Being a teenager, obviously my hormones are all over the show and this significantly effects my skin. Especially before my period. I have oily skin which produces a huge amount of oil within a few hours of washing my face. I also have large pores, which are accentuated by the speed at which my pores block up with oil. I find I can’t use moisturizers as they block my pores even more.
Now I haven’t found a way to slow down oil production. But I do have a good remedy for people who get bad acne or have oily skin. I get really nasty pimples on my neck where I can’t see them or under the jaw where they’re painful and almost impossible to squeeze.
So I recommend a bath at least once a fortnight. Once a week is ideal but some people can’t really have frequent baths. Now this bath doesn’t need to be overly deep Just enough so you can lie back and relax, but get your back in the hot water. This will help open the pores. I recommend a few drops of tea tree oil in your bath as it will cleanse out the open pores and it’s a natural product so it’s safe on almost all skin types. Sensitive skin can’t handle neat tea tree oil (neat means pure, undiluted) but in the bath it’s enough to kill the bacteria in the pores and help dry out the skin. You can pretty easily have half your body in the water and half out if you’re tight on hot water and just roll over to soak your front in the water. Otherwise take a flannel and soak it and just plonk it down on your shoulders/back/chest/neck/face and let the heat open up the pores while the tea tree oil does it’s thing. I personally prefer to submerge my face in the water and let it seep in.
Exfoliating before your bath is a great idea as it scrapes all the dead skin off the surface and lets the oil get right into the pores.
Along with this I recommend putting a few drops of tea tree oil into the basin of water you use to wash your face. Only use tea tree oil 2-3 times a week or you will overdry your skin which will make your oil production go crazy. After you get into a routine of doing this and you’ve been at it for a month or so, the gunk in your pores will start to come out a lot easier than previously and you should find your pimples start to lessen.
Its worked for me so I’d recommend it.