more oil.

I live in a city

Pollution particles are smaller than most skin pores and adhere to oil and sweat, resulting in congestion, breakouts and increased sebum production. Choose products that help to rebalance oily skin.

I am exposed to central heating or air-conditioning

Central heating can cause increase sebum production in oily skin, leading to shine, clogged pores and breakouts, Protect your skin with products that help to balance it without overloading it.

I am a regular smoker

Smoking starves the skin of oxygen, increasing sebum peroxidation and reducing vitamin E, and resulting in blocked pores and acne. It also intensifies premature aging and creates uneven skin tone.

I drink less than 8 glasses of water a day

Hydration is known to make oil glands less oily. Drinking adequate amounts of water throughout the day can reduce blockage of the skin glands and lower inflammation, balancing oil skin.

I wear make-up every day

Carefully remove all traces of make-up daily to prevent acne and blackheads. Gently cleanse and moisturise your skin, avoiding products that contain harsh ingredients and could disturb its natural balance.

Facts about oily skin


Oil on your skin is produced by sebaceous glands. Every pore on your skin is a tiny gland that produces oil called sebum. This is what keeps your skin naturally hydrated and healthy. However, some people can have overactive glands which create oily skin.


Excess oil makes your skin look shiny or greasy. It can also cause imperfections such as spots as a result of clogged or blocked pores.


As people age, levels of hormones fluctuate which directly affects the skin. Hormonal changes often result in oilier skin, especially around the Tzone, however, hormones can also cause the skin to dry out and lose elasticity.


Other than hormones, oily skin can be caused by genetics, over-washing (scrubbing and exfoliating too regularly or using harsh soaps will wash away the protectvie layer of bacteria that lives on your skin), diet, and external factors like humidity and hot temperatures.

Your routine

First step

Don't over-wash your skin. By trying to wash off excess oil, you are stripping away the protective layer of bacteria that lives on your skin. In doing so, you risk disrupting the natural balance of your skin causing it to produce even more oil.

Second step

Use skincare products that are designed for oily skin. Make sure the products you use are water-based lotions or gels to avoid adding more oil to your skin.

Third step

Diet plays a huge role in the balance of your skin. Eating foods that are high in sugars, fats, and dairy can lead to an over-active sebum and cause imperfections and spots.