For oily skin prone to redness and breakouts…


Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash 400mlQ: I'm in my thirties with oily skin prone to breakouts. I work outdoors year round so my skin is exposed to the elements though I'm careful to wear high SPF to protect it from sun damage. I also suffer from reactive redness particularly after meals or changes in temperature.

In combination with all this I find my skin feeling lumpy and pimply (particularly round the hairline and jaw line) as though congested despite exfoliating every other day. Could this be dehydration or a reaction to a product?

Alison: This could be over exfoliation for a start because in your thirties, if you're exfoliating every other day – it’s quite a lot. This would be maybe more suitable for women in their 40s with dry skin and wrinkles.

So, if you want to make sure your skin is clear, bright and exfoliated without a physical exfoliant, try using the Elemis Tri-Enzyme range I think this would suit you because of the outdoor element. I'd also suggest using the Elemis SOS Cream on your skin to help with the spots, bumps and redness.

If this redness continues then you should use the Elemis Daily Redness Relief underneath or on top of your SPF factor. If you are serious about using an SPF factor then you should be using Ultrasun Face Cream. Apply once a day and use every day. After ten minutes, apply the Anti Redness or SOS Cream over the top.

The Tri Enzyme should then look after the exfoliation and the brightness of the skin, plus the Wash is so easy to use.

Plus, don't be afraid when you're working outdoors in the day to apply extra moisturiser. I often add extra after being outside with the horses when my cheeks just feel a little dry, even though I used a great routine in the morning. You could even just carry the L'Occitane Face Cream with you, even though it's not your normal moisturiser, to re-apply when you're outside.


  1. mark steele December 17, 2009 at 8:50 am -  Reply

    hi i was watching your show last night, and im amazed you asked your model what age her twins were and she said 18, golly i thought she was only 18 herself,could you find out what her diet is we all need some of that, and by the way you are not bad looking yourself ,you little fox

  2. Jeanette February 8, 2010 at 2:28 am -  Reply

    Whilst I like Alison and her advice generally, as an acne sufferer in my thirties I think that it is important to note that if you continue to suffer from acne at that age and find that over the counter products are not working for you, you should SEE A DOCTOR, particularly if the acne is moderate or severe.

  3. Andrew Gregory April 22, 2011 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    My question is related to sun-tanning.I do not go in the sun too often (you will be pleased to know πŸ™‚ However,when I do I use the ultrasun face 30,and the Ultrasun spf 20 or 30 depending on the sun strength where I happen to be.
    I have do not have a fair skin and so tan easily.I have listened to alot of your advise and also that from guest presenters and am wondering if a high spf is used,does this also prevent or aid the skin collagen from being damaged.
    I understand that by using a higher spf,the tan is achieved by the melanin rising to the skins surface and by not allowing the skin to burn,but by tanning in this method (tan without burn) does this prevent the ageing process from the sun and also the damage caused to the skins collagen fibre?
    Kind Regards and just to say I think you do a great job in giving out advice and information/education,that is not really available anywhere else,thanks for this!! Andrew

  4. Netty Povey May 2, 2011 at 7:10 pm -  Reply

    My eyes widened when I noticed the two words that have plagued my skin for many years. Lumpy bumpy. I noticed from the previous viewer that she as a similar problem.
    I don’t have oily skin, mine is very dry,I get the odd blemish but nothing major. Its the surface of my skin that get me down the most. I often find myself touching my face seeking out the bumps across my cheeks and jawline. I have never managed to find a solution they’re are very few creams that address this problem. I don’t exfoliate for fear that it may make my skin worse.
    Please could you advice me. I’m loathed to consulate individual companies who may try to sell something that wont work. I need some independent advice
    Kind regards

  5. Shaun August 15, 2015 at 1:30 pm -  Reply

    Hey I’m Shaun 28 I have oily skin and don’t know what products to use or ff it’s to Early to use a ani ageing moisturiser

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