Skincare routine for oily skin is really important but before you jump into a skincare routine, I strongly recommend you to know your skin type, so that you can customize your products and basic skincare routine according to your skin type.

In this post we will be discussing about how you can follow a proper skincare routine for oily skin.

Oily Skin is one of the most common skin concerns which causes major problems like blackheads, whiteheads, and breakouts. These problems may be caused due to various factors like genetics, diet, climate, and stress too. But these major skin problems can be actually reduced by following some easy skincare steps.

Skincare routine for oily skin

Daily Routine Not to Avoid:

Cleansing(A.M and P.M)

Cleansing is the first step of a skincare routine for oily skin as it removes all the dirt particles, excess oils, and makeup from our skin without stripping the top layer.

Dermatologists suggest that our skin must be cleansed twice a day –in the morning and in the evening, with a gentle cleanser. Excess oils and impurities may built-in your oily skin at night which can clog the pores and may lead to breakouts.

So, people having oily skin are highly recommended to start and end their day by cleaning their face with a gentle cleanser or a face wash to get rid of unwanted oils.

Salicylic acid based cleanser may work well for oily skin as it helps to reduce the enlargement of pores.


Toning(A.M and P.M)

Toners are used to get rid of makeup and dirt residuals to prepare your skin for the next step of the skin care routine.

Using a toner that contains Salicylic Acid,  Lactic Acid or Glycolic Acid, may help you to get rid of many skin problems and helps your skin to look fresh.


Essential Oils/Face Serums for Oily Skin

This might be an optional step for beginners but if you are highly concerned about your skin this step can do miracles to your skin.

Light-weight water-based serums are best for oily or acne-prone skin. Although you may have oily skin, your skin still needs moisture to regulate the skin’s production of natural oil called- sebum.

  • You can use  Hyaluronic Acid face serum to hydrate your skin. 
  • Vitamin-C, Vitamin-E along with Ferulic Acid can really help you to maintain your skin texture and reduce acne scars. Vitamin-C is an antioxidant that also helps you to repair damaged cells caused by UV exposure. 
  • You must have heard about Niacinamide, if not, let me make you clear that this water-soluble Vitamin B3 is a must-have product for you. Niacinamide works magically on your skin by helping you to improve your skin tone, minimize pores, soften your skin, and has many other benefits. 

NOTE: Adding AHA(Alpha Hydroxy Acid) and BHA(Beta Hydroxy Acid) on your skincare routine for oily skin can really transform your skin .


Moisturizing(A.M and P.M)

There’s a myth about adding a moisturizer in an oily skincare routine, that oily skin doesn’t require moisturizer. But the truth is, every skin type needs to be moisturized and if you have oily skin you just need to be more careful about what kind of moisturizer you are applying.

For oily skin, you are recommended to use light-weight, water-based/gel-based oil-free moisturizers, as creamy moisturizers are likely to clog your pores and lead to breakouts.


Speaking about sunscreen, this is the final and the most important step of skincare routine for oily skin that you really don’t want to miss at all! 

Applying SPF(Sun Protection Factor) at the end of your morning skincare routine helps you to protect from harmful UV-Rays and also prevents premature aging. The general rule for applying sunscreen is to reapply it after 2-3 hours. Make sure that your Sunscreen offers protection from both broad-spectrum(UVA and UVB) and should be of SPF- 30 or higher.

Sunscreen and moisturizer

Important Tips for Oily Acne-Prone Skin

  • Use a non-comedogenic product.
  • Don’t overwash your face.
  • Don’t pick your pimples, that may cause acne scars.
  • Don’t sleep without wiping your makeup.
  • Drink 3 liters of water daily.
  • Use blotting papers to remove excess oil.
  • Choose your makeup products wisely.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Avoid fragrances.
  • Don’t get stressed.


These are the basic life-changing skincare routine for oily skin that will help you to fight with various problems like acne, blackheads, whiteheads, clogged pores, and many more.

However, your skin type may change according to the weather, your skin may feel greasy during the summer days and be dry during the winter day. So knowing your skin in every weather and taking care of them with the right products is a must! 

FAQs About Skincare Routine for Oily Skin

What type of cleanser should I use for Oily skin?

You really need to give special attention to your oily skin as it causes various types of skin problems. 1-2% Salicylic Acid based cleanser would be the best one for people having oily skin.
You can also use gel based or a foaming cleanser which will help you to strip away excess oils and also clean your pores.

How can I get rid of blackheads?

Exfoliating your skin once a week may help you to get rid of blackheads and whiteheads as well.
Just be sure you don’t over-exfoliate your skin or you may get into a bigger problem! 
Chemical exfoliators are highly recommended than physical exfoliators.

What type of moisturizer should be included in oily skin care routine ?

When choosing a moisturizer, make sure to look for ingredients that include hyaluronic acid and glycerin to hydrate the skin and niacinamide to help even out the skin tone. Also try to avoid the ingredients like  Sodium lauryl sulphate/sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), alcohol, and fragrances.

Should I use sunscreen everyday ?

A big YES! Sunscreen helps you to prevent harmful ultraviolet rays(UV-A and UV-B). Sunscreen not only saves you from premature ageing but also from the risk of skin cancer. 
Don’t forget to apply your sunscreen even if you are staying indoors, because UV-A rays penetrate even through your window glass.

How can I get rid of breakouts?

Clearing your skin is not a thing that happens overnight, you need to have a lot of patience for clearing your skin. Make sure to have a healthy diet and have a proper skin care routine.

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