My oily skin is giving me breakouts. Help!

Monday, 20 January 2014

I’ve always had oily skin, but even now that I’m 25 and I should be past the point of pimples and blackheads, I still struggle. Is there any specific product that you can suggest that won’t break the bank? 


Unfortunately oily skin conditions can persist very late into life and there are many patients who suffer from this persistent condition which becomes known as an ‘adult acne.’ However, treatment can relieve this condition to a great degree and this involves reducing the oily secretions from the skin while balancing the skin pH. Oiliness is often the skin’s way of trying to compensate for an underlying dry problem too.

Avoid products that contain vitamin E as this can provoke oil secretion and avoid skin toners which can dry out the skin excessively. Rather use a product that provides enough moisture to your skin while gently exfoliating at the same time such as fruity acid or hydroxy acid containing products. There are a number of great products on the South African market that fulfill these requirements and don’t cost too much, enquire at your Skin Renewal Group therapist to demonstrate some samples for you. One can also add a gentle form of vitamin A to the ingredients to further reduce oiliness and blackheads.

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Dr. Maricia completed her MBChB degree at MEDUNSA and her two-year internship in Bloemfontein. It was during this time where she developed a strong interest in aesthetic medicine. She then decided to complete an introductory course in Botox and Fillers and fell deeply in love with the dynamic field. She moved to Kimberley in December 2015 and completed her community service in 2016 at the Kimberley Hospital Complex. She is a dedicated health enthusiast and especially takes pride in a healthy lifestyle as well as helping others to achieve the same. She struggled with many health issues during 2016 and could not find a single medical specialist who was able to explain what was wrong with her and how to treat it. She had to figure it out herself. It was through this journey where she came across many other women who dealt with the exact same problem and no one to help them. This made her realise that there has to be another way. There has to be a solution or place to look deeper into someone’s health and to solve imbalances that may occur. Along came The Renewal Institute. Their scope of practice is absolutely everything she is passionate about, everything her lifestyle involves and everything she lives to achieve every single day in her own life. Her goal is to dig deeper into wellness and health and to help people achieve balance and health. She wants people to feel great about themselves and to portray a health and beauty inside and outside. She is very excited about the promising future filled with opportunities to grow as a health ambassador at The Renewal Institute.

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  1. Tanya

    I suffer with oily skin as well. Breakouts are a nightmare!

    5 years ago •

  1. MEL1SSA

    It’s important to take caution when you have acne prone skin. The small things such as changing your pillow cases on a regular basis and making sure your bedding is clean will help with re-infecting your skin and prevent even worse break outs from the germs which you have embedded on your bedding. Also, do not touch your face or scratch and washing your hands constantly will also help, if you do have a habit of touching your face a lot. I also think it has a lot to do with diet, stay away from the sweet stuff.

    5 years ago •

    1. Mark Parr

      Melissa, Those words are so true. I agree with you 100% plus for that statement.

      5 years ago •

  1. Ayesh

    I too struggle with oily skin and breakouts. I think these tips, especially the one about avoiding products with vitamin E, could really help me. At the moment I’m using a cleanser and a mattifying cream from Essence which regulates oil production throughout the day. I use it under my make-up, and I can see and feel the difference.

    6 years ago •

  1. Caythe

    I’m 20 years old now & I’ve been having problems with my facial skin since I was 13/14

    6 years ago •

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