How to Get Rid Of Oily Skin

Oily skin was never really a priority for me. In fact, in my younger years with acne I don’t think I ever suffered from oily skin, and if I did I didn’t notice: Acne was my number one priority, no oily skin.

In the last year or two, however, once my acne began to clear, I started to notice the ‘sheen’ on my face that seemed to be there every waking moment. It was still an afterthought.

I was so concerned about the few spots on my face, that I ignored that extra layer of moisture on my face. It never occurred to me that layer could be what’s actually causing my acne. We’re going to go over how to get rid of oily skin, but first, ask yourself:

Do You Actually Have Oily Skin?

Instead of my skin being oily, I believe that the sheen coming from my face was just a perpetual state of my moisturizer siting on my skin. Since I used it twice a day, morning and night, it would always be there. There was no way this was good for my skin.

Since I stopped using moisturizer so often, this sheen has ‘miraculously’ disappeared. My skin is also the best it’s ever been. Coincidence? I think not.

If this sounds like it may be you than think twice about your products you’re using.  But maybe that’s not you, maybe your skin really is excessively oily.

What Causes Oily Skin

Oily skin is common among those who suffer from acne and teenagers in general. Oily skin:

… is caused by excess skin oil (sebum). During puberty, increased androgen levels, which are male hormones present in both males and females, signal the oil glands of the skin to mature. At this time the body begins producing much more skin oil. For some people, oil glands go into overdrive and the skin takes on an oily look. This oily appearance normally subsides to some degree after puberty, but can persist into adulthood, and is often seasonal, coinciding with humid weather. (

So in order to get oily skin under control, you need to get your hormones under control. The best way to do this is to see a dermatologist and have them prescribe you something that will calm these hormones down. Following this, check out the quick start guide and go from there.

While that should solve the problem for many, there are a lot of other factors at play here. Here’s a few other ways to get rid of excess oil beyond hormonal imbalances:

Use Cold Water

I take what are called contrast showers. You start out with hot water, and then switch to cold. Rinse, wash, repeat.

You don’t have to punish yourself with ice cold showers, but you should know that hot water is bad for your skin. It strips away your skin’s natural oils and can irritate your skin and further inflame acne.

So while I do use hot water in m showers, I never let it touch my face or hair. Only cold water.

Eliminate Any Outside Hormones

You may have heard that steroid use is associated with acne. This is a result of excessive androgens in the body, which manifests itself as acne on the skin. As you may know, dairy may cause acne, as a result of the hormones found in dairy.

Eliminating dairy is step one, but also try to eliminate anything that may influence hormones. This includes things like plastic water bottles and BPA products.

Stop Washing Your Face So Much

You may not be familiar with the ‘No Poo’ movement, but I’ve been doing it some time. What many people notice when first undergoing this is that their hair gets super oily. This is because when people normally shampoo it washes away the oils naturally secreted by the scalp, and forces the scalp to produce excess oil because of the oil always being stripped away by shampoo.

The same thing goes for washing your face. The more you wash it, the more you’re stripping away the natural oils and throwing off the delicate balance. I rarely use my Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser, usually only post workout or pre shave.


Let’s recap:

  1. Find out if your skin is actually oily, and not just a buildup of acne and/or skincare products,
  2. Because hormones are the main cause of oily skin, see a dermatologist and follow my guide for additional advice,
  3. Take additional steps:
    • Use cold water, avoid hot water
    • Eliminate any additional outside/exogenous hormones
    • Stop washing your face so much

There you have it. Post any questions or comments below!