The Best Skincare Routine For Acne Prone Skin

by Amrin
The Best Skincare Routine For Acne Prone Skin

If acne is something you struggle with, then you’re in the right place! Acne-prone skin can be a bit difficult to manage and demands some extra care – but don’t worry, we’re here to help!

What is acne-prone skin?

Before we tell you how to make your skin look fabulous, let’s talk about what acne is. When the pores on your skin get blocked with bacteria, dead skin, dirt and gunk, they end up forming small inflamed zits. This condition is called acne.

Causes of acne

What ingredients should be in my acne skincare routine?

  • Benzoyl peroxide is great for acne. It’s used to dry out existing pimples and prevent new ones from forming.
  • Sulfur is a natural element that helps control excess oil production and helps get rid of dead skin cells. 
  • Salicylic acid is also a great ingredient to look for in your anti-acne products. It gently exfoliates the skin and unclogs pores, leading to fewer breakouts. It works great for blackheads and whiteheads too. 
  • Tea tree oil is a great natural anti-bacterial that helps kill acne-causing bacteria. 

What is an ideal skincare routine for acne prone skin?

Its super important to set up a good skincare routine that will take care of your skin and reduce unwanted breakouts that nobody likes. Scroll down to learn more on how to build this routine.

Use the right cleanser

Any good skincare routine starts with cleansing the skin thoroughly. Pick a cleanser that suits your skin type and addresses your concerns – acne and scars, to be precise. If a cleanser leaves your skin dry and stretchy, it may be too harsh for your skin. You can also use a gentle face brush to get deep into your pores – just remember to use soft, circular motions without being too harsh. Go through the ingredients of the product carefully to ensure the product is free from alcohol, lanolin and mineral oils since they can severely aggravate your acne.

Tone up

A toner is a must in your skincare routine, especially if you struggle with acne. A toner is a watery liquid that helps get rid of any remaining debris, effectively cleansing your skin. A good toner also balances your skin’s pH levels. This, in turn, will improve the texture of your skin while reducing breakouts. For acne-prone skin, use an alcohol-free toner that contains ingredients like AHA and niacinamide to keep your face squeaky clean and bright!

Spot treat

Now, it’s time to apply your acne treatment. This is one of the most important steps of your routine, so don’t skip this! Look for active ingredients like sulphur, tea tree oil, salicylic acid and such in your gels, creams or ointments.

Moisturize your skin right

Don’t think you can get away with skipping out on a moisturiser if you have oily skin! A water-based moisturiser should be your best friend! It will deliver hydration while keeping your skin non-sticky and oil-free. Look for a non-comedogenic, paraben-free gel moisturiser that’s best suited for your skin.

Protect your skin

Apply sunscreen every time you step out of the house. Look for a high SPF, broad-spectrum sunscreen that is non-comedogenic and non-greasy. These qualities are important to look for, especially for acne-prone skin. Sunscreens should be an essential part of your routine because many acne treatment products make your skin very vulnerable to sun damage.

Skincare routine for acne prone skin

Keep some of these tips in mind which you might not be aware but actually play a very important role:

Finally, make sure you double cleanse to remove all makeup. Doing so will ensure that your skin can breathe and heal! 

Remember, this is a process and not a one-time affair. Be as consistent as you can with your skincare routine to make sure your skin stays healthy and acne-free. 

Stay safe, stay fabulous!


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Ayesha khan September 24, 2020 - 9:03 am

I am ayesha khan, 17 year old and I have acne concern. Please help me

Hiba S September 24, 2020 - 1:47 pm

Hello Ayesha,

Acne is a concern in teens and we advice you to stick to a simple skin care routine that includes a mild face wash and oil-free moisturiser. Treat your skin with a tropical product containing containing a retinoid, benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid and always use a sunscreen.

If your breakouts leave scars or don’t respond to a regular skin care routine and spot treatment, a consultation with a dermatologist is recommended.

Hope this helps.
Happy Shopping with Sugar Cosmetics!

Edwina October 1, 2020 - 10:24 am

Let me start with saying that everyone has different experiences with acne. I have acne prone skin, and in my experience, a toner has always increased break outs. I haven’t found a single toner that “reduced pimples” if it were an alcohol or non-alcohol based toner.

Hiba October 1, 2020 - 1:44 pm

Hello Edwina,

We understand how acne is a big concern for all of us. Acne prevention involves good skin care and lifestyle changes like cutting down on dairy, sugar and looking for any health concerns as underlying factors PCOS.

Few ingredients that help tackle acne and you can sought in your toner are beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs), alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), or poly hydroxy acids (PHAs)—like salicylic, glycolic, or lactic acids—in lower concentrations, as they exfoliate the skin, clear your pores, and reduce sebum production. Opt for non-alcoholic toner and use oil-free moisturisers, gentle face cleansers always. Dont forget the sunscreen!

Hope this helps.
Happy Shopping with Sugar Cosmetics!

Lisa October 14, 2020 - 7:43 pm

There is best skincare routine for acne prone skin in this article. I have acne prone skin and I have seen a noticeable change in my skin after following this routine. Thanks a lot for sharing such a valuable post.

Hiba October 26, 2020 - 10:46 am

Thanks Lisa!


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