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10 Effective Ways to Get Rid of Oily Skin

Updated on September 26, 2014

You may not be suffering from acne, but it is just as embarrassing if you have oily skin. Who wants to go out with a shiny and greasy face? Excess oil is caused by overactive sebaceous glands. As you may very well know, having a shiny face poses several concerns. Too much sebum production can lead to acne because there is a greater chance of clogging the pores. But while having greasy skin tends to always be associated with negative things, it actually has its benefits. Producing sebum is the body’s way of keeping the skin hydrated and healthy. A healthy skin means you are less prone to acne and wrinkles will appear much later in life. The problem arises when too much sebum is produced, leaving your face looking shiny.

Fortunately, there are a lot of ways that will help you with this problem. The best part is, these steps are very simple to follow and if done properly and regularly, you can definitely expect to cut down on oiliness.


1. Wash your face twice daily.

The first step is to make sure your face is always clean. Now, this does not mean that you should wash your face several times a day. Some people tend to wash their face every time they feel their face becomes oily. This is the biggest mistake they make. Washing your face several times a day takes away the natural moisture needed by your skin. The body copes up with this by producing more sebum in an attempt to maintain moisture. Washing your face must be limited to twice at most daily, in the morning and at night. Use gentle facial cleansers that are designed for your condition. Also opt for gel cleansers instead of cream or soap.

2. Use an alcohol-free toner.

Oil-control toners help clean away dirt and other materials left after washing your face. Avoid toners containing alcohol as this can cause dryness quickly. Apply toners only on affected areas of the face. Using toners on areas that are dry may cause further dryness and flakiness.

How to Apply Moisturizer

  • Use your fingers to apply moisturizer on your face gently.
  • Start with your cheeks using outward strokes.
  • Use upward strokes when applying moisturizer on your neck and forehead.

3. Moisturize.

Did your friend tell you that you should avoid moisturizers if your skin is greasy? Don’t listen to her. This is one of the biggest myths you should debunk. Everybody needs moisturizers, no matter the skin type. The key is choosing a moisturizer that is non-comedogenic and oil-free. As with toners, vary the amount of moisturizer you apply depending on the oiliness of the area.

Cleanse. Tone. Moisturize. Make this your daily routine.

4. Use Sunscreen.

Did your friend tell you that sun exposure gets rid of acne and oiliness? Again, don’t listen to her. While a little sun exposure can be healthy, too much of it can be very dangerous. Protect yourself from the harmful rays of the sun by applying sunscreen. You can choose a moisturizer with at least SPF 15. Just remember to choose an oil-free one.

5. Exfoliate.

Exfoliating is often neglected by many. Little do people know that dead skin cells can be the cause of their acne and oiliness. Exfoliate with a gentle facial exfoliator once a week. This keeps dead skin cells away from your face and thus reduce oiliness.

6. Watch your cosmetics.

Your cosmetics might contain ingredients that can clog the pores and aggravate greasiness. As much as possible, choose make up that is oil-free and water-based.

7. Use blotting paper.

People with shiny faces love blotting paper. Doctors also highly recommend it because it effectively removes oil but it does not dry out the skin. The proper way to use blotting paper is to apply it on affected areas of the face and press it lightly. Do not scrub the sheet against your face; just let it absorb the oil.

8. Reduce Stress.

Stress alters the body’s hormone production. This may lead to the sebaceous glands being overactive, causing excess sebum production. It is recommended to learn how to avoid stress or at least reduce stress as much as you can. Two of the easiest ways to do this are exercising regularly and having enough sleep.

9. Have a healthy diet.

Experts continue to conduct studies about the relation of food and sebum production. While there are a lot of speculations on this matter, it is best to conduct your own observation. Try to steer clear of fatty foods and see if it helps control oily skin. If it does, then keep at it. Remember to include healthy foods in your daily diet such as fruits and vegetables.

10. Consult your dermatologist.

Usually, following all the steps above will help end your problem. However, if you still find yourself suffering from greasiness, it is best to consult your doctor and ask for advice. Other treatments may be necessary to control the oiliness of your face such as lasers and chemical peels.


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      Brittney K 5 years ago

      I have the WORST oily skin problem, and I use the Complexion Scrub from the Shielo brand. Its wonderful for people with oily skin. It cleans my skin and doesn't dry my face out. I have somewhat sensitive skin, and to finally find a good face wash that doesn't make my face break out because of dryness is quite the discovery for me. I still have to put moisturizer on my skin afterwards. It doesn't make it moist, but it does keep from doing damage. It also lasts a long time; it only takes one or maybe two pumps to wash my face. I love it!

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      Rasna Aisha 6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      haha thanks, I'll remember that, being always in front of computer day and night keeps my face oily, sometimes I do wash it twice if I am so busy but always wash it morning noon and night in normal days.

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      Cliff Mendrez 6 years ago from Philippines

      samadaslam, I hope these tips will work for you.

      aisha91, wow, 5 times a day! and with soap! well, if it works for you, then I guess you can continue your routine. But I suggest that if you see signs of dryness or flakiness, cut down the cleansing to twice daily and don't use soap. Thank you for reading and voting up!

      Maddie Ruud, that's true. I know a lot of people who can't resist washing their face when they feel oily. Big mistake.

      BestMensSkinCare, thank you for reading.

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      BestMensSkinCare 6 years ago from California

      Great tips!

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      Maddie Ruud 6 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Great tips! I think a lot of people fall into the trap of washing their faces every time they feel oily. You are so right that this backfires in a big way!

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      Rasna Aisha 6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Hi Cliff,

      I wash my face 5 times but I only use soap 3 times, morning noon and night, the other 2 are only purely water. I do not use toners just moisturizer cream, and I can say that my way is effective because it keeps me from acne. Beauty routine really differs per person, one just need to be observant on what routine is effective for her.

      Anyway, this is a good hub, voted up :)

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      Samad Aslam Khan 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing such the great tips which I can apply even without any headache. I've oily skin and I often get pimples so here I got some good treatments which can help me definitely. Nice Hub!