Jul 8, 2010

Skincare Recommendations for Oily Skin Types

I have had a lot of problem with pimples since I was in college, and it just kept getting worse each year.  By the time I was done with college, the pimples were so bad, I don't think I had any normal skin on my cheeks! My granny (!) found out from someone else about using topical antibiotics and that's what finally got rid of the acne epidemic on my face.  The scars from that time are still there on my face, so you can just imagine how bad it was.  I still am very acne prone, and it's very rarely that I have absolutely pimple-free skin. And don't even get me started on the time-of-the-month pimples.

Here's a list of products that worked for my oily/acne-prone skin and helped to control pimples and blemishes:




Lush Fresh Farmacy Soap Cleanser Facial Oily Sensitive Skin
Lush Fresh Farmacy Soap/Facial Cleanser
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The Lush Fresh Farmacy cleanser is a calamine-based soap for sensitive skin. Though Lush recommends Coal Face for oily skin, I found Fresh Farmacy more effective.  I have tried Coal Face a few times, and I found this one better. Fresh Farmacy  is also among some of the more affordably priced Lush products - expensive for a soap, but it lasts a while if you don't leave it in water.

Lush Dark Angels Facial Cleanser Scrub
Lush Dark Angels Facial Cleanser/Scrub

Lush Dark Angels (review here) is a Rhassoul mud and black sugar based cleanser.  I use this more like a scrub after using my regular soap to clean my face.  Make a thin paste with a pea-sized amount of Dark Angels and smear it over my face. Leave it on as a mask for maybe 1-2 minutes before washing it off - scrub while washing off. Amazing at absorbing oils from your skin.

Lush Aqua Marina Facial Cleanser
Lush Aqua Marina Facial Cleanser
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Lush Aqua Marina Facial Cleanser is a calamine and seaweed-based cleanser.  I use it the same way I use the Lush Dark Angels Cleanser.  Make a thin paste with the cleanser, leave it on the face for about a minute.  Wash off.  I find it does a good job at absorbing oils and calming down any redness from my face.

Lush Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask
Lush Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask
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Lush Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask is a tea-tree and garlic-based mask. The smell might seem offensive to many people, but I never found it unbearable.  This is my favorite mask, the go-to/must-have if you have oily, acne-prone skin or pesky persistent pimples.  It takes a few times use to start working, but I noticed a definite improvement in my skin with regular use of this mask.
Lush Mask of Magnaminty
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Lush Mask of Magnaminty is one of their most popular masks.  I find it quite a gentle, basic mask.  It does a good job at absorbing excess oils from my skin without leaving it dry.  The scrubby beans bits in the mask make it a little difficult to spread but are great for providing a gentle scrub.  The Magnaminty Mask provides a minty cooling sensation to the skin and helps feel refreshed.

Clinique skincare 3 step program
Clinique 3-step program (skin type 3)

The Clinique 3-step program (review here) is a fool-proof acne solution. Buy it, use it, and bye bye acne. It is expensive but works.

Shiseido Pureness Mattifying Oil-Free Moisturizer (review HERE) - Mattifies but does not dry, the Shiseido Pureness Matifying Oil-free moisturizer is the perfect moisturizer for oily skins, during the summer or if you stay in a place with high humidity. 

Shiseido Pureness Matifying Oil-free moisturizer
Shiseido Pureness Matifying Oil-free moisturizer

Shiseido Pureness Mattifying Lotion:  I have only tried a sample size of the Shiseido Pureness Matifying Lotion.  It is a very runny watery white liquid.  From my experience, this lotion is meant for the truly oily skinned category.

Shiseido Pureness Matifying Lotion
Shiseido Pureness Matifying Lotion

Olay Daily Facials 2-in-1 Cleansing Cloths (review here) are my absolute favorite EVER.  I would beg, borrow, steal..anything to get my hands on this. From what I know, its available in UK/Canada, US, and I think Australia. Definitely not available in China.

Olay Daily Facials 2-in-1 Cleansing Cloths
Olay Daily Facials 2-in-1 Cleansing Cloths

Currently I am on my last box of this - they are the ones meant for sensitive skin (not what I had asked for!), and they are good , though I would still recommend the combination/oily line :-)

Olay Dual Action Cleanser and Pore Scrub
Olay Dual Action Cleanser and Pore Scrub

Olay Dual Action Cleanser and Pore Scrub (review HERE) is a creamy cleanser with really fine scrub granules.  It's gentle enough to be used once a day and cleans the skin off any oil while giving it a gentle polish.

10 comments:

  1. I'll try fresh farmacy :) I love calamine for my skin!

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  2. Fresh Farmacy is the safest to try from Lush :-) Cut it up into smaller chunks, a 100 g bar into probably 4 chunks at least. Use one chunk at a time and keep the rest clean and dry for later use. And make sure you keep the product dry - don't leave it standing in water - it will just dissolve into a paste.

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  3. I am sure ppl with acne will find this super useful. I see so many girls with acne these days, I guess its the stress & pollution. At least these prdts can help somehow :)

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  4. Hii Tanveer..am sure pollution plays a HUGE part. Every time I travel by auto or bus I come back with such an oily face!!!

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  5. Thanks for the tip Rads :)

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  6. OMG!!! My uncle just gave me a pack of that Olay Facial Cleanser and I gave it back thinking if I would break out.. My bad luck.. Have you had any luck in the scar mark?? I do have but no clue how to get rid of them :(

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  7. OHHHHH...get it back from him Priya :-) Why did you give it back anyway?? You got the cleansing cloth or the cream cleanser? The scar marks..I think with time they just fade off. My friends who knew me in college actually say my skin is so clear now - in comparison that is. I have heard people say red sandalwood powder works on scars, but I didn't find any difference at all. BTW..you should check Palak's blog - she has put up a list of things which worked for her, and her before-after photos too.

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  8. oh wow!! heard about dark angels from Palak and how well they worked for her. :)

    Great post. :)

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  9. a bit late i know but useful post!! your skin sounds exactly like mine!

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