Best bit most of these tips for oily skin are not very commonly known. We’re getting you into the science of oily skin so you can understand why your oily skin’s doing what it’s doing and exactly what you can do to help stop it trying to make a full bottle of cooking oil by the 12 o’clock chime. These tips for oily skin will have you knowing what skincare, foundation or moisturiser is best for your oily skin because of what is and isn’t in the bottle.
Oh and p.s. these tips for oily skin are not all about skincare. Because focusing on trying to make your oily skin better with only skincare would be like trying to drive a car with a full tank of fuel but no wheels. Meaning my friend, we’re talking inside: out aka diet as well as outside in aka skincare.
Are you ready for the best tips for oily skin you’ve yet to get your eyes on? Me too (!) let’s get going my friend…
1. Your Oily Skin Will Get More Oily Till Midday
There’s that 12 o’Clock chime dear skin savvy. Crazy fact – your oily skin is able to tell the time. See, skin has a kind of cell called a clock cell. It picks up on all kinds of signs to tell the time, the biggest of which is light. And with this information your oily skin will either 1) make more oil or 2) make less oil.
Here’s what your daily oily skin roller-coaster will look like;
- I’m waking up: time to get oily – sebum excretions increase from the moment you wake up.
- Hey, I’m enjoying this: lets keep doing it – sebum excretions increase towards midday where they peak.
- Oh gosh, I’m feeling tired now: Lets take a break – your sebum excretions decrease from midday.
- I’m pooped, time for bed – sebum excretions continue to decrease into the evening, reaching their lowest just after lights out.
…and there’s some important, must know tips for oily skin you can take from this oily skin fact;
- Your oily skin will absorb best at night aka skincare products used in your PM routine are likely to have the best effect.
- Strategically use blotting papers like these before midday, they’re fantastic for helping control your morning oil spring.
- A separate AM and PM moistuiser will work very well for your skin type, a great AM moisturiser should contain sebum absorbing ingredients e.g. Bioderma Sebium Mat Control – Shine-Control Moisturiser which has small invisible to the eye porous beads of methyl methacrylate crosspolymer.
2. Tips for Oily Skin: Sugar Is Making Your Oily Skin Oilier
Ever wondered if chocolate causes spots or if alcohol makes your skin bad? Well my friend, these questions are best turned on their head i.e. what ingredients does your chocolate bar contain and therefore can any of them cause oily skin.
Foods like chocolate, crisps, burgers and pasta are a mixture of lots of different ingredients – you’ve got to deconstruct your chocolate bar before you can decide if it’s a great food for your skin or if it’s a sin bin, stay in the cupboard for 5 minutes before I decide to eat you and never buy you again.
Some chocolates are not great for your oily skin because they contain a lot of sugar. Milk chocolate for example. Chocolates like these cause your body to release a lot of insulin – aka a hormone. Once insulin enters your bloodstream, another hormone is magnetised in – insulin like growth factor or IGF-1 for short. IGF-1 levels have been directly linked with oily skin.
This is a very uncommonly known oily skin tip and what is even more uncommonly known is that other foods which don’t contain sugar on the ingredients list – even natural foods – can do the very same thing. These foods get broken down fast into sugar. They’re often called high glycemic index foods and we chat about them in-depth in my eBook – Your 2 Week Clear Skin Meal Plan.
3. Vitamin B3 Aka Niacinamide Can Help Balance Your Oily Skin Type
Choosing the best skincare for oily skin is like playing paintball – 10% of the time you pull off a move even 007 would be proud of, 90% of the time you get-got. And in finding great skincare for your oily skin, you can easily get-got a with a high alcohol content – found as alcohol denat. on an ingredient list.
Alcohol is a solvent and it can cut through grease aka remove your skin’s sebum. It can also wreck your skin barrier, a strong possibility if you’ve ever been caught in a see-saw of oily-dry-oily-dry skin.
Instead of using oily skincare high in drying alcohol, choose oily skincare rich in niacinamide aka vitamin B3.
Niacinamide is a great choice because not only have studies shown just 2% can help reduce the oiliness of skin but niacinamide skincare can also improve your skin barrier health (psst! it helps your skin make ceramides). Which means using oily skincare with niacinamide will help make your skin type normal not dry or combination. A huge win.
This is a great niacinamide skincare pick for helping make your oily skin normal again > The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% – £5/30ml.
4. Mineral Sunscreen is the Absolute Best for Oily Skin
There are only 2 types of minerals which can currently be used as UV filters to help protect your skin against ageing sunlight;
- Zinc oxide
- Titanium dioxide
Both are ground up into teeny-tiny powders to be used in sunscreen formulas and 1 is even more than perfect for your oily skin – zinc oxide. There’s evidence zinc can act as a mild sebosuppressant aka it tells your sebum glands to stop making so much oil, it puts a lock on their door and says go get some shut-eye.
