My AM Skin Routine & Products For Acne-Prone Oily Skin

**If you have oily acne-prone skin, check out this simple morning routine. These products control oil production and acne, but still keep skin healthy and hydrated. Not to mention, they’re all super affordable – and it’s quite a minimal routine, so you won’t overload your skin with too many chemicals.**

A morning skincare routine that keeps oil at bay, keeps your skin healthy and CLEAR OF SPOTS! I've also included mini product reviews too

Hello, beautiful people and settle in for some skincare tea! If you’ve been following this blog for more than a month, you will know a recurring theme is me fighting tooth, nail and claw with my skin to get it to chill the fuck out. I’ve tried different products, I’ve tried acne skincare kits and I’ve even tried Roaccutane!

(For context, my skin is oily and acne-prone.)

I am pleased to announce that after some long suffering years, my skin and I have reached an understanding. I’ve finally come to terms with how to handle it. So today I’m going to be sharing my morning skincare routine with you all – and sharing some mini reviews of the products I’ve been using.

My Morning Routine

CLEANSER – Simple Kind To Skin Foaming Cleanser (AMAZON US – $13.29) – This makes sure my skin is clean and any sweat, dirt or general bacteria my face has acquired overnight is gone.

TONING SERUM – Niacinamide 10% + ZINC 1% (Beauty Bay – $11.50)  – Niacinamide isn’t a technically a toner, but it leaves my skin with the same fresh feeling as one! This is, to quote Beauty Bay, a serum that helps to combat blemishes, congestions and sebum over-production. It leaves my skin literally glowing and is wholeheartedly one of my favourite skincare products ever. This radically improves my skin’s oil production.

SERUM – The Ordinary Buffet – $14.75 – Again, to quote Beauty Bay, this lightweight serum visibly targets surface hydration, fine lines, wrinkles, dynamic lines and textural irregularities. I’ve been using it to try reduce my acne scarring and it seems to be working!

MOISTURISER – Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser (AMAZON US – $8.75) – Moisturiser is to hydrate your skin – one of the most essential steps, especially with oily skin. If your skin feels dehydrated, it will over-produce oil to compensate  . . . and there’s your acne, folks!

SUN CREAM – Cancer Council Factor 50 (quite expensive outside of Australia, you can sub this in for any suncream for sensitive skin.) – One of the biggest contributors to premature againg (and to skin cancer) is the sun. Wear sunscreen, kids.

As you can see, my skincare routine is pretty simple. I like to use products that aren’t too harsh and won’t irritate my skin. Since being on this “acne journey”, if you will, your girl has tried it all. I’ve dried my skin up with tea tree and lemon, I’ve used and abused Clearasil and . . .

For my skin personally, I’ve found harsher products or too extensive of a skincare routine irritates my skin, lowers it’s overall quality and causes my skin to become more oily to attempt to fix the damage.

Let’s have a look at these products in more detail . . .


3/5*s for both products.

Simple is what I would call inoffensive. It does the job, it does it gently and that’s it. I don’t notice any long-term improvements and there are definitely more effective options out there – but there’s minimal chemicals, never any irritation and the price point is fabulous.

If you have skin that’s not too problematic and doesn’t handle chemicals too well, I do recommend them. And, after picking these two up at the supermarket after my go-to’s ran out, I’ve found them effective enough to use for the past few months. Some of my preferred moisturisers and cleansers are down below.


I don’t think I need to talk too much about The Ordinary and how much I love them – it’s pretty evident from all the many skincare reviews I’ve done. (If you want to check out any of those products, feel free to read their reviews – they’re linked to the images. I still use the products literally years on, but they’re for PM use.)

I won’t say too much about Buffet and Niacinamide because I want to do seperate reviews on them. But the take home here is: both are great and I highly recommend.

I thought this would be a good time to share this routine as I’ve recently invested in some new skincare swaps and my skincare goal is moving from acne treatment to acne scarring treatment. This routine has been great for controlling my skin’s oiliness and keeping acne at bay, so I highly recommend it! Do you guys use any of these products? What are your skincare secrets? Let me know your thoughts down below!


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31 thoughts on “My AM Skin Routine & Products For Acne-Prone Oily Skin”

    1. Love this so much hun! So helpful. Both the toning serum and serum sound brilliant, and thank you so much for the suncream reminder hun! It’s so important that we wear this, even when it’s not sunny sunny!! You’re spot on with the Simple review, it does the job but that’s it! Like no amazing long term results just does what it says on the tin haha. Inoffensive is the perfect word. I’ve never used Ordinary! I’m going to have to try it. Thanks for sharing xx

      1. Thank you so much Jay <3 Both of the serums are absolutely fantastic, I can't recommend them enough. & omg I know right! I used to be so bad at remembering to apply sunscreen, but I'm really trying to be more mindful about it. Have a great day xx

        1. You’re welcome <3 they do sound it! I need to remember to check them out at some point 🙂 Yes I go through phases with sunscreen, I think it's easier for me to use a moisturiser that does have SPF in, then I don't have to think about it so much either. You too lovely xx

      2. I like that your recommendations are so affordable! I’m more about trying to remove scars and textures right now so maybe I’ll give the retinoid a shot!

        1. Thanks Cordelia! I’m happy to pay more for things that work, but honestly any time I’ve tried more expensive products I’ve not found them to be worth the price point lol. Oh, I HIGHLY recommend the retinoid – maybe check out mario badescu’s brightening range too, it’s a little skin kit designed at reducing scarring and textural irregularities. I’ve not tried it yet but all MB products I’ve tried have been great so I’d imagine its good x

          1. Same! That’s the problem, paying more and NO EFFECTS? It feels like sucha scam. Okay I’ll go check it out thank you!!

          1. I have very different skin to you (super dry and sensitive) so my routine doesn’t have a lot in common with yours but it’s great that you’ve finally found products that work well for you and your skin. Bonus that they’re affordable options too x


          2. They sound great! Are you still using them with Accutane? When I was on it, I had to get rid of all my products for acne prone skin because they were way too harsh for my skin! 😭 Since then I’m using dry/normal skin products!

          3. Finding a skincare regiment that works is LIFE changing. Absolutely choir of angels frickin life changing! It has only been the last year I have finally found one that works for me. I am so happy you have found one that works for you sweet lady! <3

          4. i might need to try some of those ordinary products because i do get scarring and dark spots from acne, retinol and vitamin c products have done wonders for my skin but there are times when even that is not enough lol
            thanks for sharing your routine with us 🙂

          5. Hi Mia,

            I love your post! You have such great skin even without makeup 🙂 I myself have oily skin as well and that’s why I tried to pick a moisturizer that can balance out my sebum. Besides, I am in my 30s+ and I want to start an anti-ageing skincare routine. Have you heard about retinol? Do you recommend any retinol cream that is specially for oily skin? I read that Lilyana offers quite a natural formula.

            Thank you so much!

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