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Clear Skin Care Routine for Acne-Prone Skin


Clear Skin Care Routine for Acne-Prone Skin

Struggling with sensitive and acne-prone skin is the last thing anyone could ever ask for. It is undeniable that pimple is a part of our lives but it would definitely feel good if you’re gifted with clear skin. But don’t worry, you are not alone in this and you shouldn’t give up just yet because there are still some ways to achieve an acne-free skin soon enough, so keep reading!

We’re gonna lay it out to you the most basic steps that you need to build an effective skincare. But how do we validate that our skincare is deemed effective? Well first of all, you need to know if the ingredients are sensitive-skin friendly, as well as non-comedogenic which doesn’t clog your pores. This is just rudimentary requirement for your skincare to work on your skin.

Next, your skincare routine should play a role in assisting your skin concerns. For instant, people with acne-prone skin are usually exposed with breakouts, inflammation and their bestfriend – hyperpigmentation. What you should look in a skincare is their ability to give you maximum benefit for your skin. These benefits include:

  • Help prevent breakouts
  • heal hyperpigmentations
  • soothe inflammations.

So let’t take a deeper look into this skincare routine.


No matter what type of skin you have, you must wash your face nonetheless because this helps to clear out any dirt and impurities on your skin. Logically, if you let these impurities sit on your skin, you’d block the entrance for product absorption. Ultimately, it can cause pore blockage and a total waste of money on skincare products if you don’t start with a cleanser.

So, you must think that a problematic skin is caused by too many dirt and impurities on your skin and technically, you’d need a strong cleanser to wipe it all off. Well, you’re not entirely wrong, a strong cleanser will do that except that it will strip away everything on your skin including natural oil. Now you don’t want that to happen, do you? Therefore, you need to consider these characteristics when selecting a cleanser that is suitable for acne prone skin.

  • Non -foamy Gel Type
  •  Low pH: 5.5
  • Free from drying ingredients (e.g., Alcohol, SLS)

Key ingredient

  • Salicylic acid,
  • alpha hydroxy acid,


Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser - Water Based Cleanser - Yu Beauti
cosrx morning cleanser
Hada Labo AHA+BHA Face Wash Oil Control - I Beauty Today
Hada Labo AHA BHA Cleanser
Mimpimika Salicylic Acid Cleanser
Alluskin Purifying Cleanser


Many of you think that you don’t need toner and that it does not benefit your skin in any way. Some would think its just a fancy water. Sorry to break it to you but toner is actually an essential product in our skincare routine. Here’s why:

  • Toner helps to balance your skin’s pH value after washing.
  • Toner helps you to regain moisture back into the skin layer
  • Toner keeps your skin moist to maximize product absorption into the skin.
  • Toner contains astringent to control your oil production

See, told you there are many reasons why you need it in your routine. So here’s what to look for in a toner that is suitable for your skin type.

  • Soothing
  • Hydrating
  • Mild

Key ingredient:

  •  Calendula,
  • hyaluronic acid,
  • green tea extract,
  • centella asiatica,
  • aloe vera


Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid toner
Cosrx Centella Water Alcohol-Free Toner
Buy SKIN1004 Skin1004 Madagascar Centella Toning Toner (210ml) Online | ZALORA Malaysia
Skin1004 Madagascar Centella Toning Toner 
Zarzou HSM

Acne Treatment

Now here comes the tricky part for your acne because there are many acne treatment products to choose from. Not everyone can tolerate benzoyl peroxide, so theres salicylic acid and vice versa. To find out which one suits you, there are a couple of things you need to pay attention to. For example, does it dry out your skin, does it make your pimple swell harder, does it reduce redness, does it cause a new pimple and so on. Out of all that, of course you need to find the one that is able to soothe redness, reduce your inflammation and acne appearance without adding to more trouble. Gentle reminder that putting excessive amount of acne treatment does not speed up the healing process nor make your skin any better. Remember, patience is key.

Key ingredient

  • niacinamide
  • centella asiatica
  • benzoyl peroxide,
  • salicylic acid


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Oxy 10 10g
Oxy 10 Acne Pimple Medication
Safi White Expert Oil Control & Anti Acne Cream
Differin Adapalene Gel

Acne Scar Treatment

As we are well informed, acne and scars are BFF and they wouldn’t miss each other’s presence. If you know what I mean, you’d wanna include acne scar treatment into your skincare routine. But first, you need to identify what kind of acne scar that you are treating thus choosing the right ingredients as mentioned in our previous post —  Understanding Different Types of Acne Scars and Treatments The main principle of this treatment is that it reduces the amount of accumulated pigment under your acne spot and also boost your collagen production for the skin renewal process.

Key ingredient

  • Vitamin C
  • Retinol
  • Vitamin E


Glow Serum | Korean skincare | Skin Library UK
Axis-Y Dark Spot Correcting Glow Serum
The Pastels Shop AA2G
18 Best Retinol Creams & Serums - Topical Retinoids for Every Skin Type
The Ordinary Retinoid in Squalene


We’re almost at the end of our skincare routine, that why you need to include an “ingredient sealer” AKA Moisturizer where it locks all the good that has been absorbed into your skin. This is to prevent any evaporation to occur as well as locking moisturizer into your skin throughout the entire day. Consequently, you will increase the building blocks in your skin which then will strengthen your barrier. For acne prone skin, you should find moisturizer with these characteristics:

  • Barrier repair,
  • lightweight,

Key ingredient:

  • Niacinamide,
  • Ceramide,
  • Hyaluronic Acid,
  • Squalene


Safi Acne Solution Soothing Gel Moisturiser 45g - Moisturizer - Face - Skin Care
Safi Soothing Gel Moisturiser
AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion | Moisturizers | CeraVe
CeraVe AM Facial Moisturising Lotion
Neutrogena Hydro Boost® Water Jelly reviews, photos, ingredients - MakeupAlley
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
Laneige Water Bank Hydro Gel


We’ve come to an end of our routine, but not quite yet. Just like moisturizer, sunscreens are as important because it prevents your from many things such as:

  • Sun damage
  • Free radical
  • Signs of aging
  • Uneven complexions
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Dull skin.
  • non-comedogenic, lightweight,
Glowscreen Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Primer SPF 40 PA+++ 15ml
Supergoop Glow Screen
Biore UV Perfect Protect Milk SPF 50+
3W Clinic Intensive UV Sunblock Cream
Wardah Sunscreen Gel Spf 30 Sunblock

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