How To: Managing Oily Skin

Hello Everyone,

I had previously mentioned on this blog that my skin had transformed from normal/combination to full on oily. I switched moisturisers and the new one happened to upset the oil balance in my skin and everything just went cray cray!

I have been working on getting my skin back to normal over the past three months and I think I have restored normalcy.  I’ll be sharing what steps I took to control my oily skin and I hope that you can pick up one or two tips from here.

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Cleanser & Toner

In managing oily skin, you’re going to want to use a cleanser that is gentle but effective.  Look particularly for one that is “oil-free” as that would be the best for your skin type. In the mornings, I started alternating my regular cleanser Neutrogena Visibly Clear Gentle Exfoliating Wash with my Clean and Clear Advantage 3-in-1 Foaming Acne Wash. The Clean and Clear wash is oil-free so it effectively targets my oil glands(on steroids). I’m not sure if it is still available in stores but other alternatives are Nuetrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash (buy here ) or Clearasil Oil-Free Daily Face Wash.
For night time cleansing, I still use my Boots Botanics Skin Brightening Cleanser which is suitable for all skin types,my oily girls included. It is a cream cleanser which works to gently remove makeup and dirt whilst nourishing the skin. I cannot recommend it more.

To follow your nicely cleansed skin, you need a toner to  remove any last traces of makeup and restore pH balance. Regardless of skin type, the best kind of toners are the ones made with natural extracts. I use the Boots Botanics Skin Brightening Toner (discontinued for the Rosewater toning spritz) but alternatives are The Body Shop Tea Tree Facial Toner or Clarins Toning Lotion for Combination/Oily Skin (buy here). 


Many people with oily skin think that they do not require a moisturiser but this is not the case at all. If you do not feed your skin moisture, your already over active glands will only produce even more oil causing facial chaos! Use a moisturiser that is specifically for Combination/Oily Skin or one that is for All Skin Types. The Olay Complete All Day UV Moisturiser for Combination Oily Skin, Garnier Skin Naturals Pure Shine Control Moisturiser and Elizabeth Arden Matte Moisture Lotion (buy here) are great options.  For nighttime, I still use the Simple Hydrating Lotion, it’s not specifically for Oily skin but it is light so it works great for me. 

Face Scrub & Mask

I alternate a scrub and a mask every week as an extra skincare measure for targeting oils. My mask of choice is Clean and Clear’s Deep Action Cleansing Mask (review here). Another one I’ve read great reviews about and can’t wait to try is Queen Helene’s Mint Julep Mask. For facial scrubs I like the St Ives range, either the Warming Scrub or the Apricot Scrub. 



Primers and mattifiers all work to increase the length of wear of your makeup by controlling oils. I don’t see the need to wear them often but when I do, I use Mac’s Skin Base Visage (buy here). Mary Kay Oil Mattifier is a very popular product that many makeup artists swear by that might be worth investing in.

Milk of Magnesia is apparently one of the most effective products for controlling oily skin. It is applied as a face primer before putting makeup on. I haven’t tried it yet but have read tons of reviews and they all claim that it keeps oils at bay for almost a whole day. If you find that you have excessively oily skin, then you might want to try using MOM as a primer. 


Like skincare products, an oil free foundation naturally works best for oily skin. I used to be a Mac foundation stan before my skin type change but I realised that they do nothing for oily skin. Within one hour of wear, my makeup would be slipping and sliding all over the place. Not cute at all.
Revlon Colourstay Foundation for Combination/Oily Skin is my favourite foundation if you haven’t heard me say it about a hundred times here. It keeps my face matte for at least 5 hours before any oils start showing up, read a full review here. Other foundations that work great for oily skin are Nars Sheer Matte, Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup and Lancome Teint Idol Silky Mat.


Blot Powder

The Blot Powder is the oily girl’s best friend. I do not leave my house without it, I just cannot. It helps to control shine in areas like your t-zone, cheeks and chin. It can also be used to touch up your makeup in the course of the day. Instead of touching up with your regular powder which results in the dreaded cake face use a blot powder. It is usually colourless and effective at getting rid of shine. My two favourite are Mac’s Blot Powder and Black Opal’s Invisible Oil Blocking Powder, the very best! 

Blotting Sheets

Blotting sheets are another must-have for me, I always carry them around. They are simply little pieces of absorbent paper that you press on your face when you start to become oily. They work to remove the oil on your face without disturbing your makeup unlike a piece of tissue for example. The one’s I use are from Mary Kay but tons of brands make them. 

What other tips do you have for controlling oily skin? What products work for you? Share if you care 🙂

Peace and Love, 



  1. Anonymous
    January 25, 2013 / 12:36 pm

    Thanks for all the products you recommended. I have an extremely oily skin and my boyfriend complains alot. Am going to try out the products and i pray it works for me. Abby

    • January 25, 2013 / 5:40 pm

      You're welcome! Hopefully it works 🙂

  2. January 25, 2013 / 7:36 pm

    Great Post! Did you ever try the MatchMaster foundation from MAC? It sets matte and highly recommended for oily skin types.xx

    • January 26, 2013 / 12:55 am

      Thanks girl! 🙂 I've never tried the Matchmaster but the reviews I've seen aren't too good..I've heard it makes one look very made up and

  3. Anonymous
    January 25, 2013 / 9:26 pm


    • January 26, 2013 / 1:19 am

      You're welcome 🙂

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  5. Anonymous
    January 26, 2013 / 2:14 am

    Hi Yewande.nice review!I use the blackup foundation and it works well for my oilyskin,it does have a pump too:)(I read ur review on d mac&revlon foundations).. misssimilicious

    • January 26, 2013 / 11:19 am

      Thanks Simi! I have heard good stuff about Black Up..hope to try it soon 🙂

  6. January 26, 2013 / 7:12 am

    Its like d more u grow older, d more u realize u gotta step up all dis ur routines!!beauty,skincare and d lot!!!I really do av a lot to learn mehn!!My skin type is jst confusing to begin with buh av def learnt sumfin frm dis post!!Gud Job Yewizzy
    Finally stopped commenting as anon :)…twas a long ting thou!lol

    • January 26, 2013 / 11:44 am

      Yay, happy you found this post useful 🙂

  7. Anonymous
    January 26, 2013 / 9:50 am

    This is my first time here and I enjoyed d posts…d page is bookmarked already. Cld u pls do a post on how to maintain fair skin in naija wt d products to use?

  8. Abena
    January 27, 2013 / 9:14 pm

    This must be my favorite post because my oily face doesn't have a part 2 oo,I'm a senior prefect in that ddepartmnt!
    Thanks for all the tips but these products aren't beans to acquire especially in Accra,everything is doubly the price or u can't find it @ all.
    Not travelling anytime soon too.
    Seriously I would love to raid ur beauty supplies,damn u got stuffs a girl would need for ages!
    U are making me soo aware eh

  9. April 7, 2013 / 5:35 pm

    Hey Yewande,

    So I used to use the Clean and Clear Morning Burst skincare range (Cleanser + Moisturizer) for a long time! And for some unknown reason, I decided to switch to the Neutrogena Visibly clear skin care range (Cleanser + Moisturizer). And I started having HORRIBLE break-outs!!!

    So I switched back to Clean & Clear (took a while for me to find it though, but SUCCESS!)

    So the issue is I'm looking for a night moisturizer, something light that works- the neutrogena one makes my face oily when I wake. Any suggestions?

  10. May 2, 2013 / 1:59 am

    New reader here! Glad I found your site, I have really slacked with my skincare regime and it's telling in my skin. I have been looking for products for oily skin and will give some of the ones u mentned here a try.

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