Oily & Blemished Skin

Learn how to work with your skin’s natural oils instead of against them, what can be triggers for acne and how best to care for difficult skin, the Wild Leaves way.


What is oily & blemished skin?

Oily and blemish-prone skin has a propensity to develop comedones (name for the various forms of pimples). The skin often appears oily and shiny since the sebaceous glands produce more sebum than other skin types (a condition called “Seborrhea”).

Our skin provides a route for elimination for fluids like sweat and oils. So, when our pores get blocked this can lead to blemishes. A comedo is a clogged pore (connected to a hair follicle), while keratin, or “skin debris” combines with oil (sebum) to block the follicle creating inflammation resulting in blemishes.


Some typical characteristics of Oily & Blemished Skin

A comedo (plural comedones), or acne, occurs when your hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. This process can lead to pimples or acne. Here are the different types of acne: 

  • Whiteheads (closed plugged pores)

  • Blackheads (open plugged pores)

  • Papules (small red, tender bumps)

  • Pustules (papules with pus at the top)

  • Nodules (large, solid, painful lumps under the skin)

  • Cysts (painful, pus-filled lumps under the skin)

The lead-up to acne starts out the same way, but some may progress to form different types of breakouts: the microcomedone, a microscopic blockage of the narrow duct extending around a hair follicle starting from the deeper dermis and affecting the skin’s surface. As the the microcomedone persists, the result can show up as one of the acne forms mentioned above.


There are generally four main factors that cause acne:

1. Excess sebum (oil) production, also known as Seborrhea

2. Hair follicles clogged by oil and dead skin cells

3. Bacteria

4. Inflammation

Oily & Blemished Skin at a Glance

1. Inside & Out

It makes sense to start is from the inside while using the right skincare on the outside.

2. Hormones & Inflammation

Balancing hormones and reducing inflammation is key to reducing sebum production and ensure healthy sebum flow. Limiting inflammation in the body xxx

3. Sebum

It makes sense to reduce sebum production and ensure proper sebum flow.


Dry Skin-Oily Skin Cycle

Wild Leaves Tips & Tricks

  • Avoid the “dry skin-oily skin cycle” by using mild cleansers and avoiding overly harsh washes that strip away the natural protective barrier. This causes the skin to dry out and the body to react by overproducing oil again. 

  • When you do wear make-up, choose products that are “non-comedogenic” and remove them every night with mild soap or a gentle cleanser and temperate water.

  • Avoid over-exfoliation so you don’t damage the barrier of your skin. Micro-tears can also cause bacteria to spread and lead to more infection and inflammation. Instead, try natural chemical peels to accelerate skin renewal and exfoliate away dead skin without tearing the skin’s surface.

  • Oily skin can sometimes mean dry skin. You read that right! So it’s important to moisturize regularly to help keep your skin’s oil production in check and not over-produce sebum.

  • Reduce the chance for bacteria contamination by changing pillowcases frequently and regularly disinfecting things that touch your face, like smartphone screens.

  • Don’t squeeze! Applying pressure to sensitive areas often inflames surrounding healthy tissue. Pimples can contain bacteria like Propinionbacterium acnes (or P. acnes) causing the infectious purulent material (aka pus) to spread infection to other parts of the skin, or aggravate the primary infection below the skin’s surface.

The Wild Leaves Skincare Routine for Oily & Blemished Skin

Our face wash, algae serum, face oil and rich cream skincare routine are great for moisturizing and hydrating, supporting well-aging, and protection against the elements.