Chapter 34: Skin Care Routine for Acne-Prone Skin

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Dealing with acne isn’t fun. It can be stressful especially if they seem to be popping up constantly on your skin. Finding the right skin care products that work for acne-prone skin can take time as you need to make sure that the products don’t make things worse. 

Not sure how to soothe and heal your blemishes? Let this chapter be your guide to helping you find the ideal skin care products to keep your skin blemish-free.

Incorporating an oil cleanser into your daily skin care routine, particularly at night, is the first step to fighting acne. An oil cleanser like PURITO’s From Green Cleansing Oil helps get rid of all traces of dirt, sunscreen and makeup, which can clog your pores if not washed off properly. Formulated with olive, sunflower seed, jojoba seed, sweet almond and grape seed oils, the From Green Cleansing Oil doesn’t irritate the skin and leaves it feeling thoroughly cleansed and moisturized.


The next step is to wash your face with a gentle gel cleanser. You can’t go wrong with d’Alba’s Peptide No Sebum Mild Gel Cleanser. This hypoallergenic cleanser is formulated with BHA and peptide complex to get rid of dead skin cells, which could potentially clog your pores and lead to more acne. This gel cleanser also helps remove excess sebum without drying out the skin and leaves it feeling cleaner and smoother.

It’s important to give your skin a weekly deep cleanse, especially if you have acne-prone or oily skin. The best way to do this is by applying a clay mask at least once a week. Clay masks are known for their anti-inflammatory benefits, and help draw out any signs of dirt from deep within your pores.

Get your hands on Real Mugwort Clay Mask from Isntree and give your pores a deep cleanse. This clay mask contains all the ingredients you need for cleaner skin including kaolin, bentonite, ilite, montmorillonite, calcite and Canadian colloidal clay. Besides the six types of clay, the Real Mugwort Clay Mask is infused with mugwort leaf powder and red bean powder that work together to gently exfoliate the skin, leaving you with a smoother complexion.

When choosing a toner, go for one with exfoliating ingredients such as AHA, BHA or PHA. A classic favorite for acne-prone skin is Benton’s Aloe BHA Skin Toner. With key ingredients including aloe leaf water, hyaluronic acid, BHA and snail filtrate, this toner not only fights acne but also removes dead skin cells and blackheads, and keeps your skin nourished. It’s a simple skin care product but a miracle-worker for blemish-prone skin!

Serums are essential for targeting specific skin concerns. Acne-prone skin types will love SOME BY MI’s Yuja Niacin 30 Days Blemish Care Serum. It’s packed with Korean Yuja extract and niacinamide that brightens up the complexion and keeps it hydrated. This serum also contains 12 types of vitamins that help revive dull or stressed skin.

An ideal eye cream for acne-prone skin types is one that’s light and hydrating like Dear, Klairs’ Fundamental Eye Awakening Gel. This cruelty-free and vegan friendly eye gel hydrates your delicate eye areas while providing a refreshing finish. Thanks to its caffeine and red bean extracts, you can say goodbye to puffy eyes and dark circles! 

It’s best to apply your spot treatments before applying your moisturizer so that the treatment can penetrate the deep layers of your skin. THE PLANT BASE’s AC Clear Magic Gel is a must-try for acne-prone skin. Formulated with Centella asiatica leaf extract, tea tree oil, and AHA, this spot treatment promises to calm and soothe your blemishes, and provide anti-inflammatory as well as anti-bacterial benefits.

Just be sure to give the treatment ample time to absorb into your troubled spots before moving on to the next step of your skin care regimen. 

Certain acne-fighting ingredients, such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, can have a drying effect on the skin. To tackle this, it’s best to slather on a nourishing moisturizer both day and night. 

For your morning skin care routine, apply a light yet refreshing moisturizer like iUNIK’s Centella Calming Gel Cream. If you think your skin needs something a little thicker for your evening routine, try NATUREKIND’s Moisture Mega Ceramide Cream. This cream soothes dry skin while strengthening your skin’s barrier, thanks to its main ingredient: ceramide. 

The final step of your skin care routine should be none other than sunscreen. Acne can lead to spots so in order to prevent that, it’s essential to protect your skin from UV rays. A great sunscreen for everyday use is the Protective Base Sun Cream from IWLT. This sun cream provides a UV protection of SPF50+ PA+++ and keeps the skin hydrated. It also minimizes the appearance of pores, doesn’t leave a white cast and provides a non-greasy finish — what’s not to love?

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