Oily Skin

Skincare for OILY SKIN

Skincare for OILY SKIN

Original Author: Fira Syafiqah

Oily skin peeps, where you at? This entry is for you! Don’t forget to read this post until the end to know what skincare you should look for in your skincare routine.

Are you sure that you have an OILY SKIN?

All people alive and own a face require skin’s natural oil called SEBUM to naturally moisturize our skin, keeping it supple and leaving you with a healthy skin’s barrier. Thing that you should know about skin type is that skin type is determined by how much sebum does your skin produce and this will be the point where your skin will be categorized as 

  1. Normal – right amount of sebum
  2. Oily – overproduction of sebum
  3. Dry – lack of sebum
  4. Combination – lack and overproduce of sebum at certain area of face. Usually oily at the T-zone because our nose is where the sebum is produced at the highest level

As the name suggests, OILY SKIN can be characterized by overproduction of sebum that moisturize the skin’s surface, causing your skin to appear shiny and greasy. If further treatment is not taken, this excess sebum can go into pores and clog it, causing them to appear large and possibly lead to acne formation. 

Those with oily skin are also tend to get skin problems such as blackhead and whitehead as they are related with excess sebum production. 

You can determine your skin type through THE BLOTTING PAPER technique but this might not be true to a certain extent as our skin tends to produce higher sebum during the mid-day and lower sebum at night. Environmental factor can also affect your sebum production.

The best way to check for your skin type is to do skin analysis at the nearest dermatologist or medispa. In Malaysia, it usually ranges from RM30 to RM50. The machine can also detect the skin concern and how deep it is through your skin layer.

Science behind SEBUM, the skin's natural oil

The gland that is responsible to produce your skin’s sebum is called SEBACEOUS GLAND. This sebum constantly moisturizes your skin, protecting it from drying out as lack of sebum can make your skin problem becomes more prominent to the visible eyes. Along with sweat, our sebum is secreted through the pores to the skin’s surface. Normal production of sebum will help to moisturize while protecting your pores from other foreign substances such as dead skin cells which can also accumulate your pores too. Problem happens when this glands produce more sebum than usual, causing your skin to be extra shiny and potentially clogging your pores.

How Does Oily Skin Look Like?

Men will usually have OILY SKIN as they produce higher amount of sebum than women. A person with oily skin will usually exhibit these characteristics:

  • Your face will look extra shiny and greasy (not glowing) 
  • Prone to getting breakout
  • Less visible wrinkles
  • Makeup particles tend to smudge and wear off easily
  • The oilier areas zone of your face have blackheads, pimples or other types of acne. Usually, at the T-zone as this is where high sebum is produced
  • Visible and enlarged pores

Skincare for Oily Skin

If you have an oily skin showing the above characteristics, you must be frustrated that it might ruin your day and your dream of having glowing (not oily) will not come true. 

Worry not! Here are some skincare that you should include into your routine to help in controlling your sebum production:


Cleansing oil is a great skincare product to help remove oil-based impurities such as sunscreen and makeup. If these impurities are not removed, they can go into your pores and lead to acne formation.


  1. Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Cleansing Oil
  2. Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil


This type of Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) is a great acid to deep cleanse your pore while treating acne. Even though it is a wash-off product and may leave your skin with tight feeling, this is when you need hydrating products to restore the moisture and hydration with hydrating products after cleansing. 


  1. COSRX AHA BHA Daily Gentle Cleanser
  2. The Raw. Salicylic Acid Cleanser


Do you how good clay mask is in absorbing excess sebum? Clay mask be it green or red, they both serve great benefit to shed dead skin cells, deep cleanse pore while absorbing excess sebum. You will end up having brighter skin when you wash off your skin with lukewarm water.

Remember that, not to leave your skin with clay mask for too long because when your clay mask has dried, it will attract the moisture from your skin.


  1. Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask
  2. Jelita.KL Rose Clay Mask


Hydration is the KEY! Hydration will help a lot in minimising skin problem including balancing sebum production. A right amount of hydration will help to control sebum from overproducing than usual.

You can get the hydration after cleansing from face mist, hydrating toner, essence or hydrating serum. Our favourite would be our Brightening and Hydrating Serum as it is enriched with 2% Hyaluronic Acid which will provide your skin with intense hydration even in 2 to 3 drops of serum. SHOP HERE


  1. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid + B5
  2. ZarZou Beauty Brightening and Hydrating serum


Niacinamide is well-known for its multitasking benefits for the skin including reducing excess sebum production. When these sebum are reduced, more skin problems can be minimized including enlarged pores and acne formation as sebum can accumulate pores and acne can be caused by excessive sebum.

If you are new to NIACINAMIDE, start with low concentration such as our Repairing and Soothing Facial Serum with 1.3% Niacinamide. SHOP HERE


  1. TIAM Vita B3 Source
  2. ZarZou Beauty Repairing & Soothing Facial Serum


Don’t believe the myth saying OILY SKIN doesn’t need a moisturiser. In fact, all skin types need moisturizer except those with oily skin needs to wear GEL-BASED moisturiser as it won’t make your skin become oilier and you will not prone to getting sweaty.


  1. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
  2. Daughters of Malaya Summertime Ceramide Liquid Moisturizer

Don’t forget to end your morning routine with SUNSCREEN too! Science has proven that these skincare will help to achieve the right amount of sebum and moisture for optimum performance of your skin barrier.

Remember, to reduce excess sebum production doesn’t take overnight. You need a lot of consistency, patience and perseverance to get a healthy and glowing skin. And please remember, having pores and sebum are not such a big issue and it is NORMAL to have them.

We hope this entry help you in your skincare journey! Thank you for reading.

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