I have been dealing with moderate to mild acne for years. This acne is mainly due to hormones but I have noticed my daily habits and other factors contribute to it.
Although a tiny break out here and there isn’t the biggest deal for me, it’s the scarring that sometimes happens afterwards. In this last 3 years, I’ve experimenting and researching, trying to figure out what exactly works the best for me. And now I’ve mostly cleared my skin and created a pretty good skincare routine.
I have oily skin the majority of the year except during the winter months when I get dry patches on my nose and chin.
When creating a skincare routine, it is best to consider some things.
For oily skin: Wash often, tone and blot in-between
It seems obvious but it’s not that simple. Cleansing the skin is very important to keep oily pores clear and remove oily buildup. Washing your face twice a day with an oil-free foaming cleanser that is free from harsh ingredients is better than scrubbing your skin twice a day with harsh products. These harsher products may make you feel like your skin is getting cleaner but they can dry out our skin which will cause it to then produce more oils to compensate. Be sure to pat your face, not rub your face dry.
Using toners to remove extra oil helps keep the skin clean and makes the face less shiny. However, they may irritate your skin so look for more sensitive products.
During the day using blotting sheets will help you absorb the extra oils that your skin produces during the day and it will keep you from looking too shiny.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
With oily skin, its easy to assume that adding more moisture and oils onto the skin isn’t the best idea. However, oily skin actually really needs moisture since a lack of moisture can cause the skin to over produce oil, which just worsens the issue. Using a lightweight water-based moisturizer, free from perfumes, and ingredients that can irritate the skin, can be very beneficial to the skin.
Oils can help heal breakouts and acne depending on the type of oil. Many oils contain anti-inflammatory, calming compounds and anti-bacterial properties. They are packed with vitamins and anti-oxidants that help protect, moisturize and heal the skin. Also, many won’t cause your pores to clog or make you oilier. Not all oils are to be used on your skin though. Jojoba, tea tree, and eucalyptus oils are great for the skin, and for people like me coconut oil causes massively clogged pores that takes weeks to fix.
Exfoliation is key
Exfoliation benefits all skin types, however, it is especially great on oily skin types since it can reduce the buildup of oils and dead skin cells. This helps clear pores and prevents pimples from forming. The amount in which you exfoliate your skin depends on how your skin feels and reacts. I like to exfoliate once or twice a week depending on how irritated my skin is.
What to stay away from
Drying and clogging ingredients should be avoided at all costs. Sulfates, alcohol, mineral oil, and petrolatum are not your friend since they can dry the skin out making it produce more oils or seal the skin which causes clogs. Additionally, washing your face or showering with overly hot water can cause your skin to dry out causing again more oils to be produced.
My current favorite products to use
Origins GINZING™ Engergy-Boosting Treatment Lotion Mist
– An oil-free spray lotion mist formulated with coffee beans and ginseng. I use this after I wash my face at night before I apply my other moisturizers. It makes my skin feel amazing and its lasted me 4 months with everyday use.
Morrocan Natural Organic Argan Oil Facial Oil
– Rich in vitamin E and antioxidants, this product is an anti-aging product which is suitable for sensitive skin, oily skin, acne, eczema and other skin conditions. I use it at night, and my skin is always smooth in the morning.
For the cleanser, toner, masks and other products, I usually stick to Douglas Naturals products since they work best for me.
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