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No More Clogged Pores: Skin Care Tips For Oily Skin

Medically reviewed by Regina Victoria Boyles, MD · Pediatrics

Written by Ruby Anne Hornillos · Updated Jan 22, 2023

No More Clogged Pores: Skin Care Tips For Oily Skin

Your skin needs a certain amount of oil for it to stay moisturized and healthy. However, if your skin’s glands produce too much oil, it can cause dermatological problems such as acne and clogged pores. Following this, here are some skin care tips for oily skin.

While people with oily skin are slower to develop wrinkles later in life, they also tend to have larger pores and are prone to acne, whiteheads and blackheads. Oily skin may also be caused by an underlying medical condition, or types of diet.

Here are 7 skin care tips for oily skin.

Skin Care Tips for Oily Skin

The goal of your skincare routine should be to strike a balance; your skin should not be too oily or too dry. For oily skin, controlling the production of oil without losing a healthy glow is the target.

Wash your face regularly with the right products

Washing your face in the morning and the evening is important. However, washing with regular soap may not be enough.

People with oily skin should avoid very fragrant soaps, harsh soaps, and cleansers. Harsh soaps make the skin feel tight and dry after washing. These types of cleansers can also irritate the skin.

As a result, the skin compensates and produces more oil.

Use alcohol-free, oil-free, and non-comedogenic products

Before purchasing or using any skin products, be sure to check the labels. Watch out for products that are alcohol-based, as these tend to dry out the skin. For people with oily skin, products that can make the skin dry can trigger the glands to produce even more oil.

Meanwhile, comedogenic products can clog the pores and lead to acne breakouts. Oil-based products like essential oils can also make the skin look greasier.

Use moisturizer

Even if you have oily skin, it is still important to keep your skin hydrated with moisturizer. You may use a moisturizer specifically for oily skin.

Remember that when your skin dries, the glands respond by producing oil. Regularly hydrating your skin helps in regulate the production of oil.

Wear sunscreen outdoors

Wearing sunscreen is a must for all skin types, as sunscreen protects the skin from ultraviolet rays which can speed up skin aging.

Use blotting paper

When your skin feels especially oily, you can gently press blotting paper on your face and let it sit there for a few seconds. Do not rub the blotting paper on your face because this might irritate your skin. Rubbing also spreads the oil to other areas on your face.

Avoid touching your face

Studies have shown that we touch our face countless times within the day. However, our hands can easily transfer dirt and bacteria to our face, leading to acne and other skin issues. Dab a tissue on your face if you are sweating. Though if you need to touch your face, make sure to sanitize your hands first.

Be gentle with your skin

Among the skin care tips for oily skin is to remember to be gentle with your skin.

Avoid using harsh exfoliators and extremely-formulated facial scrubs. Your skin needs oil to protect it from aging and pimple-causing bacteria and dirt. Also, don’t over-wash your face, as it can strip the skin of all of its natural oil.

Key Takeaway

Oily skin is characterized by an overproduction of oil in the skin, causing it to look greasy. Skin care tips for oily skin should aim to keep the skin hydrated and moisturized while managing the presence of excess oil. Using products and exfoliators that severely dry out oily skin and can only lead to more aggressive oil production in the skin’s glands. People with oily skin should use products that are non-comedogenic, free of oil, and free of alcohol.

Learn more about Skin Care and Cleansing here.


Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Medically reviewed by

Regina Victoria Boyles, MD


Written by Ruby Anne Hornillos · Updated Jan 22, 2023

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