Here’s how to take care of oily acne-prone skin☺
Most of us acne patients suffer from oily skin. Excess sebum produced by our skin may clog pores which eventually leads to acne. In this post, I’d like to share my top tricks in controlling my oily acne-prone skin and hopefully be able to help even at least one of you 🙈☺️ 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐃𝐎𝐬: 1. 𝐃𝐎 𝐰𝐚𝐬𝐡 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐚𝐭 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐰𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐚 𝐝𝐚𝐲. This has always worked for me. Sometime before, I tried not washing my face in the AM and it just made me so much oilier during the day resulting in more breakouts. Importantly, remember to wash your face every after workout too. Sweat combined with sebum is a perfect recipe for acne and skin irritation. 𝟐. 𝐃𝐎 𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐚 𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐬𝐡. Although salicylic acid cleanser helped tremendously in my teenage years, it isn’t necessarily beneficial for me now that my skin is more dehydrated and my skin barrier compromised. Salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide cleansers may still help on days when you’re feeling extra oily but resist using it daily. Use a gentle foaming face wash from Vanicream, Hada Labo, Cerave. 𝟑. 𝐃𝐎 𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐚 𝐦𝐨𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐫 𝐝𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐲. You can have oily skin and dehydrated skin at the same time. Because your face is not hydrated enough, your glands may overcompensate for the lack of moisture by producing more oils. Do not ever skip this step! Your best option is to use an oil-free, non-comedogenic moisturizer like Paula’s Choice Clear Oil-Free Moisturizer, Neutrogena oil-free and hydroboost gel cream, and if you have rosacea too, use procure rosacare gel. 𝟒. 𝐃𝐎 𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐥𝐲 𝐬𝐮𝐧 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧. SPF 30+ or up should always be worn especially for oily skin. Unprotected sun exposure can lead to more acne flare-ups. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide mineral sunscreens are your top options. Zinc doesn’t only protect skin but also helps calm irritated skin. My favorites are Elta MD physical and Purito Water, Clinique Broad Spectrum, .. If you like chemical sunscreen better, I highly recommend Eucerin and Sun BUm. 𝟓. 𝐃𝐎 𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐨𝐩𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬. Keratolytic ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid that are available over-the-counter can be your best friends when used properly. It is important to note that when using an active, stick to a minimal skincare routine to reap the best results and use of one acne treatment at a time is a must, especially if you’re just starting out. If you have moderate to severe acne, I would go for Differin Adapalene gel or a retinoid such as Retin-A and Atralin. Retinoids may not only get rid of your acne but also heal and renew your skin in the deeper layers. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐃𝐎𝐍’𝐓𝐬: 𝟏. 𝐃𝐎𝐍'𝐓 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫-𝐞𝐱𝐟𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐞. Over-exfoliating is probably something we’re all once obsessed with. Unfortunately, this habit can only lead us to a damaged skin barrier thus, compromising our skin’s own ability to heal itself. It’s best to limit the use of exfoliating ingredients twice a week when starting or one exfoliating acid/active at a time once a day after your skin has adjusted. 𝟐. 