How To Take Care of Oily Skin in Humid Weather

Oily skin is a common skin condition but did you know that your skin’s oil production typically isn't the same all year round? Humid weather can make your skin more oily and if this is something that affects you, then there are some actions you can take. Let’s take a look at how to manage oily skin in humid weather.

Skincare for humid weather

Symptoms of Oily Skin

The small oil-producing glands found in your hair follicles are called sebaceous glands, and when these glands produce excessive amounts of oil, called sebum, you may get shiny skin that feels greasy. Although it isn’t really known why some people produce more sebum than others, oily skin is a common occurrence.

Several factors can cause you to produce more sebum, such as hormonal changes, but for some people humid weather can be a trigger. Your sebum production can change depending on the humidity of your environment and the time of year. Research shows that sebum secretion rises and flows more easily with higher temperatures, possibly because of its increased fluidity.

Oily skin can lead to acne breakouts as well as enlarged or blocked pores, fueling the growth of bacteria on the skin. These symptoms work together, as larger pores equal a larger amount of sebum production.

If you’re noticing that your skin is becoming oily in humid weather, there are things you can do to help manage it.

woman washing her face to avoid oily skin

Tips to Manage Oily Skin in Humid Weather

Many people think that drying out the skin will decrease oil production. However, this isn’t true, moisturizing and keeping your skin hydrated are essential in keeping oily skin in check. Additionally, harsh face cleansers can irritate your skin and trigger even more sebum production. Instead, use a gentle face wash like Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser Fragrance Free.

Here are our top tips on taking care of oily skin in humid weather:

Follow a Regular Skincare Routine

Your skincare routine should be regular, gentle, and kind to your skin. You want to avoid products that are too harsh, abrasive, or drying.

Here's an easy-to-follow regime to get you started:

Wash your face at least twice a day, morning and night, and additionally after exercise. Do not forget to remove your makeup before going to sleep to avoid blocked pores. Use Cetaphil Gentle Makeup Removing Wipes for your makeup and a mild face wash, such as Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Removing Foam Wash.

It’s important not to overwash and dry out your skin. Your skin naturally produces oils and needs them for protection and smoothness. The key is to keep the oils in balance.

Use a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil Deep Cleansing Bar. It’s hypoallergenic, free from any harsh chemicals, and preserves the skin’s natural oils without drying it out.

Moisturize with a product that helps your skin keep its natural oils. Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil Absorbing Moisturizer SPF 30 won’t clog your pores and can help reduce shine. It is free of fragrances that could aggravate your skin, and is suitable for sensitive skin.

Exfoliate – but not too often. You'll need to find the right schedule for your skin type, but keep in mind that over-exfoliation can lead to red, irritated skin.

A product like Cetaphil Dermacontrol Purifying Clay Mask retains moisture in your skin while deep cleaning your pores.

Cetaphil's mineral sunscreens work to block both UVA and UVB rays that cause skin damage, sunburn, age spots, wrinkles, and skin cancer. Mineral sunscreens are recommended for acne-prone skin.

If you have sensitive skin with a consistently oily T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) and dryness in other areas, check out our recommended routine for combination to oily skin.

Use Oil-Free and Non-Comedogenic Products

If you want to keep your oily skin healthier and irritation-free, you should try to avoid heavy and emollient-based skincare products. Instead, use products that support your skin.

There are two key phrases to keep in mind when it comes to skincare products: “oil-free” and “non-comedogenic”. When your skin is becoming more oily in the summer, the last thing you want to do is use a product that adds more oil. Check out Cetaphil Daily Oil-Free Hydrating Lotion, a water-based moisturizer.

The term “non-comedogenic” means that a product is less likely to clog your pores. Blocked pores expand and become more noticeable. They can also lead to acne breakouts and upset the balance of bacteria on your skin, leaving you more prone to irritation.

oil-free non-comedogenic facial cleanser

Avoid Certain Foods

What you eat and drink might play a role too in controlling oily skin in humid weather, although more research is needed to confirm the link.

Some studies suggest that a diet very high in fat and carbs could increase your sebum production, and that foods high on the glycemic index, like white bread, cornflakes, and sugary drinks can have unpleasant consequences for your skin.

If you experience oily skin, some studies have shown that trying to including low-glycemic foods, especially foods rich in antioxidants such as fresh fruit, vegetables, beans, and oats in your diet may help.

Try Not To Touch Your Face During The Day

Did you know the average person unintentionally touches their face 23 times per hour? Although this simple gesture may feel harmless and natural, touching your face with your hands can spread dirt, oil, germs, and bacteria. So remember to wash your hands regularly and try not to touch your face too often.

The Bottom Line

You now have some useful tips on how to manage oily skin in humid weather. With a good skincare regime, gentle products, and a few lifestyle changes, you can now enjoy humid weather with confidence.