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Solutions for Oily Skin

Solutions for Oily Skin
Is a Solution for:
Combination Skin, Oily Skin
March 17, 2015 Reviewed by Marta 7 Comments

A potential upside of oily skin is less tendency to wrinkle. But that's about the only one. Oily skin is complex to deal with — it can be sensitive, prone to breakouts and enlarged pores, or confined to a T-zone with the rest of the skin having a whole other set of problems. While there are no slick (pun intended) answers for oily skin, there are some treatments, tips and products that can help. So if there are days when you feel that you fry chips on your nose, read on.

Vitamin B5

A good — if unconventional — place to start would be to try vitamin B. For the sensitive and oily, vitamin B (rather than the more commonly prescribed, but usually irritating, vitamin A) can be really helpful. According to a scientist in Hong Kong, if the body has a shortage of coenzyme-A it will allow lipids to accumulate in the sebaceous glands and, as a result, sebum excretion is increased. And how does the coenzyme-A deficiency come about? A shortage of pantothenic acid, or vitamin B5.

There are some good potions and lotions with vitamin B5. A TIA community favorite is Your Best Face Hydrate B Concentrate ($45 in the shop), which has three forms of vitamin B – 3,8 and 5. Prana Active Vitamin Lift Serum ($75 in the shop) has a balanced formula of vitamin B5, vitamin E, apple stem cells, natural glycolic from sugar cane and much more besides. Sevani Hyaluronic Wrinkle Defense Serum ($68 in the shop) also majors on vitamin B5.


Cleansing is essential for oily skin control and there are a few cleansers that I would recommend:

Skinfinite Purify Facial Cleanse ($30 in the shop) is ideal for oily and acne-prone skin with a blend of citrus fruit with L-lactic acid (AHA), and Salicylic acid (BHA).

For those with sensitive as well as oily skin (that would be me), Arcona White Tea Purifying Cleanser calms, balances pH, closes pores and provides antioxidants.


Let's accentuate the positive and recognize that oily skin can handle active ingredients that may have a drying effect, such as vitamin C. So those with oily skin might be tempted to try Medik8 CE-Thione Rechargeable Vitamin C Serum ($150 in the shop) with a hefty 15% vitamin C.

Then there are some that are formulated especially for you. Your Best Face Balance ($45 in the shop) is a day cream specially designed to control breakouts, calm irritation and regulate shine. Niacin and nylon-12 help absorb excess oil but without causing dryness.

The last thing that oily skin craves is an unctuous cream. BRAD's unique and perfect hydrid of a gel and cream Biophotonic Sublime Youth Creator Gel-Cream ($245) delivers cutting-edge ingredients including a encapsulated retinol complex in a form that oily skin can take.

Pore Closing

It is hard to find a moisturizer for skin that is prone to breaking out — but Sevani's Rapid Renewal Resurfacing Crème ($65 in the TIA shop) could be it. I reach for it whenever the pores on my nose are beginning to crater. In addition to the sugars and fruit acids, responsible for the gentle exfoliating action (and the citrusy smell), there are brighteners in the form of willow bark and licorice.


For combination skin where an oily T-zone is offset by the rest of the skin being dry and dull. As I mentioned in an earlier post, both of these conditions will respond really well to a glycolic exfoliator such as Juice Beauty's Green Apple Peel or La Vie Celeste's Restorative Exfoliating Gel Mask ($60 in the TIA shop).  These will freshen up dull skin and keep sebum under control at the same time.

Note: This article was last updated on March 17, 2015.

  • March 19, 2015

    by Kelly

    This new serum from Multki sounds like it was made for me. I get so shiny especially in the heat but so many moisturizing gels have compounds to make a matte finish and I end up breaking out terribly. Would love to try!

  • May 13, 2012

    by HattieTottie

    I am 28 years old but I do not have wrinkles (the last time I checked that is!) I have combination skin, oily on the tzones, dry cheeks. I chose Made from Earth Vitamin Enhanced Face Firming Serum because of the good reviews I saw from different online sites. They say it is easier to prevent wrinkles than actually curing them when you get it. I wash my face first before putting the serum.

    I have used the Vitamin Enhanced Face Firming Serum for almost two weeks and I have not experienced any rashes, breakouts or red spots. I have no complaints at all. I would use their Vitamin Enhanced Moisturizer also but I think I have to finish up my Oil of Olay stash first. I will definitely use more Made from Earth products.

  • January 15, 2012

    by Marta

    Hi Oksana, before definitely.

  • January 15, 2012

    by Oksana

    should YBF Balance be applied before or after tinted moisturizer?

  • January 14, 2012

    by Imelda

    My daughter and I have oily skins and we really like and have been using Aubrey Organics Natural Herbal Cleanser for Oily Skin, which contains vitamin B. It's not sudsy because its SLS free, as well as paraben free.

  • January 13, 2012

    by Anna

    Ooo, I found a review from August!

  • January 13, 2012

    by Anna

    I have combination skin and have used the John Masters Bearberry Cleanser for several months, I love it with my Clarisonic.
    I've been waiting to try the Green Apple Peel, they have the sensitive version available in a sample size...
    Has anyone tried the regular strength green apple peel versus the sensitive?

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