Ah skincare. There are so many products out there, all claiming to make your skin look so youthful you could be mistaken for a baby. With all of the serums, lotions, toners, and washes it’s hard to know what’s right for your skin, or even what order to use them in! For the longest time, all I did was wash my skin and put on some moisturizer. However, as I’ve gotten older my skincare routine has become quite involved (and takes as much time to complete as an episode of Friends). While I’m not an expert, I have come to know what works well for my oily, acne-prone skin, and what to avoid.

As a bit of background, my skin is quite oily and sensitive. By the end of the day, my skin may look like it has a healthy glow, but if you get up close you’ll realize it’s actually a nice film of oil. Three cheers to that, yeah? Between skin care and the makeup products, I use I’ve come to learn how to manage my oily, sensitive skin.

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Today, I’m sharing my night time skin routine. At night I have more time to spend on my skin and use more products. While there are some nights where I’m lazy and only wash my face, I try to use all of these products each night.

For reference, this is what my skin looked like at the end of February 2017 compared to the end of August 2017. I can thank my dermatologist and this skincare routine for the vast improvement!

February 2017. I can’t believe my skin was that bad. It felt like I was waking up every morning with a new spot.
I couldn’t find a photo where I’m not wearing makeup and completely facing the camera, but this is pretty close!

CeraVe Face Wash. Skin Care routine for acne prone oily skin.

After I remove my eye makeup, the first thing I do is wash my face with the CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser. While the bottle says it’s for normal to dry skin, I find that this works well for me. My skin tends to feel tight and stripped of any hydration after washing it, but with this product, it doesn’t feel that way. The hyaluronic acid helps to plump and moisturize your skin in addition to keeping collagen synthesis up. The formula of the face was is almost like a lotion, rather than a gel or foam wash, which also helps to moisturize your face.

Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner

Next up is the Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner. I have tried lactic acid and salicylic acid and have found that glycolic works best for me. I go back and forth between the Pixi Glo Tonic and this Mario Badescu toner, mainly based off of what store I’m near when I run out. The Pixi Glow Tonic is only sold in stores at Target and Mario Badescu is only at Ulta. I could order either one online but this girl does not feel like paying for shipping.

A couple benefits of glycolic acid:

  • Exfoliates the skin
  • Effective at clearing cystic acne
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines
  • Lessens the appearance of acne scars
  • minimizes the appearance of pores

Want to know more about glycolic acid? Check out this informative article.

Not pictured is the prescription strength retinoid cream I use after my toner. In January of 2017 I started to see a dermatologist to treat and manage my acne. One of the two prescriptions I was given was Adapalene.

When you begin to use a retinoid your skin may get worse before it gets better. Don’t freak out! That’s the medication working on pimples that have been forming deep in your skin. Around the 3-4 week mark is when you should start to see results. Continuous use of the product will prevent acne and speed up the healing of any spots you do get.

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Olehenrikson Truth Serum

A recent splurge of mine was on the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum. While you can find great products at the drugstore, there are definitely product and ingredients you just won’t find there. As I get older I’m beginning to see the benefits of spending more on my skincare for quality ingredients.

Truth Serum is a collagen and vitamin C serum that fights signs of aging, hydrates and brightens the skin, and is good for all skin types. The citrus and green tea extracts work to brighten the skin, which is why I love using this product at night. I honestly see such a difference on mornings where I’ve used this product the night before compared to nights when I haven’t. It’s fast absorbing which means you don’t have to wait to apply your next product!

Olay Moisturizer

I started using this night cream in college when I was tight on money and needed something that worked. Since then, I’ve found no real reason to find a new night cream. I tend to get a bit weary of trying new products due to the sensitive nature of my skin. I don’t want to try a product only to have it break me out.

The Olay Firming Night Cream has a light rose scent and is nice and thick, which is perfect for night time! The formula isn’t greasy in the slightest and feels quite luxurious when you apply it to your face. This product claims to reduce the appearance of fine lines, however I’m not so sure about that. Either way, for $6 I’m quite happy with this moisturizer.

Benefit Eye Cream

Are you still with me? Last but not least is my eye cream. Currently, I’m using the It’s Potent eye cream from Benefit. This is only a trial size so once it’s gone I may try something different. The skin around my eyes isn’t as sensitive as the rest of my face so trying new eye creams doesn’t scare me as much.

I really like this eye cream because it’s very lightweight but moisturizing at the same time. My eyelids can get a bit dry and this cream nips that dryness in the bud. I don’t have very dark circles, but the discoloration I do have seems to have improved since beginning to use this.

If you aren’t big into skincare that’s completely fine! Every one is different and has a routine that works for them. It took me a long time to perfect my routine so I encourage everyone to take the time to find the products that work best for them. If you’re looking for a place to start I recommend finding a cleanser and moisturizer that you like.

Washing your face helps to unclog your pores and remove dirt, sweat, and bacteria that has collected either overnight or during the day. A moisturizer hydrates the skin after stripping it clean with warm water and your face wash.

I’d love to know what products you use in your skincare routine so leave me a comment below!

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A nighttime skincare routine fit for those with oily, sensitive and acne prone skin.


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I don’t struggle with oily skin, but for my super dry and sensitive skin, winter is so hard to get through! I love CeraVe, too, though — I guess they work for a lot of different skin types!


Thank you for sharing!!! These look great to try!!


I love reading skincare routines because I get to see what products are out there and what works I’ve heard great stuff about Mario Badescu. My skin also tends to be oily then turns to combination at times.


Wow- the before and after photos are amazing girl! You have a great skincare routine going, thank you for sharing it with us today! 🙂

xoxo A


oh i love this skincare! and your skin sure has changed a lot! i gotta try more mario badescu products for sure now!


I’m definitely writing all of these products down – I’ve been saying for so long that I need to change my face products and I think I just need to go ahead and jump to it!


thanks for sharing your before/after – that’s what’ll reaaally show us if the products work! mario badescu’s skincare products are my absolute faves! especially the ones w/ glycolic acid because I too have oily and breakout prone skin. x, nicole // http://www.nicoleeigh.com


These are great tips and what an amazing transformation with your skin! You’re so beautiful.


I love CeraVe cleaners. I have been using them for years and they work well for me.


These are great tips and I bet they’ll be good for those breakout days too.


Such awesome tips! i bet this is going to help so many girls out with oil-prone skin!!


I have oily skin, so I really enjoyed this post! I’ve had really great results with IT Cosmetics, Mario Badescu, and gel moisturizers. I definitely need to check out the Truth Serum 🙂


Thanks for sharing this! I’ve struggled with my skin for years and have an absolutely terrible habit of picking pretty much anything. I’m going to check out the Olay Night Cream, for sure!


I am OBSESSED with all things Mario Badescu!

xo, L

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