Does your skin look shiny and greasy after a few hours of washing your face? Does your face look shiny in photographs? Do you hate putting moisturizer especially when humidity is high? You might wipe or wash your face frequently to remove oils but does the oiliness come back after a while?

Oily skin has the following skin concerns:

  • Greasy skin- Face gets oily after some time of washing your face
  • Black/whiteheads
  • Open Pores
  • Red or pus-filled pimples
  • Most Sunscreens/ creams make you greasy, sweaty and hot
  • Face looks shiny in photographs


A right skincare routine that can help in getting matt look, along with reducing open pores, pimples and comedones. We recommend to follow:

  • Daily CTM (cleansing, toning and moisturising) regime three times a day
  • Weekly: Scrub your face followed by face pack.



  • The end result of cleansing should be normal to slightly dry skin.
  • Wash your face 2 times a day.
  • You can wash your face for the third time in mid-day if your skin feels oily or greasy.
  • Watch this video to know how to wash your face effectively: How to wash face properly
  • If your face gets oily despite washing for 3 times a day, then you need salicylic or retinol-based gel to control oil secretions in your night regime.


Face wash for oily skin with sensitivity breakouts:

You should use a mild face wash that does not strip the natural moisturising factors of your skin, even if your skin is very oily.

Face wash for oily skin prone to acne

Face wash for very oily skin

100% Natural face wash for oily skin

You can also make this 100% natural face wash by clicking on this link: Homemade face wash for oily skin. The recipe is simple and can be made in 5 minutes. This face wash can be stored for a month without a refrigerator, provided you keep it absolutely dry.

Natural skincare regimes can be tried for oily skin that is not breaking out badly, if your skin is having severe acne then consultation with a dermatologist is highly recommended.


After washing your face, Spray rose water and massage to hydrate and soothe your skin. Click on this link to find best pure organic Rosewater in India.


The choice of day moisturizer depends on your key skin concern and sun exposure.


If your work involves getting out in the bright sun

Apply sunscreen of SPF 30+ around 30 minutes before stepping out in the bright sun. Repeat application after every 3 hours, if you stay outdoor longer. Here are a few brands that might be less sticky:

If sunscreen makes you look greasy, dab face powder around 15 minutes after applying sunscreen to achieve a matt and fresh look.

If your work is mostly indoor or travel time is less than 15 minutes & you have a tendency for sensitivity, pigmentation, ageing skin:  You should still use a sunscreen with SPF 15.  Here are a few options:

If your work is mostly indoor or travel time is less than 15 minutes and you have a tendency for open pores, whiteheads, pimples

You use one of the following serum that can help in oil control and give matt look.



You can do your night regime right after you reach back home from work. This would remove dust, pollutants and dead skin from your skin and refresh you as well.

If you apply make-up, then use micellar water rather than cleansing milk to remove it. This should be followed by a face wash and massage of rose water. Thus, Step 1 and 2 are the same as the morning regime


This is the most important part of the regime because active ingredients stay and absorb into your skin without the environmental influence of dust, dirt wind, sun, pollution, etc. Here are some products that you can try based on your skin condition.


Oily skin prone to sensitivity breakouts

Oily skin with blackheads and open pores

You can use one these products with salicylic acid or tea tree oil for controlling acne and open pores:

Oily skin with dark spots or patches

You can use one of the following serum that can help in reducing dark patches to some extent.

Oily skin with ageing

If your skin does not have sensitivity, acne or pigmentation, then start using one of these anti-ageing products after you cross the age of 25 years:


Step 1: Scrub

Step 2: Face Pack

  • Put a thick layer of face pack after scrubbing your face.
  • Let it dry for 10-15 minutes and then remove it.
  • If your skin feels dry put a lightweight moisturizer.

Face mask for oily skin with acne:

Face mask for pigmentation & glow


How to change your regime with the weather?

Humid weather can make your skin really oily giving you a greasy and tired look. This is the time when you tend to get black/whiteheads and pimples. Just changing a face wash might help to control oil secretions. if this does not help the. you can add AHA based serum at night.

In winters or dry weather do bring in a sigh of relief as your skin gets less oily and pimples might settle as well. You step down your face wash in winters.

Planning a Holiday?

Holidays to hot and humid areas can lead to a breakout of pimples. So, do not forget to pack your face wash, oil cleansing wipes, and sunscreens.  You can skip anti-wrinkle/skin lightening cream, scrubs, face pack etc. to keep the skincare regime simple. The major focus should be on sun protection. Do not forget to follow the skincare and diet tips recommended Dr Malavika Kohli, top cosmetic dermatologist of India in an interview with Dermatocare.

How to change the skincare regime with age?

Teenage is the toughest time when the oil secretion is at its peak; and so are the pimples. However, oil secretion usually reduces with age, especially after menopause. Nevertheless, some of you might continue to get pimples, especially around your mouth even at a later age. You might get open pores along with the increased thickness of your skin; the duo appears like an orange peel.

Always use a retinol-based anti-ageing product at night to control oil secretion, open pores and orange peel appearance.

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