8 Tips for Men to Get Rid Of Oily Skin Instantly

Oily skin can be a menace. You always feel like you’re fighting a losing battle. You cannot just go for any product on the shelf.

You have to be keen on the ingredients. How you do stuff is different from other men.

Are you tired of the situation? Yeah, I thought so.

Average oil on the skin is okay, but it becomes a problem when in excess. Sebaceous glands are what to blame for oily skin. These glands produce sebum which helps lubricate the skin. Too much of these glands ‘overproduce’ the skin oil.

Oily skin does not only give your face a greasy and shiny look, but it also clogs your pores. With time, this leads to pimples and acne breakouts. No one loves these.

But when all hope seems to be lost, a window of opportunity always opens.

The MenGlowUp research team undertook what it does best (intensive research) to bring you 8 tips for men to get rid of oily skin instantly.

We know how frustrating the situation can be; that’s why our remedies will combat the situation in no time.

8 Tips for Men to Get Rid of Oily Skin Instantly

1. Wash Your Face

wash your face

That’s right! Simple washing of the face every morning and at night will reduce your oil levels incredibly. This prevents the accumulation of excess sebum that traps dead skin and dirt on the face.

Washing your face too harshly is also a problem. It makes the face produce more oil to compensate for the dry face. Therefore, it’s important to find a balance and settle for a happy medium.

Consult with your dermatologist for the best routine depending on the specific needs of your face. Meanwhile, wash your face twice a day, in the morning and before bedtime. Use a moisturizer and be gentle.

Ditch harsh soaps that will dry your skin.

Pro Tip: Avoid sleeping with makeup on. Makeups accelerate clogging of pores. Spare five minutes before bed to wash off your makeup.

2. Drink Plenty of Water

drink water man

You’re probably tired of hearing this from your mother, but I’ll repeat it to you anyway – Drink plenty of water! Mothers are always right (or most of the time) so listen to what they say.

Water boosts body functioning. It also flushes out toxins that are responsible for blemishes.

If you’re not a huge fan of plain water, why not get creative and infuse it. You can always mix warm water with lemon in the morning to kick start your day.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

apple cider vinegar

The antibacterial properties of apple cider vinegar make it an excellent spot treating agent. Its ability to balance the skin’s pH also qualifies it as a toner.

If you want a versatile remedy to “kill two birds with one stone“, no option could be better.

What You Need

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Honey or aloe vera gel

What To Do

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of honey or aloe vera gel with ½ tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Ensure the vinegar is raw and organic, not like the stuff splashed on chips and fish.
  • Use a cotton pad and apply the mixture on the face smoothly.
  • Leave it for 15 minutes then rinse off with water.

There you go! You have successfully de-congested, calmed, cleansed and purified your skin.

4. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is an excellent soothing ingredient. It aids in healing the skin and helps treat acne breakouts.

What’s even better is that it works on all skin types. If your skin is itchy from an oily cycle, aloe is here to save the day.

What To Do

Before going to bed, massage a layer of aloe vera on your skin and leave it on overnight. Wash it off in the morning in your usual routine. Its natural cooling effect is good for the skin.

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5. Turmeric

Turmeric powder
Turmeric powder

The anti-inflammatory property of turmeric makes it extra beneficial to our bodies. Right from the food as a spice to skin remedy, turmeric always finds a way to help humans.

One thing to know with this remedy is that it is ‘stainy’ and will turn about anything to yellow. With this, ensure that you don’t leave it on your skin for more than 20 minutes.

What You Need

  • Turmeric powder
  • Honey
  • Warm water

What To Do

  • Add ½ tablespoon of turmeric powder and 1 tablespoon of honey to warm water.
  • Stir thoroughly to form a paste.
  • The paste shouldn’t be too thick or thin either. Regulate this with the amount of water you add. The right thickness should be able to stick on your face without dripping.
  • Let it cool down and apply on your face.
  • Give it 15 to 20 minutes then wash with warm water.

