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Top Picks for Oily, Acne Prone Skin

Written by:
Nikol

I consider myself super blessed to have never really struggled with acne, but I know quite a few people who have and had a bit of experience myself in high school. I use to get extremely bad hormonal breakouts around that time of the month and literally nothing worked for me. It was trial and error and unfortunately for me, it was 98% all error. It wasn’t until I got a routine down that I was able alleviate those pesky flare ups. I’m always trying to help others with their skin issues so I dug head first into researching some of the best and most affordable products available for those with oily and acne prone skin. Check out my top picks!

Mario Badescu Glycolic Cleanser


Glycolic acid is a necessary addition to a skincare regimen for oily, acne prone skin. It works to exfoliate the outermost layer skin, to smooth skin texture. If you have any acne scarring, this will help it fade over time. This Mario Badescu cleanser is a relatively mild way to introduce it into your routine. Try using this 2-3 nights a week. It is recommended to use glycolic acid as it will make your skin sensitive to light, making you susceptible to sunburn. After using this a few times a week, you should notice a brighter complexion and smoother skin texture.

The Ordinary, Salicylic Acid 2%

The Ordinary is a relatively new brand you may have seen pop up all over blogs in the past year. Their focus is on direct, chemically stable products, at low cost. Basically you have the ability to mix and match your own acids and serums to customize your skincare. Salicylic acid is typically found in acne cleansers and some prescription medication. It works to dissolve debris that can clog pores and cause acne. It’s especially helpful if you have some stubborn blackheads-- it can dissolve the gunk and help regulate skin cells. You can use this up to twice a day, but at first try it once a day to see how your skin reacts to direct acids.

The Ordinary, Niacinamide Zinc

Niacinamide Zinc is a great product to introduce into your regimen if you experience oily skin. Niacinamide helps to reduce excess oil production, a likely cause of non-hormonal acne, and also helps to reduce the appearance of acne and acne scarring. You can use this twice daily, and it’s safe in combination with the Ordinary’s Salicylic Acid, just be sure to do a test patch first to see how your skin reacts.

Kiehls, Midnight Recovery Oil


If you have oily skin, it may seem counterintuitive to introduce a facial oil into your routine, but it’s important to keep your skin hydrated. If you are using products such as the salicylic acid and niacinamide and aren’t using a moisturizer, these products act to stop excess oil, which if not moisturized, could cause a further increase in oil production. The midnight recovery oil may be the most expensive part of my routine, but the 1.0 OZ bottle has lasted me almost an entire year. You’lll wake up with reduced redness, brightness, and an overall glow. It has evening primrose oil, which helps reduce acne and redness. Apply 2-3 drops nightly and gently pressing into skin.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel

This Clinique moisturizer has been my go-to for years. It’s gel texture makes it easy to apply and is instantly absorbed, leaving smooth and moisturized.

My Holy Grail: Snail Mucin


Holy grail for me. I will never not have this in my skin care collection. Snail mucin can help to stimulate the formation of collagen and elastin, protect skin from free radicals, soothe skin, repair damaged tissues and restore hydration. It’s used to treat dry skin, wrinkles and stretch marks, acne and rosacea, age spots, burns, scars, razor bumps and even flat warts. It is packed with skin loving nutrients such as hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein, proteoglycans, and antimicrobial and copper peptides. Don’t worry...no snails are harmed in the making, they actually live pretty awesome lives!

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