10 Secrets to Eliminate Oily Skin

Do you suffer from oily skin and shudder at the sight of a shiny forehead peppered with blocked pores and acne? Additional to one’s lifestyle and skin care habits, in South East Asia, particularly Malaysia and Singapore, the hot and humid climate and air pollution are the culprits to skin problems.

In a more positive note however, women with oily skin are less prone to wrinkles or any sign of ageing because the outermost layer of the skin is kept moisturised.

For brides, keeping your complexion moist is especially important to keep your makeup fresh and long lasting. We have spoken to our list of trusted make-up vendors and compiled top ten remedies for brides with oily skin to look their best on their wedding.

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Gentle Cleansing

The most important steps to reduce excess oil on your skin is to cleanse with a gentle and soap-free cleanser. It is imperative to cleanse your face twice or more daily with cold water. Look out for products containing tea tree oil or salicylic acid. Splash face with cold water. Lastly, pat (do not rub!) your skin dry with a soft cloth.

Tone-it-up with Toner

Follow up your cleansing routine with an alcohol-free toner. It helps to improve your skin condition in the long run by reducing excess oil, cleans and reduces the appearance of pores.

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Moisturise It

Oily skin needs more to be moisturised. Skipping the moisturiser will cause the skin to produce extra oil to compensate the lack of moisture. It is advisable to use an oil-free, water-based or gel-based moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated.

Exfoliate in Moderation

Weekly exfoliation is important to clear off dead skin and dirt  trapped in your pores. Remember to exfoliate by gentle circular motions to avoid further breakouts and irritation.

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Play with Home-made Face Masks

After exfoliation, follow up with a face mask once a week. It will gently absorb excess oil on the face. In fact, you may even DIY! It is simple and fun to make.

Firstly, mash the pulp of a ripe papaya and squeeze half a lemon to it. Mix well. Apply it onto your face and massage well. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and wash it off by splashing with cold water. This is highly beneficial in regulating the production of oil on your skin.

Alternatively, clay masks that contains natural minerals that are easily available from the drug store is the choice for women with oily skin.

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Practise a Healthy Diet

Research found that oily skin may be linked to the lack of vitamin B5 and B2. Therefore, it is advisable to consume more nuts, whole grains and beans. These foods are rich in vitamin Bs that will contribute to a clearer complexion. Aside from that, drinking plenty of water to cleanse the toxins from our body, and eating at least one serving of fruits and green vegetables help to promote healthy skin too.

Choose Makeup Wisely

Brides with oily skin will benefit from using a liquid or powder-based product. Remember to look out for products that are ‘non-comedogenic’ because they are usually oil-free and contain ingredients that won't clog your pores.

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What to do with Pimples?

We know how tempting it is to squeeze or pick at your pimples as soon as you spot them on your face. But whatever you do, keep your hands away! Squeezing the pimples will leave red spots and scars on the face. If you have pimple scares, use a blemish treatment nightly to treat them.

Oil Blotting Paper

Although this is a temporary solution, if you ever feel that your skin is getting oily, use blotting paper or oil absorbing sheets to reduce them. Nonetheless, if we are diligent in practising the core facial habits to moisturise and exfoliate, we can discard using oil blotting paper in no time!


Skipping sunscreens will eventually lead to pigmentation and freckles due to the harsh sun exposure. In the past, sunscreens are feared by women who suffer from oily skin as they make the skin greasy and oily. However, there is now an increasing number of oil-free sunscreen in the market. Seek for trial tubes to test on your skin to decide what is the best for your skin.

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Ultimately, every skin condition can be remedied by diligent practice of essential skincare steps: moisturise and exfoliate appropriately, regular exercise, practising a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water. In due time, your skin will be producing just enough oil that makes you look glowing (not greasy!) on your big day! If you have any other tips, do leave a comment below.


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