Bye-Bye Blemishes: The Best Skincare Routine for Acne-Prone Skin

3 preventative products for every day, 2 products to treat when you need it most. Easy.

Struggling with acne is incredibly frustrating. That's something that people who have never experienced blemishes or blackheads can't understand - it's not remotely a simple problem.

That and your skin is no help either - the smallest aggravation can send your skin into meltdown, and without the right products it seems like breakouts never really leave.

How can I get rid of acne?

Though there isn't a single answer that will work for everyone, it's definitely true to say that a well-balanced routine will help you overcome and prevent blemishes and breakouts.

Balance really is the key - you need something highly effective, but that also isn't so harsh that it will strip your skin's ability to cope with change. Your skin needs to be kept free from bacteria and grime that causes breakouts, but it also needs a healthy microbiome of its own to become more clear and healthy looking.

While you definitely could test and try different products across brands, Kiehl's has created a range designed to work on its own.

We’ve teamed up with the skincare experts at Kiehl’s to share the best routine for tackling acne head-on, featuring their high-performance Blue Herbal range specifically made for acne-prone skin.

Step 1 to clear acne: switch to a detoxifying cleanser

Start your morning and evening beauty routine by ridding your skin of blemish-causing bacteria with the Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Acne Cleanser Treatment. The detoxifying facial wash purifies pores and eliminates excess oils to promote clearer and healthier skin.

Enriched with anti-bacterial and pore-clearing Salicylic Acid to prevent breakouts, Ginger Root Extract to absorb excess oils, and Frankincense to reduce sebum production, this medicated foaming cleanser is perfect for acne-prone skin.

- Salicylic acid helps to purify pores - Ginger Root Extract soothes redness and speeds healing - Frankincense helps to balance oil production

Step 2 to banish breakouts: an alcohol free, botanical toner

The problem with many of the best suggested anti-blemish routines, is that they're too harsh. Many routines contain actives, or harsh ingredients like alcohol, that can do long-term damage to your skin barrier.

Your skin barrier is extremely important - your skin needs reserves to be able to heal itself to be able to fully recover from breakouts. Having a well-nourished skin microbiome will also help breakouts clear quicker.

But of course, it's also crucial to make sure your skin is clear of impurities and excess oils. To remove thoroughly, we recommend the Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal Extract Toner as the second step in your skincare routine.

With hand-harvested Calendula petals, known for their healing properties, this alcohol-free facial toner helps to balance the skin while removing dirt, oil, makeup, and blemish-causing impurities.

Step 3 to fix acne: an non-irritating, lightweight moisturiser

Choosing a non-comedogenic moisturiser is essential for acne-prone skin as anything too heavy may cause skin congestion and aggravate blemishes.

It's a myth that skin prone to oily doesn't need a moisturiser! It's also a myth thought that all blemish prone skin is prone to oil.

So - what kind of moisturiser should you choose, if you have blemishes? Many acne treatments can cause dehydration, so it's important to choose a moisturiser that will help your skin compensate for this. This is the same principle as with choosing a toner for breakouts - you effectively want something that will help your skin

What's the best Kiehl's moisturiser for normal to dry skin prone to acne?

Try the legendary, cult classic Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream 50ml. This lightweight moisturiser offers enough nourishing hydration to replenish and hydrate.

Plus, it does seriously feel lightweight - it sinks in, but leaves the skin feeling comfortable. A great option that works really well with breakout treatments.

What's the best Kiehl's moisturiser for normal, combination and oily skin prone to acne?

I recommend the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream 50ml as a moisturiser that feels like nothing on the skin, but that will still keep your skin barrier protected. This dehydration-preventing moisturiser works beautifully well with acne treatments, and doesn't clog pores.

So - to recap, the best Kiehl's routine for acne prone skin is:

  1. A deep cleansing, blemish-busting cleanser: Kiehl's Blue Herbal Acne Cleanser Treatment 150ml

  2. A toner that respects the skin barrier but totally removes dirt and bacteria: Kiehl's Calendula Herbal Extract Toner 250ml

  3. A moisturiser that matches your skin type, but doesn't cause congestion: Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream 50mlif your skin is normal, combination or oily, or Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream 50mlif your skin is dry.

OK, with your routine updated, it's time to bust out the serious treatments. While it's not great for your skin to use a professional strength acne treatment every day, there are definitely days when your skin needs a little extra anti-blemish protection.

Choosing an anti-blemish treatment to supplement your skin routine

With our Kiehl’s skincare routine, acne will eventually become a thing of the past but in the meantime, a targeted spot treatment is a must for banishing the problem head-on.

A face mask for breakouts

Here's the secret product that the girls in our office swear by.

You'll notice a difference after one application - this mask helps to keep the skin smooth and reduces redness. Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque 125ml is the perfect way to effortlessly reset and restore acne-ridden skin.

Enriched with Amazonian White Clay and Bentonite, this weekly face mask instantly purifies and detoxifies skin, drawing out blemish-causing bacteria, toxins and excess oils to reduce the formation of acne.

Helping to control shine and breakouts, this cleansing mask will leave skin smooth to touch with a clear and healthy finish.

With high-quality ingredients delivering noticeable results, the Kiehl’s skincare range is perfect for acne-prone skin. With consistent use, this five-step routine will help to diminish the severity and frequency of breakouts so you can enjoy a clearer and healthier complexion.

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