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Oily & Acne Prone Skin

Oily & Acne Prone Skin

Growing up I suffered from severe acne. It started when I was 13 and continued well into adulthood. It started on my forehead and gradually moved down to my chin, neck and back. If I had a dollar for every piece of well intentioned advice or slight dig to my skin care routine by someone with immaculate looking skin, I could have retired by 25 and moved to a private island.

I was told things like stop eating so much junk food, don’t touch your face, and don’t have your hair in your face. However, my absolute favorite was “wash your face!” Then, when I answered, I do wash my face in the morning and at night. “Do you wash your face with soap?” The answer was yes I wash my face morning and night with a medicated soap. To which the reply was a simple “oh” and they walked away.

I literally did everything under the sun. I saw the dermatologist every year to no avail. I did everything the dermatologist told me to do along with hoping I would grow out of it like I was promised. Once I hit my 30s enough was enough!! I had cystic acne, milia, pustules and some white heads for good measure.

I was using a three step system, that was formulated by two female dermatologists, that was supposed to help with acne. I was beside myself and went back to the dermatologist yet again. Seeing her was life changing! She asked me lots of questions, reviewed acne prone skin care routine, and recommended monthly facials to help clear up my skin.

These are some of the dermatologist recommended skin care routines for oily acne prone skin.

  1. Wash your face in the morning and at night.

  2. Remove all makeup and anything else that has been on the neck and face throughout the day.

  3. Keep hair pulled back and away from the face.

  4. Wash your hair everyday or every other day especially if you have bangs.

  5. Avoid wearing tight fitting hats and make sure hats are clean and change them often.

  6. Reduce the amount of junk food and soda that is consumed.

  7. Avoid touching your face with unclean hands

  8. Purchase non comedogenic ingredient products, like makeup and SPF

  9. Don’t pick at the acne

  10. Chang bedding such as sheets and pillow cases weekly. If possible change pillowcase twice a week

Fast forward a few years later. Now I’m a licensed esthetician and help other individuals suffering from acne. Some of the things I recommend as a skin therapist and esthetician are as follows

1. Monthly or bi-weekly facias targeted specifically for acne prone skin

2. Cleansing with high quality products such as Dermalogica

3. Exfoliating on a weekly basis

4. Light therapy such as blue light

Dealing with acne prone skin can be very difficult. Not only can it scar your skin, it can scar you emotionally as well. If you have any questions please visit us at or call or text 970-980-6168

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