Just like other vitamins with regular names like ascorbic acid aka Vitamin C, retinol is another name for Vitamin A. This vitamin is one of the buzziest in the skincare industry and you’ll see why it’s everyone’s sweetheart in a minute.

Generally found in creams, serums, and body oils, retinol addresses a wide range of skin concerns from acne, dullness, aging, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles.

We love this ingredient because its mechanism is close to none. It works its way from the upper layer of the skin to the middle layer and helps neutralize the appearance of various skin concerns.

Retinol just doesn’t travel to the middle layer to work internally, it makes sure to do some gentle exfoliating work on the surface of the skin to improve texture and tone.

As much as we love retinol, it’s not for everybody. If you suffer from rosacea, eczema, or psoriasis it’s probably best to avoid retinol. We often advise pregnant or breastfeeding mothers against usage as well.

If all of this does not apply to you, you’re free to add this amazing ingredient to your regimen. Make sure to introduce it slowly (or any new skincare product) and apply ONLY at night because of sun sensitivity.


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Your routine can make or break your skin game. If you are a skincare newbie looking for a simple, less than 10minutes skincare routine for oily skin or just confused about the numerous products on your shelf, then sit tight, this article will show you how to build a skincare routine for oily skin plus important things to consider when creating your regimen.

A bit about oily skin

Oily skin produces excess sebum that causes the skin to appear greasy especially throughout the T-zone (forehead, nose & chin). Contrary to popular belief, oily skin is not the same as acne-prone skin. All skin types can be acne-prone BUT you might be MORE prone to acne if you have oily skin.

Also, opting for products that strip the skin of oil to control your oil production won’t reduce the oil. Instead, embrace oily skincare products but make sure to incorporate moisturizers for oily skin.

Simple day and night routine for oily skin


The first step in your routine is to remove build-ups on the skin. Your ideal cleanser should be sulfate-free to avoid stripping the skin of its natural oils. Also, opt for a cleanser that gently exfoliates at the same time.

Options to consider:

Best body cleanser

Best face cleanser for oily skin

When you should cleanse: day & night.


Use a toner to give your skin a refreshing moment packed with nutrients as it prepares it for the next stage of the regimen.

Ditch the alcohol toner for a refreshing and gentle toner. Toners containing alcohol will strip your skin of its oils which leads to more production of oil.

When you should use a toner: day & night


You can’t go wrong with serums if you have oily skin. They target specific skin issues like inflammation due to acne, dark spots & damaged skin. For oily skin, choose a combination of antioxidant serums (like Vitamin C) by day & AHA/BHA serums (like Niacinamide) at night.

When you should use serums: Day & Night. Use antioxidant serums by day then, switch to an AHA/BHA serum at night.

Options to consider:

Antioxidant serum for oily skin

AHA/BHA serum for oily skin


Hydration is the skin’s best friend and the best way to hydrate your skin after water is by applying a moisturizer. They contain humectants, which draw the water into your skin, and emollients, which form a protective film and trap the water in the skin. This protective film makes sure to keep your skin hydrated the whole day.

When choosing a moisturizer, opt for a sweatproof (that truly traps the water in the skin) moisturizer.

When to use a moisturizer: day & night.

Option to consider:

Moisturizer for oily skin


This is a strong determinant of your skincare success. Why? It protects your skin from what can take it back and/or further damage your skin. Sunburn, discoloration & elastin damage (which leads to aging) are common effects of not using an SPF.

When choosing sunscreen, keep in mind that SPF of 30 or higher and a broad spectrum will fully protect your skin.

When to use an SPF: day.

An oily skin routine is not complete without a weekly routine. Make sure to exfoliate weekly if your cleansers are not exfoliating. Your skin needs to shed dead cells to produce supple and hydrated skin.

In the past, I used really expensive skincare products and wondered why they weren’t working. I made sure they had powerful ingredients in them and most importantly, the product had a long list of ingredients. I had always felt that the more ingredients in a product, the better.

First, I didn’t realize that for people with sensitive skin like me, little is much. I heard using black soap as a mask for 15 minutes every day would give me the GLOW I knew was in my future; FAIL! My skin broke out in rashes so bad, I couldn’t go out for two days.

I heard that sugar scrub was the in thing and would work. I tried it, I ended up at the dermatologist’s clinic. She told me I was destroying my skin barrier with all these over-powerful ingredients and most especially by scrubbing them with beads, I had damaged the most outer layer of skin.

Oh, Lord!

She said to me, stop using anything for two weeks. She recommended a simple face wash without harsh chemicals and also pomegranate seed oil, daily. She said I needed to repair my skin barrier and I must be patient.

When it comes to skincare, I’m not a patient person, I listened to her for 3 days until my friend told me the biggest thing in town was salicylic acid toner and it would do wonders for my face. I asked her to bring one for me on her way back to Nigeria. Immediately she landed, I began to use the product. The second day, I woke up to an itchy face with nano boils spread to my neck.

FUN FACT: You can’t use salicylic acid if you’re allergic to NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Examples of NSAIDs are Aspirin and Ibuprofen. I am allergic to NSAID, so go figure.

Did I go back to the dermatologist? I did.
Did she frown at me like a naughty child? She did.

I was so embarrassed but I had to do what I had to do. She taught me that the skin on the face is thinner than the skin on the body and the only exfoliator that is generally good for people of color is the Mandelic Acid. Due to our excess melanin, dark skin needs to be treated less aggressively than lighter tones. The Mandelic Acid is a right fit as it is powerful but gentle.

Since that episode, I stopped scrubbing my face with anything harder than a 100% cotton towel (which I only do once a week). I realized that I needed patience, not harsh exfoliators for my face to come back and better.

This is why I swear by the gentleness and power of Dang! Ageless 5% Mandelic 3-in-1 Foaming Face Wash . It has made my face smoother, I look younger and I’ve stopped having Acne breakouts on my forehead.

One main benefit of Mandelic acid is that it is more gentle on the skin compared to other AHAs. This makes it an ideal choice for those with sensitive skin. With prolonged use, it can completely remove acne scars while brightening the overall skin tone. Imagine this amazingness paired with Honey (Natural humectant, antioxidants, and anti-microbial), 100% organic Cucumber seed oil (excellent anti-ager), and Green tea extract (gentle exfoliator, balances oily skin, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.)

These are the most gentle yet efficient ingredients you can ever use on your face. What’s more? It cleans out your makeup fast!

I don’t have “coconut head.” From the day I got the first sample of the Dang! Ageless 5% Mandelic 3-in-1 Foaming Face Wash till date (7 months now) no other face wash has touched my face.

Written by: Ifedayo Agoro