While some sunscreens can make your skin feel even more oily, mineral based sunscreens like this perfect for oily skin sunscreen, can help your oily skin type back towards normal. Bonus and bonus, because not only is daily sunscreen the cheapest anti-ageing cream you could use, it’s also going to help stop your spot-prone oily skin type from being sprung by blemishes, here’s why…
5. Best Tips for Oily Skin: Mineral Sunscreen Can Help Prevent Spots
Your oily skin types is prone to spots because oily skin makes the perfect environment for spot causing bacteria to breed. But don’t panic my friend, this doesn’t mean your skin isn’t clean, everyone’s skin has bacteria on it, this is 100% healthy. It’s just when your skin is oily, certain acne causing breeds of these bacteria can make too many babies.
Using the right sunscreen every day will help on 2 levels;
- Mineral sunscreen can have a sebum suppressing effect aka make your skin less oily and therefore less of a comfy sofa for spot causing bacteria.
- Sunscreen prevents UV light from making your sebum comedogenic aka pore blocking.
The first we’ve already had a good ‘ol chin wag about. The second is a newbie. Here’s the deal – a major component of your skin oils is known as squalene. Squalene when hit with UV light can turn into another ingredient/oxidise into another ingredient known as squalene monohydroperoxide.
Squalene monohydroperoxide is highly comedogenic, it’s going to block your pores and make spots a very strong possibility. But my friend, you can protect your oily skin against this by using a mineral based sunscreen daily. Spot protection and oily skin reduction – what more could a girl want.
6. Mineral Makeup Is Best For Your Oily Skin
Makeup can make your oily skin (way, way) worse or (way, way) better and if you want to ensure your makeup is always in way, way better camp, it’s a safe bet to opt for mineral makeup.
Mineral makeup is great for your oily skin because it can;
- Absorb excess skin oil.
- If your mineral makeup contains the mineral zinc oxide, it can help reduce sebum excretion.
- Mineral makeup has great staying power aka your mineral makeup is very unlikely to oil-out.
Take this Lily Lolo mineral foundation as an example, first ingredient on the list is mica – mica hates water but loves oil i.e. use this mineral foundation on your skin and it won’t absorb your skin’s hydration, but it will absorb your skin’s excess oils. And this bareMinerals mineral foundation which contains sebum battling zinc oxide as well as oil absorbing mica and and a mineral ingredient called bismuth oxychloride which increases the saying power of your makeup. Tick, tick and tick.
7. Hot & Humid Weather Will Make Your Skin Look More Oily
…so be super prepared and adjust your oily skin skincare routine to match. This might mean using less of your go-to serum and moisturiser or using only your AM moisturiser for both AM and PM or even adding in a new sebum regulating skincare pick. Here’s the deal, hot weather doesn’t make your skin make more oil but it does thin the oil your skin’s making.
Think of oil in a pan. when you first pour oil into a cold pan, it all sits in a big oily globule – but – when you add heat – your oil globule goes thin and runny, sliding into all of your pans nooks and crannies.
The same is true of your skin’s sebum. When the weather goes hot, your sebum gets thinner and it can come out of your pores more easily. In fact studies show for every 1oC the temperature goes up, your skin’s sebum pumping out rate increases by 10%.
Tips for oily skin: hot weather doesn’t make your skin make more oil, but it does make it easier for sebum to flow out from your pores.
— Cheryl Woodman (@HonestyForSkin) 16 July 2018
We know this can’t be your skin making more oil, because within 90 minutes of temperature change, skin pumps out more sebum. However it takes around 7 days for your skin to actually make more sebum.
It’s also known that when skin is moist and oily – it looks a lot more oily than it actually is. Moisture and oil mixed together is super shiny. And when the air’s humid, your skin’s much more likely to get moist, clammy and sweaty.
Moral of the story: if summer is a’coming or you’re headed away on a beautiful holiday, stock up on the best skincare for oily skin – like the picks I’ve pulled for you above.
8. Tips For Oily Skin: Drink Spearmint Tea
Your skin takes orders from your hormones. One hormone says make more sebum and the dominance of other hormones says oh no you don’t skin. Androgens are a family of hormones with links to oily skin and spearmint tea has been found to have anti-androgenic benefits. This time around spearmint tea says oh no you don’t oily skin.
Drinking spearmint tea like this twice a day like could help reduce the long-term oiliness of your skin. So for example if you’re going somewhere hot and humid for a beach vacation, start drinking spearmint tea a few months in advance, or for long-term control of oily skin try adding spearmint tea to your daily moment of me-time list.
There you have it dear friend, my 8 best tips for oily skin. Which are you trying first? Do you have questions about how to make positive oily skin change? Then come chat to me in the comments below, I’m here for you…
Cheryl Woodman is a scientist & award winning skincare formulator who’s more friend next door than bow tie wearing professor. As creator of Honesty For Your Skin her aim is to help you care for your skin in the best ways possible. She’s founder of the natural & fragrance free skincare brand Honesty while also hosting 1 to 1 skincare coaching to help you get your best skin yet. Find out more here.