Whether you’re struggling with hormonal pimples as a teenager, developed adult acne or are battling face mask-induced blackheads and whiteheads (same here, girl!), having a skin care routine designed specifically for acne-prone skin is non-negotiable. Keeping pores clean, skin hydrated and sloughing away dead skin cells are key to managing breakouts. The good news? Creating a routine for acne-prone skin doesn’t have to be lengthy — or hurt your wallet. To help you get started with a simple routine, we’re sharing our three favorite skin-care products to incorporate into your acne-fighting regimen, below.
With acne-prone skin, it’s extremely important to wash your face every morning and every night — don’t forget! While you don’t want to over-wash your face, you do want to ensure that you’re cleansing the skin from all the elements that can build-up on it throughout the day. To help get rid of any excess oil, makeup residue and unclog your pores, reach for this glycolic acid-based cleanser. It has a gentle, gel-like feel, and as you rub in circles on your face the exfoliating formula will slough away dead cells and leave your skin feeling smoother and looking brighter.
Next up in your evening skin care routine? A retinol serum. While you should skip this step in the morning (it can make your skin sensitive to the sun), a few drops of the lightweight liquid at night can improve your skin’s overall appearance. It doubles as an anti-aging hero, refining skin texture and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
News flash: Just because you have oily skin doesn’t mean skipping out moisturizer is an option. Trust us, we know it’s tempting, but it’s important to keep your skin hydrated and balanced and your skin barrier intact. To avoid making acne flares worse, reach for this water-based formula, which is oil-free and won’t clog your pores. The moisturizer glides onto the skin and feels super smooth, while absorbing into the skin quickly.
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