Sunday, July 29, 2012

Skincare Sundays :: Skincare for Oily, Acne Prone Skin

Skincare for Oily, Acne Prone Skin

Hi everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. Deepest apologies for having missed Friday's daily disguise and being late on today's Skincare Sundays. I've been busy with some exciting plans for the future of this blog! Anyways, I won't prolong this week's Skincare Sundays post any longer!

Originally, for this week's Skincare Sundays post, I had planned on sharing my summer skincare essentials. However earlier this past week, a dear reader contacted me about skincare and asked me for some advice and recommendations for oily, acne prone skin. My blog would have no meaning without all of you wonderful readers out there, so readers' requests and questions first! My original summer skincare essentials post will be postponed for another Sunday.

For oily, acne prone skin, I like to keep the skincare routine as light and natural as possible. I don't like to use products that are full of chemicals, silicones, or preservatives. Below are just my personal skincare choices for oily, acne prone skin but keep in mind that they may not work for everyone.

1. Cleanser

During the day, we accumulate  a lot of dirt, grime, and bacteria on our faces. Therefore it is important to thoroughly cleanse the skin, especially for those who are acne prone.

One thing that I've had for about 4 years and would absolutely recommend is the Clarisonic MIA. I find that my skin is brighter and softer when I use my Clarisonic regularly. The Clarisonic MIA allows you to really get down into the pores and deep clean. Some things you should keep in mind about the Clarisonic are 1) I wouldn't use it everyday because it is an exfoliator, and exfoliators should never be used everyday as they do tear the skin - I use my Clarisonic about 2-4 times a week 2) if you've never used a Clarisonic before, you might experience an initially negative reaction, meaning that you might experience more breaking out in the beginning. But not to worry! It's just a process that your skin goes through with most good cleansing products. The product is actually purging your skin of all the dirt, bacteria, etc. and bringing it to the surface. If you can get past this initial purging process, you will definitely see results. Clarisonic just came out with an acne fighting Clarisonic MIA - an awesome option for those who are acne prone.

A great face wash to use on Clarisonic off days is Lush's Herbalism, which is a clay based cleanser. I love Lush's clay based cleansers because they're natural, effective, and don't leave the skin feeling tight. Herbalism contains kaolin clay to deep cleanse, sage oil to clear up blemishes & decongest clogged pores, and vinegar to tone the skin. During my prime pimple years, I used Herbalism twice a day for a couple of months and sure enough, it took care of my problem skin. The trick is to be persistent because the cleanser is made of natural products and therefore it can take a little bit longer to see results. 

2. Toner

Toning is an important step that, surprisingly, a lot of people skip. Using toner is important because 1) it helps remove any leftover impurities that the cleanser missed 2) it helps to bring the skin's pH level back to a neutral balance after cleansing.

A great toner for oily skin is Lush's Tea Tree Water Toner. This toner is packed full of tea tree water, juniper  water, and grapefruit. Tea tree is an antiseptic and helps to fight acne-causing bacteria. Juniper water and grapefruit are great for keeping oil production in check. I recommend Lush's Tea Tree Water over other toners because Lush's Tea Tree Water does not contain alcohol. Alcohol actually strips the skin and is often irritating for sensitive acne prone skin.

3. Treatments

I like to use spot treatments, serums, retinols, etc. after I tone but before I moisturize. This is because the skin is completely clean and can therefore best absorb any concentrated treatments or serums.

Retinols are a derivative of Vitamin A and are great for those who have problem skin (or wrinkles!). Retinols help minimize breakouts by keeping dead cells from clogging pores. Just as with the Clarisonic, there is an initial purging process which may cause what seems like a negative reaction. But if you can stick it out, there is a light at the end of the tunnel! With topical retinols, it's better to start off at a lower strength and slowly increase the strength. Some retinols have to be prescribed such as Differin, Epiduo, and Retin-A. However there are also some options that can be purchased without a prescription such as Philosophy's Help Me and Avene's Retrinal Cream

4. Moisturize

It is important to moisturize, especially for those who are oily and acne prone. You might feel like skipping this step because you feel that your skin is already oily. However, skipping this step might be the exact reason as to why you are oily. When you dry out your face, your body produces more oil to compensate for the dryness. Therefore you actually become more oily if you do not properly moisturize your skin.

One excellent option for moisture is pure jojoba oil. I know it sounds crazy to put pure oil on your face when you're already oily, but jojoba oil is completely safe and effective for everyone. Jojoba oil is very similar to the oil that our own bodies produce. Therefore it doesn't clog pores and it in fact tricks your body into thinking it's produced enough oil and therefore the face will produce less oil on its own. Pure jojoba oil is an excellent option for those who are oily and prone to breaking out. 

Desert Essence Organic Jojoba Oil is the jojoba oil that Trader Joe's used to carry and the one that I used to use. However, Trader Joe's no longer carries it but you can purchase it on Amazon for about $10! Currently I am using the Trader Joe's brand jojoba oil because they no longer carry the Desert Essence one in stores. 

5. Drink lots of water and eat lots of fruits & vegetables because what you eat to keep your body healthy and balanced is more important than anything you could topically apply! 


  1. Very helpful post. I'll definitely try herbalism and philosophy help me. thanks for this im glad i came across your blog

  2. I love skincare products and make up, I'll definitely take a look at this section of your blog from now on! It's useful to know other people's routine.

  3. Attention: Acne Sufferers...
    "Download Your FREE Guide And Discover 50 Ways To Treat Acne Using Only Natural Remedies..."
    About Time You Got Rid of Your Acne?
    Inside this guide, you'll discover:
    - 50 ways to treat acne using natural remedies.
    - The benefits of treating acne using natural remedies.
    Natural acne remedies to treat acne scarring.
    - The side effects of popular acne medicines , natural acne treatment, natural acne remedies, remedies for acne and acne treatment.
    + much, much more!
    For more detail :