Oily skin is extremely common. Some experts even think 80% of us are oily skinned. But, unfortunately, oily skin does come with its problems. It can leave a shiny looking complexion, visible pores and breakouts and acne. It can even affect the way make-up sits on the skin—or slides off it in our case. Luckily, not only are there products out there to help, there are also in-clinic treatments that can work wonders on oily skin. Not sure where to start? That’s where we can help.
Here at Face Dr, our team of experts have been working in the skincare world for decades. We know all there is to know about oily skin, plus the products and treatments you need to take care of it.
Not sure if you need a treatment? Finding the right products might be enough. We offer free online skincare consultations where you can speak with a member of our team. They’ll be able to analyse your skin and recommend products and routines that can help tackle your specific concerns.
Here are the top in-clinic treatments to treat oily skin:
- Chemical peels
What is oily skin?
Before we dive into the treatments, here’s a quick skincare lesson on what oily skin actually is. Everyone’s skin produces oil—even those with dry skin!—but some of us just produce more of it than others. When our skin produces too much oil, it sits on the surface and causes breakouts and that dreaded shiny complexion.
It can be caused by anything from genetics, age, hormones and stress, and even from using the wrong skincare products.
Face Dr top tip: Worried you’re not using the right skincare products for your skin? Speak to one of our experts who can give you free and friendly advice on the best products to suit your exact skin type.
Now, let’s get into what exactly these treatments are and how they can help control oily complexions.
You’ve probably experienced this treatment before. Not only are facials relaxing and stress-relieving, they can actually help treat a range of skincare concerns, including oily skin. Plus, they’re perfect for those just getting into the world of in-clinic treatments or those looking for very non-invasive treatments.
For oily skin, you should opt for exfoliating facials that can help to unblock pores and remove dirt and excess oil. Facials that use salicylic acid and niacinamide are ideal for tackling oil build-up, redness and breakouts. In-clinic facials often use stronger percentages of these ingredients and the very best quality, too, so you should notice results.
Facials also often use hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid and soothing creams which can help calm irritated skin and treat dehydration, which often leads to the skin producing excess oil.
Price: £30 to £200
Treatment to try: Fire & Ice Resurfacing Facial. This facial uses oily-skin friendly ingredients like niacinamide and retinol, as well as exfoliators like glycolic acid to resurface the skin, break down excess oil and reveal a more healthy looking complexion
Chemical peels are known for helping with anti-ageing or hyperpigmentation, but even people without these concerns should consider the treatment. That’s because chemical peels can work wonders on oily complexions.
The treatment uses strong exfoliating acids that break down dirt, oil and dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. They often go much deeper than facials to provide dramatic results.
Once the outermost layer of skin has been removed, the skin looks brighter and younger. The pores are also unclogged which helps them to start working correctly and producing the right amount of oil. Peels can also help to clear up acne and breakouts.
You may notice some redness or sensitivity after a peel, but this usually goes down in a few days.
Price: Around £300
Treatment to try: the Prodigy Peel P3 Pro uses lactic acid to exfoliate and an advanced form of salicylic acid to deep clean the pores
You may notice a theme, but treating oily skin is all about exfoliation and microdermabrasion is another in-clinic treatment that can do just that. In this treatment, small particles, like microcrystals, are used to scrub away the top layer of skin which often includes dead skin cells and excess surface oil.
Not only will this reveal brighter, less oilier skin straight away, but it’ll also help to promote the growth of new skin cells which will give you a more glowing complexion over time.
Price: £40 to £80
Where to get it: Many medispas and skin clinics offer microdermabrasion treatments. Check Sk:n Clinic who have branches across the UK.
This treatment is most widely known as the go-to for tackling wrinkles and fine lines, but it can help with oily skin, too. Botox injections help to decrease the size of pores, meaning not only are they less visible, but they also produce less oil. Botox can even help to reduce acne breakouts, too.
You may see results in as little as two weeks' time, and you’ll get the added benefit of a smoother, younger looking appearance, too. This is ideal if you experience oiliness on your forehead, for example, and are looking to tackle fine lines there, too.
Price: Around £250
Where to get it: First, you’ll need to speak with a GP or aesthetics practitioner to find out if the treatment is right for you.
Need expert advice?
Choosing an in-clinic treatment can be confusing, plus you may not even need one. There are thousands of skincare products out there which can help oily skin and all the problems that come with it. Our skin experts are on hand to share their knowledge.
With a free online skincare consultation, you can speak to a member of our friendly team and find out if an in-clinic treatment is right for you or if skincare products can help. One of our skin experts will be able to analyse your skin and then recommend the best way to tackle your concerns. They can even help you build an entire skincare routine to take care of oily skin.
Plus, if you’ve got other skincare concerns—like dark spots or signs of ageing—they can help with tailored recommendations for those, too.
When it comes to our recommendations, we only ever share brands and products we’ve seen first-hand results from. This way, you can trust you’re investing in something that’ll actually work and your oily skin will be left healthy, glowing and shine-free in no time.