𝐃𝐎𝐍’𝐓 𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐟𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞. I say it all the time, fragrance in skincare is BAD and does nothing good for you. The use of fragrance in cosmeceutical products is unregulated and companies are not required to disclose all components used in their products. The formulation may have a lot of unknown toxic chemicals that can be harmful to you. Without knowing and often initially not externally evident, fragrance can irritate your skin deep down, cause toxic hormonal effects, and may even cause cancer. Fragrance is a NO-NO for everyone and most especially for acne-prone people or those with other skin diseases. I have suffered the consequences of my bad choices myself. Do yourself a favor and ditch your fragrance-containing products too. 𝟑. 𝐃𝐎𝐍’𝐓 𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐜𝐨𝐡𝐨𝐥-𝐛𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐬. Certain types of alcohol such as ethanol, isopropyl alcohol, and alcohol denat. are extremely drying and irritating especially to acne-prone skin. 𝟒. 𝐃𝐎𝐍’𝐓 𝐬𝐥𝐞𝐞𝐩 𝐢𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐮𝐩. Always make sure you wash away all makeup and accumulated dirt on the face before you sleep. 𝟓. 𝐃𝐎𝐍’𝐓 𝐬𝐥𝐞𝐞𝐩 𝐨𝐧 𝐝𝐢𝐫𝐭𝐲 𝐩𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐜𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐞𝐭𝐬. Change your pillowcases frequently. I always make sure I sleep on new ones every week. 𝟔. 𝐃𝐎𝐍’𝐓 𝐤𝐞𝐞𝐩 𝐭𝐨𝐮𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐞. Picking at your acne can only add dirt and germs to your skin and may cause more issues. Frequently wash your hands if you’re an absent-minded face rubber or cover the pimples with acne patches. 𝐌𝐲 𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐬𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐀𝐌 𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐞 (𝐨𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐚𝐜𝐧𝐞-𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐞) 𝐂𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐞𝐫 - VANICREAM - Gentle Facial Cleanser or CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skinor HADALABO - Deep Moisturizing Whip Foam 𝐇𝐲𝐝𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐨𝐫 - Neutrogena - Hydro Boost Gel-Cream or The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% 𝐌𝐨𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐫+ 𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐧 - sun bum - Face Lotion SPF 50 𝐏𝐌 𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐞: 𝐂𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐞𝐫 𝐇𝐲𝐝𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐨𝐫 - Neutrogena - Hydro Boost Gel-Cream or Pyunkang Yul - Essence Toner 𝐌𝐨𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐫 - PROcure - Rosacare Gel 𝐓𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭: janssen - Retino-A 0.05% Tretinoin Cream
Pyunkang Yul- Essence Toner
I like to do my makeup just to wash it off🤡➡️😊
If you’re a heavy make up user you have to double cleanse. My favorite to double cleanse with is SKYORGANICS - Organic Jojoba Oil You can pretty much use any oil that is non comedogenic, vitamin E oil, castor oil, rose hip oil. Try to stay away from coconut oil studies have shown that it’s likely to cause acne. I lather this onto my dry face & neck and just massage, I let it sit for 1-2 minutes. Letting it sit for a few minutes will really lift the mascara or eyeliner by the eyes or your lipstick and will be so simple to just wipe away! I than will go in with FIRST AID BEAUTY - Pure Skin Face Cleanser gentle and sufficient, I’ve not changed this cleanser out of my routine for about a year now and I love it. It lifts up the oil and the makeup leaving my face still nice and soft. I sometimes do one more cleanse because I’m alway scared of un wanted makeup stuck by my hair, even though these two steps will be more than enough. I will follow up with a basic gentle cleanser whether that’s my VANICREAM - Gentle Facial Cleanser or LA ROCHE-POSAY - Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Face Cleanser or Aveeno - Calm + Restore Nourishing Oat Facial Cleanser All of these cleanser are great option for safe ways to make sure all your make up is off. I hope you guys enjoyed this post!❤️
Aveeno-Calm + Restore Nourishing Oat Facial Cleanser
Am & PM skin routine... should I add more?
