Best Skincare Products for Oily & Spot Prone Skin



I have tackled my incredibly oily and blemish prone skin for years, and as a result have made my way through countless products that have promised “clear skin” and “no more acne”. Very few, however, actually worked out for me. I’d often still wake up with a juicy new spot, and oil would continue to seep through my skin as the day progressed – a look nobody craves. Nevertheless, I have discovered a handful of products that truly do work, products that I am over the moon with – plus they don’t break the bank!

In order of use.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple 3-in-1 Cleanser – £18
It isn’t the first time this product has made an appearance on my blog, and all for good reason too. I absolutely love this cleanser. It deep cleans skin like no other does, but doesn’t strip the skin bare of moisture, (which sounds crazy, but that’s a good thing for us oily gals). It’s incredibly gentle, removes makeup, cleanses, tones and hydrates the skin. I love to use this product first thing in the morning and before bed. I simply squeeze a pea-sized amount onto my finger tips, spread over the entire face and massage it into the skin. A little goes such a long way, in fact, one giant bottle lasts me around 6 months if I use it twice a day.

Boots Tea Tree Witch Hazel Cleansing & Toning Lotion – £3.59
This product works well oily skin because it contains two essential ingredients, Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) and Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginiana). It deep cleanses skin of dirt, oil and make-up without over-drying, as well as fighting spot-causing bacteria and helping to unblock pores. I find this product battles blemishes almost instantly, and just one application a day is the suitable amount for me.

Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Facial Scrub – £3.99
I love Simple products because they’re so gentle and truly do care for the skin. This particular contains three skin loving nutrients – Witch Hazel, Natural Zinc PCA (gently absorbs excess oil) and Rice Powder (exfoliates and smoothes). Vitamin E powerfully moisturises and improves skin condition whilst Pro-Vitamin B5 actively restores, softens and soothes the skin. I enjoy using this product with very minimal water, all over the face and neck, massaging in a circular motion. My skin is über soft immediately afterwards and there’s a noticeable improvement in the appearance of my makeup. I don’t like to use this product any more than twice a week, because my skin just doesn’t need it.

Lush Tea Tree Toner Water – £8.50
Aah. My favourite skincare product of the bunch. I have never applied a product that is so refreshing. I only think this product is a necessity if you suffer with spots and blemishes, otherwise it’s just a lovely luxury. But, I use it religiously, whether it be as I’m wondering past my skincare collection with a makeup free face and grab it for a quick fix, or right besofore bed, there are no restrictions. It can even remove traces of makeup. I swear Tea Tree is a saviour when it comes to acne. This also contains grapefruit, which is rich in vitamins and also lightly astringent on the skin, and juniperberry, which is antiseptic and helps keep skin clean and clear.

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Moisturiser – £20
Ok, so not a totally affordable product. But us oily ladies must moisturise, and I believe in splashing the cash a little on this essential product. Since moisturising every morning and night, my skin has began to produce less oil throughout the day, (a true saviour). I’m a little confused why it’s classed as a mens product on Clinique though? Have I been using a mans product? It works well anyway. The lightweight, soothing formula helps treat active blemishes, prevent future breakouts and control excess oil. The only problem? I get through this stuff so quickly!

I hope you gained a few tips and tricks on how to control your oily skin and prevent blemishes from this post. Do you have any more advice? Or perhaps a product that works for you? Let me know in the comments.


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8 comments on “Best Skincare Products for Oily & Spot Prone Skin”

  1. Sangeetha says:

    Philosophy purity cleanser sounds amazing and great selection of products out there. The only problem for me, I used to get oily only on the T-zone area and rest are all like normal skin. So, what is your recommendation as I can I still try these products since it is for oily skin conditions.

    1. Clarina says:

      The Philosophy is great for all skin types, people who are very dry love it equally as much as people who are oily. Because you’re combination, you’d probably really like it too 🙂 The Garnier is for all skin types too! I’m usually a little wary when companies say that, but the really do work!

      1. Sangeetha says:

        Thank you so much for your lovely recommendation as always Claire.

  2. Natasha says:

    hey! I was just wondering how you still get your posts to show up on the wordpress reader ,since you went self-hosted , thanks so much 🙂

    1. admin says:

      Hey Natasha 🙂 I did my Self Hosting through Hostgator, and I just selected WordPress on there so my posts go through here still. I still log in to WordPress and can view everyone elses posts too 🙂

      I followed a YouTube tutorial on how to do it. I think it was this one >


      1. Natasha says:

        Thanks so much !!

    1. admin says:

      That sounds like such a cool award! I love Miranda haha. Thank you my lovely x

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