24 Jun

Oily skin – causes, treatment & products

Healthy skin produces natural oil called sebum that moisturises the skin. Oily skin can be a result of over-active glands, and can lead to spots and acne, if the pores become blocked. Other causes of oily skin can be related to stress, hormonal disorders and ethnicity.
The bad news about oily skin is it’s largely about genetics. People with darker skin (European & Asian) are often prone to oily skin. However, it is not all bad. Oily skin ages much better than dry and sensitive skin. Skin is most oily during the teen years as you go through puberty. The good news though is that as we age our skin will naturally decrease in oiliness, and in some cases, can often become dry.  It may also be as a result of misusing beauty products.

Treating oily skin is simple, but, a consistent routine is vital. Regular exfoliation and cleansing is highly recommended. While exfoliation itself won’t reduce oil production, it will help to prevent your pores from becoming clogged. It is also important not to overuse products or use harsh chemicals and treatments that will dry out your skin. Oil-free moisturiser and foundation are a must. I would also suggest a matte based foundation, not a dewy finish, as this will only highlight oily zones on your face.


1. Chanel, Perfection Lumiere – this is one of my favourites. I have combination skin (oily t-zone, and dry cheeks) so finding foundation that works all over is hard. Perfection Lumiere is a matte finish but also still illuminates your skin, giving you a fresh glow.
2. Laura Mercier, Oil Free Supreme – oil-free foundation, great coverage, non-drying and lightweight. This foundation gives you a flawless finish and reduces visible pores. *I wore this on my wedding day!
3. Maybelline, Dream Matte Mousse (cheaper option) – this foundation is ideal for oily skin and provides an even and thick coverage.