Finding a skincare routine that treats and transforms your skin based on your skin type and unique skin concerns can be life-changing. Using the right formulas, ingredients and premium skincare on your skin not only works to control breakouts. It can also help keep your skin looking and feeling as youthful as ever. If you’re searching for the ideal skincare routine for oily skin and haven’t found it yet, then you’ve come to the right place. We've rounded up our Kate Somerville Skin Health Experts to put together this go-to skincare routine and recommendations for skincare for oily skin types!
What Is Oily Skin?
First, what makes skin oily? And why is it important to treat oily skin with the right products? Because of the amount of oil on the surface of the skin, a common symptom of an oily skin type is a shiny face. Additionally, if you’ve got oily skin, you most likely also have visibly enlarged pores and can be prone to acne and breakouts.
While sebum, the oil produced by our body, plays an active role in keeping our skin healthy, those with an oily skin type often produce more sebum than other skin types. This overproduction results in enlarged oil glands causing the excess oil to sit on the surface of the face, creating larger pores, breakouts and that midday shine 1. This often leads consumers to search out mattifying products targeted to rid the skin of excess oil. However, when you consistently use the right products, you can treat and transform your oily skin with ease.
If you've noticed that your face is often oily but are unsure if you have an oily skin type, check out this guide on how to identify your skin type.
The Perfect Skincare Routine For Oily Skin
Once you’ve determined that your skin type is oily, it’s time to establish a daily routine. Creating a daily skincare routine will help keep the moisture locked in and the shine at bay.
Step 1: Cleanse
Cleansing your face twice a day with a mild cleanser in the morning and night is an essential step in a daily routine for an oily face. Not only will a cleanser help to relieve oiliness, but it will also help to rid your pores of any dirt and oil that may have built up throughout the day.
Using a daily foaming cleanser like our EradiKate® Daily Foaming Cleanser is an excellent way to help clear up clogged pores, blackheads and acne while helping to prevent further breakouts. Created for oily skin, EradiKate® combines sulfur, natural oat extract and our patented botanical complex, working together to help eliminate existing acne and blemishes while soothing your skin and balancing sebum production to prevent further breakouts.
Step 2: Exfoliate
Kelly Viavattine, one of our Kate Sommerville Skin Health Experts and a celebrity esthetician, believes that starting with clean skin is the key to reap the benefits of exfoliation. Using a facial cleanser and toner before exfoliating will help ensure that you have removed dirt and impurities so your exfoliator can focus on removing dead skin cells. How often you should exfoliate depends on which face scrub you use. While intense exfoliators may only need to be used once or twice a week, more mild exfoliators can be used daily. We recommend you use ExfoliKate®, our clinic perfected Super Facial, once or twice a week to transform your skin into a smoother, more radiant, pore-perfected version of itself. With ingredients like salicylic acid to chemically exfoliate the skin and aloe vera, honey and vitamin E to smooth and soften the skin, this intensive exfoliating treatment will have your skin feeling and looking radiant.
Your skin needs hydration in the form of drinking water and topical treatments to help add additional replenishment. Every skin type can benefit from hydrating skin daily – even oily skin. Our at-home DermalQuench® collection offers three customized hydration products to meet your specific skin care needs. Even with oily skin, you can benefit from regular hydration because water is lighter than thicker moisturizers you may have used in the past that can clog skin and produce excess oils.
Step 4: Treat/Moisturize
A day or night serum is a must-have skincare step in a beauty regimen for oily skin. After exfoliating and hydrating, your skin is prepared to soak up the active ingredients found in serums. Treating your skin with high-performance serums, like our Kx Active Concentrates Serum, will help soothe your skin and have you glowing from healthy skin, not an oily forehead.
Keeping your skin hydrated with a moisturizer is a great way to provide it with additional nutrients and help protect it from environmental damage 2. If you’re worried that moisturizing your skin will make it look even greasier, don’t be! The truth is, if your skin is lacking hydration, it can produce even more oil as a response. Using a specially designed moisturizer for oily skin like our Kate Somerville Oil-Free Moisturizer provides instant hydration without adding excess oil to your skin. This quick-absorbing moisturizer uses oil-absorbing spheres to help prevent oil buildup and create a shine-free look.
If you’re experiencing breakouts and want to add a stronger face moisturizer to your routine, then we suggest using our clinically formulated Anti Bac® Acne Clearing Lotion. Its 5% Benzoyl Peroxide base works to clear existing acne without over-drying your skin while still providing the moisture it needs to keep you hydrated. Plus, the advanced liposomes used in this lotion alleviate existing dryness and lock in moisture. Moisturizing your face both in the morning and at night is a crucial step in a daily skincare routine for oily skin and a vital part of controlling excess oil production.
Step 5: Blemish Control
While adjusting your skincare regime to your skin type will help control breakouts, depending on your skin, stronger blemish-fighting products may need to be used to keep the blemishes at bay. If you’ve adjusted your routine to include acne treatment products and your skin is still acne-prone, then adding a powerful acne treatment like this one may be just what your daily routine needs! Our EradiKate® Foam Mask acts quickly to target current acne and helps prevent new acne from forming.
Step 6: Sunscreen
Wearing sunscreen is essential for the health of your skin. Without sun care products, your skin is susceptible to damage from sun exposure, which may show up immediately or accumulate over time. While there are many benefits of sunscreen, one of the most significant advantages of wearing it is the prevention of premature aging. Too much sunlight can strengthen the appearance of wrinkles and quickly age your skin. Adding sunscreen with a high SPF to your daily skincare routine will help minimize the penetration of UV rays into the skin and further protect you from a variety of skin disorders 3.
Now that you’ve spent time studying up on skincare for oily skin types, we invite you to create a regimen that is tailored to your skin. Each skin type is unique, and when designing your ideal skin routine, you must add in/replace skincare steps where you see fit. As seasons change, you might need to transition to a skincare routine for combination skin or a skincare routine for dry skin. By listening to your skin and using and swapping out products depending on your skin type, your skin will look healthy and glowing in no time at all. Say hello to the best skincare routine for oily skin and goodbye to acne breakouts and clogged pores and hello to even skin tone and shrinking pores!