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Post Updated November 2020
My skin is one of my biggest annoyances. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not awful – but equally, it isn’t brilliant. It definitely has its flare-ups and it’s quite rare if I don’t have any spots or blemishes which is my main gripe with it. I also have incredibly oily skin, to the extreme and its texture could definitely improve. However, having said all that, there are definitely some products that help it to improve, or at least help reduce its time as a spotty, oily mess which is my state of being 90% of the time.
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Skincare Product 1: The Ordinary Niacinamide
This is a recent addition to my skincare collection and after hearing so many positive things about The Ordinary I promptly added this to my basket. So far, I’ve used it for about a month now and would say that it helps to improve skin texture and oiliness. I haven’t seen a drastic improvement like most of the reviews say, but there has definitely been a slight difference in oil levels and skin texture. The problem hasn’t completely gone but it’s definitely getting there so I’m hoping with continual use some of those issues will become less prominent.
Skincare Product 2: Simple
You can’t go wrong with Simple products in my eyes and this daily moisturiser I find is perfect for my skin and I’ve used it for years. It also has SPF 30 which always helps and it’s a fairly light-weight and scent-free formula so doesn’t leave my face feeling greasy or heavy. It’s also pretty cheap and the pump is a nice design feature.
Skincare Product 3: Carmex
I apply this lip balm every night religiously and it helps to stop my lips from turning into cracked and dry messes. I prefer the Strawberry version over the Cherry one but the formula is exactly the same. It’s a fairly heavy-duty lip balm so I don’t tend to use it during the day but as soon as I’m about to go to sleep I put some on and it definitely keeps dryness at bay.
Skincare Product 4: Bio-oil
Although I have incredibly oily skin it also tends to be prone to dry patches, annoyingly. I use Bio-oil to re-hydrate these areas in a bid to stop makeup from clinging to it and also to help heal acne scars. Supposedly, the high concentration of Vitamin E in Bio-oil is what allows scars to heal more quickly and there’s definitely been an improvement since I started using this regularly.
Skincare Product 5: Acnecide
This is a pretty heavy-duty and intense spot cream that definitely needs to be applied lightly and sparingly. It works incredibly well to dry up any spots and to kill any bacteria and I find if I put this on a blemish before it reaches its full potential then, often, it makes it go away before it reaches peak spotness. It definitely helps with reducing the length of time a spot is on the skin, but like I say, it’s quite heavy-duty and can leave your skin looking dry or red if too much is applied so it’s one to be careful with. The benefits of it do outweigh the negatives and I find if I put some Bio-oil on after using it for a few days then my skin goes back to normal.
Those are some of my top picks for oily and acne-prone skin. I think it’s important to remember that these are not miracle products and using some of them for a few days is not going to cure you of acne/oiliness/poor skin texture/redness/dryness but they are definitely a way to help manage and maintain those problem areas of your skin and I’ve definitely seen slight improvement since using them!
What do you use on your skin? I’m always interested to hear your recommendations!
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