A 5-Step AM Skincare Routine For Oily Skin

Do you experience excess oil, shiny skin, blackheads, and breakouts? Then you probably have oily skin. Oily skin has overactive glands, which means they produce more oil than you need. Sometimes this is genetic and sometimes it can be caused by using the wrong skincare products – if you strip your skin of too much moisture, it compensates by overproducing excess oil. Your skin may appear shiny, with enlarged pores, and will be more prone to breakouts and blackheads.  

Read on for our top tips and product recommendations for building a morning skincare routine for oily skin. 


The best cleansers for oily skin won’t lather up enough to strip your skin, but instead will gently foam to cut through the oily residue that you find on your skin when you wake up. Look for simple, refreshing formulas that contain ingredients like salicylic acid and tea tree to deep clean pores and mattify shiny areas without leaving skin feeling tight. Gently massage your cleanser over your face and neck and rinse off with warm water. 

The Best Cleansers For Oily Skin


Oily skin is more prone to blackheads – caused by sebum which builds up in pores and attracts dirt, causing a visible plug which clogs hair follicles and can lead to breakouts) you’ll notice a lot of these around your nose because the nose has larger and more active sebaceous glands than the rest of your face). Ingredients such as niacinamide and salicylic acid will help to reduce sebum production and break down the buildup in pores. Pat your serum onto dry skin, focusing on the T-zone where blackheads, breakouts, and oiliness are more prominent. 

The Best Serums For Oily Skin


Applying a toner is another opportunity to target your skin with purifying and decongesting ingredients, but also to add in some much-needed hydration. Keeping oily skin hydrated will help to balance your skin’s moisture levels, so it doesn’t feel the need to over-produce oil. Once your serum has absorbed, mist on your toner, then apply your moisturiser immediately after. 

The Best Toners For Oily Skin


Oily skin needs moisturiser just as much as dry skin does – you just need to choose the right one. Look for something water-based and oil-free which won’t clog pores or leave a greasy residue, and choose light, silky textures which feel soothing and absorb quickly. 

The Best Moisturisers For Oily Skin


Texture is the important thing to focus on when choosing an SPF for oily skin – you’ve probably tried your fair share of sunscreens which leave your skin looking (and feeling) greasy and sticky. Look for lightweight textures and mattifying formulas which are specially formulated to help control excess oil and won’t clog pores or trigger breakouts. 

The Best SPFs For Oily Skin