Oily skin care- -Dermatocare's beauty tips

Written By Dr Surbhi, MD Skin

Last updated: 19/09/19

If you have oily skin, you might be looking for a right skin care routine that can help maintain the slight dry and matt look of your skin, after one hour of washing your face. You might be looking for a sunscreen that will not make you look greasy or an anti-acne product that will reduce your pimples and comedones. Besides using the right kind of skin care routine to keep the oil secretions at minimum; you need to follow the Do’s and Dont's religiously as mentioned in this article.

In this aticle, I am enlisting the full 5 step expert skin care regime for oily skin. if you are short of time or money, then you can try basic (1 step) and advanced (3 steps) skin care regime as detailed in this article.


A face wash that can effectively remove oil off your face can bring back a fresh and matt look you have been dreaming of. Oil control face washes are water-based and hence look transparent. You can look for additional active ingredients like tea tree oil, salicylic acid, neem etc. if you have very oily or acne prone skin; but avoid the same if your skin is sensitive to them. You should wash your face at least twice a day; and for the third time during mid-day, especially if your face feels dirty or greasy. You can also use this home made face wash for oily skin or choose from these 3 best cleansers for oily skin. 


I know you hate sunscreens, here are some tips that might be useful:

  • Wherever and whenever possible, cover your face with a cloth and wear sunglasses. You might be using your favourite scarf so far, but if it is not thick enough to block UV rays, it is as good as useless.
  • Restrict the use of sunscreen and consider other methods of sun protection, as discussed in this article.
  • Higher the SPF of sunscreen, oilier it is. So, you can use SPF 15 for regular use and SPF 30 for intense sun exposure.
  • If sunscreen makes you look greasy, dab face powder around 15 minutes after applying sunscreen to achieve a matt and fresh look. Else buy a face powder and foundation with SPF so that make-up itself gives you enough sun protection.
  • Buy a foundation, BB, CC, sunscreen in gel or lotion base rather than cream.
  • Look on the label for word like “Non- comedogenic”, especially if your skin is acne prone.
  • Look on the label of sunscreen for words like “Gentle/ Sensitive skin/hypo-allergenic” to ensure that the product is devoid of possible allergens and irritants that can irritate your sensitive skin.
  • You can also ask your Dermatologist for prescription of pure physical sunscreens meant for sensitive skin in India. However, there are available OTC in US and UK.
  • For further details read, Which Is Best Sunscreen Or Suncream- Spf 15 Or Spf 30?  


When you feel lazy to wash your face before sleeping, you are missing a chance of letting the active ingredients stay and absorb into your skin without the environmental influence of dust, dirt wind, sun, pollution, etc.

Whatever night moisturiser you choose, skin lightening for pigmentation, anti-wrinkle, or soothing; make sure that it is in serum base. Let me explain this point further- thicker the moisturiser more is its moisturising capacity. So creams are for dry skin, lotion for combination skin and serums for oily skin.

The active ingredients in night cream depend on the key skin concerns as explained in Which Is Best Moisturiser For Night- Know Form Dermatologist. Check out this list of products for oily skin that is less likely to clog your pores.


As you grow old, dead cells are retained on the surface of skin imparting a dull and patchy look, and exfoliation of these dead cells might revert the even-toned look. There are two methods of exfoliation-

  • Scrubbing done at home: Scrubbing removes dead skin cells physically and should be done gently. Avoid scrubbing if your skin is over-dry, red, itching, burning, has pimples or is breaking out. Here are the key points to consider while choosing your scrub:
    • Check the ingredients that are used for scrubbing: Prefer soft over abrasive scrubbing agents.
    • Do not over spend on skin lightening ingredient as it is unlikely to contribute. However, scrubbing in itself can help in shedding old pigmented skin cells.
    • Look for words like “Mild/Gentle” on the label, especially for sensitive skin types.
    • For further details read, How To Scrub Your Dead Skin- Know From Dermatologist.
  • Chemical peeling is done by dermatologist: This method has been explained in Understand Chemical Peeling- From A Dermatologist


Face pack, the time-tested method of skin care has an advantage of providing a larger amount of active ingredients to your skin for the longer duration. Gentle scrubbing followed by face pack constitutes our two-step home facial that can be done once or twice in a week. Face packs whether made at home or from the market, should be chosen carefully. Here are a few key points:

  • The base of the face pack: Clay or mud is an apt base for face pack. Check out this easy DIY face pack for oily skin.
  • The active ingredients depend on the key skin concern:
    • Cucumber, aloe vera, honey, rose water, etc. for sensitive skin.
    • Malathi or liquorice, saffron or papaya for pigmented skin.
    • Almond, Aloe vera, honey or green tea for anti-aging.
    • Honey, neem, tea tree oil or lemon for pimples.
    • For details read, How To Make Natural Face Masks- Know From Dermatologist

DISCLAIMER: Kindly note that each one of us have different skin, and it can behave differently to the same skin care product or regimes. The skin care products might not suit or benefit your skin as mentioned and the advice given through our website is not a substitute for medical advice. Dermatocare team is not responsible/liable for any damage arising from following our skin care regimes. For further details read, terms and conditions.

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