What is the best skincare routine for oily skin?

Anjali shares her top tips to reduce the appearance of oily skin.

What is the best skincare routine for oily skin?

It is important to choose the right products for oily, blemish prone skin.  If you wear make-up, then opt for an oil-free foundation or BB cream. 

It is important to cleanse your skin twice a day – morning and evening.  This can be in the form of a rinse off cleanser or micellar water.  Choose a cleanser specially formulated for blemishes or oily skin, like those in the Normaderm range (my favourite is the Cleansing Gel as it makes my skin feel squeaky clean afterwards).

After cleansing, use a light gel-based moisturiser that is “non-comedogenic” i.e. prevents the formation of blackheads. I really like the Normaderm Anti-Blemish day moisturiser. Even oily skin needs moisturising as oils do not equate to hydration. Moisturising the skin will maintain the integrity of the barrier function of the skin and is vital for good skin health.

Don’t pick or squeeze your spots as your skin will take longer to clear and you may end up with acne scars.

Should I exfoliate?

It is a good idea to gently exfoliate once a week if you have oily skin.  This will immediately remove dead skin cells from the skin surface resulting in a brighter appearance.  Longer term, it will reduce the development of blackheads.  Be careful not to overdo this otherwise you will end up irritating the skin and making things worse not better. Try Normaderm 3 in 1, as it contains gentle exfoliation beads, and you can even use it as a mask.

Will wearing make-up make my acne worse?

It is important to choose the right products for oily, blemish prone skin.  If you wear make-up, then opt for an oil-free foundation or BB cream.  The Vichy Dermablend Foundation range provides fantastic coverage for spots; if you prefer a lighter coverage look then Normaderm BB cream is a suitable alternative.

I’m going on holiday and sunscreen makes my skin break out – what shall I do?

It is vitally important to wear sunscreen to reduce the aging effects of the sun.  Many people with oily skin find that sunscreens can block their pores resulting in spots.  
Choose a mattifying sunscreen designed specifically for oily or combination skin, like Vichy Ideal Soleil Mattifying Dry Touch.

Anjali MahtoConsultant Dermatologist