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The Best Skincare Routine for Oily and Acne-Prone Skin

Struggling with shine? Battling breakouts? We see you, oily skin types.

Skincare for oily, acne-prone skin changes as we enter adulthood. As teens, many of us were taught to use ingredients specifically aimed at drying out skin to control oiliness and breakouts. This can send your skin seesawing between oiliness and irritation. We believe that healthy skin is balanced skin, which is why our oily skin routine is different. This easy, four-step routine uses proven-effective, non-irritating ingredients to achieve healthy, calm, even-textured skin with fewer breakouts and less shine.

What Causes Oily Skin?

Oily skin occurs when your sebaceous glands overproduce sebum, a complex mixture of triglycerides, fatty acids, natural moisturizers and waxes that help protect skin from water loss. Your face and scalp contain the highest concentration of sebaceous glands anywhere on your body, hence why we’re most likely to notice oiliness in those areas.So what causes sebaceous glands to go into overdrive? Hormones and environmental factors can both impact the amount of sebum your skin produces. It may seem counterintuitive, but moisture helps balance oily skin. In fact, your skin can overreact to harsh, drying ingredients by producing even more oil.The best skincare routine for oily, acne-prone skin is aimed at providing weightless moisturizer while visibly improving oily skin concerns such as enlarged pores, breakouts, and the dark spots that can appear after blemishes heal. 

Step 1: Cleanse with Amino Aloe Gentle Cleanser

Cleansing both morning and night is a must for oily and acne-prone skin types. Cleaning the skin of excess sebum helps reduce surface oil and prevent blemishes by cleaning out pores.

Our Amino Aloe Gel Cleanser lathers into a satisfying foam to deep clean pores without over-stripping. Amino acids dissolve dirt and makeup while aloe calms and soothes and sugarcane-derived squalane delivers a burst of barrier-boosting moisture. Your skin is left clean, hydrated, and refreshed.

Amino Aloe Gentle Cleanser

Step 2: Tone With BHA Pore-Minimizing Toner

Toning is an essential skincare step that balances the skin and prepares it to receive moisture. It’s especially important in skincare for oily skin, as it can help reduce breakouts by bringing oil production into check.

Our alcohol-free BHA Pore-Minimizing Toner uses white willowbark extract—a natural, oil-soluble beta hydroxy acid - to gently but powerfully exfoliate and decongest pores. Meanwhile, caviar lime extract works its alpha hydroxy magic to gently exfoliate dead cells from the surface of your skin. All this happens without any drying or over-stripping thanks to our sugarcane-derived squalane, which balances the skin and leaves it smooth and hydrated. 

Step 3 (AM) : Treat Dark Spots with Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum

Improve the appearance of dark spots left behind by breakouts and sun exposure using clinically-proven vitamin C. Our antioxidant-rich Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum uses non-irritating vitamin C to boost collagen production for increased elasticity while white shitake mushroom visibly improves uneven skin tone.

Step 3 (PM): Improve the Look of Uneven Texture with 10% Lactic Acid Overnight Resurfacing Serum 

Dramatically improve the look of enlarged pores with this powerful exfoliating night serum. Our 10% vegan lactic acid formula helps banish dullness by exfoliating to reveal smoother, more even-textured, hydrated skin while clover boosts lactic acid’s exfoliating benefits by revving up cell turnover. In consumer surveys, 97% of participants agreed their pores appeared more refined and their skin was softer and smoother after 14 days of use. Be sure to use your favorite sunscreen every morning to protect vulnerable, freshly-exfoliated skin.

Step 4: Moisturize with Peptide Eye Gel and Probiotic Gel Moisturizer

Drench your skin in deep, weightless moisture to keep skin nourished and healthy while helping to control dehydration-related oil production.

Give your delicate undereye area the extra TLC it deserves by brightening dark circles with our award-winning Peptide Eye Gel.  Niacinamide reduces the appearance of dark circles and puffiness while peptides improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles and sugarcane-derived squalane boosts hydration.

Balance your skin all over and help prevent breakouts with our first-of-its-kind Probiotic Gel Moisturizer. Our powerful probiotic blend restores the skin’s microbiome to keep skin calm, reduce excess oil, and visibly shrink pores while delivering long-term hydration.

Probiotic Gel Moisturizer
Christine Tusher
Christine Tusher Writer and expert
As a lifestyle writer and journalist, I love sharing my passion for ocean conservation and obsession with clean beauty. I’ve tried almost every trend and ingredient, and Biossance’s science-backed formulas are the only ones that consistently calm my reactive skin and make it smoother, clearer, and healthier. I’m so excited to be on this journey of skincare innovation with Biossance, and to share it with you!

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