Collection: Acne-Prone + Oil Control

When the skin gets inflamed from acne, our skin releases melanin.  This causes dark spots known as inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).  The effect from from PIH can last longer than acne itself and is most prevalent in melanin-rich skin. 

It is essential to treat acne skin with a different approach for those with darker skin tones because a simple breakout can result in scarring, dark marks, and keloids.

HEAL treats acne with the use of gentle ingredients, avoiding products with harsher additives that can cause severe dryness and/or irritation which can cause skin sensitivity and acne.  HEAL is designed to activate preventative measures, improve, and minimize scarring most commonly known as dark spots.

Get a detailed regimen custom to your skin needs.


Acne develops when there is an overproduction of oil in the skin. That oil mixes with bacteria within the pores and blocks the pore openings.  Acne is no stranger to any skin color.  However, it affects those with melanin-rich skin differently because once a blemish clears, it's likely to leave behind dark spots known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH)

Problem: Acne

Solution: Treat acne with the use of gentle ingredients that target acne-prone skin.  We believe that skincare should be one step in your healthy, self-care regimen.  The second step is to support your skin from within.  Hydrating with water and good food intake plays a major role in with breakouts.

oil control

Faced with shiny face syndrome? Or perhaps enlarged pores? Oily skin is the overproduction of sebum (skin oil). Women of color are most often affected with oily skin due to larger sebaceous (oil) glands. Resulting with an oily or shiny appearance.

Problem: Oily Skin | Large Pores

Solution: It is thought that with oily skin, one should cleanse vigorously and moisturize as less as possible. Although, it is the total opposite. A gentle cleanser that is designed to remove excess oil, without creating irritation or strips the skin of it's natural oils. Use a moisturizer to lock-in moisture.

acne-prone + oily skin faqs

What is the cause of acne?

Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. Resulting in whiteheads, blackheads or pimples.

There are four main factors that can cause acne:

- Excess oil (sebum) production

- Hair follicles clogged by oil and dead skin cells

- Bacteria

- Inflammation

How do I know what type of acne I have?

There are various acne conditions that can be identified with certain characteristics:

- Whiteheads (closed plugged pores)

- Blackheads (open plugged pores)

- Small red, tender bumps (papules)

- Pimples (pustules), which are papules with pus at their tips

- Large, solid, painful lumps under the skin (nodules)

- Painful, pus-filled lumps under the skin (cystic lesions)

Identifying the type of acne you have helps with properly treating your acne.

Are there things that can trigger or worsen my acne?

For sure!

- Hormonal changes can cause the sebaceous glands to enlarge and make more sebum.

- Medications

- Diet

- Stress, althought it does not cause acne it can worsen the current state.

I've been told that eating chocolate can cause acne.

There are tons of myths swirling around regarding acne. Here are a few you should avoid following as they have little to no effect on acne:

- Chocolate and greasy foods.

- Hygiene. Acne isn't caused by dirty skin. In fact, scrubbing the skin too hard or cleansing with harsh soaps or chemicals irritates the skin and can make acne worse.

- Cosmetics don't typically worsen acne. Most especially if you use oil-free makeup that doesn't clog pores (noncomedogenics) and remove makeup daily.

What can I do to treat my acne?

Quite often, treating acne at home works as a viable option with topical treatment and consistency. It is recommended to consult with a dermatologist if you find that your self-care methods aren't working.