What’s a good skincare routine for acne-prone, dry skin?


What’s a good skincare routine for acne-prone, dry skin?

Since having a baby almost a month ago, my skin has been a little wacky from hormones. I’m doing my best to keep my dry skin hydrated at the same time as treating my acne flare ups. Wearing makeup on a daily basis gives me more confidence, especially when I’m breaking out, so whatever I use has to wear well over makeup. I also want to make sure when I am sleeping and my skin is taking a break from makeup that the skincare I’m using is working efficiently at ridding my skin of acne. Trying to organize what to put on my face and when can be confusing! 

Two of my favorite skincare lines have me covered when it comes to acne flare-ups and luckily all of these products work great for dry skin like mine and don’t dry it out further while treating pimples. I wanted to share four products with you today that have been helpful to me! 


SPOT TREATMENT: Kiehl’s Breakout Control Targeted Acne Spot Treatment is formulated with sulfur for clearing acne and Vitamin B3 for skin. Using a targeted treatment like this one directly on the individual spots works great for keeping acne issues at bay. I’ve noticed that a day or two after using a thin layer of this spot treatment directly on the affected area, the redness and texture has significantly improved. Unfortunately, as these baby hormones leave my body, I have flare ups every few days anyway. But I’m optimistic that keeping up with this spot treatment will continue to help. 

SERUM: Clinique Acne + Line Correcting Serum has been a godsend since I discovered it. I’m halfway done with my second bottle of this serum since discovering it a few months ago. Until I found this product, I’ve never found a product that works to help prevent breakouts AND has anti-aging ingredients. Being in my 30s has been interesting so far because I am still breaking out from time to time, but I can tell that I am getting little eye crinkles, and some fine lines in my forehead. It doesn’t quite seem fair to have to combat multiple skin issues at a time, but I’m glad we have products like this one that target multiple issues. I really think this is working for me so I layer it with my other skincare day and night. 

MOISTURIZER: Kiehl’s Breakout Control Acne Treatment Facial Lotion has been my daytime moisturizer for the past month. This is formulated with acne-clearing salicylic acid and pine bark extract for soothing inflamed skin. I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find a facial lotion that doesn’t dry my skin out at all and still works to fight breakouts. Using this every day, I know I’ll go through the bottle quickly so I already have one waiting in the wings for when this one is out. I have a feeling my skin will be doing the acne purge for several months if my post-natal experience this time is anything like it was the last two times. I have been using facial oils at night as part of my skincare routine but this has been my go-to for daytime use.

FOUNDATION: Clinique Acne Solutions BB Cream is a unique serum-like formula that is perfect for acne-prone skin and works great on my dry skin. I like to build this up with a Beauty Blender to get the finish that I want. There are not many shades available, but if you can find one that matches your skin tone, it’s extremely long wearing, is mattifying without clinging to dry patches, and has SPF 40. Since we’re talking about acne, don’t forget to use a clean makeup brush or sponge when you’re going in with your foundation. You don’t need to make a breakout worse! 


The Clinique products I’ve had in my stash for a while, but the Kiehl’s products are newer to their line. I’ve tried a lot of acne products over the years and I’ve found that trying to integrate an acne treatment product into every step of my skincare routine (spot treatment, serum, moisturizer, foundation, etc.) has been crucial to fighting it.

Do you struggle with acne? What products do you use? I am always looking for a new favorite!

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  1. 10.16.16
    Ellen said:

    I have been really wary of most products, given that I have highly sensitive skin. I have had the most luck with ‘washing’ my face with water only and moisturizing with jojoba oil, but I’m starting to see some minor signs of aging and would love to find a product that works to keep it clear and prevent wrinkles as much as possible. Have you found any skin irritation associated with using these products? Did you test them out on a small area beforehand or just go whole-hog? Thanks for a great post!

    • 10.16.16
      justina said:

      I didn’t have any skin irritation! I just went full force. I would definitely recommend using a cleansing routine if you’re not already.

  2. 11.6.16
    laura con said:

    I know! Its so hard to find something that works for acne and is moisturizing. Try Citrus Clears Sensitive Line – BUT NOT the Control Acne line. It was WAY too strong for my skin and dried me out. But but the Sensitive Line took the acne away, and kept my skin moisturized.

    • 11.6.16
      justina said:

      Totally checking it out right now! Thanks for the rec! 🙂

  3. 4.4.17
    Jenny S. said:

    I had a very recent experience with the Control Acne line. My skin is regularly dry, and when I used it, it gave me red spots and my skin went flaky. I am now on a Cetaphil and OCM treatment, and my skin has improved a lot. I’m planning to get the Line serum for my laugh lines, but my Dermatologist advised that it might do more harm than good, considering what my skin just went through. I’ll wait until my skin is cleared out and then I’ll use it. Thanks!

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