Skin Care

How do I Address My Specific Skin Concerns?

skin concerns

In case you missed it, I talked about the different skin-types and how to identify yours here. Now that you’ve identified what skin-type you have, here are ways address your skin concerns:

If you have normal skin…

Because you rarely get acne, you might unconsciously pick at it the few times you do get it. Stop that right now! (And this is good advice for everyone, not just people with normal skin). Consider using a salicylic acid toner just on the spots of your acne to both dissolve the excess oil and exfoliate. Salicylic acid can be very drying which is why I would not recommend putting it on skin that doesn’t need it (normal or dry/sensitive skin).

You should consider toners like Neutrogena’s Visibly Clear Blackhead Eliminating Cleansing Lotion or Sheamoisture’s African Black Soap Problem Toner.

Light face moisturizers probably work best for normal skin, after using a gentle facial wash or face soap like Cetaphil’s gentle cleansing bar.

If you have Dry/Sensitive Skin…

Because your skin is prone to extreme dryness and redness, avoid harsher cleansers like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate in face products. Instead, try a cleanser like Dove Baby Head to Toe Wash (I know it’s for babies but you’ll be surprised how useful some baby stuff can be for sensitive skin)

Also avoid sunscreens that use chemical sunscreens like oxybenzone. Because of how sensitive your skin is, physical ones like titanium dioxide probably work best.

In addition, avoid many strongly fragranced face creams (and products in general). A product like Eucerin’s Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Sensitive Skin Lotion with SPF 15 is probably best suited for you!

Finally, I’ve also talked about using oats as a source for a gentle cleanser. This could be nice treat (used as a toner) for your skin once in a while.

If you have oily skin…

Get your vitamins by eating them, or at least getting them from food. A lot of the time, people recommend vitamin C serums to help deal with acne scarring after an acne flare-up. I don’t think they’re very useful most times, since they usually fully oxidize in 3 months. I’d say the best way to get your vitamin C is from a freshly cut orange. You should rub some juice on the scar and eat the rest of the orange for best results.

Because your skin is oily, you can’t spot treat. You have to consider all parts of your face. I’d say use you the toners I recommended under normal skin but all over your face to draw out your face oil. Look for products with essential oils like tea tree, clove or citrus oils. These essential oils have a lot of anti-microbial activity that can help stop acne formation. The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Oil Collection seems to be really good from what I’ve seen.

I haven’t tried using a clarisonic yet, but it seems like something that might be useful. From what I’ve read online, some users said it helped bring up some of the dirt deep in their skin, which caused breakouts initially, but after that was done, they noted very clear skin.


I’d love a clarisonic for my birthday, just putting it out there lol.

 If you have combination skin…

You first need to identify what parts of your face are what. Most combination skin are oily on the T-zone area and normal or dry in others. Figure that out and employ the tips given for your specific areas.

For everyone

The other day, I was talking to my mum on the phone and she was telling me about how she now does a honey mask regularly. All she does is get some honey in a cup and rub it on a wet face about twice a week. After massaging it in for 2 minutes, she wipes it off and puts in her moisturizer. She says it has helped make her skin really soft and clear.

Although I haven’t tried it, I don’t see why it shouldn’t work. Honey in this study was shown to be an effective moisturizer with antimicrobial activity. As acne can be exacerbated by bacterium like P. acnes, honey might be able to inhibits bacteria activity, while moisturizing your skin; a win-win situation!

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