Skincare for Oily & Combination Skin – What I Use

By Lynnie | March 27 2012 | 29 Comments

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Following on from last week’s virtual peek inside my make-up bag where we had a poke around at the products I use to keep slap on my slippery mush, I’m back with another show and tell. It’s dedicated to the skincare end of my routine, and it’s a post that I’ve been putting off for the longest time because I very much feel that most of that routine is a work in progress.

I’ve yet to discover the wonder products that will take me from sometimes spotty sensitive oil slick to clear-skinned goddess overnight โ€“ my suspicion is that they don’t exist, but I’ll let you know if I discover that they do โ€“ but here’s what I’m liking in the meantime.

1. Cleanse

In the mornings, I alternate between Lush Angels On Bare Skin when my skin’s being a bit temperamental, and Cetaphil (or plain ol’ lukewarm water) when it’s behaving itself.

It’s not for everyone’s skin or pocket, I know, but Eve Lom Cleansing Balm is my holy grail cleanser/make-up remover in the PM. It whips off all traces of make-up, including waterproof mascara, with ease, never leaves skin feeling dry or tight after use, and helps to keep blemishes at bay. This is the product that makes the single biggest difference to my skin, and although I’m tempted away from Eve Lom on a regular-ish basis by something new and shiny I always run crying back to my pot of reliable yellow-green herby goo when the pretenders to its throne prove incapable of keeping my complexion on an even keel.

2. Moisturise

For daytime, I like an oil-free mattifying hydrating moisturiser that can simultaneously handle my dehydrated patches and my high-volume oil fields, and it gets bonus points if it also contains ingredients to reduce and prevent blemishes. Vichy Normaderm moisturisers do all the above and Normaderm Anti-Age is my steadfast go-to in this field, the product I always return to when others disappoint and leave me with a chin full of Face Cheese.

At night, I’m all about nourishing without clogging pores but my skin doesn’t seem to appreciate that that’s what I’m trying to do. As a result, I generally stick with La Roche Posay Cicaplast and then press on two-to-three drops of Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate a couple of times a week.

3. Treat

Twice a week, I’ll exfoliate with Origins Modern Friction to remove dead skin cells and help keep pores clear; I like that I can dial its intensity up and down by using it wet or dry depending on how sensitive my skin is. Once a week (or when it occurs to me) I’ll use a clay-based mask like Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask, Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask, or Eve Lom Rescue Mask to suck out excess oil and impurities.

Occasionally, if my skin’s looking a bit parched, dull, or tired I’ll slap on something like Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Mask or Vichy Aqualia Thermal Mask (or Liz Earle Skin Brightening Treatment, which works in two minutes, if it needs a quick pick-me-up.)

All the products I’ve mentioned are long-standing regulars in my fairly routine, ones that I’ve repurchased time and again for the simple reason that they work better with my skin than others that I’ve trialled. They’re the products that I’m using right now, the ones that are currently keeping my skin in decent nick, but all live in constant fear of being retired from my bathroom cabinet should something more awesome come along.

What are your tried and trusted skincare faves for keeping your problem skin in check?

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29 Replies to "Skincare for Oily & Combination Skin – What I Use"

  • Hazie says:

    Wow, you girls are mind-readers!
    My combo skin is totally rejecting my current skincare routine and I am deffo in the market for good alternatives.
    My skin has gotten very congested and bumpy, especially my t-zone, while my cheeks are very dry and flaky at times.
    Great post, thanks Lynnie!!

  • Gracie says:

    Cetaphil cleanser is my HG!! I had a severe skin allergy/reaction a few months ago which left my skin extremely sensitive. Even Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser and Elave Cleanser burn the hell out of my face. Cetaphil is the only cleanser I can tolerate.

    To remove my make-up, I use… mineral oil!! (which is baby oil in the end). If you check Eve Lom’s or even Shu Uemura’s ingredients list, you’ll see that mineral oil is their base ingredient. I used to use MAC Cleanse Off oil (base oil in that is jojoba) which I really liked. But I’m trying to use products as simple as possible right now. I’d recommend mineral oil to everyone but here’s the deal: You’ll either love it and it’ll make your face glow; or you’ll hate it beacuse it’ll make you break out severely. There’s no middle ground. If you used Eve Lom or Shu Uemura cleanser and had no problem, it means that you’ll be OK w/ mineral oil.

  • Banjaxed says:

    Great post! I wonder if it would be possible to get a sample of the Eve Lom cleanser from a counter somewhere? I’m fed up buying expensive creams and cleansers that don’t work for me :-(…

    One thing that’s made a huge difference to my skin has been that I now exfoliate twice a week with Elemis Papaya Enzyme mask. I went for a facial last year and she said my skin was very congested and suggested I do this and it’s really made a difference. My skin is sensitive, as well as oily, so I can’t use scrubs, but this mask works very well.

  • Lynnie says:

    Banjaxed – I know Eve Lom produce sample sachets (I always make sure they throw in a rake of them when I’m buying the full-size cleanser, they’re handy for travelling) so it would deffo be worth asking!

  • Shelley says:

    For me,cleansers are all the same..But it’s my toner & moisturiser that makes the difference!! I’ve got combo skin aswell & use the Vichy range moisturisers but I’ve recently started to use Clinique Clarifying Lotion No.2 which is actually for normal/dry skin but it does the job perfectly without drying out my”good” skIn..Also add Dermalogica Skin Renewal Boost to my night moisturiser & it is making my acne scarring disappear,At long last!!!!

  • Banjaxed says:

    Thanks Lynnie – I’ll definately ask for those!

