Why Can Skin Become Oily as We Get Older?

If you’re experiencing oily skin in your 40s, you’re not alone. Believe it or not, this skin concern can occur at any age. While excess oil is typically a natural response to changes within the body, it can leave you feeling lacklustre.

In this article, we will be sharing oily skincare tips for women in their 40s.

Not in your 40’s but experiencing oilier skin? Read THIS ARTICLE HERE about cycle syncing to match your skincare routine to your monthly periods as oil production increases depending on what stage of your cycle you are in each month.


Skin can become oily in your 40s due to an overproduction of sebum by your sebaceous glands. Multiple factors can cause sebum excess. It could be hormonal fluctuations linked to perimenopause, genetics, increased stress, or following the wrong routine for your skin type.


Although we usually associate oilier skin with adolescence, our sebaceous glands can overproduce sebum at any age. Here’s a regime ideal for women in their 40s with oily skin.

Note: For the best results, take a holistic approach, which means exercising (as able), taking appropriate rest, enjoying a healthy diet, and using the correct skincare.


Cleansing is essential to daily skincare because it removes dirt, sweat, and makeup that clogs pores and causes oily skin. But it’s crucial not to overwash your skin or use the wrong skincare product for your oily face. Both can strip away the natural oil necessary to maintain skin health and trigger your sebaceous glands to produce excess sebum to overcompensate.

  • First, consider a targeted cleansing gel for oily skin. Look for formulas with gentle ingredients like witch hazel which is known to remove excess oils without compromising the skin’s delicate barrier.
  • Second, avoid overwashing by cleansing no more than twice a day, preferably in the morning and at night.


Exfoliating can help remove the harder-to-reach dead skin cells and dirt deep within your pores. The right exfoliator can help you better manage oil and stimulate your skin to remove and replace dead cells faster, resulting in a brighter complexion.

As with cleansing, exfoliating too much or not at all and using the wrong product for your skin type can cause excess sebum.

Look for a gentle facial exfoliator with shea butter. Shea butter helps to hydrate and calm the skin without causing excess sebum. You don’t need to exfoliate every day. Two to three times a week will do.


Facial toners can hydrate, balance, and brighten the skin. Still, the wrong toner can strip natural oils and cause sebum overproduction. A toner formulated for oily skin will gently refresh while preserving those oils key to maintaining skin health.

Formulas with vitamin C and zinc PCA can help prevent hormonal breakouts, keeping oily skin looking mattified and healthy throughout the day.

Toning should take place after you cleanse and exfoliate, but you can keep spritzing your face a few times throughout the day to calm and balance the skin.


If you have oily skin, it can be tempting to avoid moisturising for fear of increasing oil. However, this will only make your skin react by producing more oil to clog pores and make matters worse.

A multifunctional moisturiser specifically for oily skin can protect your skin’s natural oil while reducing shine. A product like this will also enhance skin brightness (which can fade as we age).

Moms, are you in your 40’s or close to your 40’s? Comment below to let us know how your skin is changing as your get older x

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