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3 Best Ingredients For Oily Skin

Your skin does most of its repairing and renewing at night, so it’s important to have a nighttime skin care routine that will help it do its job. When treating oily skin the key is to balance killing bacteria and keeping the skin super hydrated so it can heal properly.

A good nighttime skin care routine should include the following steps:

Remove makeup and sunscreen. This is the most important step, as makeup and sunscreen can clog your pores and prevent your skin from breathing. Use a gentle cleanser that is oil-free and non-comedogenic, which means it won’t clog your pores. Also I like for my clients to have a more “active” cleanser on hand that contains Hydroxy Acids or BHA’s such as Mandelic Acid Scrub/Wash or Benzoyl Peroxide Wash/Scrub depending on the severity of the acne.


Exfoliating removes dead skin cells and helps your skin absorb products better. You can use a chemical exfoliant, such as glycolic acid or salicylic acid, or a physical exfoliant, such as a scrub. This does not need to be done every day but should be done 1-3 times a week depending on skin type. A couple of my favorite granule exfoliants are  Mandelic Acid Face & Body Scrub , Antioxidant Scrub



Serums are concentrated formulas that can help address specific skin concerns, such as wrinkles, dark spots, or acne. Look for serums that contain ingredients like retinol, hyaluronic acid, or other AHA’s..


Moisturizing is essential for keeping your skin hydrated and plump. Choose a moisturizer that is oil-free and non-comedogenic, and that is appropriate for your skin type. As a general rule, I always have a gel hydrator on hand to layer under serums just for added hydration and then a cream moisturizer on top to lock in that moisture. (One that is acne/oily skin safe of course)

Eye Cream

The skin around your eyes is delicate and needs special care. Look for an eye cream that is formulated to hydrate and reduce the appearance of dark circles and wrinkles. Look for ingredients such as Retinol, Kojic Acid and Hyaluronic Acid.

Here are some of the best ingredients to use in your night time skin care routine:


Retinol is a form of vitamin A that is used in skin care products to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, and other signs of aging. It can also help to improve the texture of the skin and reduce acne.

Retinol works by increasing the production of collagen and elastin, which are proteins that give the skin its strength and elasticity. It also helps to exfoliate the skin, removing dead skin cells and revealing newer, fresher skin cells.

Retinol can be used by people of all ages, but it is especially beneficial for people over the age of 30. It is important to start using retinol slowly and gradually, as it can cause some irritation in the early stages. I like for clients to begin a few times a week at night, then every other night, then every night, working the skin’s tolerance gradually.

We absolutely love Vivant’s Derma Gel for cell turnover, pigmentation and skin renewal.

Some of the benefits of using retinol are:

Reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines

Improves skin texture

Reduces age spots and dark spots

Helps to prevent acne

Exfoliates the skin

Stimulates the production of collagen and elastin

Improves the skin’s ability to retain moisture

Use it at night, Retinol can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so it is important to use it at night and wear sunscreen during the day.

Avoid using other exfoliating products at the same time as retinol. This can irritate your skin.

If you experience any irritation, discontinue use and consult with your esthetician or dermatologist.

Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl peroxide is a medication that is used to treat acne. It is available as an over-the-counter (OTC) product or as a prescription medication. I like to use it as a spot treatment on active inflamed pimples, it is great to have on hand when inflamed pimples like to pop up.

Acne Spot Treatment

Benzoyl Peroxide Cleanser

Benzoyl peroxide works by killing the bacteria that causes acne and reduces inflammation, it is one of the most effective treatments for acne. It can help to reduce the number of pimples and it can also help to prevent new breakouts.

Benzoyl peroxide is generally safe for most people to use. However, it can cause some side effects, such as dryness, redness, and peeling. It is important to start using it slowly and gradually, and to stop using it if you experience any severe side effects.

Brown/Darker skin types need to be very careful with Benzoyl Peroxide as it can cause hyperpigmentation if it’s not balanced with enough hydration. Brown skin should not use BP over an extended period of time, only when they are experiencing inflammation.


Niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3, is a water-soluble vitamin that has many benefits for the skin. It is a versatile ingredient that can be used to address a variety of skin concerns. Niacinamide can help to reduce the production of sebum, which is the oil that can clog pores and lead to acne. It can also help to reduce inflammation, which is a common symptom of acne.

It also benefits the skin in these 4 key ways:

Hyperpigmentation: Niacinamide can help to reduce the appearance of dark spots and age spots. It does this by increasing the production of melanin, which is the pigment that gives skin its color.

Redness and irritation: Niacinamide can help to reduce redness and irritation, which can be caused by acne, eczema, or rosacea.

Fine lines and wrinkles: Niacinamide can help to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by increasing the production of collagen and elastin, which are proteins that give the skin its strength and elasticity.

Moisturization: Niacinamide can help to improve the skin’s ability to retain moisture, which can help to prevent dryness and flakiness.Antioxidant protection: Niacinamide is an antioxidant that can help to protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage cells and contribute to aging.

Caring for your oily skin is a delicate balance of reducing inflammation and keeping the skin’s hydration levels at optimum levels. You will also want to have regular deep cleansing facial treatments to extract any blackheads and skin congestion by a professional esthetician. Chemical peels are also a great treatment for oily skin.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask, we are here to help you achieve clear healthy skin!

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