12 Skincare Hacks for Oily and Acne Prone Skin

Oily skin and acne can be so frustrating as it seems to be a constant battle. The fact is that sometimes the products that we use which claim to get rid of our skin issues actually make it so much worse because they contain ingredients that irritate the skin and causing more oily.

Here are some skincare tips to help control the oil and prevent acne:

Steam massage your face.
Massaging your face during a shower can increase blood circulation and creates a dewy complexion.

Sheet face masks.
Masks can help to detox, hydrate and exfoliate the skin. The best thing is all that you need to do is let the sheet sit on your face for 10-20 minutes and relax.

Use Clay Masks.
Clay masks have many properties that address the causes of your acne. Clay face masks benefit the skin with their absorbent substances that target both the top and beneath the skin’s surface. These marks can remove sebum, bacteria, irritants and toxins from the skin. They can also exfoliate the skin and remove blackheads without drying out the skin.

Cleanse, cleanse, cleanse!
Cleansing the skin to get rid of left-over product, dirt and impurities is important to keep oily and acne prone skin happy. A gentle cleanser or Micellar Water is perfect as it won’t cause the skin to get oilier. You’ll be surprised at how much gunk is left-over on your skin even after a wash.

Many people think that adding more moisture to your skin just makes it oilier, but this is far from the truth! Oily skin is actually dehydrated skin. Moisturizing the skin actually helps to reduce the production of sebum which allows you to get the oiliness under control.

Use oils.
This one may sound counterproductive but adding oil to oily skin makes the skin think that it doesn’t need to produce more oil. This eventually will reduce the skin’s production of oil. Just apply a few drops of natural oil before bed, so you don’t have to walk around like an oily mess during the day.

Drink water.
Drinking water is very important for your overall health! The skin is an organ, so just like any other part of your body, it needs water to perform at it’s best.

Skip the harsh cleansers.
Although that squeaky clean feeling you get after using a strong cleanser may make you think that you’re doing the best thing for your skin, but it’s actually the opposite. Drying up the skin doesn’t help anything! It can actually make your skin produce more oil. Stick to gentle, water-soluble cleanser twice daily.

Skip the harsh cleansing tools.
Avoid those harsh scrubs and cleansing brushes with hair bristles! These can cause the skin to become irritated and cause more acne. Instead use a cleansing brush with super soft bristles or your fingers can be helpful.

Use Sunscreen!
Using sunscreen all year round is a key to good skincare. The sun can cause long-term discoloration of the skin, premature aging and damage. When looking for a sunscreen for oily and acne prone hair its best to search for one that says ‘non-comedogenic’ or formulated for your skin type.

Avoid Wax-based Makeup.
Wax-based makeup can make your skin is prone to breakouts as heavy wax formulations can still sit on top of the skin and clog pores.

Skip alcohol!
Alcohol-based toners can make things worse for oily and acne-prone skin as it can be overly drying and irritating. Instead try an oil-on-water makeup remover instead.

Key Ingredients To Look Out in Skincare:
Hyaluronic acid: locks moisture into the skin keeping it subtle.
Salicylic acid: the only acid that works inside pores.
Niacinamide: calms inflammation in the skin and soothes breakouts.
Lactic acid: helps to remove dead skin cells, preventing clogged pores.

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