Oily skin can be annoying and lead to spots and pimples. Stress, travel, poor diet, high humidity can all lead to a shiny nose and forehead, but my tips should help a bit!

  • Wash your face morning and night with a gentle skin cleanser designed for oily/acne-prone skin. Neutrogena do some lovely ones and those containing tea tree oil or neem are also effective.
  • Use an oil-free moisturiser or cream for oily skin. Oily skin still needs some moisture and if you dry it out too much, the glands will produce excess oil to make up for the dryness, so you’ll end up even oilier! Aloe vera gel is gentle and effective. Nivea do a Daily Veil, which is very light and has Factor 30 to protect from the sun too!
  • A gentle facial scrub used twice a week will get rid of any dead skin cells on the surface, and allow the younger healthy skin to come through.
  • A facemask containing clay will mop up any excess oils and if you use this once a week, it should help prevent any spots too.
  • Drink 2 litres of water daily to keep all your skin healthy and well hydrated.
  • Eat lots of fruit and vegetables. Fish oils and Vitamin A supplements will also help to keep your skin looking good! However, don’t take Vitamin A if you’re a woman trying to get pregnant or if you are already pregnant, as too much Vitamin A can harm the baby. You must always be careful when taking any supplements or medications and check for side effects!
  • If you do get pimples, dabbing tea tree oil or lavender oil on the spot directly will help kill the bacteria and help the skin to heal. If you skin is too sensitive for this, try diluting the tea tree oil in a little of your gentle moisturiser or aloe vera gel.
  • Benzoyl peroxide gel or an acne gel with a tiny bit of salicylic acid can be dabbed directly on the spots or you may need an antibiotic cream from your doctor if the acne is more severe.
  • Hormones can also trigger acne, so girls may benefit from going onto certain oral contraceptive pills, as these can sometimes help, but again, ask your own doctor.
  • Vitamin A creams, such as tretinoin cream can clear spots and help younger skin come through, but they can also make your skin flake off and you need to ask your doctor. If you do use these, NEVER use them near the eyes, lips or nose, and you must use a Factor 30 sun cream every day.

There are also prescription tablets, such as Roaccutane available from your doctor for very severe acne, but these do have side effects and can make some people quite depressed. Try my simple tips first and if they don’t help, go and see your doctor!.