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Skin Care Routine for Oily Skin

Covering the best cleanser, toner, serum, and moisturizer for oily skin

Written by: 100% PURE®
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Do You Have Oily Skin?

Oily skin can be a real drag. While oily skin can keep skin looking younger for longer, it can also lead to clogged pores, blemishes, and excess shine. People with overactive sebaceous (oil) glands tend to deal with a shinier T-zone: chin, nose, and forehead being the main areas affected by excess shine. Sebum (oil) produced by our skin has a slightly sticky texture. This sticky texture turns your skin’s surface into a catch-all for dirt, sweat, and debris. If oily skin is not regularly cleansed and purified, your pores can become a breeding ground for bacteria, meaning prime conditions for breakouts.

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Besides a shiny forehead, chin, and nose, oily skin types may notice some other regular symptoms. Pores clogged with excess oil, debris, and dead skin cells will lead to more acne: inflamed or infected sebaceous glands that appear as pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, and cysts. In addition to more regular breakouts, oily skin types are constantly plagued with makeup struggles. Finding a natural foundation for oily skin is key, and antibacterial oil blotting wipes are on standby at all times to keep shiny-face at bay.

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Best Cleanser for Oily Skin

The most important battle in the war against shine and breakouts is finding the best cleanser for oily skin. Don’t opt for anything harsh or stripping, since removing too much oil can actually trigger oil glands to work overtime to replace lost moisture in your skin. Flushing debris, bacteria, and excess oil from pores is absolutely crucial for keeping oily skin types out of the blemish zone.

Both our Tea Tree & Willow Acne Clear Cleanser and Charcoal Clay Cleanser are serious superheroes when it comes to battling oily skin. Our Tea Tree & Willow Acne Clear Cleanser means business when it comes to killing acne-causing bacteria and balancing oil production. This cleanser uses antibacterial herbs like tea tree, willow, and parsley to kill any bacteria caught in the pores by sticky sebum. Soothing tea tree and neem calm acne, and both lemon and rosemary balance oil production. Our Charcoal Clay Cleanser follows suit with bamboo charcoal and kaolin clay, which act as magnets for the dirt and debris in clogged pores. Antibacterial spearmint and lemongrass, plus oil-balancing lemon water, act as backup for fighting oily skin.

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Best Toner for Oily Skin

A concentrated natural toner is the invaluable sidekick to your superhero facial cleanser. The best toner for oily skin would be one with astringent properties, which can help to constrict the pore (meaning more oil control, less debris infiltration). Thanks to their high water content, toners can also flush leftover facial cleanser, makeup, or dead skin cells from the pores. Our Tea Tree & Willow Acne Clear Astringent is a powerhouse of antibacterial herbs and oils in a base of hydrating, soothing tea tree water and witch hazel. This oil-balancing toner is a must for calming breakouts, and a deeply refreshing treatment for oily or irritated skin.

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Best Serum for Oily Skin

Sneaking in a serum could spell relief for excessively oily skin. Delivering hydration and moisture to skin’s deepest layers with a serum’s super small molecule size can help your oil glands from over-producing. For daily use, we love the brightening Fermented Rice Water Serum or Green Tea EGCG Protective Serum for oily skin types, since between them they deliver oil-balancing essential oils and niacinamide, and antibacterial green tea and herbs.

If you’re looking for a nighttime serum for oily skin, look no further than our best selling Multi-Vitamin & Antioxidant Potent PM Serum. This powerful serum is more than an anti-aging powerhouse; it’s packed with oil-balancing ingredients like niacinamide, vitamin C, broccoli, spinach, and tomato.

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Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin

If you have oily skin and you’re triggered by the word “moisturizer”, you’re not alone. A big misconception, that’s probably led to more problems than solutions, is that oily skin types don’t need to, or shouldn’t, use a moisturizer. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Finding the right moisturizer for oily skin however, is the real key to success. The best moisturizer for oily skin needs to have a lower oil content and a lighter body than your average formula. Our Hydra Drench Cream is an ultra light, oil-balancing moisturizer that’s made with oily skin types in mind. Made in a base of sensitive skin-friendly rose water, plus chia seed gel and oil. Chia’s zinc and fatty acid content can both soothe and purify acnegenic skin.

If you’re on the less severe end of the oily skin spectrum, you can even try a light-medium weight oil-balancing moisturizer. Our Green Tea EGCG Protective Cream uses the key phytonutrient in green tea to battle clogged pores and bacteria stuck in oily skin. Polyphenols in green tea damage bacterial membranes and fight against infection, meaning that it’s a useful tool for treating the bacterial growth that causes acne. It helps kill systemic bacterial inflammation for smoother, toned skin. The natural caffeine content in this moisturizer for oily skin also helps to stimulate circulation, meaning less inflammation and redness at the site of a breakout.

Now that you’ve got a tried-and-true skin care routine for oily skin, time to find your perfect foundation! Check out The Best Foundation for Oily Skin to really complete your oily skin care routine!

We carefully hand-select products based on strict purity standards, and only recommend products we feel meet this criteria. 100% PURE™ may earn a small commission for products purchased through affiliate links.

The information in this article is for educational use, and not intended to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should not be used as such.


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