• Chris


Updated: Jun 10, 2019

So what exactly is oily skin and what causes it?

Everybody needs a certain amount of natural oils to ensure the healthy function of the skin. However, for someone who have an oily skin type they produce an excess of these oils which leading to a persistently shiny or greasy appearance. People with this skin type often have enlarged pores which may be prone to clogging along with a tendency towards; blackheads, pimples and other acne based issues.

It is very common for people to have skin which is described as combination with an oily t-zone across the nose and forehead, but normal to dry skin in other areas.

Oily skin is typically genetic but excess oil can also be the result of heightened hormone levels, for instance during puberty, as well as during some parts of women’s menstrual cycle, during pregnancy and when going through menopause, as sebaceous glands become more active during these times.

How to deal with Oily Skin

How can oily skin be treated?

Given the characteristics of oily skin you should look to put together a routine with products which as a group have the following qualities:

  • Exfoliating - to ensure that pores do not get clogged.

  • Specifically contain Salicylic Acid- as this Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) is a chemical exfoliator which is oily soluble and can therefore work to help clean out the pores.

  • Anti-Bacterial- to reduce breakouts and blemishes.

  • Non-Commedogenic (don't clog the pores) -  avoid products which may clog pores such as cocoa butter.

  • Higher in Linoleic Acid - as low levels of this in the skin have been shown to lead to an increase in oil production and thicker sebum which may lead to blemishes and acne.

Which skin care products could help you deal with Oily Skin?

Below are five of our favourite products which cover many of the properties above and which we hope will help you in dealing with your oily skin:

Konjac Sponges with Bamboo Charcoal and French Green Clay

As oily skin often results in the build up of dead skin cells it is important to incorporate products with exfoliating properties into your routine in order to remove the top layer and reveal fresher skin beneath. This should not be done excessively as you may disrupt the function of the skin barrier resulting in irritation.

Someone with very oily or acne prone skin is likely to benefit from the use of a konjac sponge infused with bamboo charcoal as it has purifying anti-bacterial qualities. Whereas someone with an oily t-zone but more combination may prefer to use one with French Green Clay which gently draws out toxic for a smoother, fresher complexion. Brought to you by The Konjac Sponge Company these products provide gentle exfoliation perfect for those dealing with excess oils.

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Green People

Light Day Moisturiser

It is easy to be put off from using a moisturiser when you have oily skin as it can feel counter intuitive to add addition oils to the affected area. However, if you select one which is light weight, calming and contains a form of salicylic acid then this can create a marked improvement in the condition of the skin. Green People's Neutral Sensitive Scent Free Light Day Moisturiser provides all of these benefits and more due to the excellent line-up of ingredients below:


Restore a healthy skin balance to help prevent acne and impurities.

Willow Bark

Rich in Salicin, an anti-inflammatory which reduces irritation and helps control acne breakouts.

Chamomile Extract

Rich in flavonoids instantly reducing oxidative stress and soothing skin inflammation.

Perilla Oil

Has powerful antioxidant properties with a soothing action ideal for inflammatory skin conditions.

Avocado Oil

Bursting with a wide range of nutrients including 11 vitamins and 14 minerals.

Jojoba Oil

Helps to balance sebum levels, and is a highly protective oil rich in Omega-7&9 fatty acids to provide a non-sticky, light and soft skin feel.

Seaweed (Fucus Vesiculosus)

Increases skin hydration and is a rich source of minerals and trace elements essential for normal skin cell function.

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100% natural Zinc & Calendula Cream

Lyonsleaf have created a cream which works as an amazing spot treatment for those suffering from blemishes resulting from oily skin. It contains the following key ingredients which make it so great for this purpose:


Thought to have wound healing, collagen promoting and anti-inflammatory properties.

Zinc Oxide 

Can combat acne by calming inflammation and further protecting the skin. It helps soothe redness, decrease the size of breakouts/pimples/cysts and is thought to help reduce excess sebum production.

Babassu Oil 

Has a low comedogenic rating, meaning it has a low chance of clogging pores. It is great for soothing inflamed skin conditions like acne, reducing both redness and itchiness.

Lyonsleaf 100% Natural Zinc & Calendula Cream