ASK MAISHA | “HELP! I Have Flaky but Oily Skin!”

Ask That IT Girl 2Dear Maisha,

I wanted to know what advice you had for flaky skin. My nose is sometimes flaky but sometimes oily as well. Every morning and every night I use tea tree oil. I then use Simple skin toner, a tea tree scrub twice a week and I drink tons of water everyday. I also need help with getting rid of scars because my skin scars really easily.

Thank you,– K



Dear K,

Your issues with flakiness and oiliness may be due to your overusage of the tea tree oil. A lot of times, us oily skinned girls think we need to strip oil from our skin or we over compensate with oil/acne control products to solve the problem when this actually causes the exact opposite. Stripping the skin of it’s natural oil causes the glands in your skin to go into overdrive, thus creating extra oil. The tea tree oil is very drying as it is supposed to be used to dry out active acne breakouts. This drying action can lead to the flakiness and there you have it…oily, flaky skin.

I have combination acne prone skin, and what I’ve noticed is that the more gentle I am with my skin, the less breakouts I have, less hyper-pigmentation, and less oil control issues. I think you need to switch to a gentle cleanser. I love Purity Made Simple Cleanser by Philosophy which is available at stores like Sephora, and Ulta. I also like the Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, available at most drugstores, which is great for oily skin. I think the tea tree exfoliater is ok for you to continue to use 2-3 times a week.


Purity Made Simple Philosophy Peter Thomas Roth AHA BHA Acne Clearing Gel M2 Skin Refinish


When it comes to skin care, moisturizing and treating my hyperpigmentation is where I prefer to invest money. Many drugstore brands to me are just not as effective as some of the other brands I’ve discovered. Serums with glycolic, mandelic, and malic acid tend to work the best. I LOVE the M2 Skin Refinish Serum in 15% and 20%. These products offer a gentle peel and help treat acne and hyperpigmentation fast. They contain both mandelic and malic acid and are available online. I also love the Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Gel. It contains 2% salicylic acid and 10% glycolic acid. It is very gentle yet powerful and is available at Sephora and Ulta.

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  • those are really good product suggestions, I also find that dudu osun soap helps for various skin issues, it is inexpensive and very effective

  • I’ve been wanting to try out a few Peter Thomas Roth products but hate spending money on products only to find them ineffective. The next time I’m in Sephora I may get a sample of this gel. Thanks for sharing. Blm Girl.

  • I have oily combination skin and I was having this same problem a while back. Switching to a gentle cleanser definitely helped. I’m currently using the Dickinson’s Witch Hazel line. The foaming cleanser and oil controlling astringent are my favorites.