For oily and problematic prone skin types, the summer months can have a rough impact on the condition of your skin. With a combination of summer heat increasing production of oils and sweat on the skin and the extra use of SPF, environmental pollutants, a build-up of trapped bacteria in the pores often results in inflammation and breakouts . What exactly does it mean and how do you find your way out of this skincare. Before you go crazy with exfoliation and stripping off your skins natural oils, lets break down the steps you need to take to returning the balance of your skin!
At the Clinic, we can create a custom-tailored plan to tackle these skin issues whilst adhering to your specific skin requirements. Combining both our medically proven in house treatments and an at home skincare routine that will have your skin feeling clear and radiant!
Cleanse, Cleanse, Cleanse!
First things first, we need to be strict with our cleansing routine. Washing away the daily impurities and oils from your skin is the number one priority in keeping your skin feeling refined and clear. By completing the double cleanse, you are truly cleaning the skin, which will help fight breakouts, bacteria build up, irritation and ultimately with a cleaner pathway allow your serums to penetrate more effectively within the skin.
For tips on Double Cleansing read our blog as a starting guide on how to double cleanse and the perfect cleansers to introduce into your skincare routine based on your skin type!
Gentle cleansers are an important part of an effective skin care regimen as they are specifically formulated to rid the skin of dirt, excess oils and debris while maintaining the health of the skin barrier.
Some our our favourites are:
An active cleanser is any cleanser which has a physical effect on your skin. Active cleansers cleanse - but they could also target signs or ageing, or redness, or congestion.
Some of our top Active cleansers for congested skin are:
- Scott + Sullivan The Active Cleanser
- SkinBetter Science Refresh Oxygen Infusion
- Aspect Dr AHA BHA Cleanser
Introducing an Active Serum into your skincare routine.
Active serums are used to directly target, treat, and improve skin concerns. Made up of smaller molecules, serums are able to penetrate deeply into the skin and deliver high concentrations of ingredients which actively work to correct specific skin concern.
Ingredients to look out for!
Salicylic Acid - Oiliness, Acne Salicylic Acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that is particularly effective at treating and preventing all forms of acne including blackheads, whiteheads and inflammatory acne, due to its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and drying properties. Salicylic Acid is also oil-soluble and therefore an extremely effective exfoliant for oily and resilient skin types. Products containing Salicylic Acid are not suitable for use during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Niacinamide - Oiliness, Acne, Pigmentation Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B3 that helps to brighten the skin and improve pigmentation. Niacinamide also regulates oil production in the skin and assists in preventing breakouts in acne prone skin types. Niacinamide is safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding, however, please refer to the individual product descriptions and always check with your physician.
Retinol - Acne, Ageing, Pigmentation Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A that effectively treats multiple skin concerns including acne, hyperpigmentation, and sun damage, also helping to decrease signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles. Benefits of Retinol include increasing cellular turnover in the skin, thickening, and increasing the density of the dermis (structural layer of the skin), regulating oil production, and increasing collagen production. Retinol also treats hyperpigmentation by removing existing pigmentation and regulating melanin production. Retinol is a complex ingredient that can be irritating to the skin, please speak to a medical professional to confirm its correct for your skin.
Lactic Acid - All Skin Concerns Lactic Acid is a type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that can effectively and gently exfoliate the skin. Lactic Acid also increases ceramides which aid in skin hydration and promotes and increases collagen production.
Hydrate your way to healthy, glowing skin.
Though it might seem counter intuitive, hydrating your skin with an appropriate moisturiser (after a deep cleanse of course) is helpful to restore the natural balance of oils in your skin. While all skin types need hydration, as a general rule, those with oilier skin (like mine) are far less likely to get on with rich moisturisers, which risk clogging our pores and exacerbating our oiliness. Unless your skin is particularly dry, come summer, we all might benefit from opting for a lighter texture in our moisturisers.
We opt for lightweight moisturisers during the warmer months – here’s some of our favourites!
Even if your skin is oily, you need moisture to maintain skin health. Dehydrated skin can lead to short-term problems like acne breakouts, and long-term issues like wrinkles. Hyaluronic Acid is a substance that keeps the skin soft and supple, and maintains moisture levels. It will help bind water molecules from the inside out for added hydration benefits. In turn, overproduction of oil in the skin is reduced, resulting in a more balanced skin function! To find out if a Face Oil or Hyaluronic Acid is best for your skin read our blog!
Looking to get some expert advice on your congested skin needs? At the clinic, we offer a whole range of treatments to target this common summer skin concern. For our recommended treatments read our latest blog, or get in touch with our team to arrange a consultation whereby we can discuss your specific skin concerns.
Products Mentioned in Blog
The Cleanser follows Kaye and Lisa's philosophy of simple, clean skincare, that is suitable for all. A luxurious, gentle gel cleanser that removes impurities & aids barrier repair. Skin feels clean and hydrated whilst soothing irritation and inflammation with anti-oxidant...
The Cleanser 120ml
Cosmedix Elite Gentle Clean is ideal for removing makeup and ridding the skin of dirt, oils and impurities. The nourishing natural extracts, D-aloe and shea butter, make this cleanser perfect for sensitive skin types, as it rejuvenates, purifies and soothes....
Gentle Clean 150ml
This luxurious lathering soap free AHA formula exfoliates effectively & gently removes impurities & dead skin cells, with anti-inflammatory properties leaving the skin refreshed, hydrated and soothed without stripping the barrier. Daily use restores a clear complexion and reduces congestion that leads...
The Active Cleanser 120ml
Aspect Dr AHA BHA Cleanser is a gentle exfoliating cleanser that helps to smooth and refine skin texture. Formulated with Lactic and Salicylic Acid, Aspect DR AHA BHA Cleanser helps to remove excess oil, while exfoliating lifeless skin cells for...
Aspect Dr AHA BHA Cleanser 220ml
The Societe Clear Skin Boosting Pads are a physician inspired pore treatment designed to increase clear skin results for problem skin conditions. The powerful formula contains AHAs, BHAs and Antioxidants in a useful jar of 60 pads, helping to improve...
Clear Skin Boosting Pads 71g
Meet the new gold standard in anti-ageing and skin repair! An encapsulated blend unique to the brand, Cosmedix Serum 16 is the closest thing to prescription strength age defiance without a prescription. *Not safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Serum 16 30ml
A turbo charger for your other products, Aspect Dr Multi B Plus Serum literally gives your current products a big boost. Infusing your skin with an energising cocktail of Multi B Vitamins and a patented blend of skin fortifying Sea...
Multi B Plus Serum 30ml
Experience ultimate hydration without any oily residue with our newest edition, the Oil Free Moisturiser 50g. Specifically designed for oily and acne prone skin, it features antibacterial and barrier fortifying properties that replenish skin's moisture barrier and control oil regulation....