Beauty, Skincare

6 Oily Skin Problems and the Best Ways to Help Combat It.

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Oily skin can be a problem throughout the year but it can be an increasing problem with the heat of the summer months. Creating that natural summer glow can be difficult without ending up looking like a wet fish! We are here to explain why we get oily skin and to help fix your oily skin problems with some simple tweaks to your skincare routine.  

Oily skin problems.

Oily skin is caused by overproductive sebaceous glands which are microscopic glands in the skin that opens into a hair follicle. These cover the skin on our face and body and produce sebum to lubricate the skin creating a natural barrier to protect our skin. 

There are many reasons as to why the sebaceous glands can become unbalanced which causes the excess sebum (oil) to produce on our skin. Read more to discover the best ways to combat the oil.

Oily skin problems

How do I know if I have oily skin?

Apart from the obvious shiny face, there are other characteristics of oily skin these include: 

  • Skin feels tight and irritated
  • Visible pores
  • Textured skin
  • Blemishes or pimples
  • Blackheads
  • Makeup doesn’t last or slides off the skin. 

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Don’t wash your face more 

This may sound crazy but actually washing your face more to remove the oil will actually have an adverse effect on your skin. Overwashing your face will disrupt the skins natural barrier causing breakouts, sensitivity and inflammation. If you remove the natural oils in your skin making the sebaceous glands work harder meaning it will produce even more sebum that you will then be faced with even more problems.

Try using a cream-based cleanser this will break down the oil whilst removing dirt and debris from your skin without changing the natural balance to the barrier on your face. Avoid products that contain alcohol and sulphates, as well as being bad for your skin they will dry it out. Leaving you with dry, tight skin and a short term fix.


Add a toner to your skincare to routine to fight your oily skin problems. Salicylic acid contains BHAs (Beta Hydroxy Acid) which is attracted to oil and will help breakdown it down without upsetting the balance of your skins natural barrier. It will also penetrate pores, minimise blackheads or blemishes and is an anti-inflammatory. Use twice daily after cleansing no need to rinse. 


Don’t be fooled by thinking if you have oily skin you don’t need to moisturise this is often a huge misconception. The secret is down to the choice of product which is extremely important. Avoid thick creams opt for gel-based moisturisers not only are they cooling on your skin but they won’t clog your pores causing your skin to be congested. 

Pro Tip – No need to moisturise your nose as there are enough sebaceous glands to do the job for you. 

Clay Mask

Treat your skin to a weekly clay face mask. Clay face masks have been around for centuries and there is a good reason why. The clay acts like a sponge soaking up all those excess oils on your skin, in particular, products that contain bentonite and Kolin. Add a face mask to your weekly skincare routine and see what a difference it makes.

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Not to be the bearer of bad news but your diet, hormones and stress levels have a huge impact on your skin. 

  • Water – we all know that water will improve our skin for many reasons but if you are sweating more make sure you are drinking more.
  • Diet – avoid sugar and dairy products as they will increase oil production. 
  • Include foods rich in Zinc, magnesium, Vitamin B, Omega 3 and Vitam A. (5 Vitamins that will instantly improve your skin.)
  • Alcohol – sorry ladies but alcohol will again increase sebum, make you sweat more and make you forget to take your makeup off at the end of the day.
  • Hormones – Puberty, pregnancy and menopause all have an effect on our skin.
  • Stress – Studies show stress is a factor with oily skin problems. As much as it sometimes can’t be controlled we can try to manage it. Getting plenty of sleep and increasing daily exercise will improve our stress levels and lower sebum production. 


Primer – use an oil-based primer such as Benefit Porefessional to minimise pores you can also apply over makeup if needed. (Benefit Makeup Must-haves).

Foundation – Personally I’ve always used a liquid foundation but I hate that halfway through the day where my skin looks oily and wet. Since changing to a mineral-based foundation I have noticed my makeup lasts longer and I don’t need to mattify mid-day. 

Powder – To ensure your makeup stays put all-day go for a finely milled powder to stop you looking cakey. 

Setting Spray – My new must-have product to keep your makeup perfect and skin hydrated throughout the day is the Mac Prep + Prime + Fix Setting Spray. Keeps skin hydrated and makeup looking fresh and flawless.

Pro Tip – Go makeup-free! Your skin will greatly benefit from a few days without any makeup to allow your skin to breathe.

By making these small changes to your normal routine you will quickly be able to combat all your oily skin problems. 

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I’d love to hear your thoughts or if you need any advice with a specific problem. Please feel free to leave a comment and let me know if you wish to discuss anything further.


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(2) Comments

  1. This is such an informative and helpful post. Oily skin is something that I suffer with so I’ll be sure to refer back to these tips in the future – thanks for sharing!

    Sophie |

    1. Natalie says:

      I’m so glad this helped you.

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