Unlike conventional wisdom, balanced healthy skincare is all about pampering, soothing, and hydrating acne-prone skin to help support a healthy skin barrier and allow it to function at its best. Here, our picks for a 3-step skincare routine for acne-prone skin.
“Boosting the skin barrier, gentle exfoliation, and calming inflammation are key.”
For acne-prone skin, keeping your skin cleansed but not stripped is vital. A low pH cleanser will help you do that, and there are some great ones that are super affordable. (You really should be using an oil cleanser, too, before your foam cleanser, a concept called double cleansing. To learn more, check out the Acne 5-step routine below.)
A good moisturizer not only softens your skin and provides a protective barrier, it can help treat a number of skin issues with the right formulation. For acne-prone skin, look for ingredients with soothing and antibacterial properties to help calm irritation.
No skincare routine is complete without a good sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 (but preferably higher) that also protects from UVA and UVB rays. Korean sunscreens are some of the best in the world — they offer light textures and no white cast, so you’ll actually want to wear sunscreen!