Hello lovelies !!! I am extremely new (confused) about skin care and truly try my hardest to learn. I’ve gathered some products, and switched from using only Innisfree to using some pieces from the brand. Things to know about my skin: Usually it’s very oily, but as of now (probably due to the weather) it has been very dry and flaky. However it is still oily so I would say it’s more combination. I don’t get acne, if I do it usually appears on my cheeks, chin and the temples of my head. My pores are slightly visible around my cheeks but they are still very small. Due to the acne that appears on my cheeks, I have very very little hyper pigmentation/acne scars, but those have diminished overtime. AM: VANICREAM - Gentle Facial Cleanser I really like this facial cleanser in the morning it’s super gentle, and it doesn’t irritate the skin. innisfree - Green Tea Moisture-Balancing Toner I’ve use this product for a little over a year and a half. I like it it’s very gentle it’s not overbearing, but I think I might be looking to replace it still haven’t found anything. innisfree - Green Tea Seed Intensive Hydrating Serum I really like this serum it’s not sticky, my skin feels moisturized and it’s not drying which is very important for me. innisfree - Green Tea Seed Intensive Hydrating Eye Cream I enjoy using this I cream but I’m running low and I kind of want replace it with something else. #Innisfree - Aloe Vera gel[products]#[ThreeStars] Use this as an additional moisturizer. My skin gets very dry throughout the day. GLOW RECIPE - Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer Absolutely love this moisturizer it contains hyaluronic acid. I’ve only been using it for a few months I got it as a birthday sample from Sephora. #Innisfree - Daily UV protection cream sebum care broad-spectrum SPF 35[products]#[OneStar] I Absolutely hate this product because it leaves a white cast, but I haven’t been able to find a better sunscreen. I’d rather have the white cast then not have UV protection but any recommendations for this one in particular would be greatly appreciated. PM CeraVe - Renewing SA Cleanser For Normal Skin This is a new product I really like it. That’s all I got to say. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Recently got this product. Still figuring out if I am using it correctly. I think my skin has changed a lot while using it. #Spring Valley - Vitamin E oil[products]#[FiveStars] I’ve been using this for years. It’s a great moisturizer for the skin. innisfree - Green Tea Moisture-Balancing Emulsion Lightweight moisturizer that works well with the vitamin E. Doesn’t leave my skin oily. Honorable mentions Sheet masks (also from Innisfree once a week) Aztec clay mask once a month w/ACV
VANICREAM-Gentle Facial Cleanser
Let me provide some context about my skin care journey: This past August, my Tik Tok algorithm brought me to the world of skin care. Without ANY prior knowledge, I decided to throw my skin into the hands of skin care influencers (and when I say throw, I mean THROW...HARD). I had mediocre skin, and mainly suffered from comedonal acne but not much active, cystic acne. I went hard with SA, adapalene, and HARSH chemical exfoliants, ultimately destroying my skin barrier and causing a major purge... my skin had never looked so bad in my entire LIFE. Fast forward to October, I decided to start Curology. Originally, my formula consisted of 2% Azelaic Acid, 1% Clindamycin, and 0.25% Zinc Pyrithione. I simplified my routine, and focused heavily on restoring my skin barrier with nutrient rich moisturizers. After about 3 weeks, I decided to reach out to my Curology provider and requested that I start Tretinoin... I felt like my formula at the time just wasn’t worth the price and I wanted the full Curology experience if I was going to be paying $20 a month. My new formula consists of 0.01% Tret, 4% Azelaic Acid, & 1% Clindamycin. Left picture is back when I started Curology with my og forumale (Oct. 19th) and the right picture is now (entering my 3rd week of Tret). Slow but efficient progress. My biggest mistake with skin care has been being impatient, and going hard with harsh products when I didn’t see results right away. Everyone’s skin is different, skin care is NOT linear and I’m slowly learning more and more about my skin. Don’t give up!!! Find what works for you😊 My routine now is as follows: AM: 🧼Splash of water to “wash” my face 🧼LA ROCHE-POSAY - Effaclar Duo (+) so far LOVING this as a spot treatment... only giving it 4/5 because it’s too soon to see results, but I love the texture and how easy it absorbs into my skin (not irritating/drying at all) 🧼Elta MD UV Restore Broad Spectrum SPF 40 5/5 stars... LOVE this new sunscreen and I mix this with Australian Gold - Botanical Tinted Face Sunscreen SPF 50 for some tint since mine is too dark for me PM: 🧼LANEIGE - Cream Skin Milk Oil Cleanser I use this as a first cleanse and I love that its fragrence free but I wouldn’t use it if I had a full face of makeup + it kinda leaves a residue 🧼VANICREAM - Gentle Facial Cleanser this is amazing... simple, to the point, overall gr8 cleanser 🧼Aveeno - Calm + Restore Triple Oat Serum I use this to buff my tret and so far I’ve had no irritation 😊 🧼 FINAL STEP: I mix my LA ROCHE-POSAY - Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer with my Curology - Curology formula and I’m ready for bed 🛌
