Five must-know dos and don’ts for oily, acne-prone skin


If your skin loves to shine for all the wrong reasons, you probably have oily skin, which requires a special skin care routine to turn the shine into a glow and the acne breakouts into blemish-free beauty.

To achieve this, you need to understand that oily skin is caused by excess sebum production – a natural oil that protects skin and hair. You need to be extremely careful when establishing a skincare routine for oily skin because one misstep can make your skin even more oily, and can cause breakouts, acne and leave behind those horrid dark marks and scars.

We’ve asked Fundamentals Skincare to share their top five dos and don’ts for oily, acne prone skin to help you get a grip on your visage:   

  • Don’t cut out moisturiser in the fear that it will make you more shiny. Rather choose a light-weight day to night product.
  • Do use a niacinamide serum. Niacinamide is a great ingredient for oily, acne-prone skin as it moisturises, reduces dark spots post-acne, and helps to reduce pimples.
  • Do use a glycolic acid or salicylic acid toner or tonic in the PM. These work to keep your pores clear, balance oil levels and prevent future breakouts.
  • Don’t use ingredients like cocoa butter, coconut oil, petroleum jelly, silicone, alcohol, products that are oil-based, or contain mineral oil, shea butter and vitamin E. These are all likely to clog pores or cause irritation for people with oily skin types.
  • Definitely do opt for ingredients like green tea, niacinamide, L-carnitine, licochalcone A, aloe vera, honey, oatmeal, and products that are water-based. You may also want to consider incorporating ingredients such as retinol in your regime to reduce inflammation in the follicle and Azelaic Acid to reduce build up in the pores. Also, on the packaging of products, look for the word “noncomedogenic,” which just means that it won’t clog pores.