The Ultimate AM-PM Skincare Routine For Acne-Prone Skin

When we hear the word acne, we’ll just want to run from it like the plague. We get it but what do you do if it follows you to your adulthood? Follow a skincare routine, a few years back even I was advised to do the same, and hell yes, my skin has been so smooth and hydrated. All thanks to Korean skincare products and their enriched powerful ingredients that gave me soft, supple, and healthy skin. An effective skincare routine for acne-prone skin helps to control excess sebum production, heals existing acne, and keeps the pores clean. 

One fine day, I needed to become un-lazy and start with my acne-prone skin routine but wait, I wasn’t about to start with the intensive 10-step routine, but a simple yet effective routine for my skin has been doing well. Today, the beauty market is flooded with blemish-free, flawless, brightening products but how do we pick that can actually work on my skin and can create a skincare routine? So, if you’re like me and too tired or stressed to commit to any skincare regimen for acne-prone skin that takes more than 7 minutes, I recommend you give this lazy routine a try as it will keep those pimples away for good and it contains all the enriched ingredients products. 

Your Morning (AM) Skincare Routine

It’s true that how you begin your day says a lot about your acne treatment. Before you step out no matter how late you’re running, it’s important to follow an extensive daytime skincare regime. One should invest in products and ingredients that don’t make your skin too sensitive under the sun. So, here is the list of the best acne products you need in your AM skincare routine

Step 1: Cleanse Your Skin

The first step of taking care of acne is cleansing. Use a gentle cleanser that regulates the skin’s oil and moisture balance and also removes dead skin cells. Stick to a gentle, sulfate-free cleanser as it dissolves excess oil, dirt, and bacteria without leaving it tight or stripping your skin. 

  • Cosrx Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser: One of the best cleansers for acne-prone skin, this toughie is gentle on your skin. The creamy texture draws out impurities from pores and gently cleanses your skin from deep preventing any future breakouts. Hence, making it the best acne cleanser. 
  • Cosrx AC Collection Calming Foam Cleanser: There’s nothing this foam cleanser can’t do. It combats dirt and excess oil while fighting acne breakouts, leaving the skin smooth. The Centella formula not only treats acne but heals the damages that have already been made to your skin. And, it gently purifies your skin to make it look hydrated and rejuvenated.

Step 2: Tone Up Your Skin

Acne skin doesn’t mean you have to use alcoholic toner. The basic purpose is to give your skin relaxation so that it doesn’t dry out your skin and it feels fresh all day long. 

  • Keep Cool Soothe Bamboo Toner:  Well, we have our reasons for branding this as the best toner for acne. Infused with bamboo water that helps skin to retain moisture and freshness. It can be used all over your face or as a spot treatment on problem areas. 
  • Cosrx AC Collection Calming Liquid Mild: The mildest of mild toners, alcohol-free, Tea Tree Leaf Oil-based toner is made with the finest gentle extracts for a soothing, and mildly astringent effect that leaves your skin soft, clean, and soothing. 

Step 3: Additional Nourishing Layer of Serum

This step is essential in your morning skincare routine! The serum is a more intensive way to treat your skin and we totally recommend you to invest in serum even if you are dealing with acne currently! 

  • Goodal Green Tangerine Vita C Dark Spot Serum: Removing acne scars is almost as critical as acne removal itself. And this face serum evens out skin tone, diminishes dark spots, blemishes, and fades acne scarring in two weeks, thanks to Green Tangerines and Vitamin C. 
  • It’s Skin Power 10 Formula PO Effector Serum: Absorbent and light-weight, this serum irons blemishes, blackheads, and targets pores to brighten and smoothen. It’s luxuriant and works well on acne-prone skin even in the most humid climates.

Step 4: Don’t Skip Your Moisturizer

For acne-prone skin, one should choose a moisturizer that doesn’t have any pore-blocking ingredient in it. Keep in mind that it protects the skin barrier from external environmental stressors, and hydrating enough. 

  • The Face Shop Chia Seed Hydro Cream: Why use a random moisturizer when you got this amazing expert at hand? This highly fibrous, anti-oxidizing, rich in protein seed is packed as a hydro cream and provides you proper nourishment. This gel-based formula is perfect for use in humid weather too. 
  • Goodal Houttutnia Cordata Calming Moisture Cream: A lightweight, non-greasy formula seeps into the first layer of your skin with the right amount of hydration leaving you with supple skin. It’s a herbal jelly moisture gel-type cream that calms irritated skin providing intense moisture. 

