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Oily skin can affect not only your daily skincare and makeup routine but also the quality of your waxing results. If you struggle with persistent acne breakouts, it can leave you feeling self-conscious, uncomfortable, or insecure. It's then that learning how to control oily skin becomes a priority rather than just a thought.1Whether you or your clients deal with constantly oily skin and wonder if or how this can be corrected, we have some great tips on how to address this issue and balance oily skin instead of stripping it.

Tips for Dealing with Oily Skin

1. Choose the Right Wax

For oily skin, we recommend using hard waxes infused with soothing ingredients like Calendula Hard Wax or Coral Hard Wax. They not only provide effective hair removal but also protect and purify the skin.

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2. Educate Clients on Proper Home Care

Educate clients on adopting healthy habits like wearing breathable clothing, gentle exfoliation, and avoiding activities that may cause excessive sweating, such as intense workouts or sexual activity for at least 24 hours after their appointment. Recommend using professional products like a Brazilian Waxing Mask or an ingrown hair serum the day after waxing to keep the freshly waxed area protected, nourished, and detoxified.1

3. Follow a Suitable Routine for Oily Skin

Daytime: Use a gentle, oil-free cleanser, rose water toner, oil-free or oil-balancing moisturizer, and SPF 30+ sunscreen.
Nighttime: Remove makeup, use a toner, apply an oil-free serum or retinol, and follow with an oil-balancing moisturizer. Exfoliate and use clay masks 1-2 times per week.


Dry Skin Signs

  • Skin feels tight, rough or flaky, especially after cleansing
  • Fine lines or wrinkles are more visible
  • Pores appear small
  • Blotting sheets pick up little to no oil from the face

Oily Skin Signs

  • Skin looks shiny, especially in the T-zone (forehead, nose, chin) 
  • Pores appear larger and more visible
  • Blotting sheets reveal oil absorption all over the face
  • Makeup tends to wear off quickly
  • Prone to acne breakouts and blackheads

Determining Your Skin Type

  1. The Bare-Faced Method:
    After cleansing your face and leaving it bare (no products) for 30 minutes, examine how your skin feels and looks. If it feels tight and parched, you likely have dry skin. If oil is visible, especially in the T-zone, you may have oily or combination skin.
  2. The Blotting Sheet Method:
    Blot different areas of your face (cheeks, T-zone) with blotting papers or tissues. If they absorb oil all over, you have oily skin. If only the T-zone is oily, you have combination skin. Little to no oil absorption indicates dry skin.

It's important to note that skin types can vary based on factors like genetics, hormones, climate, and age. Performing these tests consistently can help you accurately identify your primary skin type.

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Having a family history of oily skin can predispose you to overactive sebaceous glands that produce excess sebum (skin oil). If your parents had oily skin, you're likely to inherit this genetic trait.


Fluctuations in hormones like androgens can stimulate increased sebum production. This often occurs during puberty, menstrual cycles, pregnancy, menopause, and conditions like PCOS.


Living in hot, humid climates tends to increase oil production. Conversely, very dry climates can cause skin to overproduce oil to compensate for lack of moisture.


Certain medications like oral contraceptives, steroids, and hormone replacement therapy can lead to oily skin as a side effect.

Improper Skincare

Using harsh cleansers or over-washing can strip the skin of its natural oils, causing it to overproduce sebum. Similarly, heavy, oil-based products can clog pores and worsen oiliness.


While research is limited, some studies suggest diets high in dairy, refined carbs, and unhealthy fats may contribute to increased sebum production.


Oily skin is more common in younger years. As you age, skin tends to produce less sebum due to a decrease in collagen and slowing of the sebaceous glands.The causes can be multifactorial, so identifying and addressing the underlying factors is important for managing oily skin effectively.

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How to wax oily skin?

Choose the Right Wax

For oily skin, hard waxes like Calendula Hard Wax or Coral Hard Wax are recommended. They are formulated with ingredients that cleanse, soothe, and protect the skin while providing effective hair removal.Calendula Hard Wax contains calendula and tea tree oil to calm and balance oily skin, while Coral Hard Wax uses Mediterranean sea coral and calcium powder to detoxify and brighten.1

Prep the Skin Properly

  1. Use a pre-wax gel or powder to absorb excess oil and provide a clean surface for the wax to adhere to. lifestance Wax Gel cleanses and infuses skin with soothing ingredients.
  2. Some estheticians lightly dust oily areas with cornstarch or baby powder right before waxing to help the wax grip better.
  3. Avoid heavy, oil-based pre-wax products that can further clog pores.

Waxing Technique

  1. Apply the wax in the direction of hair growth and remove against it in a quick, firm motion.
  2. Hard wax may be preferable as it can be reapplied easily if the first application doesn't grip well on oily areas.
  3. Don't go over the same area multiple times with soft wax, as this can further irritate oily skin.

Post-Wax Care

  1. Use a soothing, non-comedogenic lotion or mask after waxing to calm inflammation and prevent breakouts.
  2. Recommend clients wear breathable fabrics, avoid activities that cause excessive sweating for 24 hours, and use ingrown hair serums or masks to keep the area clean and nourished.
  3. Advise a gentle exfoliation routine to prevent buildup of oil, dead skin, and bacteria in pores.

By using the right wax, proper prep, careful technique, and post-wax care tailored for oily skin, you can achieve smooth waxing results while managing oiliness.

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