5 Common Causes of Oily Skin

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Oily or Greasy skin is a very common problem. It can cause issues such as low self esteem and can even lead to more severe conditions like acne.

There are many things we use and do in our daily lives that can actually cause oily skin or make it worse. We have compiled a list of 5 common causes of oily skin and how to combat them:

Cosmetic Usage

Cosmetics can be great for covering oil and acne breakouts. However despite appearances, some beauty products such as foundations can actually make oily skin worse.

Liquid Foundations

These are the worst products you can use on an oily face. Applying liquid foundation prevents your skin from breathing leading to an over-production of sebum, causing oily skin and acne breakouts. To combat this, try a mousse-based foundation, or even better a powder foundation. These products are not as heavy, so as long as you remove your makeup before bed, they shouldn’t increase oil levels.

Alcohol and oil-based labels

Alcohol is a harsh chemical and products containing alcohol can have a negative effect on your skin. This can include the over-production of sebum leading to oily skin.

Oil-based products can also contribute to even oilier skin with over-use. The most commonly used beauty products containing oils are fragrances such as perfumes. If you want to avoid adding more oil to your already oily skin, these are best avoided.

Mineral Oils

Mineral oils may have been around for a long time, however they can be bad news for those with oily or greasy skin. They’re actually made from petroleum. They are a lightweight, odorless and inexpensive oil that is featured in a wide variety of beauty products such as creams, lotions, ointments, etc. The main purpose of mineral oils is actually to reduce water loss from the skin, so those with oily skin stay clear!

Environmental Factors

It’s not a surprise that living in a humid country can contribute to oily skin. However, you might also find those in a cold/dry environment also suffer due to over-compensation in their moisturising routine. The best way to combat this is to:

  • Stay on top of your face cleansing ritual.
  • Avoid harsh products.
  • Don’t forget to wash your face yet remember not to over wash it.


Unfortunately genetics plays a big role in skin conditions. So for example if your mother suffers from oily skin, you may have inherited the same condition from her. This is all caused by an excessive amount of the hormone dihydrotestosterone that triggers the sebaceous glands to produce sebum, leading to oily skin.

Greasy Hair

If you don’t look after your hair, you’re also not looking after your skin. Your hair sits on your face all day, everyday. So if it is greasy, the dirty oils from your hair are then transferred onto your face, making your face oily.

And if you have an oily face this in turn can make your hair greasy, particularly if you have a fringe or hair that falls onto the front of your face.


Your skin can overproduce oil in times of stress. When experiencing stress symptoms, the body products cortisol and androgen. These in turn trigger sebum production, resulting in an oily face.

In principle oily and greasy skin may seem relatively easy to address. For example by changing the products you use on your face and body. However, there are often other causes that we’re not able to control so easily, such as stress and genetics. Despite this, we can try and minimize the effects by using appropriate products and adopting a healthy lifestyle.


This post was written by Naomi Sanderson, Digital Marketing Executive at CLD

How to treat oily skin: best cleanser for oily skin

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A lot of my customers ask me how to treat oily skin. People with oily skin are extremely prone to acne-outbreaks, blemishes and blackheads.
As we are all now with how blackheads form after having read how to prevent blackheads from forming, we know that the key factors to look out for are the mixture of oil and skin on the skin surface, locking pores (also called sebum) and the naturally occurring oil layer on your skin itself.

In this article we’ll go over some ways how to treat oily skin so you can make sure your natural oil levels stay well within balance with the rest of your body.

Cosmopolitan wrote a really good article on this topic and I’ll be taking pointers from theirs. You can read their article here.

Get your cleansers straight!

First off you’ll need to find a great cleanser. When cleaning oily skin, you almost have to think of it as cleaning a skillet. You’ll need to clean oil with oil.
Look for oil-based cleansers such as this one:

Regardless though on whether or not you’ll go with an oil-based cleanser or not, important is to not use anything containing alcohol as that will be too harsh of a cleanser. Softness and tenderness is always key when cleaning your skin. IF you use a cleanser that is too harsh you might actually do more damage than good. A too harsh cleanser will strip away more oil than necessary, forcing your body to go into overdrive as it tries to maintain balance and produce more oil than it should to make up for the difference. Precisely the opposite of what we are trying to achieve.

Cleanse regularly

Secondly proper hygiene is paramount to all things beauty and health related. Without proper hygiene you are just fighting an uphill battle getting yourself Saturday-night ready.
Choose a gentle cleanser and use it at least twice a day to normalize oil levels. Ditch the daily toner use and use it maybe 1-2 times at most during the week. Instead focus on a leave-on cream for controlling oil production.
Go for a cream low in benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. Skincare and managing skin oil production is all about finding the right balance that works with your body.

Use moisturizer

Another great thing you can do for your skin and what has been proven time and time again is to make sure you hydrate properly. Dehydrated skin is stressed skin and can cause the glands to produce more oil than they should.
Other than making sure you get your daily doses of water you can do spot hydration by using moisturizers that contain hyaluronic acid rather than ceramides, which can lock in bacteria and lead to pimples and blackheads.
Boots Botanics Shine Away Mattifying Day Cream is just the right cream to do that!

Homemade how to treat oily skin remedies:

Home remedies to treat oily skin are very tricky to get right. The popular sugar-lemon scrub a lot of women make at home is just such an example of where balance is key in getting things right. Although it is a good exfoliant and mildly improves pigmentation, using too much lemon juice can lead to hyper-pigmentation.
Yogurt masks can help exfoliate, but overdoing it can have undesired effects as well.
Exfoliating once a week is a good amount to make sure you allow your skin to heal properly from the afflicted abrasions while at the same time aiding your skin in shedding the dead skin cells in a natural fashion.
Be careful when steaming your skin as well, as you would before trying to squeeze blackheads, as too high a temperature for too long can strip away natural oil layers on your skin.

As always, balance is key!

Hopefully now you have a good idea how to treat oily skin!