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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

7 Acne Reducing Tips When You Have Oily Skin

7 Acne Reducing Tips When You Have Oily Skin

When I first started getting acne around ten years ago, it was something I didn't have much knowledge about or even knew existed. Being a mere ten year old I always thought it was something similar to chicken pox, that would hang around awhile and eventually clear itself up. It didn't. It got worse as the days went on. Months later and even years later and my once clear skin was just now patches of redness and lumps. This than began a process of going through numerous drugstore products, to trying remedies from friends and all I remember was my skin stinging, burning and looking even worse. It was horrific. 

It was then I wanted to look for a solution and take my own skin concerns into my own hands. I didn't want to jump straight in to the side of acne which was all about the chemical peels and tablets etc. I wanted to see if I could make any at-home, non-harmful changes that would help reduce even just a little bit of the redness and lumps in my skin, that I could then use as a starting point in order to help me work around, and found throughout the years these top seven tips are the ones you should at least practice and put into your daily routine as kind of a background solution to help you along the way. Let's see where you can begin... 

Remove Your Makeup The Minute You Don't Need It Anymore
I will always try to wear none to a little amount of makeup every single week. I find my skin loves me the most and benefits from it, when I don't wear any makeup and can allow my skin to breathe. Makeup is essentially something that can clog your pores in an instant, especially heavy coverage and matte finish products which create a thick layer on top of your skin to stop anything coming through. When you put this with oily skin that keeps trying to produce those oils that can be caused by dehydration, hormonal imbalance, poor diet for instance, it then makes your sebaceous glands work double time to produce more in order to keep the skin moisturised and waterproof to which the oils aim to do. Once both these components start fighting against each other, this is when you'll begin to notice spots appearing on your face, as your pores will begin to get so clogged that there isn't enough room for anything else and a spot will start to form. So, if you are into wearing heavy amounts of makeup or makeup with a heavy consistency or even for a long period of time, I would suggest the second you don't need to wear your makeup anymore to remove it. Letting your makeup sit on your skin for as long as possible, will increase your chances of spots developing and the sooner you can remove it and cleanse your skin, the less chance you are putting your skin at risk of developing spots, due to their being a reduction in your natural oils fighting against the beauty products you are putting on your face.

Tie Back Your Hair When You Go To Bed
This was one of the first things I put into practice many moons ago and found it was probably one of the biggest indicators to why my acne wasn't getting any better no matter what I tried. When you have oily skin, you'll also find that your hair can become increasingly oily a lot faster. Like mentioned previously, this is due to your oil glands trying to produce more oil to create that natural moisture within your skin, but in this case your hair to keep your hair healthy. Also, a change in your body temperature and doing daily activities can cause your skin to produce these oils through sweating. There are two types of sweat glands within your body; apocrine glands which are caused by emotions, and the eccrine glands which cool the skin. In the instance in which you sleep, you'll also find that sometimes you can wake up sweating, this is normally caused by your eccrine gland. When this gland kicks in, normally when your body temperature gets too high it will then cause you to sweat, which then will active your oils glands to produce oils in order to keep up with the moisture you are losing through sweating. Once the oils start running through your hair and skin, and your hair is pressed against your face whilst you sleep, this is then transferring more oil onto another section of your body and therefore causing an oil-build up within your pores. Therefore, it is recommended when you sleep to tie every inch of your hair back away from your face, not only to reduce the amount of sweating throughout the night especially if you have long hair, but also to limit the amount of natural oil build up which fills the pores and causes spots. 

7 Acne Reducing Tips When You Have Oily Skin

Frequently Wash Your Makeup Tools
Alongside ensuring you pick the right products for your skin, you also need to ensure that the tools you use alongside your makeup products are cleaned as frequently as possible. Makeup brushes and beauty sponges are known for being big breeding grounds for bacteria and other nastiness, and although cleaning your makeup tools won't rid them completely of all bacteria it will help reduce the amount by a lot. It is always recommended to wash your brushes at least once week, which I agree with, but for the likes of foundation, concealer and even eye brushes for that matter, I would recommend washing them the minute you've used them or before you next need them unless you have spare clean brushes to hand. This will not only help prevent bacteria from spreading but will also stop you from getting infections which could potentially irritate your skin and lead to acne. To see further evidence of bacteria growth on makeup tools, check out this article.

