It is safe to say that upping my skincare game is the only reason that my acne has become even somewhat manageable lately. Before my skin decided to spam out on me, all I really did was wash my face and use face masks. Sometimes I would use a toner. On rare occasion I would use a moisturizer. I real love was in makeup. I never really saw a need to focus on skincare. My skin was always in fairly good condition. And the this year came along. My face book out like I had chickenpox. So I invested in my skincare. I started getting facials regularly. Turns out, they're not as fun as they look when you have actual skin concerns. Hurts like a b****. Turns out, I'm actually really interested in skincare and the products that I place on my face now. I want to know what's inside of everything and how that reacts with my skin type. Out of all of the steps in my skincare routine, the one I like the most (besides face masks), is using serums and oils to target my skincare concerns that day. Your skin changes, and so should your routine and this is the main step when the changes occur for me. So let's walk thru the different serums that I keep on hand. RODIN Luxury Face Oil - $170 Now, in keeping with full disclosure, I did not buy this for myself. My mom also uses this stuff and she bought me a bottle of it when my face first broke out thinking my skin just reacted to something bad and this might calm it down. While this stuff is not built to get rid of breakouts, it is a great all rounder. I understand why people think this stuff is like gold in a bottle. It's really moisturizing and sinks deep into your skin so that more than just the top layer of your skin get moisture. It did help calm some of the redness in my skin, but did not alleviate any of my break outs. If you want a luxury face oil and you have normal to dry skin, it's pretty tough to beat this one. The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% & Zinc 1% - $5.90 This bad boy is a high strength vitamin and mineral blemish formula. While Niacinamide and Zinc reduce the look of blemishes and balance visible sebum activity, neither is an actual treatment for acne. This stuff is really meant to make your acne appear better rather than actually treating the acne itself. I really do enjoy this. It costs less than my lunch typically does and it truly does make the appearance of my persistent acne look less inflamed and the congestion in my skin has gone down. I would look at everything that The Ordinary has to offer. It's all scientific level results at drugstore prices. It really does blow my mind how creative this company is and how they want everyone to be able to afford great skincare just makes me really happy. The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA - $8.90 This serum is meant to help with hyper-pigmentation. Whenever my acne subsides, I'm typically left with dark red spots that take months to go away. Because my skin is so pale, the red spots are even more noticeable. This serum targets those spots and help reduce the hyper-pigmentation and make the redness go away quicker. It's used at a high 2% concentration versus a standard concentration of 1% and supported with a next-generation form of Hyaluronic Acid for enhanced delivery. Alpha Arbutin is much stronger in effect than Arbutin or Beta Arbutin. The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% - $6.50 Lactic Acid is an alpha hydroxyl acid that exfoliates the skin. This 5% formulation offers very mild exfoliation and is supported with a purified Tasmanian pepperberry known to reduce signs of inflammation and sensitivity that is often associated with exfoliation. The Lactic Acid helps with the overall texture of the skin. While I don't use this everyday,I have noticed a marked improvement in the texture of my skin over the last few weeks. Sunday Riley Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil - $80 This oil is built around the idea of controlling your acne. With 1.5 percent salicylic acid, this fast-acting, quick-drying, medicated oil clears acne and blackhead-causing buildup and debris from congested pores for smoother,blemish-free skin. Tea tree oil and black cumin seed oil support clear skin, while hexylresorcinol and licorice naturally brighten the appearance of old acne discolorations for a more even-toned complexion. Counterbalancing the potentially drying effects of salicylic acid, milk thistle and cucumber seed oil nourish the skin and smooth the appearance of lines and wrinkles, without leaving a greasy residue. Chamomile and neroli soothe stressed, blemish-prone skin. What face oils & serums do you use and love?