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Oily/ Acne-Prone Skincare Routine

Updated: Nov 23, 2019


I have dry skin now but I used to be a teen a while back and did suffer from really oily skin and suffered through acne breakouts and I still suffer from allergic reactions and oily T zone and large pores. I wish back then I had a better idea or social media that told me girl you have choices back then I didn't have much choice but there are some products that are my ride and die and some are brands that I truly trust.

I have made sections skincare routine wise and gave options in each category which are affordable (mostly under Rs 500/-). Skincare products are trial and error method because every skin is different and every skin reacts differently to different products. What works for me may not work for you but trying is how you will know and you know your skin better then anybody so listen to what your skin is telling you.

Also skincare is not one and done kind of system its something you need to keep doing and adjust accordingly. As and when you grow your hormones changes and that is the major reason for your skin to change and react so don't panic and understand what your skin needs.


1. Face Wash:

Cleansing is important for every skin but especially oily skin because oily skin have large pores which tend to store pollution and dirt which needs to be cleaned out thoroughly. But the biggest mistake what an oily person does is use a stripping face wash which is wrong on so many levels you need to use something that will clean your skin but will also not strip away your natural oils. Something that will maintain your ph level. Some of the options are:

Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Face Wash

This is the face wash I have used through out my teenage years and still carry a small version of this when I'm travelling to beach vacation or anywhere humid. Perfect for your skin and your pocket.

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Simple Kind To Skin Refreshing Facial Wash

I love Simple has a brand and its great for sensitive skin so if you are prone to getting acne then this is something you will love as it doesn't dry your skin either and its super refreshing as the name says.

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Mamaearth Face Wash With Tea Tree Oil And Neem Extract For

Acne & Pimples

I have heard great things about this brand and I do like that they have have products that carter to different skin needs and is super affordable too and doesn't have harmful chemicals.

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Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser

Doctor usually recommend this brand and so did mine and I still use their cleanser but now because I have dry skin I use the gentle cleanser for dry and sensitive skin. This one really did help me as a teenager in controlling my acne.

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2. Toner:

Toning is super important atleast in my books and in my routine whether you have dry skin or oily skin but its beneficial when you have oily skin since it helps tighten and close the pores to a certain extent which in turn helps in sebum control which helps in reduction of acne. So everyone who is not using a toner in your skincare please do so. You can use any toner which has the ingredients like tea tree, green tea, neem and turmeric. Following are the few affordable and really good options for acne and oily skin.

Jovees Sun Defence Neem SkinToner

This is great for teenagers who suffer from sun damage in regular traveling and also suffer from acne because of the pollution.

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VILVAH Teatree Facial Toner

Have heard really great things about this brand and its free of chemicals and tea tree is great for acne prone skin.

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Lotus Herbal Basiltone Cucumber & Basil Clarifying & Balancing Toner

This is great if you have marks and blemishes because of the acne. This toner balances your oil level on your skin and cleans it out on regular use. Just take a few pumps on a cotton every night and morning.

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Plum Green Tea Revitalizing Face Mist

This is great for on the go hydration and refresh feel and which also helps controlling excess sebum. This also works for people who have acne but also have dry patches on your skin.

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Kama Ayurveda Pure Vetiver Water

I tended to avoid minis in this selections of products but I feel this is amazing. Smell isn't the greatest but it really helps with acne and allergic bumps caused on the skin due to pollution and clogged pores.

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3. Moisturizer/ Gels:

Now finding a serum under 500/- is super difficult but you don't need serum as such you can always replace it with gels and add a drop or two of essential oils like tea tree and turmeric and rosemary. Now I have given options of gels and moisturizers which are great for acne prone skin which could be used by sensitive and dry also but are great for oily skin.


MCaffeine Neem Caffeine Glow Gel With Aloe Vera

This is great because it has neem with aloe vera and because its gels its great to mix with essential oils and it helps to treat rashes and soothe redness caused due to acne.

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Aloe Veda Nourishing Aloe Vera Skin Gel With Green Tea Extracts &

Vitamin E Beads

Great for people who suffer from dry patches on the skin because of acne. This is great for nigh time also since it gives a nice hydration.