Wash Your Hair Every Other Day
Another indicator I soon found out was catering to my acne was the fact I would leave my hair long periods of time without washing it. This was mostly due to laziness, but who can really be bothered washing their hair every single day? I couldn't once over, but now I almost wash my hair every single day or every other day. For me, having oily skin means my hair gets oily very quickly. I can almost guarantee within 24 hours of washing it prior, it will be greasy and almost sticking to my face. I've changed products, tried going for long periods of time without washing it to try and get my hair use to it and found none of this worked. The only thing that does work for me is to have a schedule. A schedule to some is not always easy especially if you have a busy schedule yourself for the day, but having that specific time where you can put in your daily hair wash knowing it will last throughout the day will not only become one less stress on your shoulders, but you'll also find your skin will start to came down, due to the natural oils not building up within your pores. If you find yourself struggling with oily hair, check out this post I did a while ago where I share some tips for dealing with greasy hair.

Splash Your Face With Water When Shiny Rather Than Cleanse, Cleanse, Cleanse...
Having acne can make your skin go in different directions all the time. You may find yourself having a dry chin, an oily forehead, normal cheeks or vice versa. It's an endless battle of finding a balance with skincare and beauty products which aren't going to overload the skin but at the same time aid you with your issues. I know myself when it comes to trying out new products that my skin can sometimes go through an extra oily phase when it is trying to get use to a new ingredient or set of ingredients, and although it is easy enough to grab your cleanser and wash away the shine. Over cleansing can be quite bad for the skin. Instead, splash your face with water a few times and gently pat dry. If you find you're getting some slight tightness, take your moisturiser and dab it in the areas you need it the most and you're good to go before your next cleanse. It's quick, simple and good for the skin!

7 Acne Reducing Tips When You Have Oily Skin

Change Your Bed Sheets Regularly
You've tied your hair up and you've done your skincare routine. You now feel like you're onto a winner with battling against your spots and helping reduce your acne, but there is one thing between you and aiding your skin - your bed sheets. Just like everything else, your bed sheets also collect a lot of bacteria, dead skin cells, sweat, dirt, grease and anything that builds up on your skin throughout the night. This can then lead onto attracting a number of bugs such as dust mites which will also deposit their own dirt and excrement into your bed. Disgusted yet? I know I am. That is why it is recommended you wash your bed sheets at least once a week if you can, otherwise two at the most. I personally wash my bed sheets if and when I feel there is build up or normally around the week and half mark. I've noticed this has made a good difference in my skin and acne and personally, who doesn't love getting cosy and warm in fresh, clean bed sheets?!

Use Organic Products Unless Prescribed
When I first started using products to help with the healing process of my acne, I always noticed that my skin afterwards would sting, be very red and sore to touch. Nine times out of ten, most of these products had some harsh ingredient in them that were labelled to kill the bacteria within your pores and although this might have been the case, it seemed to have killed off everything good within my skin as well. My pores were getting more clogged because of the amount of natural oils being produced due to my skin becoming so dry, and this then led to my acne becoming inflamed and producing more. I also tried over the counter as well as prescribed products such as Acnecide which the side effects left my skin in a pretty bad way for around a week or so. You can read about my full experience here.  Until eventually I switched all acne targeting products for good ol' organic products that include ingredients such as beeswax which help relieve chapped skin, eucalyptus essential oil which helps with muscular pains and aches, glycerin which draws out atmospheric water onto the skin to aid hydration, hops extract to help tone the skin, cocoa butter to help moisturise the skin and many more amazing ingredients. 

What are some helpful tips you've found that work for you when reducing acne or spots?



  1. I used to REALLY struggle with breakouts and acne and I agree with all of your tips, except I'd probably add not touching your face! I used to lean on my face, touch my face just randomly throughout the day if I had an itch etc and now I don't touch it at all unless I'm washing my face and it's really helped calm down the breakouts.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    1. I agree with you! But I did find it wasn't the main cause to my spots or acne, but mainly these 7. I'll make sure to include more helpful tips in my next post! :)


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