Oily skin is shiny, thick and dull colored. Often a chronically oily skin has coarse pores and pimples and other embarrassing blemishes. It is prone to blackheads.

In this type of skin, the oil producing sebaceous glands are overactive and produce more oil than is needed. The oil oozes and gives the skin a greasy shine. The pores are enlarged and the skin has a coarse look.

This is all bad news, but the question is what exacerbate oily skin?

Your Menstrual Cycle

Every month your body is going through a regular cycle of hormone production and as those hormones wax and wane, they can stimulate your oil glands.


Stress incites your fight-or-flight response and when you choose to get your fight on, that can lead to an increase in production of oil from your oil glands because of that hormonal surge.

The Weather

In the warmer, more humid weather the oil is more bothersome.

Blockage-Inducing Cosmetics

Super-heavy makeup can trap the oil and exacerbate a breakout situation.


When oily skin runs in the family, chances are that every member will have larger sebaceous glands that produce excess oil. Any skin that’s genetically oily is more likely to include clogged pores and breakouts.


Here’s 5 ways to manage your oily skin.

Get the Right Cleanser

Exfoliating cleanser is good for getting rid of oil and renewing your skin faster.

Try Clay Masks

This kind of mask contains bentonite —the ingredient in clay that absorbs oil and helps soothe skin. Using a clay mask—such as DIY detoxifying mask – once a week can calm your face and remove excess oil.


Choose a gentle abrasive like I used in this recipe and use it at least once a week to normalise oil levels.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

Dehydration can stress glands to produce more oil. My favorite way to hydrate face is to use DIY acne cream. What a lot of people do not know is that acne-prone skin is still in need of moisturisation, but you got to use a non-pore-clogging and non-irritating cream.

Choose your makeup wisely.

When it comes to your skin, I recommend avoiding pore-clogging products that feel heavy on your skin. I prefer homemade foundation for its silky feel, but powder foundation work well too. If there’s only a little you wish to cover up, choose powder over liquid foundation.