My Simple Skin Care Routine For Oily Acne-Prone Skin

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Hey, guys. One thing that you should know about me is that I have HORRIBLE skin. It’s ridiculous. I’ve had an acne problem since I was a teenager. I’ve tried every remedy under the sun: facials, home remedies, Proactiv (which I do not recommend by the way. Not worth the money), antibiotics, dermatologist prescribed creams…. the list goes on. Here’s a picture of me below from 2015. Pictures can’t show how bad it truly was.

I always had to change my skincare routine because once my skin got used to it, the acne would come back. And I mean ALL forms of acne: pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, cystic acne, you name it, I probably had it at one point.

At the beginning of 2016, I started this skin care routine and have been able to keep it up for well over a year. I absolutely love it. It fights my acne before it even shows up. This isn’t a sponsored post. I just love Neutrogena. Most of the products you see below are by them. Now, let’s get into my skin care routine.

1.//Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Stress Control Power Clear Scrub Scrub (Cucumber)

Easily the best face wash I have ever used. I’ve tried the other oil-free ones, but the cucumber one is by far the most effective. I use it twice a day. I usually leave it on while I brush my teeth then wash it off after. My face feels so cool and refreshed after using it.

2.//Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Toner

I use this toner right after I wash my face. I use cotton rounds to apply it. I buy them from Wal-Mart. I don’t have a favorite brand, but pro-tip: don’t buy the 97 cent ones. They’re really rough and hurt your skin. It’s better to pay the extra 50 cents. I also cut the cotton rounds in half so that I can use them longer. It doesn’t make a difference and I save money.

3.//Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Moisturizer

This is the only thing I change regularly. I switch it out to other acne creams because I don’t want my skin to get used to the same products. I’m using the pink grapefruit one right now.

4.//Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream

The con of using oil-free products is that they really dry out my skin. My mom buys Cetaphil in bulk from Costco for everyone, so that is the moisturizing cream I use. If you’re like me and have sensitive skin, I recommend the one with the green cover because that one is designed for sensitive skin.

5//Aloe Vera Gel (For Dark Spots)

You probably don’t want to hear this, but the only real cure for dark spots is time. Because of my acne (and my beautiful brown skin), I have a lot of dark spots. A friend of mine, who is white, asked me why I don’t pop my pimples because she does it all the time and doesn’t get any dark spots. Not everyone is so lucky. Because I have pigment in my skin, all my acne scars turn into dark spots.

I recently started using aloe vera gel on my skin. It has really helped. (It’s also great for oily hair). I only use this a few times a week and wash it off after 5-10 minutes. I’ve used other remedies for dark spots, but this is what I’m using right now.

Though, once again, the only cure for dark spots is time. They’ll go away eventually and no one really cares but you and your mother (and crazy aunties).


That’s my skincare routine. This is easily the best skincare routine I’ve ever had. If you have a similar skin type, you should try it?

Also, toothpaste is a great way to get rid of a pimple overnight.


What’s your skincare routine? What home remedies or products do you use to improve your skin?

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