Your skin may be "oily" or "acne-prone" if it:

  • Is thick and shiny or dull, often appearing greasy by midday

  • Has blackheads, pimples, or other blemishes

  • Has enlarged pores, especially on the nose, chin, and forehead

Recommended Care Routine:

Stop attacking your skin! Overcleansing and using a million different chemically-laden products to try to tackle the problem will only make it worse in the long run. Having oily or acne-prone skin does not mean your skin is dirty. Rather, like sensitive skin, oiliness and blemishes are often a response to external and/or internal aggravators (diet, lifestyle, allergies/sensitivities, hormones, genetics, etc). And sometimes, oiliness in particular is your skin's way of obtaining homeostasis - if you wash the oil off your face, your skin will produce more to compensate. So addressing those core issues will make the biggest impact, while following a natural, simple skin care regimen that is gentle on your skin. Keep in mind though that patience will be required once you've made the step to figure out your skin's adversaries - years of bad habits can't be undone in a few weeks. And you may need to go through several periods of trial and error until you narrow down the culprits, so expect a timeframe of at least 6 months or more to finally see SOME results. Seeing a specialist in natural healing - like a holistic nutritionist or a naturopath, will help you define and target your skin's aggravators more quickly. 

As for a natural, gentle skin care regimen that will help balance out your skin's oiliness and target problem areas, AIKI SKIN can help with that:

DAY-TIME ROUTINE

  1. Splash face with water or gently swipe skin with a natural toner.
  2. Apply AIKI SKIN FACE OIL for Oily/Acne-Prone Skin - Pump once for ideal amount and massage into damp skin after cleansing. 
  3. Apply AIKI SKIN SHEA BALM where needed - Melt a small amount in palm and spot-apply on drier areas of skin. Great for additional hydration during winter months. 
  4. If using makeup, wait at least 5-10 minutes and apply as desired.

NIGHT-TIME ROUTINE

  1. If wearing makeup, remove with an all-natural cleanser (try the oil-cleansing method!).
  2. Apply AIKI SKIN FACE OIL for Oily/Acne-Prone Skin - Pump once for ideal amount and massage into damp skin after cleansing. 
  3. Apply AIKI SKIN SHEA BALM where needed - Melt a small amount in palm and spot-apply on drier areas of skin. Great for additional hydration during winter months. 
  4. Finally, apply a thin layer of AIKI SKIN PIMPLE BUSTER on individual blemishes before going to bed.

 

Internal Solutions

Refer to the Chinese face-map on the right to determine where possible imbalances lie in your body. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, different areas of your face are connected to a corresponding body organ. When there's a blockage of energy, illness, or an overflow of toxins in that organ, it will reveal itself in the corresponding area of the face as blemishes, dryness, etc. Think of your blemishes like "Xs" that mark those spots as warning signs of your health!

Nutrition

  • Drink plenty of water, especially in the morning, to flush out toxins. Taper off the water about an hour before you go to bed to help prevent water retention.

    Drink less soda and other carbonated beverages and alcohol.

    Get 20-30 minutes of light exercise every day, preferably outdoors.

    Practice relaxation techniques to help you worry less.

    Eat healthy foods, chewing thoroughly to improve your digestion.

    Reduce refined sugar in your diet.

  • hormonal issues
  • "training" your skin - maybe you over-wash? Use too strong ingredients
  • there is a long "balancing-out" period (up to 6 months)
  • milia = sign of lack of sleep
  • stress? Meditation helps 
  • Look into types of oils - linoleic acid and oily skin - taking internally? Oleic acids and dry skin - taking internally? 

  • Reference hormones book and other nutrition textbooks!!! 

Lifestyle

  • Your skin's health is optimized when you live according to your circadian rhythm:
    • Your liver regenerates Go to bed by 10 p.m. and get up by 6 a.m. Even if you can't fall asleep, it's good to relax to allow your liver to rest.