Acne Education #5 - Skincare Routine For Oily Skin


It has been a while since my last acne education post. But I'm back today with a skincare routine for those of you with oily complexions that will also help keep the spots away. 

I personally don't have oily skin but my younger sister (who is now contributing photographer for Shelbi Chic) does. So, I stole her skincare routine for this post. My sister started breaking out a few years ago with moderate hormonal acne. It took a while to figure out a regimen that agreed with her skin and helped clear it up. But we Mum finally found a solution and her skin is looking better than ever.

1. Cleanse - pHisohex
Firstly, I would just like to say that I love how realistic the tagline on the bottle is: "face wash for cleaner skin and fewer pimples". It doesn't say that it is going to solve all your acne problems - ahem Proactiv - because that is unrealistic when you're an adolescent or young adult. I love that it's not making promises it can't keep like other brands - ahem Proactiv.

This product is an anti-bacterial facial cleanser in the biggest bottle I have ever seen in a cleanser. At 500 mL for $17.69 at Chemist Warehouse, it is great value for money because it lasts a good two to three months and you don't need a lot to cleanse.

This cleanser aids in the treatment of acne and pimples by removing bacteria while maintaining the skin's normal pH balance. It also helps remove dirt and oil from blocked pores. The consistency is quite milky or creamy and it doesn't foam up. It also has no fragrance; there's more of a subtle medicinal scent.

The only thing I don't like about it is that it doesn't come with a pump, so I do think it is a bit unhygienic. However, because it is anti-bacterial, as you rub the cleanser onto your hands before applying it to your face, it is killing off the bacteria. I still think it would be better with a pump though.

2. Calm and Refresh - Avene Thermal Spring Water
I can't wait to write a review on this product in a separate post. The purpose of applying this after cleansing is to calm your face down from any irritation or redness that may have been caused while cleansing. It also adds moisture and helps your moisturiser to work better. ($20.99 for 300 mL at Chemist Warehouse.)

3. Hydrate - Clean & Clear Essentials Moisturiser
I'm sure I don't need to stress the importance of moisture on the skin, especially in the colder months and especially when using harsh treatments on the face. This moisturiser also has a small amount of salicylic acid in it, which will help unclog clogged pores, but it won't be enough to treat your skin problems and see great results. ($6.69 for 100 mL at Chemist Warehouse.)

4. Treat - Benzac 2 1/2% Benzoyl Peroxide
This is the stuff that is really going to make your zits run for the hills. I will also do a separate post on this product where I'll go into more detail about how to use it. But basically, this is an anti-bacterial cream that is going to unclog your pores and prevent spots in future. You can apply this after your moisturiser, or you can mix it with your moisturiser. You can apply it to problem areas or over your entire face. If you would like to spot-treat, you can also dab a tiny amount over the top of your zit. Be sure to thoroughly wash your hands after use as it does stain material. ($13.69 for 50g at Chemist Warehouse.)

As I said earlier, this regimen has cleared up my sister's skin a lot. She doesn't go without the occasional zit here and there but the overall appearance of her skin is amazing. My sister's skin is quite tough and resilient; if you do have sensitive skin, please begin this regimen with caution and slowly introduce new products to your skin, particularly the cleanser and benzoyl peroxide.

You may have noticed that there is no exfoliation or toner as part of my sister's oily skin regimen. In a nutshell, this is because exfoliants are unnecessary as the skin naturally sheds skin and toners are irritating to the skin. In my opinion, they cause more harm than good and are not required in a skincare routine. When you're dealing with acne-prone skin, it's best to keep things simple.

If you try this skincare regimen, please do let me know. I'd love to know how you go with it!

Part 1 - My Acne Journey
Part 2 - What Is Acne and Why Do We Get It?
Part 3 - What Is Your Skin Type?
Part 4 - My Top 10 Tips for Helping Acne

NB: I am not a dermatologist or skin specialist. I do not claim to know everything about acne. This information is derived from websites, books and my own knowledge/experience with acne.