How to care for breakout prone skin

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Are you reaching for the oil blotting sheets or do you find yourself breaking out? Whether it’s the season, or you simply fall in to the breakout prone category, we have a few simple lifestyle and skincare tips to help you feel your best again!

Consider your daily ritual

Most daily rituals would see a shower in the morning and again in the evening, as a means to wake up, or cleanse and wind down. Innocent enough, however your daily ritual could be impacting your breakout prone skin. To minimise the impact of the elements, we would recommend –

  • Use lukewarm water, not hot water, so that you don’t dry your skin out
  • Wash with a gentle cleanser containing salicylic acid twice a day (and after sweating) for your face and body alike to gently exfoliate your skin and clear pores. We recommend Purified: Purifying Cleanser
  • Be careful not to over-cleanse
  • Use a lightweight moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated such as Sol: Hydrating Gel Moisturiser or The Limelight: Brightening Probiotic Lotion
  • Breakout prone skin is oily, so while it's tempting to use products to dry out your skin, don’t. Dry skin is irritated skin. Anytime you irritate your skin and strip it of essentials oil, you risk getting more breakouts as your skin produces more oil to compensate.
  • When washing your face, use your hands, so as not to rupture any sores
  • Use an oil-free foundation. Heavy makeup or other cosmetic products that block pores may cause a flare-up of acne.

Dress for the occasion

In summer time, avoid exposing yourself to the harsh degree of sun and UV rays. Instead, dress for the occasion, wear sunscreen and keep your skin moisturised. While some sunshine is good for the soul, the harsh rays can cause more damage to breakout prone skin by drying your breakouts and causing your skin to compensate by producing more oil. It's a vicious cycle. If you’re headed outside for work or running errands, ensure you have your sunglasses, sunscreen and hat on to lessen.

If you find that your clothes are rubbing against your breakout prone skin and causing you to sweat, ensure that your laundry detergent is gentle and ‘hypoallergenic’, even better, go for organic! Another tip is to wear soft clothes such as cotton or bamboo to allow your skin to breath.

Up your fats!

What excellent news. Increasing your daily intake of (good) fats can be linked to helping with dry skin. So, try a diet that is rich in nuts, oils, avocados, etc. to help boost your skincare efforts along! And, as always, stay super hydrated.


To get rid of breakouts, you may be tempted to scrub your skin clean. Don’t. Scrubbing can irritate your skin, causing breakouts to flare.

We encourage you to use a gentle exfoliation formula with a mild, natural acid (e.g. hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, glycolic acid, citric acid, salicylic acid) to remove the dead skin cells for you, without manual exfoliation. Our recommendation is that of Canvas: Resurfacing AHA & BHA Treatment. Leave this on for 10 mins or more and your skin will be baby soft and ready to absorb all of the goodness we know you’ll be applying to it!

You may also wish to try dry brushing your body very gently. Dry brushing is a great way to exfoliate away dead skin cells on the body, while also increasing the circulation throughout the body. It’s a win-win!

Remember, you only need to exfoliate a few times a week to keep dead skin cells at bay. Over-exfoliating can cause the skin to react by producing excess oil.

Antioxidants are your friend

The skin can be attacked and affected by free radical pollutants no matter what season. Free radicals are created from pollution such as smog, dust, smoke and UV rays. If your skin is already suffering and dry, free radicals are only going to make it feel worse.

So, regardless of the season, be sure to keep an antioxidant product in your skincare routine. Choose a product high in vitamin C to help combat the appearance of ageing (e.g. fine lines and wrinkles that are heightened in visibility with dry skin). Vitamin C, derived from citrus, is known to help increase collagen production which enhances elasticity, while also brightening the skins complexion.

Our favourite antioxidant serum is Eternal: Plumping Deep Sea & Malachite Collagen Serum due to its high volume of vitamin C ingredients (Kakadu Plum, Desert Lime and Finger Lime).  

Restore your skin

After all is said and done, the most important thing to do is treat your breakout prone skin directly. We recommend using Sol: Hydrating Gel Moisturiser or The Limelight: Brightening Probiotic Lotion to address your dry skin.

Sol is a lightweight gel moisturiser, perfect for oily and breakout prone skin, which assists to hydrate skin, minimise excess oil shine and promote skin elasticity, leaving you with a matte finish as supported by Watermelon, Jojoba Oil and Co-Enzyme Q10.

The Limelight is a probiotic (vegan) lotion which assists to hydrate skin, fight against breakouts, redness, inflammation and itchy skin, and brighten skin for a clearer complexion as supported by active ingredients including vegan Probiotics, Kakadu Plum and Hyaluronic Acid.

Here’s to your happier, breakout free skin!

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