Skincare Routine of Acne-Prone Skin


Acne-prone skin means that breakouts happen more often. It needs special care as it requires time to ‘get back to normal.’  A good skincare routine is the most essential element if your skin is prone to breakouts. Caring for your skin is more important than using blemish products to hide your breakouts. It involves lifestyle changes too. Your daily skincare routine and lifestyle changes can bring a greater difference to the face. If you improve your routine, you can notice the following changes on your skin in a couple of days; 

  • It removes excess oil
  • Clears the pores from bacteria and dirt
  • Helps us to get rid of zits faster 

I know you get confused by so many products available in the market. But you always don’t have to buy complex products to create a healthy skincare routine. You’ll need to invest a few minutes twice a day. We can use the products available to us on hand. What we don’t have can be bought from the store – there’s no need to buy expensive products. Here’s a quick view of what skincare routine can be followed regularly to get rid of acne effectively. 


Make sure you cleanse your face gently but also thoroughly. Using only your fingers or using a soft cloth, cleanse your face including your neck and jawline. There is no need to use a scrubber or rough pads aggressively to cleanse your face. Choose the cleanser that suits your skin. The type of cleanser may vary if you use medication for pimples. 

  • If you have mild breakouts, try to use an over-the-counter acne treatment face wash that contains salicylic acid, or benzoyl peroxide.   
  • If you are using pimple medications, try to choose mild and unscented cleansers for your face. 

Don’t forget to wash your face every night before sleep. In this way, we can make sure to get rid of dirt, sweat, and makeup from the face. 


Using a toner is an optional step. Depending on the ingredients, toners can help in the following ways; 

  • Removes excess oil from the skin
  • Tones your face
  • Hydrates the skin 
  • Helps fight blackheads and whiteheads. 

Best toner for oily skin: Toners tend to remove excess oil from the face. So, they are best for oily skin. If your face dries out because of acne medications, try to use hydrating toners for your skin. 

Choose alcohol-free products: pay attention to toners if you have sensitive skin as alcohol may dry out and tend to be irritating. Alcohol-free products are a better choice if you have dry skin or your skin is dried out because of pimple treatments. 


After washing your face thoroughly or after your toner dried out completely, use your prescribed acne medications or over-the-counter creams and gels. Let it be completely absorbed by your face before applying your moisturizer. 


The best moisturizers for acne-prone skin will be lighter than creams. It may seem absurd to moisturize your already oily skin, but don’t skip this step. Acne medications may dry out your skin and make your skin hungry for moisture. Your moisturizer need not necessarily leave your skin greasy and sticky. There are many moisturizers for oily skin that can absorb fully and won’t infuriate pimples. When choosing moisturizers for oily acne-prone skin, choose those that are labeled oil-free or non-comedogenic. 


The acne medications and exfoliators that we use to protect our skin may allow the sun to damage the skin. So, ensuring that our face is protected from the sun, is a great part of an acne-prone skincare routine. Choose your sunscreen specifically for your face, rather than all-over sunscreen, as it tends to be oily and scented. Make sure you apply sunscreen after applying moisturizer. 


There are certain do’s and don’ts to follow in your skincare routine; 


  • Wash your face twice a day
  • Cleanse your face gently and thoroughly
  • Wash your face, with a face wash that contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide
  • Follow the skincare routine
  • Watch what you eat and drink
  • Disinfect your phone regularly 
  • Exfoliate regularly


  • Sleep with your makeup on
  • Pop your pimples on your face
  • Overdo face wash 
  • Use irritating cleansers, toners, or moisturizers
  • Cover your acne with blemish products
  • Eat high-glycemic and artificially sweetened foods
  • Headout without sunscreen 


An acne-prone skincare routine must include gentle cleansers, toners, moisturizers, acne medication, and then sunscreen. Be sure not to miss any step. If using a prescribed medication, remind yourself to be gentle to your skin and don’t overdo anything. Moisturizers that include sun protection are a better choice. 

We often heard, “It’s what’s on the inside that counts”. Of course, it matters, but we should not let acne, blackheads, and other skin problems overcome our confidence and our outgoing self. While anyone can get acne, it depends on the person’s genes and hormonal changes. For that, you don’t need the most expensive products in the market to get rid of them.

All you need is a proper and simple skincare routine and some patience. The most important thing is consistency. While skipping a day here and there doesn’t give us faster results. Even after following these steps, your acne won’t stop, then you can get the help of your dermatologist.