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Oily & Acne Prone Skin

Updated: Oct 16, 2023

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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.

  1. Proper Cleansing: Emphasize the importance of cleansing the face morning and night with a gentle, non-comedogenic cleanser to remove dirt, excess oil, and makeup.

  2. Makeup Removal: Encourage the use of makeup removers to ensure that all makeup and impurities are thoroughly removed, especially before bedtime.

  3. Hair Care: Recommend keeping hair away from the face, especially if someone has bangs. Regular hair washing and avoiding tight-fitting hats can help reduce the transfer of oils and dirt to the skin.

  4. Diet and Hydration: Stress the connection between diet and skin health. Encourage a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables while minimizing the consumption of junk food and sugary beverages. Adequate hydration is also important for healthy skin.

  5. Hand Hygiene: Emphasize the need to avoid touching the face with unwashed hands to prevent the transfer of bacteria and oils.

  6. Non-Comedogenic Products: Suggest using non-comedogenic skincare and makeup products to reduce the risk of clogged pores and breakouts.

  7. Hands-Off Approach: Discourage the habit of picking or squeezing acne, as it can lead to scarring and worsen the condition.

  8. Clean Bedding: Recommend changing pillowcases and sheets frequently to prevent the buildup of oils and bacteria on bedding.

  9. Professional Facials: Mention the potential benefits of professional facials, which can include deep cleansing, exfoliation, and extractions performed by a licensed esthetician.

  10. Consultation with Dermatologist: Encourage individuals with persistent or severe acne to consult with a dermatologist for a personalized treatment plan, which may include prescription medications or other interventions.

  11. Sun Protection: Stress the importance of daily sun protection with a broad-spectrum SPF to prevent post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and skin damage.

  12. Stress Management: Highlight the role of stress in acne and suggest stress-reduction techniques, such as mindfulness, meditation, and relaxation exercises.

  13. Regular Follow-Up: Recommend regular follow-up appointments to monitor progress and adjust the skincare routine as needed.

Each person's skin is unique, and it's essential to provide tailored advice based on an individual's specific skin type, concerns, and needs. Your personal experience and professional training can be invaluable in helping others achieve healthier, clearer skin.

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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