It should be noted before we start that this list does not incorporate any specialized medicines or facial creams. It’s advised that you check with your doctor if you take any prescription facial medications or washes and how this may affect your daily routine.
Cleanse your skin in the morning and in the evening to keep your pores clear and your face fresh. Your cleanser may vary based on skin type, but with all cleansers, the general consensus is to apply them using an upward, circular motion so as to prevent wrinkles from forming. Make sure your hands are clean in order to prevent excess dirt from entering your pores. If you have very sensitive skin, using only water would also do the trick!
Regular exfoliation helps to keep the pores free of excess skin cells and oil. Exfoliation removes dead skin cell buildup, reduces the formation of comedones, and helps smooth and soften the skin.
General Skin Care
Astringents or toners can help remove excess oil, and some even contain acne-fighting ingredients. Apply toner to a cotton ball or pad and gently smooth over the face and neck to help remove any leftover makeup, cleanser residue, and oil. But if toners or astringents seem to over-dry or irritate your skin, don’t use them.
Smooth on your acne treatment creams as directed. This could be a medication prescribed by your doctor, or an over-the-counter acne gel or cream. Let the medication absorb or dry completely before proceeding to the next step.
Controlling acne relies on a two-pronged approach: a consistent daily skin care routine plus effective acne treatment medications.
This is where you will do all of your makeup, sunscreen, and anti-aging moisturizer. It’s important to use these products at the end, and some people apply acne medication incorrectly at the end because they believe they will rub off the acne medication. On the contrary, as long as you apply it correctly you want to keep it beneath your makeup and additional topical products to make sure it is working.
Many people with oily skin steer clear of moisturizers. But moisturizing is a good thing, even if you’re acne-prone. A good, oil-free moisturizer applied at the end of your process won’t trigger breakouts, and could in fact help ease dryness, flakiness, and peeling caused by acne treatments on sensitive skin.