6 Best Acne Prone Skin Products I Used to Save My Skin
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As someone currently experiencing hormonal acne during my adult life, I struggle with finding the best acne prone skin products to take back control. But instead of slathering on countless chemical exfoliants, I’m using this year to take a calming approach and let my skin breathe for once. The good news is that my current lineup of products is showing some gradual results, and I want to share them with you! 

Pure’Am Amino Acid Mild Cleanser

Pure’Am Amino Acid Mild Cleanser

Anyone with oily and acne-prone skin will be familiar with salicylic acid (SA) as the “golden” ingredient to unclog congestion, prevent acne breakouts, and clear away impurities. Unfortunately, my relationship with SA is complicated, but I appreciate using this ingredient to help calm my sensitized and inflamed skin! Fortunately, this face wash uses SA, vegan amino acid surfactants, and a dandelion post-biome technology to refresh, cleanse, and calm my skin. I also love the soft micro bubble foam the cleanser produces as I work into a lather and apply it to my skin. After cleansing, I can notice a calmer face right away! 

E11ement Hypochlorous Acid Spray

E11ement Hypochlorous Acid Spray

Hypochlorous acid (HOCl) is popping up as the must-have ingredient for calming inflammation and fighting acne-causing bacteria – and the hype is indeed here! HOCl is a naturally occurring substance created by our bodies to fight against infection and bacteria – acne, psoriasis, and eczema – and now it’s one of the best acne prone skin products to incorporate! While Tower 28 put this ingredient on the map, I found the Canadian counterpart, E11ement, a win for my skin and wallet! Admittedly it took a while for me to adjust to the overwhelming bleach smell (it’s as if you dipped your face in the swimming pool). But later on, I came to appreciate Hypochlorous acid after seeing how my acne flare-ups visibly calmed down and improved over time! 

ELMT Advanced Calming Solution

Centella Asiatica is one of the best ingredients to help calm irritated, inflamed, and acne-prone skin, and this new toner from ELMT has 59.12% of it! I found this lightweight liquid-type toner making it super easy to incorporate into my skincare routine to calm my skin! As much as I’m embarrassed to admit it, I pick at my pimples, especially when they’re pus-filled and about to burst! For those days, I like to apply this toner on a cotton pad as a makeshift mask afterward to give the inflamed and wounded skin some much-needed relief.  

Versed Just Breathe Clarifying Clay Mask

It’s not a skincare routine without a clay mask! And trust me, the newer formulations are perfect for unclogging congested skin and smoothing away texture without stripping away moisture! While I love my Whind clay mask for those indulgent self-care nights, the Versed Just Breathe Clarifying Clay mask is my go-to for particularly rough skin days. When I feel the familiar sting of irritation or see clusters of pustules and cysts, I turn to this smooth and creamy clay mask to help mop up the excess sebum. I love that this mask doesn’t dry out and comes in a pouch for a mess-free application! 

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Rich Barrier Moisturizer

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Rich Barrier Moisturizer

It’s easy to overlook barrier creams, but trust me; they’re one of the best acne-prone skin products to incorporate into your routine! After all, acne and sensitive skin are tell-tale indicators of a compromised and damaged skin barrier. And yes, although barrier creams come in thicker textures, most are non-comedogenic and work perfectly for oily and acne-prone skin – especially during cold weather! For me, the Peter Thomas Roth Cloud Rich Barrier Moisturizer is a luxurious cream that glides effortlessly into my skin and leaves it ultra-nourished! The only gripe with this cream is its hefty price tag, but I can assure you that it’s well worth your precious coins! 

Dr. Green Mild Up Sun+ SPF50+ PA++++

Dr. G Green Mild Up Sun

Here’s a secret that blew my mind: since your skin is at its most sensitive state, it’s best to opt out of chemical sunscreens (as much as we love them for not leaving behind a white cast) and look for mineral sunscreen instead! We’re talking about SPFs formulated with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as filters to help protect your skin! I have mixed feelings about mineral sunscreens because they take forever to blend into my skin, tend to pill, and leave me looking ghastly with a white cast. But this Dr. G sunscreen surpassed all my expectations! It left my skin feeling skin-like and matte, but it’s also pill-proof and white-cast-free! I was also surprised to feel a slight cooling sensation shortly after applying it due to the calming houttuynia cordata, and Centella Asiatica formulated in it! It’s no wonder this is South Korea’s best-selling sunscreen – it’s perfect! 

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