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How to fix my oily skin

How to fix my oily skin


You can have the best skin of your life, even if you're struggling with oily-skin. Here are some tips from our dermatologists:

Understanding your skin.

The first thing you can do is understand your skin. Every person's body and mind is different, so in order to take care of oily skin, it's important to understand what makes your body tick.

Understanding what causes oily skin can help us understand how to control it. The main reason behind oily skin is overactive sebaceous glands—the tiny glands that produce oil in our hair follicles and pores. These glands release an excess amount of oil (sebum) onto our face when they're overactive or irritated by bacteria or inflammation, causing breakouts and clogged pores. Identifying the problem is the first step towards fixing it!

The right diet.

While diet is not the only factor in your skin's oil production, it has a significant impact on how you'll look and feel. The right diet will give your body the chance to function at its best, and that includes being able to naturally produce more sebum in order to keep your skin looking healthy and moisturized.

  • Avoid sugar: Sugars increase insulin levels, which triggers an increase in the production of sebum by our body's oil glands. This makes the skin oily and difficult for those with oily skin types. It's sad but true - If you work to minimise or eliminate processed foods from your diet as much as possible you will see and feel the results!

  • Avoid dairy: Dairy products such as cheese or yogurt may cause breakouts on some people’s faces because they are high in hormones such as estrogens that stimulate oil production from glands around the mouth (think chin acne). A plant -based alternative is always best but If you can't live without cheese then try eating fermented dairy instead—it won't have these side effects!


Exfoliation is the key to a clean, healthy complexion. It’s important to get rid of dead skin cells that can block pores and cause breakouts as well as keeping your skin soft and hydrated. When you exfoliate, you also open up the pores so that other products like moisturizers can more easily penetrate into your skin.

To exfoliate:

  • Use a gentle scrub like our world famous Detox at least once a week (daily for some).

  • Go easy and use water to slightly dissolve your Detox exfoliant so you don't scratch or irritate your skin if they’re too rough on your face or body - especially if you have delicate skin.

  • Follow up with moisturiser! Conventional products strip the skin of oil which puts your skin back into sebum production mode. Unlike regular scrubs Detox lightly moisturises so you're left fresh and exfoliated - not dry!

Get hydrating.

Hydrating is key, and it's not just enough to drink water (which is also very important!). You need to moisturize your skin as well! Dry, stripped skin only stays that way temporarily when you have oily skin - We need to replace that sebum production with a beautiful alternative!

  • Use a hydrating facial oil like Repair. This is our favourite because it is 100% natural and sinks into the skin like a sponge leaving no heavy residue behind. Aside from skin healing and glowing results, Repair calms your sebum production as part of a long term solution to oily skin.

  • Follow up with a moisturiser like Protect or Hydrate. Both are light but deeply hydrating moisturisers containing anti-inflammatory ingredients. This is the hero formulation and the perfect complement to Repair, and it will keep your skin feeling soft and supple all day long - Without becoming oily!

Calm inflammation.

Reducing inflammation is critical for the health of your skin. Inflammation is a normal part of the healing process, but it can also be caused by too much sun exposure, stress, and certain foods. The most effective way to reduce inflammation is with a healthy diet (low in sugar and high in omega-3 fatty acids), exercise (if you're not already doing it), and getting enough sleep (eight hours every night).

Eating a diet full of fruits and vegetables, while limiting processed foods, can help reduce inflammation. Reducing your exposure to toxins is also critical and is a huge reason why our products are 100% natural forever.

Your skin's oil production doesn't have to make you miserable!

Your skin's oil production doesn't have to make you miserable!

  • Hydration is key. Be sure your skin is properly hydrated before moisturizing, and use a light moisturiser that won't clog pores like Protect and Hydrate.

  • Don't overdo it with the exfoliants and avoid stripping the skin —this can cause irritation or redness especially when used in desperation. Instead, opt for gentle application of an exfoliator like Detox (which will still remove dead skin cells and oil) —and always ensure a moisturiser or hydrating oil like Repair is applied directly after so that you don't irritate your skin.

  • Use healthy and natural products to reduce your sebum over-production. It's always better to opt for a long term solution rather than a quick fix, and our combination of Detox - Repair - Hydrate - Protect is the lifestyle change that will provide real results - As always our 30 Day Challenge is our promise you will see results or your money back - and with thousands of delighted #bodibabes already glowing we know you will too!


Hopefully, you now have a better sense of how to deal with your oily skin. But remember: this is just the beginning. This is only one piece of the puzzle, and there are many other factors that go into healthy, balanced skin as part of a long term skin care lifestyle. So try out these tips, but don’t forget to keep exploring what works best for your specific skin type!

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