Dr Natalie Blakely shares her top tips for banishing oily skin on ELLEUK.

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Oily skin is typically much thicker which means wrinkles are less likely to appear (good news, right?) but something it is prone to is spots and blemishes, as excess sebum mixes with dead skin cells to form a paste-like substance which blocks pores and allows bacteria to multiply.

Yes, that sounds gross, but regular exfoliation is the best way to combat it.

‘If your skin is oily, it’s hard for the skin to shed dead cells, so exfoliation is key,’ says Dr. Natalie Blakely aesthetic doctor and owner of the Light Touch Clinic.

‘Physical exfoliation combined with chemical exfoliation will speed up cell turnover and prevent clogged pores so your skin boasts that healthy glow,’ she adds, ‘although, like cleansing, it’s vital not to overdo it. Two to three times a week is enough.’

‘Even though it seems counter-intuitive, applying light moisturisers and serums to oily skin, especially when using strong cleansers, can help prevent the skin from becoming dehydrated,’ says Dr. Natalie Blakely

‘When it comes to combating oily skin, salicylic acid is the star ingredient,’ says Dr. Natalie Blakely.

‘It is an oil-soluble acid which means it will gently cut through the oil on your skin and unclog your pores. Salicylic acid also has great antibacterial properties and that makes it extra helpful for those with active acne,’ she adds.

The best way to use it? As a twice-daily exfoliant after cleansing. Just don’t make the mistake of rinsing it off as it’ll be nowhere near as effective at chipping away at any greasiness.

And if you’re using a salicylic acid cleanser, leave it on for 2-3 minutes before washing.