How Mindy Kaling Cares For Her Oily And Acne-Prone Skin


Looking at Mindy Kaling you wouldn’t know she considers her skin to be oily and acne-prone. 

Though the actress and screenwriter has shared some pimple cream selfies in the past, for the most part her complexion always appears gleaming and glowing.

Want to know why? Turns out Mindy is a serious beauty enthusiast and her skin care routine is filled with products our bank accounts could only dream of.

Speaking to Allure, the mum-of-two confessed: “The things that I collect now that I am lucky enough to have disposable income are bedding, stationery, and face cream.”

And really, what more could a woman want?

In terms of her current nighttime routine, Mindy shared the six steps she manages to swiftly fit into a two-minute pamper sesh each evening. Warning: This is one luxe routine. 

First cleanse: Hot cloth

Before we get into the exxy of it all, Mindy’s first step is actually free (if you’ve got access to a facial cloth and running hot water that is). It’s a tip the 42-year-old picked up from Hollywood facialist Joanna Vargas and how she likes to begin her routine. 

“I take a wet washcloth, put it in really hot water, wring it out, and try to take off the first layer of makeup — no product at all on it, just a hot washcloth — so that when I use a cleanser, it’s not just getting wasted as a makeup remover.”

bh recommends: Kosmea Five Minute Facial™ Muslin Cloth ($14.95 at David Jones) and EcoTools Polishing Facial Cloths ($11.99 at Big W)

Second cleanse: Drunk Elephant Slaii™ Cleanser 

To remove any residue, Mindy then follows her hot cloth with this nourishing cleansing balm, which transforms from an oil to milk texture as it comes in contact with water.

$48 at MECCA

Exfoliate: Tatcha The Rice Polish Foaming Enzyme Powder

Also a favourite in Meghan Markle’s skin care routine, Mindy uses this unique foaming powder as her exfoliating step. “I get that into all the nooks and crannies of my nose, my eyebrows, and my jawline,” she told Allure.

$93 at MECCA

Toner: La Mer The Oil-Absorbing Tonic

Made to balance and reduce excess oil for a mattifying effect, we presume this luxe pick is one of the ways Mindy keeps her oily skin in check.

$135 at

First serum: SkinCeuticals Retexturing Activator

Said to surpass the results of a 20 per cent glycolic acid treatment, the SkinCeuticals Retexturising Activator is one resurfacing powerhouse. It tackles texture to help diminish lines and leave skin smooth.

$126 at Adore Beauty

Second serum: Joanna Vargas Super Nova Serum

Mindy gets her dose of vitamin A from a serum concocted by her own facialist, which is said to offer a rejuvenating glow without the traditional retinol side effects. Well, that explains the hefty price tag.

$438 at

Moisturiser: Créme de la Mer

Of course it wouldn’t be a luxe skin care routine without finishing with the most decadent moisturiser there is: Créme de la Mer. Want to switch bank accounts Mindy?

$490 (60ml) at

Main image credit: @mindykaling

Do you have oily or acne-prone skin? Have you tried any of the products or tips from Mindy’s routine?

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