6. Thyme

dry thyme on wood spoon

You probably recognize thyme from your spice set. But do you know it’s more than just an ingredient?

Thyme contains antibacterial properties that help heal wounds, scars and the skin. If you have time on your hands, you can follow a simple procedure to make yourself an oily skin remedy.

What You Need

  • Thyme
  • Witch Hazel

What To Do

  • Chop or grind fresh thyme then mix with witch hazel. You can use dried thyme, but fresh is better.
  • Stir to form a paste then give it time to steep.
  • Apply to the face, focusing more on the affected areas.

7. Tomato


The idea of applying a slice of tomato into your skin might sound a little weird, but its benefits are sensational – especially for men with oily skin. Tomatoes are rich in enzymes, antioxidants and B-Vitamins that are good for the skin.

Its antioxidants and vitamins reduce inflammation and eliminate aging signs. Enzymes, on the other hand, gently remove the dead skin cells. How do you go about making a tomato mask?

Squash some fresh tomatoes into oats and apply it on your face. Leave it for about 20 minutes then rinse and moisturize.

Pro Tip: Tomatoes are acidic, so, take caution to avoid irritation.   

8. Orange Peel

orange peel

The next time you’re eating oranges, don’t throw away the peels. Oranges are excellent sources of Vitamin C, but their peels perform wonders in healing the skin.

The peels of oranges are packed with antioxidants. These contain antibacterial properties that prevent the formation of spots and pimples.

What You Need

  • Orange peels
  • Warm water

What To Do

All you need to do is rub the peel over the affected area. Use different pieces for each section to avoid transferring bacteria.

If you have more time to spare, you can dry the skin and grind it down to powder form. Mix this powder with warm water and form a paste. Apply the paste over the affected area and leave it for a few minutes. Rinse it off with cold water to tighten the pores.

Your skin is now healthier than before!

The 3 Oils To Avoid If You Have Oily Skin

Since your skin is already oily, you don’t want to add more oil to it. You can imagine how that will turn out. Just as there are natural products that I recommend, there are also those that you should keep off.

These are mainly oils, as outlined below.

1. Coconut Oil

coconut oil

Coconut is the ‘flag-bearer’ for all skincare products. But if your skin is oily, you’d rather have it on your body than your face. A reason for this– coconut oil is comedogenic (clogs pores).

Pro Tip: Coconut oil is highly recommended for those with dry skin but a big no for the oily guys.

2. Cocoa Butter

Organic Cocoa Butter

While cocoa butter is known to be highly nourishing and moisturizing to the body, it is very dense. This translates to clogged pores and acne breakouts.

Applying cocoa butter on your oily skin will turn into a nightmare.

3. Avocado Oil

avocado oil

Similar to coconut oil, avocado oil is highly dense and blocks pores. It also irritates acne-prone skin. Its usage is okay for those with dry skin but discouraged for oily skin.

Other Tips to Keep in Mind

Exfoliate Regularly


Exfoliation will tremendously assist your oily skin since it’s the result of the accumulation of dead skin cells. Use a face scrub to gently fight off ingrown hairs and fine lines.

Avoid Harsh Cleansers and Soaps.

Avoid Harsh Cleansers and Soaps

Harsh soaps and cleansers will surpass the line and make your skin excessively dry, which is another problem. Go for mild soaps or better, face wash.

Use Moisturizer

use moisturize

Don’t skip out on moisturizers if you have oily skin.

Contrary to popular opinion, moisturizers don’t affect oil production in any way. Oils and moisture are two different things. Moisturizers will soften your face and restore its complexion.


What have you learned so far?

One, oil on the skin is only bad when in excess. This is a result of excess sebum being produced.

Secondly, there are lots of natural remedies that you can use to fight oily skin.

Thirdly and importantly, avoid adding more oil to your already oily skin. Coconut oil, avocado oil and cocoa butter are a big no if your skin is oily.

The remedies provided are easy to obtain and make. They have no side effects, and you can use them confidently.

Which one are you going for?

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