Skin Type 101: A Beginner's Guide to Oily Skin for Men
Lucy Thorpe
Oct 26, 2021
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Skin Type 101: A Beginner's Guide to Oily Skin for Men

Oily skin is usually caused when your skin naturally produces too much oil. This can be caused by hormones, genetics, lifestyle and even stress. When you have oily skin you’re more prone to breakouts, blocked pores, large pores and a shiny face.

It’s not all bad news when it comes to oily skin. Because it’s constantly kept hydrated through its own natural oils, oily skin tends to show fewer signs of premature ageing (such as wrinkles and fine lines) than people with dry skin

How to Know If You Have Oily Skin

Oily skin doesn’t usually feel tight after washing your skin but may start to look shiny again after around 30 minutes. You might struggle to keep some products or makeup on your skin and feel like they ‘slide off’ during the day. If you use blotting paper on your skin, it probably comes away with oil on it.

If you experience blackheads, spots and large pores (especially on your nose and forehead) then you probably have oily skin. Don’t get it mixed up with combination skin, as this can mean an oily forehead and nose but the cheeks remain dry.

Skincare Tips for Oily Skin

Focusing on cleansing, products that balance your skin and building up a consistent skincare routine can help you to manage your oily skin and keep it looking its best. Oily skin still needs to be kept nourished and hydrated - it can be oily and dehydrated at the same time.

Keep Cleansing

You should be cleansing day and night whatever your skin type. This is far more important with oily skin to remove excess oil and avoid blocking your pores. Use a gentle cleanser that won’t strip the natural oils from your skin - stripping your skin can actually lead to it producing even more oil to compensate.

Using an oil-free cleanser like the Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash can keep your skin clean without adding extra oils.

HEATH Oil Control Moisturiser | Humānery

No More Shine

Shiny skin is one of the hallmarks of oily skin. An anti-shine moisturiser such as the HEATH Oil Control Moisturiser can help keep shiny skin at bay and absorb any excess oil.

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Use a Toner

Adding a toner into your skincare routine can be an easy way to regulate oil production and shine on the skin. Choose one that’s oil-free and contains salicylic acid to fight blemishes and blockages like the Jack Black Oil-Control Toner.

Jack Black Oil-Control Facial Toner | Humāner

Steer clear of harsh or alcohol-based toners as these could leave your skin feeling tight or producing more oil.


Dead skin cells mixed with excess oils are some of the most common reasons for clogged pores and blackheads. Regular exfoliation (1-2 times a week) can help keep your pores clean and free from clogs.

Use a gentle exfoliant like the Ra. Rebirth Liquid Exfoliator to ensure that your skin stays smooth and balanced.


Ra. Men's Care - Rebirth Liquid Facial Exfoliator | Humānery

Go Deep

To clear out your pores, try a clay mask - such as the Shakeup You Do The Mask Purifying Clay Face Mask - once a week. This can help you to remove excess oil and remove any clogged pores or blackheads from within the skin.

It’s important to ensure that you replenish your skin with a light moisturiser afterwards so that your skin doesn’t dry out.