oil-skinOf all the skin types, an oily one is by far the most irritating one. Usually the result of the male sex hormone testosterone triggering sebaceous glands to produce sebum (the skin’s natural oil), greasy skin doesn’t just look like it’s been coated with gloss varnish, it’s more prone to blackheads, whiteheads and unsightly breakouts, too.  The good news is that there are several things you can do to solve oil-slick skin.  Here’s how you can ease the spill:

Quit The Soap:

Cleansing is the basis of any solid grooming routine, but guys with oily skin often think that by using powerful cleansers frequently, they’ll get rid of the grease for good.  Indeed if you’ve got oily skin, you should avoid using aggressive soaps and alkaline cleansers.  Your skin is a well-designed organ that needs a balance of lubricants for protection.  If you strip it of all of its natural oils, it will either become dehydrated or it will gradually start to produce more oil in an effort to compensate for all the scouring.  Instead, use glycerine-based cleansers especially formulated for oily skin.


Beat The Heat:

Both stress and friction can stimulate oil production, so keeping a level head and not fiddling with your face may avoid excessive oiliness.  Heat is another trigger, so skip long, hot showers and don’t even think of washing your face with hot water.  Remember that warmer weather can also have an impact.  People with oily skin can suffer a little more in the summer.  Heat causes sebaceous glands to become more active, leading to excess oil production and therefore more oily shine and potential breakouts.

Scoop The Pores:

Regularly exfoliating skin is an integral part of any man’s grooming routine, but it’s critical if you have oily skin, as dead skin cells can combine with sebum to form a kind of human cement that clogs pores and leads to spots.  Try using gentle products so as not to irritate the skin too much and look out for products containing salicylic acid.  Salicylic acid penetrates through sebum, dissolving any blackhead-causing plugs and eliminating acne-causing bacteria.



It’s a common misconception that oily skin doesn’t need a moisturizer, but no matter what your skin condition, pretty much all of us suffer from dehydration due to diet and lifestyle.  As such, a moisturizer will add that critical hydration while also protecting skin against the environment.  It’s crucial you use the right product though. To add moisture without grease, opt for lightweight, oil-free moisturizers especially formulation labelled as ‘oil control.’  If spots are a problem, look for moisturizers containing salicylic acid which will help prevent follicles from becoming blocked by grease and dead skin cells.

Avoid Sun:

Many guys with darker skin, which naturally tends to be a little oilier, often think sun protection isn’t as important for them as for their fairer-skinned brothers.  But proper coverage is still essential.  Darker skin, which is usually oiler, does have a greater degree of built-in protection in the form of melanin, but the pigment cannot be relied upon to protect the skin indefinitely.  Oily skin will also wrinkle if overexposed to the sun’s UV rays.  Not only that, skip the sun cream and your skin runs the risk of sagging and developing sun spots and uneven pigmentation.   So use of grease-free sunscreens plays a vital role.


Mask Your Skin:

Face masks aren’t for everyone but they’re great for guys with oily skin.  A clay-based or anti-bacterial mask is also a powerful treatment for reducing oily shine.  A bit like a vacuum for the skin, masks suck up excess oil, keeping pores from becoming blocked with grease and grime and helping to prevent zits and blackheads from forming.

In conclusion, it can seem – when you’re in the midst of an oil mop-up – the bright shine and the spots it can cause will never abate, but they do.  Oil production falls off with age and if your skin has always been greasy this is a welcome by-product of the ageing process.  In the meantime, you can console yourself with the knowledge that your skin is less likely to age as quickly as your drier-skinned counterparts.


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