What can you do about oily skin on your face?

Last updated: 20/1/2023

Preventive treatment is important if you want smooth skin on your face, with no spots or blackheads. The causes of oily skin can vary. You may be using the wrong skin-care products, or you may be going through hormonal changes. You can still do a lot yourself to stop oily skin on your face in the early stages.

Read by Anne Thestrup Meimbresse

Anne, Varde Pharmacy
Anne has a MSc in Pharmacy from the University of Southern Denmark and has worked as a pharmacist at the Varde pharmacy for several years. Here she advises both costumers and doctors about the correct use of medical products.

Oily skin and acne appear when the natural production of oil in the skin increases and combines with dead skin cells, so the skin pores on your face become clogged. Bacteria can grow freely when skin becomes oily.

That leads to inflammation and spots on the face. Washing your face frequently with the right products is the best way to get rid of bacteria. But it is equally important to think about what causes the oily skin.

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Can you cleanse your skin too much?

Many people have a routine for cleansing the skin on their faces – probably in the morning before they leave the house, and in the evening before bedtime. When you cleanse your skin, you remove dead cells, remnants of make-up and any dirt that has settled on your face during the day.

In principle, that is fine. All the same, all that cleansing may be too much for your skin. It will then react by producing more oil, because that is the natural reaction to drying out. This does not mean you should stop cleansing your skin. Instead, you can line up your products for closer inspection. Check which ingredients they contain. You might benefit from changing to a milder product.

Why do you get oily skin?

Hormones make the skin oily

Hormones are one of the major culprits in causing oily facial skin.

In puberty the body increases its production of male hormone in both girls and boys. This means that the sebaceous glands in the skin begin to produce more sebum. Spots are caused by a bacterium that lives on the sebum. So to a large extent the question is how to remove the bacteria with a skin-care product.

You may suffer more or less from oily skin at different phases in a menstrual cycle. In that case it is a good idea to find out when your skin is oily. Then you can vary the way you use cleansing products, using a stronger product when your skin is most oily, and a milder product when it is not so bad.

Unhealthy food

It has not been proved that fatty and unhealthy foods cause skin problems. But some good general advice is: to eat a healthy and varied diet, drink plenty of water, and exercise daily. If you feel well in yourself, it will be reflected in your skin.

Stress is visible

It appears that stress can have a negative effect on skin, so you will have more skin problems if you are under a lot of stress for a long period. This is because stress influences the hormone balance, and the production and balance of hormones are linked with skin problems.

Skin problems are inherited

Some people are simply more likely than others to suffer from oily skin and acne on their faces, and it may be inherited. So that is another reason to take extra care of your face and your skin.

5 easy steps to lovelier skin

When you cleanse the skin on your face, you have to be thorough, and in the long run it is well worth spending extra time on your cleansing routine. Here is a five-step guide to using products from Australian Bodycare, which can help you to get rid of acne and spots on your face.

Step 1 – Wash your face

A significant part of the daily care of your face is washing it clean. It is therefore important to use a product that is gentle on your skin, as you use it a lot. At the same time, it must be effective, to get rid of dirt and grime that could otherwise settle in the pores of the skin.

Face Wash from Australian Bodycare is suitable for use morning and evening. Face Wash cares for your face and effectively treats and prevents spots and acne. The product contains naturally antibacterial Tea Tree Oil, which inhibits the growth of unwanted bacteria.

Step 2 – Cleanse deep down with tonic

Many people think that the more astringent a tonic is, the better. But many tonics contain a large proportion of alcohol, which can be tough on all skin types. It might be an idea to look for milder alternatives, which still remove bacteria and dirt effectively, but are also gentle and care for your skin.

Face Tonic from Australian Bodycare is a tonic without alcohol. This skin tonic contains antiseptic Tea Tree Oil, which prevents acne and skin problems by cleansing deep down and slowing the growth of unwanted bacteria. It cleanses your skin gently without drying it out.

Step 3 – Face serum 

Apply a couple of drops of superb Blemish Serum as soon as you have cleansed your face and neck, and massage it in. Let the serum penetrate the skin and have its effect – do not wash the product off. 

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Step 4 – Face cream

Face Cream from Australian Bodycare is a light, moisturising cream that is ideal for daily use on the face. It is economical in use and penetrates fast when applied in the correct amount. The carefully selected active ingredients care for the skin, and effectively combat and prevent acne, ensuring that the skin remains soft and healthy.

Step 5 – Face mask

Face Mask from Australian Bodycare is suitable for all skin types. It is a clay-based mask that cleanses deep down, refreshes the skin, and prevents the formation of acne. To exfoliate the skin, the product contains crushed apricot kernels, which gently remove dead cells and stimulate the natural regeneration of the skin.

An effective package for oily skin

Australian Bodycare has put together a package with products specially formulated for those who struggle with oily facial skin, spots, blackheads, dry skin, or other skin problems on their faces. Our package provides everything you need, so you can look in the mirror and see fine skin that is supple, smooth and soft, without blemishes.

The pack contains three products for daily face care: Face Wash, Face Tonic and Face Cream, plus an exfoliant, deep cleansing Face Mask and a Spot Stick for effective first aid straight away, if any spots suddenly appear.

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