The Top Skincare Tips for Problematic Skin

by Sarah Taylor

When you’re buying skincare products, you always want to consider your skin type. While we often think of terms like ‘oily’, ‘dry’, and ‘combination’ skin, we sometimes overlook the realities of problematic skin. This term is more ambiguous, but it’s essentially a skin type where you suffer from problems or inconveniences like dry patches, excess oil production, and breakouts. We’re sharing our top skincare tips for problematic skin, using products that probably already exist in your skincare routine.

Find a Serum That Works for You

Within your skincare routine, there should be four steps. Cleanse, tone, treat and moisturise. The first two and final steps are the generic features of any skincare routine, whether you follow a k-beauty regime or prefer to keep it more minimalistic. The ‘treating’ stage of your skincare routine is where you can personalise it to meet your specific skincare concerns. 

The phrase ‘problematic’ will mean different things to each driver. Is it hyperpigmentation that’s causing you issues? Does your acne scarring make it impossible to wear makeup? Are you suffering from a vicious cycle of breakouts?

Understanding your skin type and the root cause of your problematic skin means you can address it with creams and serums. If you struggle with dry skin, you might add a hyaluronic acid serum and a vitamin E cream to encourage cellular turnover and keep your skin plump and firm. You don’t have to use a ten or twelve-part skincare routine (like the type advocated by the Korean beauty industry). Carefully choosing five or six products that work for your problematic skin and get to the root cause of the problem can be just as effective.


Invest in Skincare Treatments

While your skincare routine helps to care for your skin on a day-to-day basis, it sometimes needs a helping hand. Dermatologists often tailor skin care treatments to address specific skin concerns, especially for problematic skin. If you’re looking to repair your skin and reduce the problem, you’ll likely need to invest in salon or dermatologist treatments. These appointments are a great 2-in-1 as you’ll often get a consultation or an opportunity to ask the technician or dermatologists about their thoughts on your skin and what product they think you should be using to deal with your skin issues.

There are as many skin care treatments on the market as there are products. You’re sure to find one that addresses the problem with your skin. If you’re dealing with acne scarring, you can take advantage of blue light LED treatments and Microneedling. If you have dry skin with an uneven texture, you can experiment with a hydrating facial to smooth your skin and improve its appearance.

Just like your skincare routine, the secret to experimenting with skincare treatments is to be consistent. Dermatologists typically recommend having a facial at least once a month. If you decide to choose a specialist treatment like microdermabrasion, your dermatologist will be able to recommend a course of sessions for you. They’ll recommend how often you’ll need to book in for the treatment and how many sessions you’ll need to get optimum results.

While skincare treatments are an investment, they have the potential to soothe problematic skin and boost your daily skincare routine. Within three or four treatments, you might be able to get your problematic skin under control and replace it with a healthy, dewy glow.

Never Fall Asleep With Your Makeup On

If you have problematic skin, you’re likely prone to irritation. We’ve all been guilty of coming home from a night out and crawling straight into bed. Before you jump under the covers, you want to take a minute or two to remove your makeup. Falling asleep with your makeup on can cause chaos for your skin by clogging your pores. People with problematic skin often find that falling asleep with their makeup on will almost always cause them to develop acne or other types of breakouts.


While you’re always best to use products like a face wash or cleansing balm, even a makeup wipe will do the trick in a hurry. It’s a good idea to keep them somewhere nearby before you head out so that they’re easy to find whenever you get home. Place them beside a glass of water to help hydrate your skin to brighten your complexion. 

If you’re someone who likes to wear a full face of makeup, you might find that you need to double cleanse to remove all your makeup. It’s usually best to use an oil-based makeup remover if you have more pigmented products to remove, such as intense eyeshadow shades. 

When you have problematic skin, it can be a source of insecurity. Sometimes, we’re so focused on finding a way to treat the problem that we miss the basic things we can be doing to help. Finding the right products and removing your makeup before going to sleep are two simple tips that can revolutionise your skincare routine.