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I’m pretty sure everyone must’ve faced acne at least once in their lifetime. If not, I just want to ask you, how does it feel to be god’s favourites? Finding the right skincare products from acne-prone skin is no joke. After years of trying out different kinds of scrubs, cleansers, masks, serums etc. I’ve finally built a skincare routine that works for me. However, I built this skincare routine on a trial and error basis. I would have saved a lot of time and money if I just did some research beforehand. So if you also want to build a skincare routine that’ll suit your acne-prone skin, start looking for products with these skincare ingredients:

1. Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is a Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) which is a naturally occurring compound which can be found in the bark of a willow tree. This skincare ingredient, in particular, is excellent to fight acne because it works well at unclogging pores. It helps clean out your pores and removes dead skin cells from blocking your pores. Hence it helps prevent breakouts. Salicylic acid is the most effective when you use it in a leave-on treatment form.

Paula's Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant | (Source:
Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant | (Source:

2. Hyaluronic Acid

Many people believe that people with acne-prone or oily skin types don’t need hydration. This is not true at all! If you deny your skin hydration, your skin will produce extra sebum to compensate, hence cause further breakouts. That’s why hyaluronic acid is a great skincare ingredient for acne-prone skin since it hydrates the skin without clogging pores or leaving an oily residue.

Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate
Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate

3. Niacinamide

Niacinamide may sound a little intimidating, but it’s just another term for vitamin B3. It’s a gentle skincare ingredient that’ll help brighten your skin, hence getting rid of acne scars and it also controls the skin’s oil production.

The Ordinary Niacinamide Acne Skincare Ingredients | (Source:
The Ordinary Niacinamide | (Source:

4. Retinol

Retinol (vitamin A) is another excellent ingredient for people with acne. Since it exfoliates the skin and prevents the build-up of dead skin cells, it helps control acne. It also allows all your other skincare products to work better because it unclogs the pores.

Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair Acne Skincare Ingredients (Source:
Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair (Source:

5. Kaolin Clay

Clays work wonders for people with oily and acne-prone skin. Kaolin clay, in particular, is fantastic because it’s gentle yet very effective. It will suck out the excess oil from your skin without dehydrating it.

GlamGlow SuperMud | Source: GlamGlow
GlamGlow SuperMud | Source: GlamGlow

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