Oiliness and pimples… we all hoped they’d disappear after high-school graduation. But alas, for many of us adults, they’re here to stay — or at least pay us an occasional unwelcome visit, often at the most inopportune times (first date, interview, wedding!).
In this article, you will learn:
- How to Take Care of Acne-Prone Skin
- How to Hydrate Oily and Acne-Prone Skin
- The Ultimate Skin-Damage Prevention
How to Take Care of Acne-Prone Skin
Ditch The Harsh Products
Unless you’re suffering from severe, all-over acne and excessive oiliness, chances are you truly do not need super-strong ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and sulfur in your regimen.
In fact, for most of us, these substances will cause irritation and dryness which further exacerbate acne as your skin (a truly intelligent organ) tries to compensate for the lack of moisture. In other words, you don’t need to use extremely potent skincare remedies. These options may seem like a quick fix, but they will leave you with irritated, sensitive skin over the long-term. The most effective solution is to stay consistent with a skincare routine that involves gentle, quality ingredients (more on that later).
So you’re wondering how to hydrate oily skin? One of the best things anyone can do for their skin, regardless of what kind of specific skin-related concerns they have, is to hydrate internally by drinking enough water.
Sometimes, the best advice is the most simple. This is definitely the case with clearing troubled skin. Before turning to skincare products and scheduling consultations with your dermatologist, first ask yourself if you’re drinking enough water.
Often times, after 2-4 weeks of doubling water intake, many people see a dramatic difference in their skin. This is because staying hydrated allows your body to function properly and also helps flush out toxins that may be causing breakouts or blotchy oiliness. To add another level of benefits while drinking water, add some lemon to give your body a healthy detox.
Are you often eating processed foods? Do you go out to eat more than you cook at home? Do you give in to your sweet tooth a little more often than you’d care to admit? These are all signs that you may need to make some serious modifications to your diet- not only for your overall health, but for the sake of your oily or acne-prone skin.
It’s important to know what not to eat, but equally essential to know what to add to your diet for healthier, hydrated skin. For the optimal diet to hydrate oily or acne-prone skin, add some leafy greens, probiotic-rich foods like sauerkraut, and detoxing foods like artichoke to your meals.
There’s no need to know any more tips on how to hydrate oily skin until you’ve made sure your diet and hydration are balanced. It’s equally as essential to nourish your skin to keep any unwanted flare-ups at bay.
How to Hydrate Oily and Acne-Prone Skin
If you’re oily or easily blemished, follow these tips to perfectly hydrate your skin while clearing your pores and maintaining that coveted fresh glow.
Choose a Gentle Cleanser
Cleansers for acne or oily skin typically strip the skin of its delicate moisture balance, which disrupts the hydrolipid (uppermost) surface layer of skin, making it vulnerable to bacteria, sensitivity, and even allergic reactions.
Instead of relying on foaming cleansers which are typically infused with skin-irritating surfactants like sodium lauryl sulfate, try a clay cleanser like our Geothermal Clay Cleanser, which contains oil to melt away excess sebum and debris as well as clay, which deep cleans pores without triggering dryness or flakiness. This is the kind of cleansing toner that can also gently hydrate oily skin.
Use A Hydrating Toner
Skin needs water to look and feel its absolute healthiest. However, with age, and as we continue to be ravaged by environmental assaults such as winds, temperature, UV damage, and even indoor cooling/heating systems, our skin loses water quite rapidly.
One of the best ways to almost instantaneously replenish the hydration in your skin is by using a toner, which because of its liquid composition penetrates deeply and quickly. Try our signature formula Dew, which contains bacteria-fighting camphor and pore-toning witch hazel but still manages to deliver an amazing surge of hydration.
Dew is also a toner that balances the pH which is beneficial for troubled skin. Often times, mild acne is worsened simply because of using the wrong skincare products. When our pH is off, it can cause blotchy oiliness, acne breakouts, inflammation, and redness. Having a pH-friendly product on hand can be useful on the days when you need to reset your skin to its healthy, natural state and calm your skin down to prevent future issues.
Apply An Oil After You Moisturize
Oils after moisturizers? You heard that right! Your toner and moisturizer work to hydrate dry skin and infuse it with nourishing vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and other skin-loving elements, but using an oil will “seal in” all the beneficial substances to prevent moisture from escaping.
On top of that, despite the texture, oils can add wonderful, transformative benefits for oily and acne-prone skin — as long as the right ingredients are carefully curated.
Our Extraordinary Face Oil Wooshie’s Blend harnesses an oil-fermentation technology that increases the production of free fatty acids, which help with the following:
- Dissolve the deposits of impurities and excess sebum that block pores
- Visibly improve damage from blemishes
We then add in fermented green tea tree oil, a powerful purifying agent, a Brazilian rainforest active shown to reduce comedones and a cocktail of clarifying essential oils such as neroli, vetiver, manuka, cardamom, and white grapefruit.
The Ultimate Skin-Damage Prevention
It doesn’t matter how what kind of skin you have— SPF protection is one of the most important, non-negotiable steps in your daily skincare regimen, rain or shine.
UV damage causes the formation of:
- Dark spots
- Sagging skin
- Dry, scaly skin
Our Daily Hydration Broad Spectrum SPF 43 won’t clog pores but adds nice, silky moisture that defends oily skin from our world’s harshest elements.
Mechanical engineer and Wharton MBA, Maya Crothers, began her career in corporate America where she worked in consulting and operations for a variety of Fortune 100 companies. After leaving the corporate world and moving to Jackson Hole, WY she found the need for high performance, clean skincare that could stand up to extreme environments. This led to her founding Circcell Skincare. She lives in Jackson Hole with her husband, two children and a menagerie of animals.