By Mina

acne prone skin

Most of my friends still talk  about how our teenage days was amazing, the sneaking around, the parties, the boys, and all that good stuff, they still don’t know till this day that I was faking my happiness, I was one of those that sat down in front of the mirror wondering why I had these huge boils on my face and chest and a lot on my chin that looked like beard.

When my mates where having their periods, developing nice breast, I was stuck with a tiny nipple and a whole lot of acne on my face. As if that wasn’t bad enough, my family kept looking for solution every minute making me feel worse than I already was.

It was so bad that they had me as one of the prayer points during our morning prayer devotion. I was so in secured that I wouldn’t go out, or even date any one, so self conscious that I didn’t believe any one could like me. if a boy is talking to me all I’m conscious about is my face, if he smiles, I be like ‘why are you smiling’ ‘why are you looking at me like that’  I just couldn’t get past the thought of my face being that bad.

I tried different products, home made remedies and what not, some worked, some didn’t . eventually they just started fading away, one day I woke up and it was as though I never had acne. Yes, the acne freed me but comes every once in a while.

In my university days, after breaking through my tom-boy stage and discovered the magic a simple black eye pencil can do, I became more aware of my skin. I noticed my skin was so oily, very oily that some one will ask me in the dark why my face was so shiny.

On a good shiny day u can scout a tablespoon of oil enough to fry egg. Applying make up was so tiring as foundations without last up to two hours, after an hour it will melt completely. we all know how nasty that can look. I knew it was natural but I didn’t understand that they were products that can control it and help keep our make up for hours.

In as much as my acne faded they never really went away, I couldn’t get away with sleeping with makeup or anything on my skin. As my love for makeup grew, my knowledge of how to control have have my makeup sit for 16 hours became achievable. I can even get away with sleeping with full face on and not worry about acne in the morning.


Acne prone skin and oily skin are connected so much that if you have an oily skin theres a 97% chance that you will have acne. This don’t mean people with dry skin don’t have acne, just a few do. This  makes it easier to control as both can be controlled with the same product sometimes. I think the problem so many of us have today is not knowing their skin type.

In order to effectively manage your skin, it essential that you know if your skin is oily, dry or a combination of both. this has result in people buying products that are not suitable for their sin and hence it works against it. for instance, a moisturiser for dry skin is meant to increase the moisture on that skin type, so if I buy such moisturiser, its obvious that it will increase the moisture on my skin which is not needed, same as if you buy a toner that is meant for oily skin, thats meant to  help control  oil, and you use such, it will help control the oil on your skin  that you don’t even have, eventually making it more dry.This is the key. when I learnt about this I started reading labels and making sure I’m not buying the wrong products.

Dont we all love a little cake face, contour and highlight for the gods. we all want our make up to last all day without melting. this is the problem we oily sisters face. Without make up, we have to deal with acne, with makeup its shine and foundation melt down, it always seem like an everyday struggle.


with skin care, the key is consistency. it doesn’t matter the brand or price if you are not consistent with taking care of the skin then you won’t see result.

  • 1. Cleansing, toning and moisturising twice a day
  • 2. Exfoliating and masking 2-3 times a week
  • 3. You can use other products like anti aging, eye creams and serums
  • 4. Avoiding certain oily food and nuts helps, thats if you want to overdo though. step1 and 2 will do the job.

these may seem like a ritual but it takes less than 5 minutes to clean, tone and moisturize. just do it. you skin will thank you.

finally, stay hydrated. drink water and exercise. this isn’t a myth, I have first-hand experience with this. I did an experiment where I drank 4 litres of water a day for 30 days. my skin was so clear and bright, one would think I was bleaching it. water is free, drink as much as you can and you skin will thank you for it.


clinique anti blemish solutions, 3 step system (personal favourite ), Clinique 3 step skin care system No 3, keihls oil Eliminator 24 hour cream, tea tree skin clearing facial wash, tea tree mattifying lotion, Mac oil control lotion, garner moisture+MATTE DAILY OIL-FREE MOISTURISER, Garnier pure active 3 in 1 clay mask scrub wash oily skin.

Have an acne free month.

see you soon…

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