What Factors Should I Take Into Account When Caring For Oily Skin?

Pimples, blackheads, clogged pores and a greasy sheen to your face—nobody wants these byproducts of oily skin. So how do you care for your oily skin to keep it healthy and beautiful? We asked a panel of beauty experts to share their best tips. Read on to learn more.

Jordan SullyJordan Sully

Jordan Sully, Co-founder, ZELEN Life.

3 factors you should consider

1. Do not over-wash, it creates more oil. Cleansing is an important [step] for any skin type, however people with oily skin tend to think they need to wash more than the average person. Clearing the skin of impurities and removing excess oil is important for anyone’s routine, but it should not be done more than 2-3 times a day.

Over-washing oily skin may provide a satisfying short term feeling of cleanliness but the consequence is, it strips the skin of all its natural oils. A lack of oil in the skin leads to dryness, which triggers the sebaceous glands to overproduce oil to compensate for this dryness. Therefore, washing is completely counterproductive.

2. Oily skin is not caused by greasy foods. There is not enough research to support many people’s thinking that greasy foods lead to oilier skin. Of course, a healthy lifestyle and good eating habits can help the skin maintain its natural radiance. However, it does not mean that all people with oily skin have this skin type because they are eating more greasy foods than the average person.

3. Organic oils such as Jojoba can be used on oily skin types. Many people with oily skin types refrain from oil-based products and ingredients, for example, avoiding Jojoba oil. This is understandable as putting ‘oils’ on oily skin may feel like it will only exacerbate the problem. However, organic oils like Jojoba can actually help regulate the skin’s natural production of oil. Jojoba mimics the skin’s own sebum, so when the skin feels hydrated, it realizes it does not need to produce more oil to combat dryness.

Gabby Abascal

Gabby Abascal

Gabby Abascal, Licensed Esthetician, and owner of SkinByGabby located in Upland, California.

Best solution

[Many] people with large pores and oily skin tend to strip all the natural oils from their skin because they want a "squeaky clean" feeling. However, by doing so, your skin will dry out and rebound with more oil production. The best solution to treating oily skin is 1) to use skincare products that won't strip the natural oils from your skin and 2) use lightweight, non-comedogenic products that won't clog the pores.

Dr. Daniel Lanzer

Dr. Daniel Lanzer

Dr. Daniel Lanzer - Dermatologist/Cosmetic Surgeon at

Regular purification facials

Oily skin can cause you to have blocked pores and will often show lots of bumps and lumps in your skin complexion. Getting regular purification facials can help, and they can also be used as a preventative treatment.

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