Our Morning Routine for Oily Skin Type that Will Prevent Acne from Arising

We all have different skin types.  That means that there's never a one size fits all routine when talking about your skin.  Heck, there are even different oily skin types.  Don't know your skin type?  Check out this article, How to Create a Personalized Skincare Routine for Acne. Hopefully, you know your skin better than we do.  With oily skin, there's a fine line between glowing and down right greasy skin.  That difference might be a greater gap depending on your skincare routine.  But, be assured that oily does not necessarily mean acne-prone skin. 

While, the process of your daily skin care routine will vary from person to person, there are some very standard steps which we'll elaborate on further.

The Morning Routine for Oily Skin

Step 1: Use Facial Cleanser

Definition: Removing dirt, grime and make-up, so the rest of your regimen can have the maximum effect.  

This step is standard.  It's similar to putting on makeup in reverse order.  You just wouldn't do it.  Similarly, there is a proper methodology for your skincare routine.  Now let's begin.  According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, using cleansers that are non-abrasive and do not contain alcohol can make a huge difference in your appearance.  Furthermore, using your fingertips to apply the cleanser is best practice.  Using anything else will just irritate your skin.  Similarly, don't scrub!  It will also irritate your skin.  Rinsing and then pad dry.  Simple, isn't it?  

Step 2: Exfoliate (1-3 times per week)

Definition: Removes dead skin cells from your face. 

This is a great way to remove excess dead skin cells.  But, like going to the dentist to buff out your teeth, you should not exfoliate every day.  It loses its effectiveness because, instead of removing dead skin cells, it will remove the natural oils, which in turn will cause further breakouts.  But, be aware, that this should not be used for all skin types, since it may do more harm than good.  This is usually broken down into two common types of exfoliation, chemical and mechanical exfoliation.  Chemical exfoliating is typically the safer option since you are not scrubbing your face, where microtears and other damage can occur if done incorrectly.  In addition, you'll likely see hydroxy acids, such as salicylic acid, as well as glycolic acids as some of the active ingredients used for those of oily skin types.  Lactic acid, a AHA, or alpha hydroxy acid can also be found in exfoliants.  While this might be safer, we recommend the manual approach for oily skin, since these skin types may have an extra layer of buildup that manual or physical exfoliating will remove.  For best results, scrub the exfoliant in a circular motion.  

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Step 3: Use a Toner

Definition: Gently further cleansing the skin.  

So, the next step is to use toners.  But, you might be asking yourself, should I use toner or an astringent for my oily skin?  The ultimate goal is not to dry or irritate your skin, since the outcome will just be even more sebum coming into your future.  That means when you clean your face too much, it will strip away all the essential oils and sebum, which will produce even more oil, and we don't want that, right?  Of course not!  The mistake that many make is to remove as much sebum as possible, stripping away the good oils.  By the way, sebum is not a bad thing to have.  It will protect your skin from external forces such as debris, bacteria, and viruses from getting into the skin. In addition, when applying toners or astringents, they should be left on. 

So, what is the difference between a toner and an astringent?

The basic difference is that astringents are much harsher on the skin.  Removing more of the sebum or oil.  Usually, it is better for oily skin types, but if you follow all these steps, it might be a little overkill.  

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Step 4: Moisturize

Definition: To make (the skin) less dry.

It might seem counterintuitive, especially for those with oily skin, but, I assure you that it will tell your skin that it is protected.  The one thing you don't want to do is create dry skin.  Similar to toner and astringents, moisturizers also protect your skin from oil production from your sebaceous glands from going into overdrive.  The key is balance.  While, on the pH scale, your skin might be slightly more acidic, you don't want to tip the scale to one or the other.  There are several types of moisturizers available, including lotions, creams, gels, serums, etc. However, for oily skin, we should look for one's with these features but not exclusive to non-comedogenic, lightweight, oil, and alcohol-free (water-based).  

Step 5: Wear Sunscreen

Definition: Protects you from the sun.

To some, sunscreen might just be the thing to avoid, especially during the summer where you want to get as much of a tan as possible, but avoid the temptation of leaving this step out of your morning routine.  A few summers of dark skin is not worth the potential years of skin cancer or, hey, if you want to look as youthful for longer, wear your sunscreen.  Note that applying  sunscreen will reduce the chance of squamous cell carcinoma by 40%, which is the second most common skin cancer, and melanoma by 50%

If you're allergic to sunscreen, which some people can be, it's important to look at the ingredients to see which one fits your needs best.  As a note of caution, if you are allergic, that particular sunscreen might worsen your skin conditions that you might already be genetically predisposed to.

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There is certainly a lot to consider, but it is all to balance your oily skin.  But, you don't have to follow these steps.  Do what works for you, and make sure that you keep your budget in mind, since many of these can be very expensive. Specifically, those that involve aging, and better ingredients.  

However, when you find yourself still suffering from pimples, don’t worry!  We got you. Avarelle Acne Cover Patch is designed to cover your acne and suck the gunk out of the whitehead! Consider including our acne patch into your morning routine for acne, especially when you have oily skin - our pimple patch blends in and fits well for any skin type, including oily skin. 

Other tips

  1. Drink more water.  Your body loses a lot of moisture during sleep, so you should have to replenish yourself or even prevent that from happening altogether.
  2. Eat healthier if you don't already.  You are what you eat is no joke.  
  3. Reduce Stress.  That means exercise, and meditate, stress might induce hormonal imbalance and cause hyperactivity of your sebaceous glands. 

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