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Skincare Routine For Oily Skin: A Step-by-Step Guide


If you often find yourself looking for signs of skin greasiness in the mirror or touching your face to detect the next bump, then you most probably have oily or oily-acne prone skin. 

The trouble with oily skin is that it can occur for a whole host of reasons. The good news is that setting up a successful skincare routine for oily skin and using the right skincare products can be the only thing you need to do in order to deal with this type of skin.  

Here are 2 skincare routines you can incorporate depending on whether you need one for the AM or PM.



What Are The Best Products For Treating Oily Skin? 

Many times, people with oily skin ask if they can use a moisturizer or what type of cleanser is the best for oily skin. Here is how to make the best oily skincare product choices and what to avoid. 


A good cleanser for oily skin should be oil-free and non-comedogenic (not clogging the pores.) 

AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) and BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) facial cleansers are gentle, yet effective in removing dead skin cells from the surface and dealing with bacteria that cause breakouts and blackheads. 

However, they are more suitable to be used in the evening because they can increase skin sensitivity to the sun. Avoid alcohol-based face cleansers as they can strip your complexion of its natural oils and can lead to your skin producing more oil. 

Face Wash 

Many people think that the best face wash for oily skin should leave the skin feeling squeaky clean. However, harsh ingredients that produce this feeling actually irritate, stripping the skin of its natural oils and making it produce more sebum. 

Instead, choose a mild foaming face wash that contains plant extracts and natural ingredients with astringent and anti-microbial properties. Good natural astringents include witch hazel, rose water, and green tea. 

Face Scrub

Chemical peels are gentler and more effective than physical exfoliators. But if you prefer to use a face scrub, avoid the ones that contain crushed nut shells and seeds as they are abrasive and can cause tiny tears in your skin. 


Contrary to what many people believe, oily skin does need a moisturizer daily. Look for a moisturizer that is non-comedogenic and leaves a matte finish. It should be hydrating while at the same time working to rebalance the oiliness in order to combat breakouts and blemishes. 

You need a formula that will instantly absorb and have a calming and cooling effect without irritation. Choose a lightweight cream or a gel-type moisturizer and avoid skin irritants such as SLS and artificial fragrances. 

Now that you know which products are most suitable for oily skin, it’s time to decide whether you want to do your skincare routine in the morning or the evening. We’ve written up a step-by-step guide for both options. 




The 4-Step Morning Skincare Routine For Oily Skin

While you sleep, oil, dirt and dead skin cells accumulate on the skin. So, in the morning, you need to remove all those impurities and prepare your skin for the day’s outdoor exposures. 

Step 1: Cleanse

Use a gentle clarifying cleanser to remove oil and dirt from the surface. Gently massage the cleanser onto the skin and rinse off with lukewarm water without rubbing your skin.   

Step 2: Tone 

Choose an alcohol-free toner that has mild astringent and anti-inflammatory properties (for example, witch hazel toner or rose water toner) to reduce shine and oiliness, without causing dryness. 

Depending on what your goal is, you can look for a face toner that minimizes the pores, brightens the skin or smoothes its texture. You can simply use a cotton pad to apply the toner on your face or if it comes as a mist, you can spritz and wait for it to dry. 

Step 3: Moisturize 

A moisturizer is not only needed to keep oily skin hydrated but it also works as a shield of protection against environmental damage and extreme weather conditions that can cause premature aging. Dab an adequate amount of moisturizer on the face and start massaging in upward circular motions until it is fully absorbed. 

Step 4: Apply Sunscreen

Rain or shine, apply sunscreen half an hour before exposure to the sun and reapply if needed.  

Look for a sunscreen that is not greasy, fast-absorbing and does not leave you with breakouts. It should provide broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection (SPF OF 30 at least).

The 4-Step Evening Skincare Routine For Oily Skin

At the end of a long day, deep cleansing is what oily skin desperately needs as well as a few other skin-pampering steps.

Step 1: Double Cleanse

For the evening routine, the double cleansing method is a great way to remove makeup and impurities gently and easily. You start with an oil-based cleanser to dissolve the makeup and excess sebum and continue with a water-based cleanser to rinse off any remaining debris.    

Step 2: Exfoliate

This step can be followed 2-3 times a week for deeper cleansing. Chemical exfoliation is a gentle and effective way to remove dead cells and prevent acne breakouts and other blemishes from appearing. 

It also reveals brighter skin that looks more youthful and soft with an even texture. For safe use, always follow the instructions that each product comes with. 

Step 3: Apply A Face Mask

Night is the perfect time to apply a face mask. Whether you need a detoxifying, brightening or rejuvenating effect, there are clay masks, sheet masks and a lot of other options to choose from. If you use a deep cleansing mask, you can skip the exfoliation step as both of these methods provide similar benefits.  

Step 4: Moisturize/Use Serum 

After the deep skin exfoliation step, your skin needs a hydration booster. Use hyaluronic acid or any other hydrating serum of your preference and you can also follow up with a good moisturizer. 

Final Thoughts 

The most difficult part of setting up an oily skincare routine is finding those products that can control oiliness and boost the health of your skin without causing breakouts or irritation.

Once you find what suits your complexion best and how to use those products, your skin will look and feel great! Let us know if you see results @kiseu 

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