First things first, I am not a skincare expert. Everyday I’m scouring through articles on Into the Gloss hoping that something will sink in (I am learning so much though!). What I do know is that I struggle with oily, acne-prone skin (particularly cystic acne), and I have been on and off antibiotics for my skin since middle school – I’m sure I’m not the only one. In an effort to avoid taking antibiotics and using potentially harmful chemicals on my skin, I’ve started to embrace 3 different serums for acne-prone skin that I’ve seen positive results from using.
These three serums for acne-prone skin are also on the affordable end of the spectrum because I want to test products that I know I can afford again if they work for my skin. And each brand I’m talking about is a cruelty-free beauty brand, so rest assured no animals were tested to create these products and that the ingredients are safe for your skin.
- Glycolic Acid Serum: You’ve probably heard or read about acids like salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid) and glycolic acid (alpha hydroxy acid) before. These acids should be staples in your skincare routine because they cause your skin to repair itself on the surface without causing extreme peeling or dryness. I’ve loved this serum because I noticed an immediate improvement in my skin’s texture and redness. A lot of my pimples had gone down and flattened out after I had used this for a couple of days. Glycolic is great for evening your skin tone because it boosts collagen production which plumps up your skin. I’d recommend using this 3 times a week to start out (but never every day) because as it builds up it could cause a bit of dryness which may lead to more oily skin for a few days.
- Vitamin C Serum: If you’re looking to brighten and heal your skin, look no further than this vitamin C serum from Glossier. I have lots of scarring on my skin from picking at it and my cysts, so I really love the brightening properties of this serum. Just make sure to use sunscreen after applying it because it can make your skin a little bit more sensitive to sunlight right after using it. I like to use it right after I run toner over my face in the mornings and before my moisturizer. It livens and brightens my skin for the day!
- Hyaluronic Acid Serum: One thing that really blew my mind about oily skin was the difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin. Dry skin is lacking oil and therefore needs more of it. But dehydrated skin needs water; adding more oil to dehydrated skin just clogs pores and leads to more breakouts. Hyaluronic acid has SO many benefits, especially anti-aging ones because it keeps things moisturized and plump. It’s an acid that is present in the body’s connective tissue that keeps your joints lubricated for their best functionality! I started using this serum because I wanted to start moisturizing my skin with a water-based serum to hydrate it so that it would stop producing excess oil. Hyaluronic acid also creates a barrier on your skin to keep moisture in instead of letting it out with oil!
Do any of you have similar skin issues as mine? I’d LOVE to know your journey and what products have helped you out. It’s seriously such a huge learning curve, so I’m taking everything in and want to get experimenting!
If you’re worried you might forget the names of these serums or want to come back to this post later, pin this lil guy below so you’ll know exactly where to go!