Australian Gold-Botanical Tinted Face Sunscreen SPF 50
Tretinoin week 1
So far I’ve now applied my tretinoin cream 0.025% 3 times I started November 2nd. I have done it basically every 2 days so I applied Monday the 2nd, then Thursday the 5th, then again on Sunday the 8th. I’m planning on keeping up with this routine for the next week, then i will switch to every other night and so on, so far I haven’t noticed many side effects. I still use the same products VANICREAM - Gentle Facial Cleanser VANICREAM - Moisturizing Skin Cream sun bum - Face Lotion SPF 50 I apply the mighty patches occasionally on really bad pimples on nights im not using tretinoin. I honestly don’t really like the vanicream moisturizer, I don’t like how thick it is it seems difficult to spread it across my face without feeling like I have to rub it in or force it to glide. It also makes my face look pretty oily. The only think I actually like it about it is that it hasn’t caused any irritation to my skin which was expected. If anyone has any recommendations for a good moisturizer to use with tretinoin preferably fragrance free I would love your suggestions! I also wanted to possibly starting using the VANICREAM - Z-Bar Medicated Cleansing Bar for my body (I get mild acne on my shoulders and sometimes on my chest or bottom 🤦🏻♀️) I also heard good things about it for your face to, does anyone recommend? I do like the sun bum - Face Lotion SPF 50 buttttttt it’s just not my favorite, the texture is okay but i feel like it leaves my face kind of red. I really would like to venture into a better one recommendations for a sunscreen would be much appreciated as well! 🙏 preferred to be fragrance free as well I’m still super scared for the purging stage, I’m hoping it turns around for me, the inflammation in my acne has gone down a bit but I’ve notice new breakouts on my chin and around my mouth also one on forehead but I have a feeling it’s due to my period that started this week as well as the copious amounts of candy I’ve been shoveling into my mouth since Halloween. 🤡 whoops. Whelp here’s to a better and healthier week!
sun bum-Face Lotion SPF 50
perfect cleanser for sensitive skin ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ
i actually started using this cleanser exactly a week ago in the mornings. my dermatologist recommended me this one to use in the mornings instead of just washing with water since i have sensitive skin. i do have combo (more on the oily side) skin and it’s been working great. this cleanser doesn’t leave my skin stripped at all but also doesn’t leave it feelings like it hasn’t been cleansed. i’d recommend this to anyone who wants to stay simple with their cleanser and don’t want to risk any irritation~ VANICREAM - Gentle Facial Cleanser use- the texture of this cleanser is definitely more milky. it doesn’t really foam up at all and just applies to the skin like gel. it’s really cooling and nonirritating because of it’s texture. despite it being milky, you don’t need a lot of it to feel like your skin is clean afterwards. it’s similar to the cerave hydrating cleanser but also different in a way. the cerave one really was terrible for my skin and always left my skin feeling a bit greasy? this cleanser leaves your skin plump and clean. ingredients- literally has no bad ingredients. no fragrance, alcohols, anything. the two ingredients that are good additions to the formula are glycerin and titanium dioxide. glycerin is known to moisturize your skin and repair your moisture barrier. titanium dioxide isn’t as common in cleansers and it’s actually a physical sunscreen. unlike a chemical sunscreen which absorbs UV light, physical sunscreen reflects it from the skin. skintype- this cleanser is honestly good for all skin. the formula has glycerin which is a plus for dry skin, i notice it’s just right for oily skin (like myself as well). most importantly, this cleanser is great for anyone with sensitive or irritated skin.
VANICREAM-Gentle Facial Cleanser
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