Hello hello! Sorry just saw this thread now, great topic!!
@clodunc which glycolic wipes are you looking to replace? I can recommend which Lactic Acid would be better based on the concentration that you’re already using
For oily skin more generally, I’d recommend the following products - I’ll walk you through which products and why, and that might help you decide what will fit into your routine.
If you’re still lost, you want to run your routine by me, I’m happy to take a look at that too to see what can slot in where
Which product should combination and oily skin types use?
Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%: Your new daily serum. Congestion, shininess, redness - this will help! It’s extremely good!
This balances the skin and has really helped me with shininess throughout the day without making my skin feel weird, and best of all it helps to minimise redness and seems to speed up healing time. I’ve reviewed this if you click through if you want a more thorough idea of what it’s like.
Hyaluronic Acid Serum:
This can be used day and night. Use in the morning after your Niacinamide, or in the evening after you use a chemical exfoliant - or just on its own underneath moisturiser.
Long story short, oily skin is often dehydrated (usually because of the things we try to treat the oiliness with, funnily enough) so one way to keep on top of the shine is to make sure your skin is hydrated enough. Hyaluronic acid serums like this one are lightweight but will keep your skin plump, hydrated, and will help to protect and heal your skin as well!
Hyaluronic is best used in conjunction with a chemical exfoliant - if your skin has a lot of dead skin cells sitting on top, putting a hydrating serum on the top might not be doing much. Hard to say without seeing your skin though
For more info, the benefits of Hyaluronic Acid are covered in How Do I Use Hyaluronic Acid, And Why Do I Need It?, so I hope that convinces you it’s something you might not see short term results with, but long term your skin will thank you!
Some kind of chemical exfoliant. OK I’ll be straight up here - I don’t want to say something like ‘all oily skins need THIS particular exfoliant’ because I think there’s a bit of “your mileage may vary” and jumping right on in with a chemical exfoliant might not give you the results you want - for instance, breakouts, flakeyness, redness.
For this reason, my top pick, without knowing anything else about your skin condition and which products have worked in the past, is probably the Lactic Acid 5%, or the Salicylic Acid.
Lactic Acid is an AHA just like glycolic, but it’s more gentle and hydrating. The 5% is a great starting point, before you go up to the 10%.
Salicylic Acid is a BHA, which means it’s a bit more suited to treating breakout prone skin. You’ll notice it comes in a smaller tube though, this is because it’s intended to apply just where you need it
This is another your mileage may vary one as I think moisturisers are really personal - but I think the NMF moisturiser is a brilliant night time moisturiser for oily skin types. It’s lightweight, yet emollient. It’s worth giving a shot! It’s great if you don’t want to mess around with serums but still want Hyaluronic Acid and heaps of really protective, nourishing ingredients in your life. I recommend this one for guys a lot!
Also, before anyone says these two things…
Shannon I have oily skin and you just missed my favourite product!
Haha - yeah! There’s actually quite a few great products from The Ordinary for oily skin types, especially when it comes to exfoliators. Their Glycolic 7% comes to mind!
Shannon, you sure are talking an awful lot about The Ordinary…
I’m brand agnostic! Haha. I promise I’m just a big ole skincare nerd who likes active products at excellent prices, and so far I’ve had a lot of luck with The Ordinary - the hype train is justified! I’m also not a replacement for your skincare specialist, I’ve just got a lot of training/reading up my sleeve