“I have super oily skin, with enlarged pores” is a common factor for everyone. Luckily, with the right products and routine, you can definitely keep the oiliness under raps. So why does it happen? Oily skin is often caused by overactive sebaceous glands producing an excessive amount of sebum. Typically it is hereditary. In addition to exposing the skin to too many products, it can upset your skin’s natural balance and also trigger the overproduction of sebum.

While this skin type ages slower than others, it’s little consolation when you’re suffering from excess shine and blackheads. Controlling your oil production requires the necessary basic steps.

Wash every morning & night: Resist the urge to wash more than two times a day. The more you strip the oils away from your skin the more you produce.

Use a dissolving cleanser: Find a cleanser that dissolves the oils and deep cleans at the same time.

Tone carefully: Find a toner that is gentle and effective.

Balance the oils of your skin: This is a step that most people struggle with. Natural oils that promote accelerated cell turnover rate can work wonders in keeping your skin the way you want it to.


Oily skin: The features

True oily skin (not combination), is usually classified with the following characteristics:

  • Appears shiny and greasy everywhere
  • Appears thick, coarse and uneven surface
  • Enlarged pores
  • Occasional breakouts

A great way to test whether you possess oily skin is to do a regular wash in the morning with a gentle cleanser, pat it dry and avoid applying any face creams and makeup. Wait for an hour or so. Look in the mirror and if you see your face holds a ‘shiny’ appearance, and is covered in oil, then it might be a good time to invest in some products.

If only your forehead and nose are shiny, but your cheeks are dry, then you possess combination skin.


Boniik’s Tips on shopping for oily skin products

Deep cleansing, skin-balancing skin care solutions like gentle scrubs to fast-acting cleansers are your friend. They are excellent ways to get ahead of the acne breakouts and keep the oily sheen on the down-low. Compared to browsing skin care products for dry skin, normal skin and mature skin, you need to be particularly careful in your choice of products to prevent flare ups. We want to regulate your over-active sebaceous glands, not increase it!

Keep on the lookout for oily skin skin care products that specially remove the build-up of dead skin cells, and balancing between maintaining your skin’s natural moisture and excessive oil. Daily facial treatments, lightweight cleansers and toners, cleansing foams, and serums that promote “skin balancing”, “calming”, “impurity removing” and “pore cleansing” are the most effective products to combat oily skin. These specific oily skin products can tighten pores, remove dead skin cells, excess sebum and other impurities deep within the pores and wash away shine without aggravating the skin surface.

The big four ingredients to combat oily skin:

  • Retinol: Removes deep-set impurities and promotes high cell turnover rate
  • Salicylic acid: Anti-inflammatory to keep your acne at bay and break down dead skin cells
  • Hyaluronic acid: natural, hydrating ingredient designed to lock-in skin’s natural moisture and prevent overproduction of sebum
  • Niacinamide (Vitamin B3): calming properties designed to soothe and moisturise the skin

Unsure if you have combination skin or true, oily skin? Find out your specific skin type before you embark on your journey for healthy, acne-free skin!