To start with, I would class my skin as being normal everywhere except my T-zone. In that area my skin becomes very oily and acne prone.
It was especially bad throughout my teenage years when I had no concept of a skincare routine other than harsh scrubs that only stripped whatever moisture my skin had left.
Thankfully I have since worked on educating myself about proper skincare habits and can now say that both my oily skin and acne are manageable. Because I have now reached a point where often I won’t wear foundation, I thought I would write a blog post about my current skincare routine in the hopes that it might help some other oily skin suffers like me.
Obviously I’m not a medical professional, this blog post isn’t the cure-all to every person’s oily skin.
These are the steps that changed my skin for the better,
and for someone else experiencing the same problems, they may provide some helpful starting points for you as well.
What my skin used to be like
My skin used to be very oily, and speckled with some areas of rosacea and dry patches.
It would always have at least one patch of breakouts somewhere, and during my period those would be joined by extra patches of hormonal breakouts. My skin would be at it’s best the week before my period where I would be down to a few spots, however those spots would be huge, red and painful so it wasn’t all that great.
How I began to change my skin
Only within the last year have I began to dedicatedly have a skincare routine focused on my skin and including more than micellar water and a foaming face scrub.
The first major thing I learnt was that you will reduce the amount of oil your skin produces if you apply a few drops of facial oil to your face every day.
The science behind this is that if your skin feels it doesn’t have enough moisture/oil in it, it will produce extra to compensate for that lack of. So to stop your skin from producing extra oil you need to apply oil yourself, so that it won’t feel the need to add any extra. By doing this, I could actually control the amount of oil on my skin. Instead of my face producing oil every minute of the day, I would apply a few drops of facial oil morning and night and within a month I visibly saw a decrease in how shiny my face would get throughout the day. This really did work for me and I always recommend it to people who try and combat their oily skin with very drying products, it might be worth a different approach.
My skin is still a little oily and I think it always will be, however the amount of oil I produce, I could safely say, has decreased by 50%.
Another interesting thing I learnt was to limit the amount of alcohol ingredients in my skin care. Alcohol is another product in skincare that is used to dry out your skin and is often advertised to oily skin sufferers. A little bit is probably not going to kill you and there are different types, however in general as we are trying to properly hydrate our skin, having every product using alcohol as a main ingredient might be a bit too drying and actually hindering your skin instead of helping it.
The third and possibly most skin changing product I started using was a chemical exfoliant (or acid toner). It sounds super scary and it took me a long time before I bit the bullet and started using it however I can safely say that after a month of applying this chemical exfoliant my rosacea and my acne had reduced by at least 50%. I am currently on my third bottle of chemical exfoliant, they last me about three months, and I don’t see myself leaving it behind any time soon.
I currently have a morning and night time routine for my skincare and I’ve worked out the steps I take to show below. I’ll show the entire routine from cleaning my face through to moisturising etc.
Cleanse – I use Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water on a cotton pad and wipe my face and neck with it.
Scrub – I do scrub my face of a morning only because I accidentally bought a foaming scrub when I thought it was a gel. I’m currently using the COSRX Low-pH Good Morning Cleanser however I think once I’m done I’ll try a non foaming product here instead.
Toner – This is the acid toner I was talking about. I am using Lotion P50 PIGM 400, on a very thin cotton pad and pressing it into my skin. Some people just using their bare hands.
Acne spot treatment – I’ve yet to find any miracle worker here. I do like the COSRX – Acne Pimple Master Patches though.
Essence – Grow Tea Tree 95 Essence. People have raved about it but I think after I’m finished this I will try going about my routine without it.
Hyaluronic acid – I use the Hada Labo Goku-Jyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion (Moist), it’s a super hydrating yet very lightweight gel.
Vitamin c – I’m currently using the Drunk Elephant C Firma, however I would like to find a cheaper alternative.
Moisturiser – I use the CosRx Oil-Free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion with Birchsap.
Oil – I’m using The Ordinary Rose Hip Seed Oil, I really like this one.
Moisturiser – Belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb. I’ve not used this before so I’ll see if I like it soon enough.
Sunscreen – I’m using a sunscreen I bought from my local market, it’s all natural without any of the chemicals that are in most normal sunscreens.
After my sunscreen I’ll go along with normal makeup routine or none if I’m not going to wear any.
For my night time routine I’ll always double cleanse, no matter if I wore makeup or not, as I always wear sunscreen and I don’t want any of that left on my skin over night.
First Cleanse – A solid cleanser to remove most of my makeup. I use the Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter from the body shop.
Eye makeup remover – I remove any left over eye makeup using a dedicated eye makeup remover on a cotton pad.
Second cleanse – I am currently using up the last of the Alpha-H Triple Action Cleanser however I wont be repurchasing it. I’ll find a replacement for this step.
Scrub – Another foaming scrub that I’ll gently apply to my face to make certain no makeup or skincare is left on my face.
Mask – I don’t use a mask every night, however I will do this step about once a week. I currently switch between the Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask and the Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask.
Chemical exfoliator/acid toner – Lotion P50 PIGM 400, pressed into my skin.
Acne spot treatment – I use a 5% Benzoyl Peroxide cream.
Hyaluronic acid – For night time I use the more hydrating version, Hada Labo Goku-Jyun Premium Hyaluronic Acid Lotion.
Serum – Dear Klairs Rich Moist Serum. I think when I’ve finished this I’ll cut out this step, it’s almost a repeat of the last one.
Night cream – Grow Tea Tree 80 Cream. This is a recent addition to my routine however I’m not a fan of this night cream so once I finish it I won’t be continuing.
Facial Oil / Moisturiser – For this step I actually mix my facial oil and moisturiser together and apply them at the same time. I combine The Ordinary Rose Hip Seed Oil and the Belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb.
Originally my routine wasn’t this long or complicated however with every YouTube video I watched I was adding another step that would help solve my skin issues. I can since say that I’ve reached a point in which I don’t want to add any more steps, actually what I am working on now is reducing the products and parts to my skincare routine.
In keeping with my no-buy year I figured it’s about time I start cutting out steps of my skin care routine that don’t actually need to be there. To do this I’m going to choose a few places I think I could do without and if I cut them out and my skin doesn’t change then I’m leaving them out.
I’d like to hope that by the end of 2019 I’ll have developed a shorter and cheaper skincare routine to combat my oily and acne prone skin. If I manage that then I’ll do a follow up post to this one with the shorter, cheaper version.
Thanks for reading!