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Lacto Calamine Oil Balance Lotion

I have survived my teenage life because of this. This is great if you suffer from allergic reactions on the skin due to insect bites or weather change. This is great to use as spot treatment on acne too. You can use this under makeup works great as a primer. Doesn't clog your pores and there is another version for combination skin too.

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Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturiser SPF 15

This was a miss for me but I know so many who love this, even dry skin people love this and is great for everyday use since it has spf too.

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Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser

This is great for every skin type and it also helps to fade acne marks if used regularly. Its super light weight on the skin so great for oily skin people. I love this one and so does my mom. Its also works as night time moisturizer if you mix a drop or two of Marula oil which is great for dry skin and if you have oily skin add a drop of rosemary or lavender essential oil.

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4. Sunscreen:

Sunscreen is super important Can't emphasis that enough so please don't skip it even if you hate it.

Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 50+

This is the only sunscreen I recommend and this works for all skin types. Works great for acne prone skin too since it keeps your face matte and doesn't clog your pores.

To know the full review of this and the link to buy it: Click here


5. Night cream:

You can always just use your day cream or gel at night by adding a drop or two of oil for the extra nourishment but if you want to invest in a night cream I have one option which I think is great for combination to oily skin for all season and is great for acne prone skin too.

Himalaya Herbals Youth Eternity Night Cream

This can be used by dry skin people too in summers for winters its not gonna be enough but for oily skin this works all season. I have reviewed this on my blog to check it out Click here

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6. Night serum/oil

Okay so this doesn't fall under 500/- bucks but this is seriously the best serum or night time oil for oily skin and acne prone skin. This addition in your skincare routine can make a huge difference in your skincare game. It not only helps with fading acne marks but also reduces acne bursts even if you suffer from severe cystic acne. But if you have dry skin then skip this. My sister has oily skin and she loves this but I don't since I don't suffer from acne and have dry skin.

Indulgeo Essentials Volcanic Night Oil

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7. Mask/Pack:

Masks play a really important role in our skincare routine but using the right kind is super important if you have acne prone skin. Clay based mask are the best for oily skin but if you have cystic acne sometimes clay mask are not enough or difficult to remove so use a gel based mask or spot correcting mask for acne.

I don't suggest scrubbing when you have active acne but if you wanna use one, use a gel based scrub which doesn't harm your skin. you can also use the Himalaya Neem scrub. Some options of the masks are:

Pure Elements Anti Acne Face Pack

I do suffer from burst of red bumps or acne sometimes and seriously this is the best in the market. This brand is really under rated but they have some really great products and at good prices and no harmful chemicals.

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Jeva Japanese Matcha Green Tea Face Pack with Argan Oil

This is great mask if you travel everyday in the pollution and suffer from mild case of acne because of clogged pores. This cleans your face without drying it.

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Biotique Bio Myristica Spot Correcting Anti-Acne Face Pack

This is great for spot treatment where you can apply the mask where you get acne it dries out the acne much faster and helps with the marks left behind. Don't use this all over face all the time can be drying.

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8. Essential oil:

Essential oils are saviors and you should always atleast have one which helps you the most. My fav are tea tree, lavender and rosemary. They all work for acne prone skin but tea tree is the best.

Nykaa Naturals Tea Tree Essential Oil

I like mixing a drop of this in either aloe gel or bamboo gel. I even mix this with gel based moisturizer but be careful don't use too much of this as it can be drying. Use one drop max two drop not more because it does sting your skin but its the most fast acting oil for acne. Dries the acne quicker then anything and doesn't harm the skin. You can also dilute this with rose water and use it like spot treatment.

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Nykaa Naturals Turmeric Essential Oil

Works great as antiseptic so minimizes the acne without leaving a scar and it helps in stopping/ spreading the acne. If you suffer from cystic acne this is your best friend either use it like spot treatment or mix it aloe gel.

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9. Spot Treatment:

This is something you need if you suffer from acne all the time and it takes too long to go away or spreads very easily. If you suffer from cystic acne and nothing else works then you need this in your life. I know it doesn't fall under 500/- bucks but this is the best out there. The side effect is that too much use of this causes dryness and skin peeling because of dryness. Also the applicator gets infected after a couple of uses so don't share and use it inside a month.

Kaya Purifying Spot Corrector

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