Oily skin.


The four fundamental skin types are oily, dry, combination and sensitive skin, as classified at the beginning of the 20th century by Helena Rubinstein. Today, more comprehensive skin classification systems prevail, such as the Baumann skin typing system. This system was founded using a questionnaire that yields sixteen different skin types based on four main skin parameters: (1) oily versus dry skin, (2) sensitive versus resistant skin, (3) pigmented versus nonpigmented skin and (4) wrinkled versus tight skin. The main characteristics of an individual skin type reflect the structural and functional changes of the skin.

Oily skin results from the excessive production of sebum by sebaceous glands. It is a common problem among women and men, particularly during adolescence, due to the effects of androgen hormones. Oily skin may be expressed in a moderate form, however, it often contributes to the formation of acne and may be perceived as a serious cosmetic problem leading to a negative self-perception. The main features of oily skin are a typical shiny appearance and large pores, particularly over the T-zone area, i.e. the forehead, nose and chin. In addition, umbilicated papules (0.5 to 1.5 mm in size) may develop due to the enlargement of sebaceous glands. Factors that contribute to oily skin are a genetic predisposition, hormones, stress and an unhealthy diet.


Beneficial assignment – the explorer 🙂

Type in ‘oily skin’ in Dropsmith’s search box and see which oils turn up. Do you use some of these oils in your blends for oily skin? Which ones? At the moment that I am writing this, I’ve got 278 oils related to oily skin!

Isn’t that awesome!?!

Click on them and find out more about:

  • their safety and maximum dermal recommendation,
  • what other skin types are they recommended for and by whom,
  • check out if the oil is used for the care of acne-prone skin,
  • then take a look at its properties – perhaps the oil is found to have an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory or perhaps antimicrobial action as well.

How can you use this valuable information to make cosmetically active products?


Make your first contemporary professional DS blend and boldly step into the digital era of efficient blending

Now let’s use all this precious information for our own benefit and start blending! Watch this short video to get you started and then go ahead and have some fun making unique, safe and efficient blending. Let’s use this digital era to raise our standards and knowledge to the next level.

Watch the short video below I prepared on how to blend essential oils in Dropsmith and why does that increase their value.


I am very grateful to the Modern Cosmetics team for allowing me to obtain and share parts of their fabulous book in our blogposts. Modern Cosmetics is the world’s most comprehensive book on cosmetic ingredients of natural origin and here at Dropsmith, we love to include them in our projects since the very start. The introduction of this blog post is obtained from a segment on Oily skin found in the book Modern Cosmetics.



  • Gosenca Matjaž M. (2018) ‘Skin – the two most important square meters in our life’, in Kočevar Glavač N. and Janeš D. (eds.) Modern Cosmetics. Velenje: Širimo dobro besedo, pp. 22-46.
  • Kočevar Glavač N. (2018) ‘Vegetable butters and oils’, in Kočevar Glavač N. and Janeš D. (eds.) Modern Cosmetics. Velenje: Širimo dobro besedo, pp. 47-170.


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  • Wendy Schoeman

    This was an extremely helpful, practical and usable video. I think it will take some “playing around” with it to feel comfortable but I like how the oil blends I make would have more value, that there is scientific evidence and the amazing number of applications. I often feel I have to make different blends for people but this will be great to help just change one oil or the amount.
    I would love to check out the book Modern Cosmetics. Is it available in bookstores or is there another place to get it?

    • Melani

      Thank you so much for your comment Wendy 🙂 I am very happy to hear the post was helpful, practical and the video useful! You can check out the book Modern Cosmetics at https://moderncosmethics.com/product/modern-cosmetics/ I am sure Dropsmith can bring value to your work you just need a bit of practice like any new thing we do 🙂 I will start making more useful and practical videos soon so keep tuned and let me know what you’d like to learn about.

  • Jean Channon-Simpson

    This video is great. Thank you.
    I did not see on the screen where you typed in “skin” after you had made the blend and were checking for its other uses on the skin. Did you just highlight it in the filter where “oily skin” was written? Or somewhere else?

    • Melani

      Hi Jean 🙂 thank you for your comment! For this video, I used Firefox as my browser and used the shortcut command+F to search for anything mentioning skin on that page. I will ask my IT guys to give you more info on that too. There is so much we can do with Dropsmith, it is sometimes overwhelming 😉 so keep your answers coming!


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