Acne-prone skin concerns like blemishes, blackheads and pimples affect many people – though some of us experience breakouts more frequently than others. Thankfully, the best suited skincare routine for acne-prone concerns can involve just a few simple and supportive steps.

Multi-step routines can be exhausting and difficult to stick to. A minimalist skincare routine for acne-prone issues ensures skin receives daily targeted ingredients without feeling overwhelmed.

We’ll explain how to create a skincare routine for mild acne-prone skin using the CeraVe Blemish Control range. By purifying, rebalancing and protecting skin, you can visibly reduce acne-prone skin concerns.

How to visibly reduce acne-prone concerns

If you have acne-prone or oily skin, excess sebum will be one of your main concerns. Oil production can cause pores to become visibly enlarged and increase instances of blemishes and pimples. Alongside excess sebum, other causes of acne-prone concerns include dead skin cells and bacteria.

To mitigate these stressors, an AM and PM skincare routine for acne-prone skin has a few key elements:

  • To gently cleanse excess oil, makeup, dirt and bacteria from skin
  • To rebalance moisture in skin and support the skin moisture barrier
  • To lift dead skin cells, bacteria and oil from clogged pores
  • To lift dead skin cells, bacteria and oil from clogged pores

    Ingredients used in CeraVe skincare routine for mild acne-prone skin 

    A daily skincare routine for acne-prone skin needs to help lift impurities and tighten the look of pores without overwhelming skin. To do this, the CeraVe skincare routine for acne-prone concerns combines exfoliative properties with hydrating ingredients, ensuring the skin remains balanced. Let’s have a look at some of the skincare ingredients which help to improve the appearance of imperfections and skin texture.

    • Glycolic acid: A type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), which is used for its exfoliating ability. Glycolic acid can help to clear dead skin cells from the surface layer, including clogged pores.
    • Lactic acid: Another AHA, lactic acid is found naturally within skin. Its exfoliating properties assist in removing dead skin cells and can help in reducing the appearance of post-breakout marks.
    • Salicylic acid: A form of beta hydroxy acid (BHA), salicylic acid is a non-comedogenic exfoliant which is gentle enough for everyday use.
    • Ceramides: Part of the lipid family, ceramides help to support the skin moisture barrier. This property supports skin’s moisture levels, which can prevent an imbalance of oil production.
    • Niacinamide: A type of vitamin B3, niacinamide helps to improve moisture content in skin and provides antioxidant protection against external stressors.

    Step by step skincare routine for mild acne prone skin

    An effective skincare routine for teenage acne-prone concerns should target excess oil and impurities which sit on the surface layer of skin. When considering how to care for mild acne-prone skin, regular and consistent use of a simplified routine is recommended. By rebalancing moisture content in skin and cleansing away impurities, you can encourage a more clarified complexion. Below, see the basic skincare routine for mild acne-prone concerns such as blackheads, blemishes and oily skin.

    Step 1: Cleanse

    Cleansing is a vital step to attaining a clearer complexion and should be a part of your AM and PM skincare routine for mild acne-prone skin. In the morning, a cleanser works to clear the excess oil, sweat and bacteria that builds up while we sleep. In the evening, a facial cleanser is used to remove impurities that impact skin throughout the day, including external stressors like dust and pollution. Our Blemish Control Cleanser is formulated with salicylic acid and niacinamide to remove impurities, and with three essential ceramides to support the skin moisture barrier.

    Step 2: Apply targeted formula

    When breakouts do occur, targeted steps can be taken to help with how to manage acne-related concerns. Blemish Control Gel is used alongside Blemish Control Cleanser and helps to reduce the appearance of blemishes while strengthening the skin moisture barrier. AHA’s glycolic acid and lactic acid are combined with BHA salicylic acid, alongside three essential ceramides. This alcohol-free product for acne-prone skin types helps to clear clogged pores and rebalance the skin’s moisture. 

    Step 3: AM + PM moisturiser

    Moisturisers are often seen as antithetical to oily and acne-prone skin types, but they actually serve to balance skin and reduce excess oil-flow. By re-establishing healthy levels of hydration in skin, moisturisers are an important component of a basic skincare routine for acne-prone skin.

    In the AM: we recommend opting fora non-comedogenic formula with broad spectrum SPF to help protect skin from UV radiation. CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion SPF 15 combines niacinamide and hyaluronic acid to boost skin’s hydration.

    In the PM: a deeply hydrating formula is recommended for use. As we lose water content throughout sleep, your PM moisturiser should help to support the skin moisture barrier. CeraVe PM Facial Moisturising Lotion is non-comedogenic and suitable for all skin types, with hyaluronic acid and ceramides for 24-hour hydration.


    Step 4: Apply eye cream 

    The area of skin around your eyes is much thinner than skin on the rest of your face. As the last step in your daily skincare routine for acne-prone concerns (excluding sunscreen), a specially formulated eye cream is recommended. Cerave Eye Repair Cream is non-greasy, suitable for all skin types, and works to maintain hydration in this delicate area of skin.


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