When you hear the word acne, you want to run from it like the plague, we get it. But what do you do if it follows you into adulthood? Adult acne can be painful AF and not the easiest to get rid of. But a good skincare routine can seriously keep it in check.

An effective skincare routine for acne-prone skin essentially helps control excess sebum production, keep pores clean and heal existing acne. But with the market flooded with products that promise flawless, blemish-free skin, how do you pick what actually works and create a skincare routine that is easy to follow? You look at the ingredients! We know you’re not familiar with all of them; so we put together a skincare routine that will help you keep those pimples away for good and it contains all the good stuff!

 

Step 1: Deep cleanse your face

Step 1: Deep cleanse your face

If your t-zone feels oily minutes after washing your face it means your skin is producing excess oil and your current face wash isn’t doing much to keep that sebum production in check. Tackle this with a deep cleansing face wash such as the Pond’s Oil Control Face Wash. It gently removes excess oil and leaves your skin looking fresh and glowing.

 

Step 2: Exfoliate once a week

Step 2: Exfoliate once a week

Exfoliating your skin is important as it helps get rid of dead skin cells, clears the pores and removes deep set dirt. Make sure, however, to avoid scrubbing your skin if you have active acne as it will only make it worse. The St. Ives Acne Control Apricot Scrub, infused with salicylic acid and crushed walnut shell powder is a great option that helps reduce breakouts. This dermatologist-tested, paraben-free formula is safe, gentle and leaves your skin feeling smooth.

 

Step 3: Apply a light moisturiser

Step 3: Apply a light moisturiser

Whoever told you oily skin does not need a moisturiser is wrong! In fact, one of the reasons why your skin produces excess oil is to combat the dryness on the face. However, the only thing you need to consider while choosing a moisturiser is your skin type. Since you are creating a skincare routine for oily, acne-prone skin, look for a lightweight formula that will hydrate your skin without blocking the pores. The Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser is a fast-absorbing formula that does not feel sticky or greasy.

 

Step 4: Don’t skip sunscreen

Step 4: Don’t skip sunscreen

Let’s settle this once and for all; sunscreen should be a part of every skincare routine. Now I know you’ll complain that your skin looks oily and dull, but that’s only because you are using a cream-based sunscreen for your oily skin. Instead opt for a gel-based formula that gives a matte finish with a minimum SPF value of 30. The Lakme Sun Expert SPF 50 PA+++ Ultra Matte Gel Sunscreen is a light-weight formula that protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays and can be worn under makeup.

 

Step 5: Spot treatment

Step 5: Spot treatment

Instead of panicking when you spot a pimple on your face, keep a topical ointment handy, ideally one prescribed by your dermatologist. Usually one that contains benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid is most effective, but watch out for side effects like sensitivity and hyperpigmentation. Alternatively, you could opt for the Dermalogica Breakout Clearing Emergency Spot Fix treatment. It contains benzoyl peroxide that kills acne-causing bacteria from deep within the pores and reduces inflammation. Just remember to use it only on acne, and not all over your face. 

 

Step 6: Overnight treatment

Step 6: Overnight treatment

Frequent episodes of acne can leave your skin discoloured and scarred. Therefore, as the last step of your skincare routine for acne prone skin, it is essential to add an overnight treatment that tackles breakouts, controls oil as well as helps fade spots and blemishes. The salicylic acid-based Dermalogica Overnight Clearing Gel gently exfoliates the top layer of the skin to remove pore-clogging skin cells, and regulates oil production.