Having a good skincare routine is a must in our day to day life. It becomes extremely crucial when it comes to oily/acne prone skin.
First of all, know your actual skin type before reading this post. The following blog post is an explanatory guide for people on how to and what to use on oily/acne prone skin. So, let’s get started.
Acne occurs on oily skin because of overactive sebaceous glands and blocked pores. Therefore, it becomes very important to cleanse your skin thoroughly on daily basis. Before buying a cleanser, try to look at its specifications whether it is made for dry, normal or oily skin. A cleanser made for oily skin is the best deal for you.
Foam based cleansers work well for oily skin while gel based cleansers do not provide any benefit to the oily skin. If you face the problem of severe acne, then salicylic acid cleansers and benzoyl peroxide cleansers are best in reducing acne-causing bacteria on the skin and clearing blocked pores.
But these kinds of cleansers should be used only according to a doctor’s recommendation. Because only a doctor knows the best cleanser among a variety of cleansers available in the market.
Exfoliation is another technique to do an in-depth cleansing of pores. It is mandatory to use only a gentle exfoliator on acne prone skin with very minute/small beads rather than a face scrub with harsh/irregular beads.
Whenever we hear exfoliation, grainy face scrubs comes to our mind. But they are not a suitable option for acne prone skin because they can easily pop a pimple and can also spread a pimple causing bacteria on your entire face.
Gram flour(besan) mixed with honey or rose water also serves the purpose of gentle exfoliator. Make a thick paste of this mixture. Apply it on your entire face and do circular movements with this paste as you do with a scrub.
Toners are cleaning solutions which are used after face wash and before moisturisers to clean away excess oil, dirt and left away traces of makeup. Make sure you are using a toner which is alcohol-free and contains acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid and glycolic acid.
Toners with glycolic acid or salicylic acid are helpful in preventing blackheads and minors pimples. Though they alone can’t help our oily pores stay clear and keep our pesky/stubborn pimples at a bay.
If you are suffering from persistent acne, then you are advised to use cream/lotion made for spot-treatment recommended only by a doctor.
I have used benzoyl peroxide cream on the acne spots to clear off pimples on my face. They are very safe and easy to use. Benzoyl peroxide creams and cleansers are long-term solutions for stubborn acne.
Salicylic acid creams are also used as a spot-treatment for scars/blemishes left by pimples.
Vitamin C serums are also very good to fade spots on the face. You can apply these serums as a spot-treatment or they can be used entirely on the face.
Oily skin needs moisturization as equally as dry skin or normal skin would need. If a moisturiser leads to breakout then it is simply not meant for your skin.
Moisturisers come in two different variants, comedogenics and non-comedogenics. Comedogenic moisturisers are made with oil which can easily breakout oily/acne prone skin. Non-comedogenic moisturisers are made with humectants and are totally oil-free. Non-comedogenic moisturisers never clog our pores.
The final step to skincare routine for oily/acne prone skin is sunscreen lotion or a sunblock lotion. A sunscreen/sunblock lotion helps our skin from harmful effects of UVA/UVB rays. The difference between a sunscreen lotion and a sunblock lotion is that a sunscreen lotion is applied 10-15 minutes before heading out of the house. However, you can use sunblock lotion just a few minutes before you are going outside.
It is recommended to use a sunscreen lotion not only when you are outside but also when you are inside your home. Because harmful UV rays can penetrate easily through window glasses.
It is advised to use a mattifying and non-greasy sunscreen lotion on oily/acne prone skin. SPF 30 and PA++ are sufficient factors to look in a sunscreen.