  • maggie says:

    Clearsil Avacado scrub is surprisingly good as it’s a budget product… but Clinique moisture surge is such a good moisturiser I can’t use anything else

  • ZsaZsa says:

    Great post Lynnie! I’m currently trying to reinstate some sort of routine into my skin care as I’ve tried a number of products over the last 5 months or so which have caused a level of chaos to my skin. Angels on Bare skin is a product I have used for years and have repurchased many a time โ€“ I always regret it when I try another product instead and inevitably repurchase Angels on Bare Skin.

  • Cait says:

    There are loads of great tips there, thanks so much! Quick question though – Lynnie I know you always rate Normaderm very highly but when I used the Tri-Actif moisturiser in the mornings I found that it made make-up clump on top as it never really sank in. Did you have any problems with it and is the anti-age any better? I still haven’t found my HG moisturiser so I’d be really interested in trying Vichy again as it always gets rave reviews.

  • Lynnie says:

    Cait – Vichy have just reformulated and rebranded The Product Formerly Known As Tri-Activ to improve the texture and (hopefully!) eliminate that very issue. Haven’t tried the new version yet but there’s more about it here.

  • JPSaltee says:

    Cait – I have the exact same problem (I havent got the new version yet) and what I do is let it dry in for a few mins then put on Clarins beauty flash balm and then foundation – seems to stop the clumpy/rolly bits ! I’ll definately be trying out some of the other products mentioned, I’ll try anything to control my skin.

  • Cait says:

    Thanks for the answers ladies! I definitely give Vichy another shot so.

  • Cait says:

    *I’ll* definitely give Vichy another shot. Whoops

  • witchgirl26 says:

    I never use a cleanser in the morning as find it wrecks havoc on my face so just use some water & a Vichy light moisturiser before make-up. Night time I use Vichy dry skin cream cleanser & take off with a hot muslin cloth. I used never use a moisturiser at night coz every time I did, it resulted in seriously cloggy chin issues but got a Vichy aquila one in a set a few months ago & its doing me wonders! Its intense but soaks in really well. I’ve also introduced an Aveeno Positively Radiant scrub that I picked up in America & although I’ve only used it 3 times so far, its seems to be working some magic as my skin is getting a lot clearer!

  • laura says:

    My skin is playing havoc at the moment,cannot seem to get congestion under control on my chin & face cheese on tops of my cheeks. Emma hardie moringa balm cleanser is my hg,fab product to use skin feels lovely ,but I only use at night to get rid of makeup. Moisturiser wise I’m trialling lrp effaclar duo in the hope that it will banish blocked pores and blemishes,alternating between it and Emma hardies am/pm moisturiser in morning,then in evenings I’m using trilogy’s age proof serum& moisturiser which I’m loving. I’m also a fan of origins modern friction,and dermalogica’s exfoliator ( can’t remember exact name,but its the gentle one for daily use that pours out like talc!) I use elemis rescue mask to draw out impurities although I’m not too gone on it,also use the dermalogica multi vit mask if my skin is looking dull & needs a pick me up.
    Banjaxed- the SA’s in Harvey Nicholls eve lom are lovely & gave me samples of cleanser before,the rescue mask is defo on my wants list!

  • Amy says:

    I’m using the Liz Earle kit for combo skin at the mo and loving it. My skin has never looked this good. Still have a few blemishes though so I put Bio Oil on after cleansing at night and they seem to be fading a little.

  • freckleface says:

    Lynnie Can I ask do you use any spf or sunbloick on your face? Can any one recommend on for combo-oily skin? I tried a Clarins factor 50 for the face before but I gor really bad breakouts.
    For cleansing I am using Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel, and when I am very lazy or have alot of make up on I use the Soap and Glory Hot cloth cleanser. For exfoilating I am using the Alpha H one every third night and the the Dermologica Daily Mircrofoliant on alternative nights. For day time I am using Clinique Superdefense for oily skin. It absorbs easily, its oil free, keeps my cheeks moisturised and has an SPF of 25. At night I use Estee lauder repair serum on my cheeks. Every now and then I use a Yonka clay mask to combat congestion and I recently bought an Origins mask for breakouts. I can’r remeber the name but it has “calm” in the title. I also use the Dermalogica Overnight spot clearning gel. I tried the Vichy normadermn spot treatment and the clinique one but neither worked well for me. I have just scared myself with the realisation that I am spending far too much money and time on my mush!!!! But sur its an investment :)

  • Benny says:

    Well my skin is just greasy most of the year, and I have a problem with capillaries bursting, so I have to try and combat the two.

    I’ve been using Witch Gentle Exfoliating Face Wash for about 2 months now, and its the best thing since sliced bread! Honestly my skin started to clear in about a week, and I’ve only gotten flare ups during my period (oh hormones), so yes it totally works.

    I tried Neutrogena’s Visibly Clear Spot Stress Control and that cleared up my initial spotty face. It does leave your skin ever so slightly dry, which I didn’t like. Clean and Clear Exfoliating Daily Wash burned my skin for about a week, leaving my face a flaky mess. I definitely think Witch is worth a go if you’ve got really bad spots, which I had, and its cheap at about a fiver.

    Currently using La Roche Posay Rosaliac: Skin Perfecting Anti-Redness Moisturiser, and while it thankfully doesn’t clog my pores, it hasn’t done anything for my reactive skin. Also cannot use any UVA creams on face because I just get humongous spots! So still looking for a good non-oily sun protectorate. Will try the Normaderm range of moisturiser though, sounds good.

  • Lorrrrrraine says:

    Freckleface – Avene Super High Protection SPF 50 Emulsion is for oily sensitive skins, just posted a review on Beaut last week! :)

  • freckleface says:

    Thanks Lorraine. I somehow forgot about that even though I read it!

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