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A no-nonsense skin care guide for oily skin

March 10, 2021
Skin, How To
Photography - Fleur Kaan
Contributor - Mallory McLane

If you’re anything like us, you’ve got no time to waste when it comes down to understanding and working with your skin type, so, we’ve created a simple guide to follow in the morning and evening according to what your mama gave ya…

First things first, let’s straighten things out. Skin type and skin condition are often used interchangeably, however, they are two totally different things and you work them in different ways.

Let’s keep it simple, shall we?

Your skin type is what you were born with ­– it’s your genes. It’s what your parents gave you. Understanding the types begins with knowing the four categories; dry, oily, normal and combination.

A skin condition, on the other hand, is what occurs as a result of your lifestyle or as a symptom of your skin type. Where the confusion usually comes into play is that most brands will try to sell you products based on your skin type when they should be targeting your skin condition.

Here, we break down the oily skin type, defining what it is and how to make it work.

How do I know if I have oily skin?

Oily skin types have visible pores, shiny or thick skin, and a tendency to get blackheads and other blemishes. Usually prone to excessive production of sebum, oily skin can also change under the influence of weather and hormones.

Your basic guide to oily skin:

AM routine

  • Cleanse
  • Eye cream
  • Antioxidant serum (if ageing is a concern)
  • Moisturiser with SPF or sunscreen
  • Make-up

PM routine

  • Double cleanse
  • Eye cream
  • Spot treatments, if needed, such as retinoid
  • No need for a night cream unless skin is dry or tight

Consider exfoliation once or twice per week.

Easy peasy, right? Get to work with our top picks for oily skin:


Augustinus Bader -
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