ChatGPT Curated A Skincare Routine For My Oily Skin…


As beauty enthusiasts, we’ve got technology to thank for a lot of things. If technological advancements in beauty didn’t exist, we’d still be stuck at using rose water and Fuller’s Earth for face masks as opposed to LED treatments and science-backed ingredients. The latest advent in technology that has everyone’s attention is, of course, ChatGPT—the infamous artificial intelligence chatbot by OpenAI that answers every prompt with detail. I’ve had reservations about relying on artificial intelligence when I can use the existing skills I possess. However, I was in the mood to see whether ChatGPT would be up for my challenge.

Now, my job entails me to try and test out multiple skincare products every single day. Along with this, I’ve also had the chance to have enriching conversations with seasoned dermatologists, estheticians and skin experts about varying topics. So I’d like to think that I’ve got a fair understanding of the dynamic universe of skincare. Make no mistake, I’d never call myself an expert—just the other day I committed the cardinal sin of following up a toner with salicylic acid with a niacinamide serum. But if you asked me about the efficacy of each ingredient or the difference between a toner and essence or for specific product recommendations—I could answer that in my sleep.

But, would an AI like ChatGPT be able to do the same? For instance, I know at least 10 sunscreens that work miraculously for humid weather. Curious to test out the abilities of AI, I decided to ask ChatGPT to curate a skincare routine for me. The prompt I typed in was “I’m 26 years old with oily skin. I deal with hormonal acne when my menstrual cycle is near. I also have some acne scars on my cheek. I live in an extremely humid city. Curate a skincare routine for me with luxury and drugstore products.”

Here’s what the chatbot had to say.


Cleanser – Clinique Liquid Facial Soap

This is a gentle, oil-free facial cleanser which effectively removes dirt oil and all impurities without stripping the skin of its natural moisturiser. Formulated with Clinique’s signature cleansing agents it leaves your skin feeling and looking refreshed. I can truly attest to this because my oily skin seems to enjoy it.

Toner – The Face Shop Rice & Ceramide Moisturizing Toner

Infused with rice extract and ceramides, this hydrating toner replenishes moisture and nutrients in the skin. It further balances oil production and improves the uneven texture of the skin. Despite being a hydrating toner, it absorbs quickly without any film on the skin. However, it turned out to be a little sticky for my oily skin even though it’s a cult favourite.

Serum – Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum

The Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum is a powerful anti-ageing serum which targets multiple signs of ageing including fine lines and wrinkles. It’s made with Estee Lauder’s exclusive ChronoluxCB technology and boosts the skin’s natural repair process. They call it gold in a bottle for a reason, however, I’d always prefer using it in my nighttime routine instead.

Moisturizer – Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Water Gel is infused with hyaluronic acid and instantly quenches thirsty skin and locks in moisture for up to 38 hours. Oil-free and non-comedogenic, it absorbs quickly and your skin feels hydrated without the greasiness. While it’s a great moisturiser, I’d prefer using one with active ingredients such as salicylic acid or glycolic acid instead.

Sunscreen – Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector SPF 42

A lightweight, oil-free sunscreen that provides broad-spectrum protection against UVA/UVB rays, pollution and environmental aggressors. Made with Shiseido’s patented SuperVeil-UV 360 technology, it protects and controls excess oil. This sunscreen does everything it says it does and it’s ACTUALLY a part of my routine.


Makeup Remover/Cleansing Oil – Biore Makeup Remover

Biore’s Makeup Remover dissolves stubborn makeup with its formula. With unique oils and plant extracts, this makeup remover has an oil-based formula that also promotes a clear complexion. Being a makeup enthusiast, it’s always been important for my makeup removers to be top-notch. This one takes out the most stubborn formulas ever.

Cleanser – Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser

A purifying facial cleanser that gets rid of impurities and excess oil along with toxins from the skin’s surface while also minimizing the appearance of pores. Enriched with Amazonian white clay and aloe vera, it balances oil production and soothes irritation. This is one product that’s been in my routine for over two years now and I can’t recommend it enough.

Exfoliator (2-3 times a week) – Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant is a gentle exfoliating powder which activates upon contact with water to buff away dead skin cells and too much sebum. Formulated with rice enzymes and salicylic acid, it brightens the complexion and improves the texture of your skin. While the beauty community can’t stop raving about this product, it simply didn’t work for my skin and caused it to react terribly.

Treatment for acne – Murad Acne Control Rapid Relief Spot Treatment

This is a fast-acting spot treatment which contains salicylic acid, sulfur and witch hazel to quickly reduce the size and redness of acne blemishes. Its invisible formula can also be applied under makeup for on-the-go treatment helping to clear breakouts. I haven’t actually tried this product out so I’m going to add it to cart immediately and put it to the test.

Moisturiser – same as morning routine

Spot treatment for pigmentation – Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment

Sunday Riley’s Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment is a high-potency lactic acid treatment which exfoliates the skin and reduces hyperpigmentation. With purified lactic acid, liquorice and lemongrass extract this cream fades dark spots with consistent use. A beloved product that wreaked havoc on my skin, I wish I could’ve loved this.

While some of the recommended products are ones that I’ve enjoyed using over the years, some of these are products that didn’t work for my oily skin. Additionally, the AI didn’t recommend a serum for my night-time skincare routine, which I consider essential for targeted treatments. Honestly, this was a fun exercise, but I wouldn’t rely on the chatbot for my skincare routine, yet.

- Beauty Writer


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