With spring right around the corner, you might be starting to worry about how much more greasy your already oily skin is going to look in the coming warmer months. And let’s face it, no one enjoys looking like a walking tub of Vaseline.

Oily skin has often been cited as the black man’s biggest skin issue, especially during hotter months. But there’s good news: if you don’t mind putting in a bit of effort, you can reverse the effects for great skin.

Cleanse – but avoid harsh products

If you have oily skin, you have to be especially careful with what you put on your face. You can’t use the same cleanser or soap that you use for the rest of your body on your face too.

The point of a cleanser specifically formulated for the skin on your face is to recharge the right oils so your face is hydrated. Bar soaps, on the other hand, tend to strip your skin of its oils, leaving it dehydrated.

We recommend: 

L’Oréal Men Expert Daily Purifying Wash

LOREAL

Tone 

We forgive you if you have no idea what a toner is or what it does. Toners are a must if you suffer from clogged pores. They work to shrink your pores to minimise the amount of bacteria that enters your skin. They also diminish the appearance of oil on the skin.

We recommend: 

Dr. Haushka Clarifying Toner 

FACE Dr Haushka Facial Toner

Moisturise 

As obvious as it may seem, we cannot stress the importance of daily moisturising enough. Make sure to moisturise after you’ve cleansed and exfoliated (see below). Cleansing and exfoliating leave the skin feeling dry, and moisturising hydrates and protects your skin.

We recommend: 

Lab Series Daily Moisture Defense Lotion

FACE Lab Lab

Exfoliate

Exfoliation is part of the answer to many skin problems, if not all. But because it can be a bit harsh on your skin, you should never exfoliate more than two to three times a week. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells from the surface of your skin, removing excess oil and leaving your skin feeling renewed.

We recommend: 

Lab Series Invigorating Face Scrub

Lab Series Invigorating Face Scrub

Skin oils – they can be beneficial

Contrary to popular belief, skin oils can deal effectively with oily skin and acne. Plant-based skin oils are the best. Using lightweight oils can actually work to regulate your skin’s natural oil production, which in turn makes your skin less oily.

We recommend:

Lipidol Overnight Face Oil

FACE Lipidol

Additional source: AskMen