The Ultimate Skin Guide for Oily Skin

If you are constantly looking for the word “matte” in any beauty product that you buy, you probably have oily skin. The difference among oily skin and glowing skin can be really subtle. The good news for you is that controlling your natural oils doesn’t have to be difficult, expensive, or a burden. Some people might think that the sweat on their face means that they have oily skin, when in fact it goes beyond that!

Symptoms of Oily Skin

A shiny or greasy appearance

Noticeable pores

Persistant pimples

An army of blackheads

The Best Skin Care Routine for Oily Skin

By, Jaqueline Kang – Our Product Developer & Lead Chemist (who has Oily Skin)

To begin, I recommend starting your skin care routine with a micellar water, such as the SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water by Garnier. It cleans the skin while effectively removing makeup and purifying pores. What makes this makeup remover special are the micelles inside that attract the makeup, toxins and oil from the skin, removing them gently. It also helps to mattify the skin.

Next when washing your face, it’s important to use a gentle face soap and then exfoliate (1-2 times a week) – I use the St. Ives Blackhead Clearing Green Tea Scrub. It contains salicylic acid which is great for preventing acne, an unfortunate side-effect to oily skin. Green tea is also a great ingredient in reducing acne and helps improves the skin’s texture and tone. It also delays the appearance of aging signs, leaving a radiant glow to the skin.

Then comes the toner, Thayers Witch Hazel. The star is in the name: Witch hazel has many skin benefits and astringent properties such as treating acne, clearing out pores and excess oil, and reducing pore size. Aloe vera is also a key ingredient, as it helps hydrate and calm the skin to prevent the skin from drying out too much.

After moisturizing in the evening, pure Aloe Vera jelly acts as the perfect sleeping mask and hydration booster. The consistency of the Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Gelly is extremely compatible for oily skin type. Aloe vera absorbs the excess oil and impurities from the pores mattifying on the skin as it dries, giving and leaving the skin with a perfect glow.

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Skin Tips for Oily Skin

Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate

Oil causes a lot of dead skin cells, dirt and other impurities to clog the pores, so it is good to clear out the face once or twice a week.

Clay Masks are Your Best Friend

Clay Masks help to deep clean your pores and balance the skin by drawing out excess oil and toxins from the pores.

Don’t Forget to Moisturize

Just because your face is full of oil, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t moisturize. If you don’t moisturize, your skin will actually worsen because you are drying out your face, causing your skin to think it has to overproduce oil to moisturize the skin itself. However, when picking a moisturizer, choose one that is light-weight and specifically catered towards oily skin.

The Ingredients to Look for in Skin Care


A powerful clay that absorbs oil and impurities from pores, helps the skin to heal, and reduce inflammation.


An anti-inflammatory spice that fights acne and helps sooth any irritation on the skin.

Canadian Willow Herb

A plant extract that soothes skin irritations and redness and helps combat breakouts


An herb that promotes clear skin, prevents acne, reduces pore size, and controls oil for a smooth and balanced skin.

Best Ingredients for Oil Control

Having oily skin can be a real pain. The skin can look greasy even produce excess sebum, which clogs the pores and makes it easier for toxins, environmental pollutants and dead skin cells to build-up; ultimately leading to a breakout. Bacteria can thrive on oily skin, making it more prone to those pesky breakouts. 

Luckily, our moisturizer is here to help. The following ingredients used during formulation are great for controlling excess oil production.


Kaolin is one of the most gentle clays used in skin care. It is a silica-based clay that is derived from rocks in hot climates. It is known for strongly absorbing excess oil and toxins in the skin, making it perfect for oily skin types. It provides mineral nutrients to help firm the skin up as well. Kaolin gently exfoliates the skin of debris and is great for mattifying the face.


Bentonite originates from naturally occurring volcanic ash sediments. It highly absorbs and detoxifies the skin. This clay draws up oil, dirt and other impurities that has built up on the skin. It loves to unclog all the gunk trapped in the pores. It also helps to shrink pores and reduce oil production. Bentonite has amazing abilities and is often recommended for oil-control and decongesting your skin by professionals.

Barosma Betulina (Buchu Leaf) Extract

Buchu Leaf Extract is derived from South African buchu leaves. It assists in sebum regulation and reduces the amount of sebum secreted by the skin cells. Buchu extract is great for mattifying shiny areas on the the skin, improving the skin’s natural shiny appearance. Many studies have shown that buchu helps with balancing sebum secretion in order to give an overall smoother look and feel of the skin.

 Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Extract

Parsley is a very popular herb that’s not just great for cooking! Parsley helps balance your sebum production and problems that are caused from the imbalance of sebum level. Parsley extract contains many great antioxidants that help scavenge for free radicals and control excess oil. By balancing out the skin, Parsley helps gives off a more healthy glow instead of a ‘I put highlighter all over my face’ look.

Why the Rose & Abbot Moisturizer?

The hardest part about skin care is finding a product that works 100% for your skin type. Luckily, our moisturizer ALWAYS works for your skin type. The customization of our product ensures that every ingredient used during formulation is working to combat the production of excess oils beneath the skin. Our moisturizer is non-comodegenic, meaning it has been proven and tested, to not clog pores. Sure there are so many non-comodegenic products on the market – but you can’t buy ours from the shelves.

A key component of the Rose & Abbot algorithm is reformulation. Allergic to Bentonite, no problem – we can remove it without compromise. Want more Turmeric, say no more.

Every moisturizer is made to order.

Just because you aren’t the only person with an oily skin type, doesn’t mean that your moisturizer has to be the same as someone else’s. Are you ready to make the switch to customized skin care?

Natural. Vegan. Cruelty-Free. Oily Skin Approved.