The Ultimate Guide To Battling Oily Skin

HEY FRAAAAANDS. I’ve gotten several requests from you saying that it’s time for an oily skincare / beauty review situation. SO. We are focusing on SKINCARE, aka the canvas of your body. It’s so so so so important to take care of your skin. Why, you may ask? Because no amount of makeup is going to cover skin that isn’t well taken care of. To have flawless makeup application, you’ve gotta start by getting your skin in order. This post is particular is aimed at my oily girls. If you are like me and are more oily that an entire vat of bacon grease, then be my guest and keep on reading. If you aren’t, share this with your oily skinned friends. #sharingiscaring. Let’s do this.

What Products To Use If You Have Incredibly Oily Skin

We are going to go in order of application on your face starting with morning, and then evening. This will break down exactly which products you need to combat oily skin and live that shine free life (unless you intentionally put highlight down).


I start with my face wash. This wash is extremely gentle, but I find my face often feels so soft and fresh after I use it. It doesn’t have any micro exfoliating beads in it (I hate those with a passion) and a little bit goes a long way. I use a dollop less than the size of a dime for my entire face.

The Ultimate Guide To Battling Oily Skin

I follow my face wash with a light micro abrasion to remove dead skin that has been clinging to me during the night (and anything that may have been left on my pillow case). This is so gentle — even the most sensitive skin could handle this I’m sure (I have CRAZY sensitive skin, so I speak from experience). 

I add a light toner with acne prevention onto my face (this one is by NERD skincare, a personal favorite). This step is super important to me because I put a LOT of makeup on my face, and it’s really important to me to combat the acne that is sure to follow BEFORE it happens. 

The Ultimate Guide To Battling Oily Skin

Following the toner, I add a oil-free moisturizer to make sure that my skin is hydrated. Contrary to popular belief, oily skin NEEDS moisturizer, sometimes more than dry skin does. Our skin is likely compensating for not having enough moisturizer when it produces an excess amount of oil. 


I start my getting-ready-for-bed prep by using my pre-cleanse. This may seem like an arbitrary step, but I find it makes a huge difference when I go to remove my makeup. Like I said, I obviously wear a full face of makeup nearly every day. The pre-cleanse breaks down that makeup (especially mascara, even waterproof) so that when I use my makeup eraser, it’s literally two or three easy swipes to get it all gone. I prefer to do it this way so that I don’t even up over-rubbing my eyes and causing premature wrinkles.

The Ultimate Guide To Battling Oily Skin

Then I follow with my face wash that I use in the morning, making sure to use cool water (to close pores) and being careful not to scrub or pull at my face.

Once my face is fresh and clean, I pull out my charcoal face mask. I won’t say I do this EVERY night, but I try to do this at least every 2 or 3 days. This mask is a miracle for oily skin (no joke). Don’t usually put this all over my entire face, but stick to the t-zone area where I get most oily. If I want to do a full-face mask, I will often double up with a charcoal mask on my t-zone and a seaweed mask on my temples and cheeks (for hydration and brightening). 

The Ultimate Guide To Battling Oily Skin

After that, I use the toner I used in the morning and follow up with my Zapzyt spot treatment (probably one of the best I’ve ever used). 

I obviously end with moisturizer, and I usually use one dollop more than I used in the morning to really hydrate my skin while I sleep.


The Ultimate Guide To Battling Oily Skin

It’s annoying to have oily skin, I totally get it. Oily skin comes with unwanted shine, more acne, and your makeup wears off SO much faster. It’s a headache and a half and nobody has time to deal with THAT. Luckily, with the right skin regimen (and religious implementation), you can get your skin to a healthy place. 

The Ultimate Guide To Battling Oily Skin

Let me know in the comments below what you thought of this post, and if you, too, have oily skin. Tell me your favorite products to battle that shine!

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  1. Kristen | 22nd Aug 17

    These are great tips! I have always had oily skin but I have really sensitive skin too, so I have to be careful with the products I use on my skin. The Dermalogica products sound amazing 🙂

  2. Megan | 22nd Aug 17

    My skin drives me crazy. When I went through puberty every day there was an oil slick on my face…so gross. It’s not as bad as that anymore but I still have the shiniest face in photos haha.

  3. Jenny | 22nd Aug 17

    I actually have pretty dry skin for the most part but I’ll be sharing this with my oily skin friends <3

  4. Kallie | 22nd Aug 17

    Dermalogica is my FAV. And I don’t have oily skin, they just have great stuff for all skin types!

  5. Amanda at The Light Owl | 22nd Aug 17

    Thank you for this post! I have oily/combination skin. Way more oily in the summer and dryer in the summer. Totally hear you on the point about your makeup lasting way less time. I will definitely be looking into that charcoal mask!

  6. Erica @ Coming Up Roses | 23rd Aug 17

    The only product I’ve tried here are those Purlisse sheet masks…looks like I have some shopping to do!

    Coming Up Roses

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