Battling with oily, acne prone skin can be a very tough and expensive struggle. In no time, you will find yourself spending a lot of money on various skin care brands, hoping for a miracle. At the same time, what you really need is to maintain a disciplined beauty/skin care routine. As you know, I have struggled with acne prone skin for a long period of time, and through my toughest battles, I've learned and picked up many tips that I found helpful. Hopefully, you would find these tips beneficial, especially for those who are still struggling with getting clear skin :)
1. Cleanse Gently
Avoid using cleansers with beads that will dry out your skin. Dry skin = more breakouts. Use a gentle cleanser and wash twice daily, once in the morning and night. One of my favourite brands is First Aid Beauty. Their products contain no parabens, harsh chemicals or colorants. It is also safe for sensitive skin.
Over exfoliating and deep cleansing may also cause your skin to break out more. Remember that simplicity is always the best :)
2. Clean Your Make Up Brushes Throroughly
If you wear makeup, always remember to wash your makeup brushes as there could be bacteria and dirt on the bristles of your brush. Foundation brushes (especially cream based foundations) should be washed everyday. Powder brushes should be washed every 2 weeks. Makeup sponges can also trap dirt, so do wash them at least once a week.
Don't be tricked into buying overly-priced makeup brush cleansers. Sometimes, the ingredients in them may cause you to breakout. So be careful and always read the ingredient list! This is also a good method to deep clean your makeup brushes. Saw this in Michelle Phan's video a few years ago too :)
3. Never Wear Makeup To Bed
You may feel tired and extremely lazy to remove your makeup after a long hectic day, but never never go to bed with your full face makeup on! Always remove your makeup thoroughly before bed so that your pores would not get clogged and your skin is able to breathe throughout the night.
Use a good cleansing oil to thoroughly remove your makeup. Personally, my favourite is the Shu Uemura PoreFinest Cleansing Oil. I wrote a review about this gem before in one of my blog post. Search for it if you'd like :)
I have also heard good reviews of this cleansing oil by Boscia. It's their Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil. It's slightly cheaper than Shu Uemura, so this may be a good choice for starters :)
You can easily find Boscia products at Sephora outlets. Alternatively, if you do not want to travel all the way down to their physical store, you can easily purchase it from 'Sephora Beauty Collection' on ZALORA online! You can also shop Sephora's home brand on their site, as well as other famous brands in Sephora like Tarte (my fav!), Glamglow, Philosophy and many more :)
Don't forget to drink 1 to 2 Litres of water everyday! ;) Hope this helps!