Oily & Combination Skin


Genes and hormones are usually the cause of oily skin. Oily skin is often the result of over-productive sebaceous glands, the glands in your skin that produce oil. Likewise, combination skin is usually determined by your genes. It is a very common skin type and is characterized by oily patches, particularly around your nose, checks, chin and forehead (your “T” zone).


Given the root cause of oily and combination skin is overactive sebaceous glands, regulating their oil production should help reduce your skin’s oiliness. It’s commonly recommended that people with oily skin avoid products containing oils but usually this is in reference to mineral oil, which many believe clogs pores. But just as bad for oily skin are products that are overly drying because they strip the skin of its natural oils, which triggers sebaceous glands to produce more oil, that’s why many recommend natural, non-irritiating products.


The bottom line is that there are a lot of conflicting views on how to improve oily skin. Our clients with oily skin have found after a few weeks of gently using Pharmaoil products that their skin becomes less oily. All the natural oils that we use are non-comedogenic, meaning they do not cause acne.


Pharmaoil Daily Mist is alcohol-free and contains no detergents so it is a gentle toner that cleans the skin without overly drying it. Pharmaoil Scrub is good to use on oily skin because using it just once a week will give your oily skin all the exfoliation that it needs, as frequent use of cleansers and scrubs can stimulate oil production.


Pharmaoil Nut Free Skin Therapy is a gentle skin moisturiser and our clients with oily skin have found that using just a small amount will satisfy their moisturing needs. Our Pharmaoil soap and intensive skin drops for oily and combination skin combines grapeseed oil with a selection of quality essential oils known to help regulate oil production.


If you are concerned with using oil on your oily or combination skin, we recommend that you test them on a small patch of your skin first.