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For Men: How to Prevent & Treat Oily Skin


Jul 5, 2023

Oily skin is a common concern for many men. Excessive oil production can lead to a shiny complexion, clogged pores, and an increased risk of acne breakouts. However, with the right preventive measures and skincare routine, you can effectively manage and treat oily skin. In this article, we will explore some practical tips and strategies specifically tailored to men to help prevent and treat oily skin.


Whenever you’re dealing with a problem, it’s always best to get down to the root of the problem. Here is where we will list and go over the main causes of oily skin.


With oily skin, the main cause of excess oil production is an abundance of the hormone known as dihydrotestosterone, aka DHT. DHT is a naturally occurring hormone in men. Excess DHT itself has a number of causes that can be covered in an entire article on its own.


Like eye and hair colour, oily skin can be a genetic trait that has been passed on to you. If your parents or one of your parents deals with oily skin, this is likely the reason you do too.


Being older doesn’t 100% guarantee your oily skin will stop giving you problems in life. That being said, it’s worth mentioning that less oil is produced by the skin as you age. Because of this, many of those who are ageing deal with dry skin.


If you consider that humans are adaptive and that our bodies react directly to the environment they’re put in, then it makes sense that location and weather have an effect on our bodies.

Hot and humid climates and summer seasons make the skin produce more oil since the temperatures are high. Winter and fall months are notorious for causing dry skin, meaning that your skin’s oil production will be less.


The thing about enlarged pores is that they can be a cause and effect of oily skin. This is because large pores tend to produce more oil and large pores are often caused by previous breakouts – which were probably caused by your oily skin.


What you put into your body will show on the outside. Many people find that when they improve their diet and manage the food they eat more carefully, many health benefits come shortly after. Some foods have a tendency to cause oily skin. These foods include:

  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Milk chocolate
  • White bread
  • White rice
  • White pasta
  • Cereal
  • Deep-fried foods
  • Cakes & pastries
  • Sausages
  • Fast foods
  • Sugar
  • Excess salt
  • Alcohol

While the list may seem long and extremely restrictive, it’s not too hard to work around it. You don’t need to cut everything out 100%, but instead, you can reduce the intake of certain foods that aren’t good for you.

Replace refined grains with whole grains (whole wheat bread, brown rice, etc.) and opt for fresh fruits instead of cakes & pastries that are packed with sugar.

While milk chocolate can be irritating and cause of oily skin, dark chocolate has been shown to provide some benefits for overall health. Let’s have a look at how to maintain oily skin for men.

How To Combat Oily Skin

Now we know a little more about why our skin produces sebum we can start to adapt our skincare regime to control our oily skin. The below guide includes tips as well keep alterations to how we care for our skin on a daily basis to try and work with the sebaceous gland for optimum skin.

1. Avoid Using Very Hot Water

Using water that is too hot on oily skin can sometimes make the problem worse. It can end up stimulating more production from the sebaceous gland and thus creating more oily patches.

Hot water will trigger a defence mode in our bodies as it thinks the skin is under attack and therefore will produce more sebum to try to protect and nourish the skin.

2. Moisturize Your Skin Everyday

No matter what your skin type is, moisturization is a must! Moisturizers attract moisture from the environment and retain it inside your skin, keeping it hydrated and soft. They stimulate ceramide production in your body, preventing loss of water from the topmost layer of your skin.

If you have oily skin, you can choose oil-free, lightweight water-based moisturizers. Use a moisturizer that contains non-comedogenic ingredients (that won’t block pores) like shea butter, neem oil, sunflower oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, etc. Also, go for a lightweight, non-greasy moisturizer to counter your skin’s natural oil production.

3.Avoid Harsh Products

While it may be tempting to use harsh products to combat oily skin, they can strip away essential oils, leading to increased oil production as a rebound effect. Avoid harsh cleansers, astringents, and alcohol-based products, as they can irritate and dry out the skin. Instead, opt for gentle and oil-free formulations that maintain the skin’s natural balance.

4.Use Oil-Absorbing Products

To combat excess shine throughout the day, consider using oil-absorbing products like blotting papers or mattifying powders. These products help absorb excess oil without stripping away moisture or disturbing your makeup. Keep a pack of blotting papers handy for quick touch-ups on the go.

5.Don’t Skip Sunscreen

Sun protection is essential for all skin types, including oily skin. Choose a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 that is oil-free and non-comedogenic. Sunscreens help protect the skin from harmful UV rays and prevent sun damage, which can lead to increased oil production. Apply sunscreen daily, even on cloudy days or during the winter months.

6.Exfoliate Once A Week

Exfoliation breathes new energy into your skin. It removes dead skin cells and resurfaces healthy skin, giving it a fresher and youthful look. Regular exfoliation also prevents bacteria build-up and unclogs pores.

You can exfoliate your skin once or twice a week. Do not over-exfoliate your skin as dryness and inflammation can generate excess oil production. Be gentle to your skin while using an exfoliating cleanser.

If you have oily or acne-prone skin, you can use salicylic acid, which is a beta hydroxy acid. It helps clear your pores and reduce acne breakouts.

If you are using a scrub, make sure to use one that is made up of natural ingredients. You can make simple and effective homemade scrubs using kiwi, oatmeal, coffee, walnut, cucumber, etc.

DIY exfoliating method:

2 tablespoons of ground oatmeal

¼ teaspoon sea salt

1 tablespoon of water

½ teaspoon of honey and olive oil

  • Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl till it forms a paste.
  • Gently rub the exfoliator into your skin for about a minute
  • Rinse off with cold water.
  • Use it once a week.

7.Use A Face Mask

Face masks are a great way to replenish your skin with antioxidants, keep excess oil in check and make your skin look nourished and radiant.

You can use a face mask once or twice a week to deep-cleanse your skin. You can opt for clay masks to remove excess oil away from your pores. Green clay is said to be the best for controlling your skin’s oil production.

8.Eat Skin-Healthy Foods

What you put into your body has a lot to do with what happens on the outside of your body.

The foods you eat can have a big effect on the amount of oil in your skin or the acne that shows up on your face.

A healthy-skin diet means fewer refined sugars and unhealthy fats and more vegetables and healthy fats and proteins, like fish, olive oil, and avocados. Dairy is another skin-trigger food that you may want to avoid.

In conclusion, preventing and treating oily skin requires a consistent skincare routine and mindful habits. By following these tips and choosing appropriate skincare products, you can effectively manage oily skin and enjoy a healthier, more balanced complexion. Remember, everyone’s skin is unique, so it’s important to find a routine that works best for you.

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