Best skin care products for acne-prone skin

Aug 2, 2011 at 2:07 p.m. ET

Caring for acne-prone skin can be tricky because you do not want to dry out your skin nor do you want to over-moisturize. You do, however, want to keep your skin clean by washing it twice daily. Following a daily skin care routine will help manage blemishes and reduce breakouts.

Woman washing face at night

Acne-prone skin care routine

  1. Wash your skin twice daily with a mild cleanser using your fingertips only (no washcloths or scrubbing pads that may contain bacteria). You may wish to use a cleanser containing benzoyl peroxide if you have inflamed breakouts.
  2. Apply toner or astringent to your face and neck to ensure you have rid the skin of all make-up, dirt and excess oil. If your skin type is dry, use a toner. If you have oily skin, use an astringent that contains alcohol.
  3. Use acne treatment creams, either prescribed or over-the-counter, on infected areas for spot treatment. Let dry completely.
  4. Apply moisturizer. Even if your skin is oily, you'll want to use a moisturizer to balance out your skin. Choose a light gel or lotion moisturizer instead of a cream and make sure it is an oil-free product.

Products for acne-prone skin

Several skin care companies offer product sets that target acne-prone skin exclusively. Neutrogena offers a complete line of acne skin care products made especially for your skin type. Their Complete Acne Therapy System contains the three main products you need in an affordable three-pack set. Murad also offers a 3-step skin care system, called Murad Acne Complex, which contains a cleanser, acne treatment gel and moisturizing lotion. Other acne products are also available to target problem skin areas. Murad products are 90% effective in treating acne successfully.

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