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We all have had our ups and down when it comes to skincare. If you’re one of the few people out there who have great skin, consider yourself lucky because the rest of us are suffering. Our skin is probably our biggest insecurity and if you’re anything like me, you will do anything -including poking and prodding- to improve the appearance of your skin. One of the most vital things you can do for your skin is to create a skincare routine based on your skin type. You can consider your skin oily if you’re noticeably greasy as hell two hours into your day. Those who have dry skin generally experience dry patches and flaky skin on their face. Combination skin is usually associated with oiliness throughout the t-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) and a little bit of flakiness. If you’re unsure about your skin type you can try something called the ’tissue test’. This just includes washing your face (do not moisturize), letting it dry, and then putting pieces of tissue on your forehead, nose, chin, and cheeks. If the tissue falls off immediately, you have dry skin. If the tissue sticks at all, you have oily skin. If you experience both of these you have combination skin.
This cleanser clears pores and cools the skin. The Biore blemish fighting ice cleanser formulated to protect your skin from blemishes and brightens your skin. It’s oil-free and great for acne-prone skin.
Pros: Doesn’t cause breakouts, has an ice effect on skin, removes makeup well.
Cons: May cause irritation on sensitive skin (use once a week at first, then begin to use it more frequently), takes time for the skin to adjust to the product.
The Clinique Liquid Facial Soap cleanses your face and removes excess oil without stripping your skin of its natural oils. This cleanser balances your skin’s moisture levels.
Pros: Mild (non-irritating), removes impurities.
Cons: Doesn’t remove makeup well.
This serum is formulated to reduce the appearance of blemishes and congestion. It also balances visible aspects of sebum activity. It’s not created to control acne problems but does reduce oil production. It also brightens your skin.
Pros: Controls oil production, brightens the skin, inexpensive.
Cons: Can be extremely irritating to sensitive skin.
This clarifying toner helps to balance out oiliness in your skin. It removes traces of makeup and impurities while refreshing, purifying, and preparing your skin for moisturizer. The seaweed toner is made from mineral-rich seaweed from Ireland.
Pros: Vegan, non-irritating.
This mask is formulated with acne-busting ingredients like kaolin clay and magnesium aluminium silicate. This tingly face mask provides gentle exfoliation, tightens skin, minimizes pores, and makes your skin more radiant. P.S. This mask is super pretty.
Pros: Smoothens and brightens skin, absorbs impurities.
Cons: On the pricey side.
Peel-off face masks are great because they can be used as pore strips for your whole face. So this product is definitely a winner for me. The sweet tea in this mask protects your skin while the lemon helps lighten dark spots for a radiant complexion.
Pros: Peel-off mask, reduces the appearance of pores.
Cons: May hurt skin while peeling off
The fresh citrus smell of this moisturizer is one of the main reasons why I continuously purchase it. However, it also keeps your skin moisturized without promoting excess oil production. It also absorbs quickly into the skin, so you can avoid that face-fanning fiasco.
Pros: Smells amazing, gel consistency (not oily)
This gel face cream is a little bit more expensive when it comes to drugstore brands, but it’s so worth it. This non-greasy formula contains hyaluronic acid and is SPF 15. It keeps your skin looking smooth and supple.
Pros: SPF 15, contains hyaluronic acid.
Cons: Should only be used during the day, fragrant.
Despite the long name, this product is quick to create smoother looking skin while preventing and treating blackheads, as well as blemishes. This formula contains 2% salicylic acid that works fast to clear your skin.
Pros: Contain salicylic acid, relieves redness.
Cons: Pricier, leaky cap.
This face and body scrub is infused with activated charcoal to prevent blemishes, infections, and keep skin feeling fresh and clean. The charcoal in this scrub expels excess oil and impurities from the skin and moisturizing nutrients and minerals behind.
Pros: Good for acne-prone skin, non-fragrant.
Cons: May cause irritation.
For all of my makeup lovers out there, a great primer is key to prevent breakouts and excess oil production. This primer creates the look of minimized pores and can be worn by itself to create a ‘blurred appearance’ or under foundation for flawless coverage.
Pros: Minimizes the appearance of pores, inexpensive (compared to other primers).
Cons: Not as great coverage compared to more expensive primers.
These are only suggestions for products that can control oily/acne-prone skin. Each product will have a different effect on everyone as each individuals skin type is different. An important thing to keep in mind is that you can’t permanently change your skin type (ex. oil production, pore size). You can only temporarily reduce the appearance of certain things that you dislike about your skin.
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