How I take care of my acne –prone oily to oily-combination skin.
Ladies with skin type of mine who are blessed with oily to oily-combination acne prone skin feel it almost a curse no matter what the season is. My skin is oily in summer. Dry in winter although it tends to get oily at times even in winter. Nevertheless, it is a blessing. Because oil in the skin actually keeps it conditioned and younger for a long time in life and the emergence of fine lines take quite sometime to get hold of us as I read somewhere.
Mine is a peculiar skin. In winter it gets dry but creams don’t suit me. Even after application of cold creams although my skin still parches a lot yet, the breakouts of acne a more frequent. My skin is a typical problem skin with uneven pigmentation, occasional acne break outs(no I don’t get pimples that often). Still, if you can after all accept what you have, it makes it easier to come to meet the problem head on and tackle the situation. My dermatologist even complimented me telling me that, given the kind of problem skin that I have inherited I am doing an excellent job with my skin. Elated, for the benefit of women who have problem like mine I would like to share a few tips at random from cleansing, toning, and moisturizing and so on. So, for those who are now impatient at what I’m trying to do let my raving now take a definite locus.
Cleansing: that this is very important being a reader of IMBB you already know that. I avoid using too harsh facewashes because they tend to strip off all the moisture from my skin and my skin feels tight and parched instead of soft or supple. I use Himalaya Purifying Neem facewash twice a day. And, any other mild face-wash between. When I’m at the University I don’t always get the scope to wash my face even when it is slick with oil(I keep a travel size wash in my bag). So, I would keep some face wipes that would cleanse and moisturize at the same time.
Toning: you know why we use a toner. It would minimize pores and help maintain the ph balance.
Moisturizing: this is a very essential part. Yes, you read it right. Even for oily or acne prone skin people it is important. Because if your skin is stripped off all the moisture, the skin produces more oil to make up for the loss. That’s why sandalwood pack, which however is good for skin might make some oily skins more oily after its effect is subdued. I normally use Lakme Peach Milk moisturizer. It has been revamped and I find the texture a bit on the heavier side although it is of good quality (at least I feel so). These days I have opted for another skin lotion which is Himalaya Face Moisturizer (for all skin types). You can definitely try out any other as you please . Because this article is not about I’m trying to teach but just what I myself benefit from. I also use a Himalaya Night Cream , the best of what I have used till now.
In winter last year we went in a trip to Uttarakhand . It was so cold that no amount of moisturizer could stop my skin from parching up. When I tried to put on Pond’s cold cream it gave me horrible acne all over my face. Yet, my skin continued getting dry. I had to see my dermatologist. Even medicine did not cure me completely. But Himalaya Neem facepack did .it worked wonder for my skin and ever since I started trusting this brand like anything under the sun.
Sunscreen: this is the most most (ought to be underlined) important step. Do NEVER forget your high SPF +++ sunscreen even when you are indoors. The UV rays get everywhere. Its not the mere sunlight that does the trick of spoiling your skin but the radiation of the UV rays leading to pigmentation, tan and also uneven pigmentation(which I have). I use a sunscreen from the chemists shop. So, no point telling you the brand or name. but choose your own non –camadogenic , oil-free sunscreen carefully. If you have not found your Holy Grail keep looking for it and don’t hesitate to go expensive if you have to. ( Lotus has their excellent range but I’m allergic to lotus and it Darkens my skin tone, but if Lotus suits you well and good).
Weekly jobs: I try to keep my skin very clean. I’m guilty of not getting facials done by the salons. But it does immense good for oily skinned folks (I have observed). To tackle my acne situation I use Himalaya Neem face pack twice a week (sometimes three). Since it is a bit harsher, I use Himalaya Fruit pack in between.
My acne –prone skin rebels at scrubs. So, they are a strict strict no-no for me. I use a peel off in stead. Everyuth Orange Peel-off Pack and sometimes that tight cucumber peel of Face pack from Himalaya again. Since it is a very tough one I restrict the Himalaya peel off only on my nose area which takes care of my blackheads(I use it more like a blackhead strip rather than a pack).
For cleaning up my eye make-up I use pure coconut oil and then wipe off with lakme cleanser so that I don’t have to rub the area hard. Sometimes I even use coconut oil all over my face massage it for a few minutes and then wash off with a facewash. I won’t do this if I had pimple-prone skin instead of acne one. I also use a Lakme cleanser to clean away the dead cells after I have steamed my skin.
Last, but not the least I drink plenty of water. It keeps my body clean and hydrated.
That’s all. The ordeal is over. 😛 :* :*