Taking care of oily acne-prone skin has been part of my daily skin care routine for a while now because as far I remember, since becoming a teenager to my now adult-life, I have suffered from Acne.
Adding hormones into play, the week before my period was a nightmare- pimples that I didn’t see coming where all over my face, mostly on my fore head in all sizes but my cheeks were the heavily affected areas.
With this, came acne scars another problem on my list I had to worry about.Did I also mention that my skin is also very picky, very sensitive and oily?
By Sensitive, I mean my skin developed a rash and redness every time I used a new product it didn’t like.
So, for years, taking care of oily acne-prone skin became expensive and frustrating. I tried a combination of products, high-end, drug store acne kits, cleansers, moisturizers and whatever I could read about that I thought could help, and none of the products got rid of the facial acne completely.
If it wasn’t acne, it was an allergic reaction. It was such a night mare dealing with acne and sensitive skin.
I also found my way to a dermatologist who suggested oral antibiotics. The antibiotics were effective, cleared the acne for a while but once I stopped the medication, I was back to dealing with my poor self-image and fighting with breakouts which then led me into trying my own remedies.
TODAY, I am glad to share that I have finally found my go-to brands and created a skin care routine that works for me and has made a huge difference in my life even though it’s been a long way coming.
It was a process of trial and error until I found what worked and what didn’t.
Here we are now!~ My skin is clear, I still breakout sometimes due to stress or eating foods I am not supposed to but the best part is to know what is causing it and what I need to do.
I will be sharing with you my tips on taking care of oily acne-prone skin but keep in mind, our skins are naturally different so not all these might work for you.
8 Tips On Taking Care of Oily Acne-Prone Skin
Drink lots of water
One free and easy way of taking care of oily acne prone skin is by drinking lots of water daily.
Its’ been said over and over again that water has a lot of skin benefits. If you don’t drink enough water, your skin is prone to irritations, wrinkles and blemishes. .
I usually drink energy boost fruity drinks, but I push myself to drink as much water as my body needs because it is a necessity for skin health.
Staying hydrated will help you fight acne but will not cure it.
In my case, excess oil is the major reason for the acne. Oily skin can result from inadequate hydration, so by drinking water regularly in recommended quantities (2.7 liters for women and 3.7 liters a day for men) you lower your levels of toxins which helps in acne therapy.
Clogged pores caused by over production of sebum (an oil that keeps the skin from drying out is a lead cause of acne.
Some studies have indicated that certain foods like diary products can increase the production of sebum.
I didn’t completely get rid of all dairy products ( milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream) but I came to find out that each time I used butter as part of my meal breakfast or for cooking, I would break out the next day.
So now I use substitutes. It is better to identify foods that trigger or worsen acne your breakouts. If possible, for every meal and snack you eat, note down the type and severity of acne symptoms that develop.
Cleansing is the key while taking care of oily, acne prone skin especially if you wear make up frequently.
I wear light makeup every morning before I go to work so it is important to cleanse my face and remove the make-up, dirt and any impurities that have gathered throughout the day.
Since I have sensitive skin, I only cleanse once daily in the evening otherwise my skin gets too dry and flaky.
For a deep cleanser, I use L’Oréal Paris Go 360 Clean, Anti-Breakout Facial Cleanser for Acne Prone Skin to unclog my pores. This has significantly decreased the blackheads and acne. It is oil free, has 2% Salicylic Acid acne treatment, and Dermatologist tested.
If you are on the journey of taking care of oily acne-prone skin, moisturizing your skin should be a part of your morning and night time skin care routines.
It improves skin tone, texture and hydrates your skin. Moisturizing also reduces the look of fine-lines and wrinkles. Daggett &Ramsdell Facial Fade Moisturizing Cream is a non-irritating moisturizing formula that helps to gently fade, freckles, dark areas, skin blotches, age spots, and discolorations. I apply it every morning after washing my face and at night after cleansing.
In the winter season, when the air has low humidity which dries out my skin, I like to use L’Oréal’s Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care Moisturizer for Normal Oily Skin.
If you have dry skin, you need the Daily Liquid Care Normal/Dry Skin. This moisturizer is formulated with Aloe water and Hyaluronic acid.
I love this product because it is extra light, leaves my skin with a healthy-looking glow and delivers instant hydration for 72 hours.
Once you get a good moisturizer, start exfoliating.
I exfoliate once a week to get rid of the dead skin cells on my skin’s surface. This opens the way for moisturizing products to penetrate more deeply into my skin.
A friend of mine introduced me to Dead Sea Mud Mask by Sky Organics. It is a mineral based product for Acne, Oily skin and blackheads that removes the build-up of dead skin cells that can result in excess oil and clogged pores which leads to acne.
I am in love with this mask for its great smell and feels cool on my skin when applied.
For That Stubborn Acne
I use an overnight cream-Stubborn Acne Control 5in1 Spot Treatment Cream, for acne I need to vanish in less than 24 hours.
I don’t not use it all over my face, rather I apply it on only the affected areas.
The main ingredient is benzoyl peroxide which I noticed causes some dryness, so I use it once a day, after I shower at night and every other day after.
This cream is a life saver because by morning, there is a difference in the appearance and size of the pimple.
Have A Bath Before Exercising
It is recommended to have a shower after a workout, but I didn’t know that taking a full shower before I exercised will do miracles to my acne.
As much as this might sound crazy but since I started taking a shower before I head out to the gym or do any exercises and after, there have not been any more regular break-outs!.
I do not recommend re-applying any make up after the shower because water opens the pores and washes away any bacteria or chemicals.
If you aren’t able to shower, consider removing all your make up before the exercise
Read the Ingredients Before Use & Do Research
Through my own experimentation, I have come to learn that “oil free” and “sensitive-skin” products are the best for my skin.
I make sure to read the ingredients before I try any product be it makeup, moisturizer, Sun screen or whatever goes on my face.
Getting rid of acne can be a hectic process which is why it is important to do some research and get to the bottom line of the real cause.
Stress and Hormones are major acne contributors. Pay attention to what triggers your breakouts, go to the dermatologist if needed and let them recommend what your skin needs.
I hope you found these skin care tips helpful. Please share with me in the comments which acne skin products you use, and any tips of how you are taking care of oily acne-prone skin.