Ya girl knows a thing or two about oily/acne-prone skin… I’ve lived with it since I was 12 years old. I’ve been dealing with this major inconvenience for so long that I can’t even remember a time before acne *cries in self pity*. Is B.A. (before acne) a thing? Because it totally should be. Not to mention, I was rocking that all natural, oily ~glow~ before highlighter was even a thing. What can I say? I’m a trendsetter.
I’ve undoubtedly tried every antibiotic and topical on the market, and not to mention visited almost every dermatologist in the Dayton area. Some helped, some definitely didn’t, but it wasn’t until I met my dear pal Accutane senior year of high school that I started to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Until my acne came back in a fiery rage sophomore year of college and Accutane and I were reunited.
Nonetheless, Accutane was my saving grace (highly recommend if you’ve ever considered giving it a go). But one thing I noticed after both rounds of the miraculous pill was that I would still get a few pimples here and there and my oiliness always came back. It wasn’t until I started being strategic and consistent with my skin care routine that my acne calmed down and oiliness became a distant memory. Oily? I don’t know her. And this is saying a lot considering I’ve been off Accutane for over a year now.
By no means am I a dermatologist or skin care expert but I’ve experimented with a lot of different products over the years and these are what have worked wonders for me and it would be a crime to keep them to myself. We love a glowly, clear-skin gal so I hope these products can help some of you! (All products are linked in the titles).
Let’s talk about cleansers.
AcneFree Oil-Free Acne Cleanser
Man oh man was this gem a FIND. I found this cleanser for dirt cheap at Target and while typically drugstore cleansers don’t do anything for me (besides breaking me out more) this one was different. The formula and consistency is almost identical to a cleanser my dermatologist makes. I’ve been using it every morning for about a month now and it has my full approval.
SkinCeuticals LHA Cleansing Gel
This cleanser was introduced to me by dermatologist and let me tell ya, the first time I tried it I almost flatlined. I couldn’t believe how AMAZING my skin felt! The foaming gel gives your skin a cool and tingly sensation and no joke, you feel like you have brand new skin. Like all the built up dirt and dead skin has been wiped away. This cleanser is the perfect gentle exfoliator that will have your pores singing HALLELUJAH. A little on the pricey side compared to your standard Neutrogena but worth every penny.
Side note: Yes, I use two different cleansers. In my personal experience, using the same cleanser twice a day irritates my skin. I like to have one cleanser that focuses on killing the acne and one that exfoliates. Also, when you’re washing your face, do yourself a favor and ACTUALLY wash your face. Treat yourself to a mini face massage and really rub the product in for the best results.
Toners are a gals best friend.
Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner
The only thing worse than zits and pimples are the scars and hyperpigmentation they leave behind. Like excuse me, did I not already suffer enough? Apparently not. But this is where this bad boy comes into play. It lightens dark spots and brightens the skin. The bottle says use morning and night but y’all… this stuff means business. It took me a while to build up a tolerance to it because it dried out my skin too much, but now I use it almost every night. So if you want to give it a try, I suggest taking it slow (especially if you have sensitive skin).
I’m not sure if Witch Hazel technically qualifies as a toner (it’s an astringent), but who cares about the technicalities? Plus, I used to use this religiously as a toner when my skin was producing oil like it was it’s job. The devil works hard but my oil glands work harder. But this stuff is the real deal (S/O to my mom for introducing me to it many years ago). It calms down my skin and dries up my acne. I don’t use it as much anymore but Witch Hazel is always there for me when I need it, like a trusty gal pal.
Whoever said oily girls don’t need to moisturize, was seriously delusional.
Cetaphil Oil Absorbing Moisturizer
Once upon a time, I was said delusional person. My logic was that I already had enough oil going on, why would I want to add MORE moisture? Seemed reasonable at the time but then I became old and wise, and realized that my skin was probably over producing oils because I wasn’t giving it what it really wanted… MOISTURE. This moisturizer is incredible. I even got my roommate hooked on it. All the moisture without the oily aftermath. And not to mention, SPF 30. We LOVE that.
Kate Blanc Organic Rosehip Seed Oil
Another oily gal’s worst fear… any product with the word “oil” in it. Now listen, I understand your fears. I was skeptical at first too, but then I tried it. I’ve been using this every night for months now and I can honestly credit it for the huge improvement in my skin. My skin is more radiant, and dark marks and scars have faded. When I wake up in the morning my skin isn’t oily whatsoever, and get this, it actually helps my acne! I recommend putting this on 30 min to an hour before bed because it takes a hot minute to sink into the skin and you don’t want it getting all over your pillow. Not cute.
Well that’s it ladies and gents. I have no more tricks up my sleeve. Obviously these products didn’t take me from cystic acne queen to clear skin for days, I have to give Accutane some thanks for that. It’s also important to note that my skin is not perfect. I still get pimples and I have scars but that’s nothing a good skincare regimen, some chemical peels and time can’t fix. But these products are my tried and true and have helped me SIGNIFICANTLY. Give them a try and let me know what you think! I’m dying to hear your thoughts!