Step 5: Never Skip SPF

This step is a must, irrespective of any skin type! For acne-prone skin, we recommended you invest in a chemical sunscreen that doesn’t clog the pores. And even if you’re staying indoors may it a point to apply SPF daily. 

  • Suntique I’m Sports Aqua Sungel: One of the best acne treatments is protecting your skin from UV rays. This gel-based formula doesn’t clog pores and provides sun protection while delivering a matte finish.
  • Suntique I’m Safe For Sensitive Skin: This gentle formula is safe for use by every skin type and it contains calming ingredients like Centella Asiatica and aloe leaf extracts. The formula instantly absorbs into the skin without leaving behind a white cast. 

Your Night (PM) Skincare Routine

If you have been doing your basic and usual CTM routine then here are few additional steps that you should add to your PM skincare routine. This is primarily because at night your skin is most able to absorb topical treatments. So, here are the best products for acne-prone skin which you should invest in. 

Step 1: Double Cleansing Is The Key

Once you are back from an exhausting day, your foremost priority is to remove all the makeup, impurities, and SPF. And for that, you should invest in a cleansing balm and foam cleanser for sure. 

  • Juice to Cleanse Water Wash Balm: This water-based balm removes makeup gently and soon it turns into a cleansing foam removing makeup, impurities, SPF, dirt freshly and easily. This multi-cleanser softly melts into the skin removing all the dirt in one go. 
  • Thank You Farmer Back To Iceland Cleansing Foam + Water: Once you are done with a cleansing balm, take this cleansing foam in your palm and gently remove all the residue from your skin. 

Step 2: Toning Is Essential

A toner is super important because, by the time you’re done with cleansing your face, it should be super stripped of your natural oil. It’s time to balance out your skin now with the toner.

  • Keep Cool Soothe Bamboo Toner: Well, you can definitely use the toner which you did your morning skincare routine. Infused with bamboo water, this toner helps your skin to retain moisture and freshness. 

Step 3: Soothe Your Under Eye

It’s important to use an eye cream as it works overnight to reduce puffiness, wrinkles and get rid of your pesky dark circles. Your eye cream works best at night, so before you head to your bed, apply it with your ring finger gently. 

  • Benton Fermentation Eye Cream: With its powerful blend of well-known Korean ingredients like galactomyces ferment filtrate it helps smooth and nourish your under-eye area. A few tiny dots below your eyes will rehydrate the area and diminish the obvious signs of ageing.
  • Klairs Fundamental Eye Awakening Gel:  Deflate your early-morning under-eye bags with this nourishing eye awakening gel. What does it do? It has caffeine and red bean extract that helps to de-puff the eyes while improving skin tone and reducing dark circles.

Step 4: Spot Treatment Time

We mean it, never touch and pick your skin. An effective way to squeeze out the acne is using a spot treatment, it’s the quickest! It also keeps our skin away from getting acne scars.

  • Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch: Big day to attend but this pesky acne did a turn back? Well, these pimple patches are your saviors as they minimize and heal the scarred area and encourage faster wound recovery.
  • Cosrx AC Collection Calming Ultimate Spot Cream This spot cream targets acne-causing bacteria and helps in removing your acne scars as well. It effectively reduces the redness of the skin by maintaining the correct moisture balance, so you witness renewed skin. 

Step 5: Moisturizing Your Skin 

The last step in your PM skincare routine should be to lock in moisture. And for that moisturizer is essential and most of the night creams contain active ingredients, and your skin should already be getting what it needs for acne. 

  • Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream: Upgrade your routine by layering in supercharged calming cream that soothes your skin in a calm and serene way like a deep night. Made with hypoallergenic oils that moisturize your skin while not burdening pores.
  • Goodal Houttutnia Cordata Calming Moisture Cream: Well, there’s no harm in using the same cream at night. And when it’s Goodal, you can never go wrong. It’s a lightweight, non-greasy formula that seeps into the first layer of your skin with the right amount of hydration leaving you with supple skin.

Well, saying from an experience, this routine or any routine won’t transform your skin overnight. You need to make sure you treat your skin well every day and most of the acne treatments take about 5 to 7 weeks if you use them with consistency. But if you stick around this acne-prone skincare routine, I promise you’ll glad that you did it. Until then keep shopping from Maccaron & stay safe! 

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