Every one of us desires a flawless and radiant look. Unfortunately, everyone does not have the same type of skin. A general complaint is that our skin glows at the start of the day and becomes greasy by mid-day. People with this kind of oily or combination type skin are increasing in number due to environmental and lifestyle modifications. The problem lies in handling this kind of skin and the problems that come with it; like pimples, acne, white heads, black heads, post acne marks or scars, etc.

Oily Skin

So, how do we define it? People with oily skin are blessed with slower aging so instead of grieving; a strict regimen of skin care could guide us to perfect skin.

Oily skin has more oil than required

Oily skin has more oil than required

Shiny face & "chip chip"

Shiny face & "chip chip"

Attracts more dust & dirt leading to pimples and breakouts

Attracts more dust & dirt leading to pimples and breakouts

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    Vitamin E present in sebum provides antioxidants that protect the skin from free radicals and sun damage

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    Slower ageing and less wrinkles

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    Prolonged hydration

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    Oil clogs the pores in the skin by attracting and feeding bacteria resulting in blackheads, milia and acne breakouts

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    Greasy and shiny skin

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    Decreased durability of foundation


A family having a genetic predisposition to large sebaceous glands that produce excess oil resulting in clogged pores and breakouts.


Pregnancy, pre and peri menopausal period can result in hormonal fluctuations. Excess production of androgens could trigger sebaceous glands resulting in excess oil production.


Increase in the heat and humidity during summer and spring increases the oil production. In winter, dry air dehydrates the skin that overcompensates by producing excess oil.


Any medication causing dehydration followed by overcompensation of skin produces excess oil. Moreover, hormonal birth control and hormonal replacement medications also cause excess oil production.


Stress triggers the production of excess androgens that leads to production of excess oil.


Although tanning can reduce oil production, however in the long run it can trigger sebaceous glands to produce excess oil.

Skincare products

Cleansing more than twice a day, over-exfoliation, applying too much pressure while scrubbing, over use of products and use of products that do not meet the requirements of your specific skin type are some of the reasons for excessive oil production.

Skincare tools

Scrubbing with washed clothes, rotating and cleansing brush, buff puffs and strips can irritate and over dry the skin further resulting in excess oil production.

The problems with oily skin

Excess oil production triggers a series of skin problems such as:

Those with oily skin know how it feels to have a shine on their face. During adolescence, it is the hormonal imbalance that results in having oily skin. Over exfoliation too, often causes layers of the skin to be formed that gives it the texture. As the light reflects off the skin easily, the skin appears shiny.

Also, the hyper-active sebaceous glands cause more oil secretion that gives your skin a shiny appearance. The skin appears greasy and attracts dirt and dust easily giving you an unkempt and dull look.

Applying makeup on top of oily skin does not hide the shine or the surface oil. After some time, your face starts appearing black and in places becomes patchy making certain areas of the face appear uneven.

Combination Skin

A pimple is a result of a blocked skin pore. In the process of skin shedding, sebaceous glands present in every pore secrete excess sebum that mix with dead cells and bacteria specially Propionibacterium acnes resulting in clogged pores forming a pimple.


Acne is caused due to blockage of follicles. In response to hyperkeratinisation, sebum and keratin plugs start growing resulting in enlargement of sebaceous glands that secrete excess of sebum, further aggravating the blockage of follicles. Whiteheads and blackheads are the two popular types of acne commonly noticed on nose, chin, forehead, etc.

  • Whiteheads also known as closed comedones are blocked follicles filled with sebum, keratin plugs and exfoliated cells that open on the skin surface with a small pore opening.

  • Blackheads also known as open comedones are similar to white comedones except they have a wide opening on the skin surface that results in oxidation of melanin, imparting the black colour.

Depending on the intensity of acne, breakouts can cause acne scars or marks. Hyperpigmented skin without change in the texture, such as pitting or pocked area, can result in post-acne marks whereas any change in skin texture can cause post-acne scars.

Why Lacto Calamine

Why Lacto Calamine

Lacto Calamine is India’s No .1 calamine for controlling problems due to oily skin. Being a trusted skincare brand for more than 30 years, Lacto Calamine Oil Balance provides you up to 8 hours* of oil free skin.

Lacto Calamine Oil Balance is a water-based lotion with Tri-Action formula which absorbs excess oil and unclogs pores providing problem free skin.

The brand offers two variants – Lacto Calamine Oil Balance, formulated for consumers with oily to normal skin type and its relatively newer variant, Lacto Calamine Aloe variant for combination to normal skin.

Those with oily skin, have a very hard time maintaining it properly. Fairness creams and makeup worsen their condition as they add more oil to the skin.

Lacto Calamine on the other hand isn’t oil based. It is a water based lotion with a non-greasy, light texture which does not clog the skin pores; preventing any kind of skin problems like acne, pimples and breakout. Its kaolin clay absorbs excessive oil from the face providing a clear oil free matte look everyday.

Lacto Calamine Oil Balance aloe

Lacto Calamine Oil Balance aloe

The other variant, Lacto Calamine Oil Balance Aloe is meant for combination skin. Apart from Kaolin clay, it also has Aloe vera that normalizes combination skin by absorbing excess oil in oily T zone and hydrating dry skin areas.

Lacto Calamine Sunshield

Lacto Calamine Sunshield

Lacto Calamine Sunshield is also formulated keeping in mind consumers who have oily skin. The newly formulated Sunshield has oil Balance properties which keep the skin oil & sweat free, while giving protection from the sun.


Lacto Calamine is the market leader in the Calamine category and has been a trusted skincare brand for more than 3 decades.

Over the years, Lacto Calamine as a brand has always championed the cause of substance over superficiality. With its roots deeply ingrained in providing “Oil –free, problem free skin”, it has always defied the stereotype of being obsessed with one’s looks. As a product, it has also enabled an increasing number of consumers to control their oily skin issues.