The skin care regimen on this page is designed for oily skin. If you don’t know your skin type yet, go here.

The primary goals of the oily skin regimen is to cleanse of excess oil without drying the skin, to diminish shine and prevent breakouts.

When caring for oily skin, you should be careful not to overuse skin drying products, as over application of those can lead to stimulation of the oil gland, and therefore an increased production of oil.


1. Cleanse

Wash your face with a non-soapy cleanser made for oily skin. If you have frequent skin breakouts, use a cleanser with salicylic acid, a substance that helps in opening skin pores and neutralizing bacteria.

Recommended cleansers:
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All-In-One Cleansing Foam by Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare or
Clarifying Cleanser by Murad* or
Cleansing Gel for Face by Decleor

*The Clarifying Cleanser by Murad contains salicylic acid to control breakouts.

2. Tone

After cleansing, apply an alcohol-free toner using a cotton pad.

A toner will give your skin the right pH balance. (A pH imbalance may lead to skin dryness.) In addition, the toner prepares the skin for better absorption of the day and night creams.

Note that even though there are many alcohol based toners, in my experience, alcohol free ones work best for all skin types. An alcohol-free toner won’t strip your own natural moisture nor irritate your skin.

Alternatively, you may apply a matifying lotion (also with a cotton pad). A matifying lotion will control the skin’s oil production and act as a toner and a cleanser. Therefore, if using the matifying lotion, you may skip the cleanser in step 1, unless you need to remove makeup.

If your skin feels too oily and shiny throughout the day, repeat an application of the matifying lotion or the toner as needed to remove excess oil.

Recommended toner:
Tonifying Lotion by Decleor

Recomended matifying lotion:
Matifying Lotion by Decleor

3. Moisturize and Protect

After toning, apply an oil-free, noncomedogenic (that does not block pores) moisturizer. To protect against harmful sun rays, use a moisturizer that has an SPF (sun protection factor) of 15 or higher.

Recommended day moisturizers:
Daily Defense Lotion SPF 30 by Kinerase or
Pro + Therapy Daily Defense Lotion SPF 30 by Kinerase or
Energizing Pomegranate Moisturizer SPF 15 by Murad or
All-in-One Tinted Moisturizer Sunscreen SPF 15 by Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare*

*This “All-in-One Tinted Moisturizer” includes foundation makeup. Be sure to choose a suitable color for your skin tone.

Night (Right Before Bedtime)

1. Cleanse

As in the morning.

2. Tone

As in the morning.

3. Exfoliate

Exfoliation peels off dead skin cells and leaves your skin more refreshed and better capable of absorbing nutrients. To exfoliate, use exfoliating pads or cream.

Exfoliate one to two nights a week, but if you find that the surface of your skin is becoming too dry, red or irritated, stop exfoliating for a period of time.

Also skip exfoliation during summertime, or if you are vacationing or residing in a very sunny area, as exfoliation leaves your skin exposed and prone to sun damage and discoloration.

Recommended exfoliants:
Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel by Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare or
Advanced Radiance Facial Peel by Kinerase or
Instant Radiance Facial Peel by Kinerase or
Phytopeel – Natural Exfoliating Cream by Decleor

4. Moisturize and Treat

If your skin does not feel dry, you may forgo moisturizing in the evening. But in that case, applying an eye cream is a must. The skin under the eyes is thinner and non-oily, and therefore not moisturizing may lead to formation of wrinkles. (More information about eye creams is available in the 3rd part of the “7 Steps to Gorgeous Skin” course.)

If you do want to moisturize at night, use a light, water based moisturizer.

Recommended nighttime moisturizers:
Pur-Moist by Pur~lisse or
Lotion by Kinerase

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