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Face feeling greasy? Here are 2 steps for a simple skincare routine for oily skin

Most men have oily skin type, so you’re not alone. Contrary to what you might think, face oil is actually a good thing. We need that oil, or sebum, to help nourish and moisturize both skin and hair. However, having too much of it can lead to clogged pores, pesky breakouts, or feeling like you have a greasy film over your face.

This inconvenience is aggravated by using the wrong skincare products or using the right products wrongly. (And no, a bar of soap doesn’t cut it.) Here's an easy oily skin routine for men to prevent excessive oil production and the best products to transform your forehead shine to a natural, healthy glow.

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step 1: wash your face

The oily skin routine starts like any other skin routine: with a cleanse. Washing your face of existing grime and oil buildup, it becomes easier to apply the rest of the products in the routine, and makes those products more effective.

your face

Your face is not your body.

Your face skin is different from your body skin. It's thinner, more sensitive and produces oil at a different rate. That's why a body bar soap just doesn't cut it.

The best cleanser for oily skin will work harder than other options to flush away the oil from the surface of the skin, and to pull oil from the pores. For this, find a cleanser that uses similar ingredients to a deep-cleansing face mask, since those masks’ job is to extract oil and impurities from pores. Look for ingredients like cleansing clay, which has up to 4X the amount of oil-extracting powers as the runner-up charcoal. This is why clay is the key ingredient in Cardon’s soothing skin cleanser, which is suitable for all skin types thanks to its gentle formula.


Cardon made its Purifying Clay Cleanser with 3 types of clay: kaolin, bentonite, and moroccan clay. Clay absorbs oil 4x better than charcoal and the minerals in it ionize to hydrate the skin, whereas charcoal often dries out the skin.

Shop: Purifying Clay Cleanser, 100ml $18.00

When to wash: Wash the skin first thing in the morning, last thing before bed, and any time as needed during the day—like if it’s excessively hot out, or after the gym. Splash lukewarm water on the face (with clean hands) and then put a dime-sized amount of cleanser in one palm. Rub the palms together to build a lather, and then apply it to the face, starting at the center with both hands. Moving the hands upward and outward across the forehead and over the eyes, then repeat from the nose, down under the eyes and across the cheeks, then once more from the chin outward to the jaw.

Step 2: Moisturize

The next step in an oily skin regimen is to moisturize. People with oily skin often have a hard time with thick, heavy moisturizers since they tend to block pores and lead to excessive sweating and oil production. So, stick with a lightweight option that promises breathability. Look for hydrators that are water-based and non-comedogenic.

SKINCARE MYTH: It’s a common myth that people with oily skin don’t need to moisturize. Dryness triggers the skin to produce even more oil, which gives you a bigger problem than you the one with which you began. Moisturizers sit on top of the skin like a shield, and they keep harmful toxins and pollutants from taking residence in the pores. Many of them also have SPF to prevent skin-aging and cancer-causing UV rays from damaging the skin. The body intuitively responds to moisturizers by better regulating and lowering oil levels; so it’s quite the opposite verdict for people with oily skin.

Use Different Moisturizers for AM and PM

Cardon has two options for water-based moisturizers. The lightweight SPF 30 moisturizer shields skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays without clogging the pores. The gel moisturizer should be worn overnight to rejuvenate skin without suffocating it. The gel moisturizer can also double up as a great daytime moisturizer for oily skin since it wears invisibly. If you're looking for an extra hydration boost or facing a dry winter day, layer the two moisturizers together during the daytime, gel first, SPF second.

Shop:  Daily SPF + Moisturizer, 35ml $19.99 | Hydro Boost Gel Moisturizer, 50ml $27.00

AM: Protect with Award-winning Daily SPF+ moisturizer

Cardon SPF + Moisturizer has been names one of the best sunscreens by GQ, Forbes, AskMen, Gear Patrol and more.

PM: Repair and Hydrate with Hydro Boost Gel Moisturizer

Cardon Hydro Boost Gel is made with 2% Niacinamide, Rosehip Oil and Cactus to fight wrinkles and sun damage while you sleep

When to use: Moisturizers should be used twice a day, at minimum, after cleansing and toning. They can be used more as needed—typically after an afternoon shower or if SPF needs to be reapplied (which is technically every two hours if you’re out in the sun).

End your day with a gentle deep-cleaning face wash to remove the dirt, sweat, and pollution from the day. You don’t need SPF when you sleep, so swap out the daytime SPF moisturizer for a recovery-focused night hydrator, which will help reverse any wear the skin experienced that day, and give your nighttime cellular regeneration a big boost. Cardon’s gel moisturizer was formulated with all of this in mind, as a good complement to the SPF moisturizer’s daytime wear.

Oily Skin Routine Recap

AM: Cleanser, SPF + Moisturizer

MID-DAY: Reapply SPF when outside

PM: Cleanser + Gel Moisturizer

That’s the foundation of a good, simple skincare routine for oily skin. Start with the foundational steps—cleansing, protecting, and moisturizing—and the skin should stay properly hydrated, never greasy.

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