Best 6 Dry Acne Prone Skincare Routine For You

Acne Prone Skincare Routine:- Finding products tailored specifically to your skin type can be difficult; but my current routine has helped reduce redness and frequency of breakouts significantly.

Keep your skin hydrated is essential for avoiding dryness, irritation, and pimples. Dry skin allows bacteria to form more easily which causes inflammation which eventually results in pimples. Therefore if you have oily/dry skin like mine… you might require two different skincare routines. Below are my favorite acne prone-friendly products to keep sensitive skin happy!

Dry Acne Prone Skincare Routine

1) Cleansing: Morning & Night

Cleansing should always be the starting point in your skincare routine, and for good reason. Proper cleansing helps protect against acne by eliminating excess oil, dirt, and bacteria from pores using lightweight non-irritating cleansers; when selecting one for acne prone skin it should also be non-comedogenic, non-drying, and oil-free.

Check for ingredients like Vitamin C, BHA, Salicylic Acid, Tea Tree Oil and Aloe when shopping for acne-prone cleaners. These ingredients will help remove excess oil, dirt and bacteria from pores while simultaneously helping your skin avoid becoming overly dry and sensitive. My go-to choice for acne prone cleanser is COSRX Low-pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser which has helped my complexion remain clear since age 17.

Good Morning Gel Cleanser is designed with acne-prone skin in mind, featuring a low pH level of 5.5 that’s gentle yet effective against acne breakouts. Plus, vitamin B5, glycerin and aloe make this formula extra hydrating and soothing for sensitive skin types!

 Cleansing: Morning & Night
Cleansing: Morning & Night

2) Oil-Free Cleanser

Oil-Free Cleanser If you suffer from breakouts and have oily skin, an oil-free cleanser is an essential ally in the fight against breakouts and bacteria build-up. Incorporating both an oil-free product and toner into your routine is best.

If you plan on using an oil-free cleanser as your primary product, make sure that a toner is also utilized to eliminate any residue and ensure your skin is truly clean before applying a moisturizer – I personally use Boscia Luminous Cleanse.

This lotion is specifically formulated for oily and acne-prone skin types. With a pH level of 5.5 that’s great for sensitive skin types and witch hazel for anti-inflammatory benefits to help prevent breakouts, it offers the ideal skincare regime.

Oil-Free Cleanser
Oil-Free Cleanser

3) BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) Cleanser

BHA (Benzoic Acid) cleanser contains salicylic acid which helps to decrease breakouts and oil production, especially for oily, acne-prone skin types. They’re great for all skin types but particularly effective at clearing away oil from oily and acne prone complexions. BHA cleansers also exfoliate and are often used to treat blackheads and whiteheads; my personal favourite being Biore’s BHA Blackhead Cleanser.

Cleansers made without dryness or oils are ideal for those with oily, acne-prone skin. It has a pH level of 4.9 which makes it particularly gentle on sensitive skin types and contains salicylates – the chemical compound found in BHA cleansers – an anti-inflammatory compound known to prevent breakouts while Niacinamide helps reduce oil production and sebum production for added oil control and sebum reduction.

BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) Cleanser
BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) Cleanser

4) Acne Treatment Vitamin

Anti-Aging vitamins can be great allies to those suffering from acne. Acne medications can often leave your skin reddening or scarred; taking an acne treatment vitamin will help heal and protect it against harsh medication side effects.

Nature’s Bounty Vitamin B3 Adult Gummies is my go-to acne treatment vitamin, also excellent at eliminating dead skin cells and strengthening hair and nails. With a pH level of 7, it provides sensitive skin relief as well as helping reduce oil production while soothing redness.

Acne Treatment Vitamin
Acne Treatment Vitamin

5) Exfoliator

Exfoliating can reduce the frequency and severity of breakouts and blackheads. Exfoliation also helps remove dry, flaky skin that could be blocking pores – ideal if you have oily skin like I do! For maximum benefit use an exfoliating face wash instead.

My personal go-to cleanser is Stridex Maximum Strength; it’s non-drying, oil-free and great for acne prone skin. Plus it features salicylates (found in BHA cleansers) which act as anti-inflammatories to combat breakouts!


6) Daily Protection SPF

Sunscreen is essential to protecting yourself against wrinkles and dark spots caused by sun damage. For best results, apply SPF 30 or higher sunscreen daily even if you don’t plan on leaving the house; make sure your body and face stay protected even during winter!

Your skin’s health should never come before your sun protection. I recommend the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Waterproof sunscreen because it’s non-drying, designed specifically for acne prone skin, has a pH level of 7 and offers great UVA/UVB protection.

 Protection SPF
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Also Refer:- 5 Best Tips to Fight Acne


Maintaining healthy skin can be challenging with oily, acne prone skin. Finding products to address all aspects of care for oily, acne prone skin may seem daunting; but using these can prevent acne breakouts – something which will only boost self-esteem and confidence! For more tips and tricks to manage oily, acne prone skin be sure to read these articles!