I’ve received over the last couple of months a lot of messages regarding The Ordinary so I feel like this subject is in need of some extensive follow-up. I can’t tell you enough how happy I am that so many people are interested in this type of skincare products so in the next few posts I will break down a few key elements of each skin type so you can understand your complexion better and give you some ideas for skincare routines based on The Ordinary products.


What causes oily skin?

Once we understand what causes the skin to produce too much sebum, we can start to analyze our habits and even solve the problem for good. From genetics to environmental factors, there are plenty of reasons that might cause excess sebum production.

Genetics is often the cause of oily skin. If one of your parents had this condition, chances are it might have been passed down to you.

Environment. The place you live in or the climate can very well affect your skin. Things like pollution, dust or high levels of humidity can cause your skin to go into defense mode.

Enlarged pores. The larger pores on your face caused by previous acne or weight fluctuations usually produce much more sebum. You can’t really shrink your pores but you can definitely change your routine accordingly.

Age. When we are younger, our protein and collagen levels are high and our sebaceous gland much more active. With age, these things tend to slow down.

Wrong products/regimen. Using the wrong skincare products can cause your skin to produce even more sebum throughout the day. In this category, there can be products that dry out your skin or products that are too oily.

Lack of moisture. I’ve seen many people with oily skin trying to stay away from moisturizers. A skin that has been dehydrated will try to compensate by producing a bigger amount of sebum. You should try to stay away from heavy, oily creams that can clog your pores and instead use serums and moisturizers that are water-based. 

Overdoing it. Any skin care routine that you might choose needs patience since results will often take months to appear. Overdoing your skincare regimen can cause dryness and irritation which can lead to even more excess sebum or acne.





Washing your face regularly ensures that you remove every last bit of dirt and makeup that might be sitting around. After removing your makeup with micellar water you can opt for a cleanser that can be used AM and PM every day.

The only available product from this category from The Ordinary is the Squalane Cleanser. It is a gentle cleansing balm (non-foaming) that targets makeup removal and leaves the skin feeling smooth and moisturized. 

the ordinary squalane cleanser

If you prefer a foaming gel you can opt for Cetaphil Gentle Foaming Cleanser. It is a reasonably priced option that is doing a great job at cleaning the skin and it does not contain any fragrances, it is hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic.

cetaphil foaming cleanser


Once or twice a week you can exfoliate your skin to deep cleanse the pores and help remove dead cells and blackheads with The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution. Apply an even amount in the evening over the entire face (avoiding the eye area), leave on for 10 minutes and remove with warm water. This will leave your skin smooth and will fight any marks of hyperpigmentation.

the ordinary peeling solution

If your skin is sensitive the Peeling Solution mentioned earlier might be too harsh for you. Instead, you can use The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10%  + HA due to its larger molecule size that penetrated the skin slower and is less likely to cause irritation. 

the ordinary mandelic acid

Before using any of these direct acids, it’s recommended to do a patch test.



Applying a toner after cleansing your skin helps to close the pores, rebalance your pH levels, refresh and soothe the skin. The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution is supported with ginger root and aloe vera. Soak a makeup removing pad in toning solution and wipe it across your face avoiding the eye area.

the ordinary glycolic acid

If your skin is too sensitive for Glycolic Acid you can use Caudalie Beauty Elixir instead. You can soak a makeup pad and use it as a toner and use the spray to refresh your complexion throughout the day.

caudalie beauty elixir


Replenishing your skin with enough hydration can help your sebaceous glands to not produce excessive amounts of sebum. You can use any serums or oil-free creams AM and PM. The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA has been formulated with amino acids, fatty acids, triglycerides, urea, ceramides, phospholipids, glycerin, saccharides, sodium PCA, hyaluronic acid and many other compounds that are naturally present in the skin. 

the ordinary natural moisturizing factors

Another option is The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. This serum can be applied on its own or before heavier creams and it’s a great hydrating option for an oily complexion. 

the ordinary hyaluronic acid

The downside of the Hyaluronic Acid is that it leaves the skin feeling pretty sticky so if that’s something you are not looking for you can opt for The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics. This is an ultra-light serum formula and you might absolutely fall in love with it if you hate the idea of any type of moisturizer.

the ordinary marine hyaluronics

For moisturizing the area around the eyes and for fighting puffiness and dark circles use The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG. Apply a small amount around the eyes AM and PM. 

the ordinary caffeine solutiuon


The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%. A serum that reduces the appearance of blemishes and balances the sebum activity. Apply a few drops AM and PM before moisturizer.

the ordinary niacinamide zinc

The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA. It helps with hyperpigmentation and acne scars. Apply a few drops AM and PM before moisturizer.

the ordinary alpha arbutin

Benzoyl Peroxide. The products mentioned above may help reduce the appearance of blemishes but it is indicated to use benzoyl peroxide to treat several types of acne. For more information about acne treatment, you can check out They have the best treatment in my opinion and tons of information regarding acne. regimen


If you choose to use any of the acids mentioned above, please note that they tend to make the skin more sensitive to sunlight so it is recommended to use SPF during the day. I hope you will find this article helpful and if you have further questions leave them in the comments section below or write me a message at

‘Till next time,



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