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simple skin care routine for oily acne prone skin

Simple skin care routine for oily acne-prone skin

In one of our previous articles, we followed some simple steps that helped us determine our skin types. We also mentioned why it was important to know your skin type. One of the main reasons being it helps you implement the appropriate skin care routine. In this article, we are going to share with you a simple skin care routine for oily acne-prone skin.

Oily skin

The face has oil-producing glands called sebaceous glands that produce sebum which moisturizes your skin. Oily skin occurs when those glands simply over produce sebum. However, other factors such as hormonal changes, genetics and diet can lead to oily skin. To help reduce the oiliness on your face you need a skincare routine. In order to establish a routine, you need to know the correct order of applying your products like this one below.

  1. Cleanse – Remove makeup and dirt from your skin
  2. Treat – This is where you control or correct issues on your skin
  3. Moisturize – Hydrating your skin and making sure the barrier is in top form
  4. Protect – Applying products such as sunscreen to prevent UV rays damage

Morning skin routine for oily skin

Why do you need a morning skin routine? Simple…when you leave your house your skin is exposed. Pollutants and sun exposure are known to cause damage to your skin. To avoid this, a morning skin care routine should be implemented. It’s worth noting that this routine should be different from your night routine. Here’s a simple skin care routine for oily acne-prone skin, which can be used in the morning:

1. Cleanse

Cleanse your skin

Your skin goes into repair mode when you go to bed. So the first thing you want to do when you’re up is to cleanse it. This helps remove any dead skin cells or toxins that could have accumulated overnight. You also don’t want to apply fresh products on top of a not so clean layer. You’ll just end up clogging your pores.

Our Get Buff Vegan Exfoliating Facial Cleanser should be your number 1 pick. It’s gentle on your skin and gets the job done.

simple skin care routine for oily acne-prone skin
Natural, Vegan Cleanser

2. Treat


Avoid classical toners and if possible omit them from your routine completely. They consist of astringents or alcohol which can actually strip and dry your skin. That dryness could in turn trigger your oil glands into overproducing sebum. Astringents are also known to kill microbiomes.

These are the good bacteria that help maintain healthy skin. So when looking for a toner, find a modern one that doesn’t have harsh ingredients. A moisturizing toner would do since it will also help restore the skin’s pH. Alternatively, you can just skip toning if you do not find the appropriate toner.


Apply Niacinamide or Vitamin B serum. It’s very helpful in minimizing the appearance of pores and the secretion of oil. It also eases redness and reduces inflammation. After application, allow the serum to sink in then move to a light moisturizer.

3. Moisturize

Light moisturizer

Once you have cleansed and treated your skin, you want to quickly hydrate it in order to avoid dryness. Pick a moisturizer that contains natural ingredients like the Lowen’s Natural Rub It In Why Don’t Ya! It hydrates your skin well thanks to hyaluronic acid and the vitamins it contains.

4. Protect


You want something that will afford you protection from UVA and UVB. Ideally an SPF of 30 or more is recommended.

Lip balm

To avoid dry lips and to seal in moisture use a lip balm. It ensures that your lips look lovely and stay soft throughout the day. Try our best seller, the Be Local Lip Balm.

simple skin care routine for oily acne-prone skin
Be Local Lip Balm

Blotting paper

In our previous article we used blotting paper to determine your skin type. However, it can come in handy when your face is a bit oily or shiny especially if you are at work. Do not wipe or irritate your skin but rather bloat or pat on your face.

Night skin routine for oily skin

Why do you need a night skin routine? To clear off the buildup accumulated on your face during the day and to give it room to breathe. When you go to bed your skin starts to repair itself. It works extremely hard to try and reverse the damages caused to it during the day.

So it actively grows new skin cells and uses them to replace the old or dead ones. To ensure that this regenerative process runs as smoothly as possible, you need a night routine that’s a bit more restorative and hydrating than it is protective. Here’s a simple skin care routine for oily acne-prone skin that can be used at night:

1. Cleanse

Double cleanse

This is where you wash your face with two different types of cleansers. Start with an oil based one followed by a water based cleanser. So the first cleanser breaks down elements, dirt, dried sweat and makeup while removing excess oil. The second one cleanses gently and exfoliates while revitalizing dull skin. If your skin can handle without irritation the same cleanser both in the morning and evening, go for it.

However, if your skin feels uncomfortable you can pick something that doesn’t have an active ingredient like salicylic acid as a night cleanser. Try Lowen’s Natural You Sure Clean Up Nice! Face And Body Wash.

2. Treat

Eye cream

This is petty straight forward. Go for something that has minimum amounts of retinol. Studies have shown that certain derivatives such as retinyl palmitate and retinoic acid among others can be cancerous. So be sure to check the ingredients first.  A good eye cream should be moisturizing or hydrating.

3. Moisturize

Night moisturizer

Here you can use the same moisturizer as the morning one or pick something different. Check out In Yo face! Natural, Vegan BB Cream.

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Untinted Vegan BB Cream

4. Protect

Lip balm

Very important to moisturise your lips at night. So make sure to use a vegan lip balm for soft supple lips. Click here to see the amazing choices we have

Bonus tips

We left these two steps out because it’s not recommended to exfoliate or apply a clay mask daily. Once or twice a week should suffice. So basically after cleansing you want to exfoliate, apply a clay mask then proceed with the other steps as indicated above.

Exfoliating scrub

Exfoliating helps increase the production of collagen. The main structural protein in connective tissues. This is the most abundant tissue in the body and it makes your skin look vibrant and it also promotes elasticity. Use our Salt Of The Earth Salt Scrub for best results.

Clay based mask

This list wouldn’t be complete without a mask. Clay masks are good at drawing out oil. They also help detoxify and rehydrate the skin while restoring its pH. Allow a clay mask to stay on your face for up to 15 minutes tops. We highly recommend our Swamp Thing Clay Mask which is created using Canadian colloidal clay.

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Clay Mask

Other ingredients you want in your products

  • Salicylic acid – BHA or Beta Hydroxy Acid is a very good exfoliant.
  • Niacinamide – helps reduce oil production and increases natural ceramides
  • Hyaluronic Acid – Good for moisturizing
  • Vitamin C & E – Antioxidants
  • Zinc oxide – used in sunscreen

In closing

Skin care routines are supposed to be fun and to produce good results. This is just a a simple skin care routine for oily acne-prone skin. If nothing seems to work for you, please talk to your doctor. Perhaps it could be an underlying medical condition manifesting as oily skin. PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is an example of a preexisting condition which would require further diagnosis.

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