A common question we get from men is, what is a good men's skincare routine for oily skin?  A simple skincare routine with the right men's skin care products can help combat and minimize oily skin.

Below are some men's skincare tips - oily skin

Do Not Over Cleanse

It’s a common myth that if you have oily skin, you should wash your face more often. Unfortunately, over cleansing may be the cause of your oily skin problem. If you don't have the right men's face wash and you cleanse your face too often within a 24-hour cycle, you can strip your skin of its natural oils. This causes your skin to produce more oil in an attempt to hydrate and rebalance your skin, which is a natural reaction. 

Choose the Best Men's Face Wash

If you use a harsh cleanser, like a bar soap, it will strip your skin of its natural oils, raise its pH and cause your skin to go in to overdrive and produce more oil.  Choosing the best men's face wash that is gentle, pH balanced and non drying is key for men with oily skin. Using a gentle face wash for men in the morning and night will rinse away impurities without stripping the skin of its natural oils so it is ready to be hydrated with a daily men's face moisturize. 

Do Use A Men's Face Moisturize Day & Night

Another common myth is that men with oily skin do not need to moisturize. Moisturizing after cleansing is key in replenishing, hydrating, and restoring your skin’s natural balance.  For daytime, look for a men's face moisturizer with SPF and for nighttime, look for a nourishing moisturizer to replenish and revitalize the skin. When your skin is moisturized daily, it will naturally produce less oil.  So, say goodbye to an oily t-zone. large pores and blackheads on nose!

Do Exfoliate With A Face Scrub for Men

Exfoliating with a face scrub for men twice weekly is key in caring for oily skin.  It helps to slough off dead skin cells, keep pores clean, allowing moisturizes to hydrate and absorb deeper into the skin.  Two times per week to start is recommended for men with oily skin.

Drink Water & Stay Hydrated 

Oily skin can be the body’s response to dehydration and pH levels that are out of balance. Water is your body's principal chemical component and makes up about 50% to 70% of your body weight. Your skin and organs need water to hydrate and to detoxify the body. In general, you should try to drink at least 32 ounces of water a day.  Keep in mind excess coffee, tea, sugary foods and beverages will dehydrate the skin.   


We’ve put together a short list of pore clogging ingredients that might be worth steer clear of if you have oily skin and prone to acne. 


It's very thick, sitting on the surface of the skin and can suffocated the pores, leading to oil and dead cell buildup that can ultimately turn into a pimple.


Although coco butter has beneficial properties to moisturize the skin but it is also high in oleic acid, a fatty acid, which tends to be more comedogenic and puts it at a high rating of 4 on the comedogenic scale. An alternative that's just as moisturizing but won't clog pores is shea butter, which is non-comedogenic.


Rated 4 on the comedogenic scale. While coconut oil can be pore clogging, you would have to see where it is on the ingredient list.  If it is lower on the list, it may not affect your skin. However, if you are prone to acne then it might be best to skip it. 


Even though silicones are a 1 on the comedogenic scale they can still potentially cause pimples in some, especially if you are prone to acne.


Lanonin has  a rating of 4 on the comedogenic scale making them highly comedogenic.  Lanolin comes in many versions. The two most likely versions to consistently clog pores regardless of your skin type: acetylated lanolin and acetylated lanolin alcohol.


Coming in at 3-4 on the comedogenic scale, theoretically not suitable for those prone to acne. 


A quick google search will reveal that there are a plethora of skincare companies and clinics with their own pore clogging ingredients list. They also have online apps to rank where the specific ingredient falls on the comedogenic scale to help you make more informed decisions on your men’s skincare choices.  A word of caution is to use these tools as a general guideline and make your final decision based on the product's over all formulation.


Putting your best face forward doesn’t have to be complicated. For men with oily skin, start with a simple skincare routine for men and slowly add the right men's skin care products to level up your routine. Start with the holy grail: natural Men's face wash, a face scrub for men, men's face moisturizer with SPF and a replenishing non-comedogenic antioxidant moisturizer at night.  Let your skin get use to the products (typically 3-4 weeks) then add new products like green clay mask for men and hydrating mask for men to your skincare routine.