Must Try Skincare Routine for Acne-Prone Skin

Hey y'all!

We have all been there. A stress pimple here, a hormonal zit there, or even blackheads that never really seem to go away. My skin has never been perfect. I suffered from EXTREME cystic acne throughout high school. It made me self-conscious and uncomfortable. I felt like I constantly had to wear makeup which only seemed to make the acne worse.

I had tried everything. I went to my dermatologist and was told to use this routine twice a day.

  1. Use PanOxyl Acne Creamy Wash. I used this with my Clarisonic (regular brush head). Start out using it once a day, because it WILL DRY YOUR SKIN OUT. The first week I used it, my face was actually peeling and was extremely painful because I used it twice a day. My skin wasn't used to that much benzoyl peroxide. 
  2. As a daytime moisturizer, I used this Cetaphil Oil Control Moisturizer. Since it has 30 SPF, it was a great substitution for sunscreen. It is really important to wear sunscreen at all times. It helps prevent acne scarring and redness.
  3. For night time, I used this CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion
It was that easy! Or so I thought..after a few months of using it, I honestly didn't see much a difference. Yes, there was less acne but it wasn't gone. I'm sure the routine above will work for a lot of people, so that is why I am sharing it with you. ( Free dermatologist advice..why the heck not? )

But for those of you who have sensitive combination skin type, this is the routine that works best for me! I only do this at night time, however.
  1. Regardless if I wear make-up or not, I wipe my face clean with a makeup remover wipe. Your skin gets dirty throughout the day, so a quick cleanse is good to help get all that build up off.
  2. In the shower, I use Philosophy Pure Facial Cleanser along with my clarsonic facial brush.
  3. Once a week, I use the 'Mask of Magnanimity' from LUSH cosmetics. I spread it on, leave it for ten minutes, and then I wash it off with warm water. My skin feels so fresh and deeply cleansed.
  4. Then I use my 'Grease Lightning' which is also from LUSH cosmetics. This is a holy grail product. I can put this on an inflamed pimple and it will be so much better looking in the morning. Much less red and smaller in size.
  5. After I wait for the product from step 3 to dry, I go in with Aveeno moisturizer. It leaves me feeling moisturized without clogging my pores.

Some quick tips!

  • Use makeup sparingly, and ALWAYS wash your face after.
  • Focus on buying non-comedogenic products. This means they are specially formulated to not cause blocked pores.
  • Remember to moisturize!! (Even if you're oily)

Do you have any tips or products that you just can't live without? Let me know in the comments below! I always love trying out new things.


  1. Your skin looks great girl! Will keep these tips in mind :)

  2. This was extremely helpful for me, thanks!