There are several misconceptions about oily skin care and acne prone skin. We have seen people use such harsh products that go to great lengths to strip the skin of its natural oils thinking this would control the oiliness and acne. On the contrary, it only aggravates. When you use a drying product, your skin might feel tight and drier, but in reality, it increases oil production because when you strip the skin of natural oils, it sets off an alarm and pushes the skin to to create even more oil because its worried about the moisture loss.
One of the recent worries we heard from a customer who had oily skin was the 10-step skincare routine being too much for her skin to handle as it would only add to the oiliness. It's very important to understand that its not the layers that add to the oiliness but the suitability of the product you are using.
Let's clear up a few of these misunderstandings today and talk about a healthy routine for oily skin and acne prone skin.
Double Cleansing - double cleansing is so important in your routine. The oil cleanser helps get rid of the sebum build up and clears up your pores. When used regularly, it actually helps regulate oil production, which in turn leads to a clearer complexion. Some oil cleansers we would recommend for oily and acne prone skin types are:
You have to follow an oil cleanser with a water-based cleanser, and the priorities while selecting a good yet gentle water-based cleanser is to find something that balances the pH levels of your skin and can help with clearing up your pores so there's no place to hide for all the impurities trapped by oil. Just to make sure you find what you need, here are a few recommendations from our Chok Chok gurus:
Gentle but Frequent Exfoliation - Unlike Western exfoliators, which are super harsh, Korean ones are gentle and allow you to exfoliate more than just once a week. Removing the dead skin cells regularly prevents them from building up and creating blackheads, whiteheads or pimples. While trying to clear up your skin, we would recommend a chemical exfoliator as they would penetrate the surface and remove impurities from underneath instead of just the dead skin cells on the surface. We recommend the BHA Blackhead Power Liquid by Cosrx.
Maintain the pH Balance of Your Skin with a Toner - When you maintain the pH levels of your skin at about 5.5, your skin barrier is stronger, which in turn keeps bacteria out and moisture locked in. A good toner helps you do exactly that and here are the ones we would go for:
Stay Hydrated - As much as we encourage downing all that H2O, we also recommend using an Essence to accelerate skin renewal and hydrate that skin so as to avoid excess sebum production. Did you know that Hyaluronic Acid holds 1000x its weight in water?? Why not indulge in essences containing sodium hyaluronate? The one that stands out for us is the Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power by Cosrx. Not only does it contain Hyaluronic Acid, but also 96% snail goo. Snail mucin is lightweight in texture and hydrates deeply without the stickiness and greasiness. In addition, it has antimicrobial properties and regenerative properties, which minimize breakouts and help with the fading of scars respectively.
Suitable Treatments - Serums and Ampoules have the highest number of active ingredients in our skincare routines. You can use a suitable one to target specific concerns, such as pore tightening, spots, fading of scars etc. A few of the good ones for oily skin and acne are:
Use Lightweight Moisturizers - 100% of Korean women with oily skin said that they opted for water-based creams because they are lighter and don't cause much shine after a good night's rest. These are our top picks for oily and acne prone skin:
What are favorite products for oily and acne prone skin?
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