So, you have oily skin. Me too. And I promise it’s not a curse. You just have to know how to work with it, not against it.
The first commandment of oily skin: THOU SHALT NOT TRY TO DRY IT OUT. Ever. Under any circumstances. If you do, I will find you. And I will smear moisturizer all over your face. Your skin creates oil to moisturize and protect itself, so trying to dry it out and not putting moisturizer on it will only make your skin produce more oil. But if you apply moisturizer, you are now in control, because it makes your skin go, “oh, hey, I don’t need to protect myself”. Your skin will still get oily throughout the night or day, but it doesn’t get as oily as it would if you hadn’t moisturized.
Now, there is a difference between oily skin and oily/comedogenic (acne-prone) skin. For regular oily skin, a good gentle cleanser, like baby shampoo or even a cleansing balm or oil (do not fear oil), and a good serum and/or moisturizer should do you fine. If you’re a little older and you’re worried about aging, feel free to use an anti-aging serum, but you still need to moisturize! A moisturizer doesn’t need to be anything fancy. It just needs to moisturize your skin, and that’s it. I personally like the Simple brand range of moisturizers. They’re very no fuss, and do exactly what you want them to do, no more, no less.
For more acne-prone skin, like mine (joy of joys), there are some other things you’ll want to use under your moisturizer to help your acne. First of all, let me explain the differences between salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl Peroxide works on the surface of the skin, basically as a disinfectant to kill germs and bacteria. Salicylic Acid works inside the pore to not only disinfect, but also to exfoliate and to slightly shrink the pore (don’t expect miracles y’all). I have found that I can use a Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% cream in conjunction with a Salicylic Acid 2% cream. Your skin may be more sensitive than mine, so if you want to use them together I would consult a dermatologist or esthetician first. But for my skin, I find that a combination of those two works best. After applying those and my eye cream (yes, you should have an eye cream), I apply my moisturizer. My current Benzoyl Peroxide cream is the Skin+Pharmacy Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% cream from CVS, and my current Salicylic Acid treatment is the Burt’s Bees Maximum Strength Salicylic Acid cream 2%. I like these the best out of any of the other acne treatments I’ve used (trust me, that’s big).
I do use two different moisturizers: one for day, and one for night. During the day I’ve been using Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil Controlling lotion with SPF 30. And if you’re not using SPF during the day, SHAME ON YOU. At night I use the Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturizer. It almost has a gel texture, and I’ve been using it for nearly a year and love it. Oh, and don’t forget to moisturize your neck and chest! The neck and chest can be two of the first places to show age on the body, and moisturizing helps to keep wrinkles at bay!
That’s it really. The main thing is to moisturize. Exfoliate once or twice a week, do whatever else you have to do, and then dunk yourself in a vat of moisturizer. Every day. Ok, ok, not a vat, but you know what I mean! Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!