Oily skin and acne prone skin is not easy to maintain as skin problems can keep popping up and make your skin far from being beautiful. Markets are filled with skin care products targeted for oily skin and acne prone skin but what exactly to choose and how to take care of the oily skin is the million dollar question. Following a proper skin care routine for oily skin that is acne prone is extremely important. When you take good care, only then you can achieve a healthy blemish free skin.
The important thing to remember is the people with oily skin are actually blessed, oil in the skin actually keeps it conditioned and younger for a long time in life and the emergence of fine lines take quite sometime to get hold of them!
Here, we’ll tell you how to recognize and separate products that will help your skin and those that will make the acne problem worse.
Acne can come on suddenly on perfectly clear skin and take you by surprise. In both guys and girls. At any age, too.
Acne breakouts are increasingly common in people who are way past their teens, in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. Our first response is to rush to a doctor, ask for the strongest medicines, finish the course and want to get on with life, like acne never happened. Fair enough.
Completing a course of antibiotics does not mean acne is cured. It is a disease, not a bout of fever.
Acne is cyclical. After a long period of remission (staying dormant), it can come back, again, suddenly, out of the blue. You can prevent these recurrences to an extent.
While a surge of hormones on reaching puberty (teens, early 20’s) is the most common time and cause of acne, there are other instances in your life when you are susceptible to developing acne.
Here are some less known reasons. They are not some vague ball of puff. There are tests for each of these conditions that you can use to rule them out one by one.
- Poly-Cystic Ovarian Disease (PCOS)
- Thyroid disorders (hyper or hypothyroidism)
- Insulin Resistance (spikes in insulin, common in diabetic families)
- Food allergies and intolerance (e.g. milk)
- Nutritional deficiencies (deficiency of vitamin D, zinc etc.)
- Heredity (parents had it)
- Times of hormonal upheaval (pre-mentrual time, ovulation, pregnancy, post-pregnancy, breastfeeding, weaning, menopause, sexual activity, intense workouts)
- Stress and mental tension
- Pore-clogging skin care or makeup products (common)
Even though people use an acne treatment or follow their doctor’s prescription, they continue to use pore-clogging products on the side in the form of face washes, face packs, scrubs, toners and what not.
Pore-clogging or comedogenic products used alongside can totally kill any benefits you might be receiving from an acne treatment. Then you wonder why your pimples aren’t going away. It is like taking heavy-duty medicines for Diabetes and continuing to eat large amounts of sugar. What do you think is going to happen?
While acne is an internal problem, there are things you can do externally that can bring relief. The first line of treatment is skin care. Very often, fixing your skin care routine is enough to bring noticeable results. In any case, a robust skin care plan is needed if you are to see lasting relief.
Comedogenic Versus Non-comedogenic Ingredients: Why Care
How do you know if a skin care or makeup product will help or harm acne prone skin? The answer is not in the front of the product label (where all the high-flying claims are) but at the back of the label (where the ingredient list is).
That, and two words: comedogenic and non-comedogenic.
A comedogenic ingredient can block the tiny pores in the skin. Blocked pores can develop into red, swollen pimples. A non-comedogenic ingredient does not block skin’s pores. You want to choose products that contain only non-comedogenic ingredients and no comedogenic ones.
Even if the cause of acne is hormonal imbalance, allergies, nutritional deficiency or heredity, continuing to use comedogenic products will make any medications you might be taking to control acne, less effective. So you will continue to see new pimples, and the skin will never clear up completely. Then you will wonder why your acne medication isn’t working.
If you are still getting breakouts while being on acne medication, you need to turn a critical eye toward your skin care and makeup stash, including face wash, moisturizer, face pack, shaving cream, sunscreen, toner, scrub, foundation and face powder.
Choose products that show the full list of ingredients on their label (and not just key ingredients) and test the ingredient list for comedogenic stuff before buying.
Creams, lotions and oils are frequently comedogenic. Gels are generally safer. An oil-free label is not enough to make a product non-comedogenic as some of the non-oil ingredients in it might be comedogenic.
Skingredients is a free online tool that anyone can use to find out if a skin care or makeup product contains comedogenic ingredients. All you need to do is type in or copy paste a comma-separated list of ingredients (usually found on review websites or online shops) and press a button.
Your Basic Skin Care Regimen For Acne
- Cleanser – You need it to thoroughly clean sunscreen, moisturizer and makeup without irritating the skin. Our recommendation – Himalaya Purifying Neem Face Wash.
- Exfoliant – A low percentage glycolic acid product, an exfoliating cleanser to keep pores clear and reduce oiliness. A medicated one like Glomed face wash is your best bet.
- Treatment – A low percentage salicylic acid product to keep pores clear and reduce oiliness. We recommend Sebonac Gel – you can get it from medical stores.
- Moisturizer – You need it for relief from dry, stretchy feeling and possible skin flaking. Get a great non-comedogenic one like Neutrogena Oil-free Moisture for Combination Skin (not the SPF 15 version) or Aloe Veda Aloe Vera Gel.
- Sunscreen – Final step in your daily regime to prevent darkening of acne spots and overall sun protection. We think these are some good ones – Sunprotek Gel SPF 30+ , Bioderma Photoderm Spot SPF 50+ , Kaya Daily Use Sunscreen + with SPF 15 .
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