My Current Skincare Routine for Acne

My acne has been blamed on everything under the sun. It’s been blamed on my age, my diet, my hormones, my Coeliac Disease, the fact my dad had it but truth be told, I don’t care why I have it, I’d just like it to go.

I don’t think there’s a miracle cure for acne and I don’t really want to resort to medication as I take enough tablets already, so I’ve tried to find a skincare routine that just keeps the spots at bay.

I still get flare ups and have a lot of scarring but I find these products tend to keep my skin steady and balanced.

Simple Kind to Skin Moisturising Facial Wash 

When I’m in the shower and want to remove my makeup or just give my face a wash, I use the Simple Kind to Skin Moisturising Face Wash. This is super gentle and plain which helps with sensitive or easily irritated skin like acne prone skin.

It doesn’t smell the best but it does leave my skin feeling super clean.

Garnier Pure Active Daily Deep Pore Wash 

This Garnier exfoliating face wash has small beads for getting rid of dead skin but although it says to use daily, I use it after washing my face every other day to smooth the texture of my skin and give my face a super deep clean.

Your Good Skin Micellar Water 

I used to use the Garnier Micellar water but after hearing some bad rumours about it being harsh on the skin, I went back to one of my favourite brands, Your Good Skin.

I love all their products and the Micellar Water is no exception. I use this on cotton wool to remove my makeup if I’m not having a shower or I’ll remove any excess dirt or eye makeup using this.

It’s gentle on skin yet still super effective.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Toner

I’m rubbish at remembering to use toner in my skincare routine but when I do, I’ve been enjoying the La Roche Posay Effacalar Toner.

It does sting a bit on acne prone skin, especially if you’ve got open pores or spots but La Roche Posay is designed for acne prone skin, so you can rest assured the stinging isn’t anything to worry about.

Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser 

I have spent so much on fancy moisturisers over the year but in the end I always go back to my Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser because it’s so affordable and so good.

It hydrates my skin quickly and easily without feeling heavy or oily and one bottle lasts me ages!

Angela Langford Bloom & Glow Face Oil 

If I want to add an extra bit of wow to my moisturiser, I’ll add a few drops of the Angela Langford Bloom & Glow Face Oil which is amazing for intensely moisturising and nourishing the skin.

This handmade, vegan skincare line is made my previous Masterchef contestant, Angela Langford who makes all her products herself, hence they’re such high quality!

If I want to use a face mask, I love the Garnier Moisture Bomb tissue masks, particularly the new ones that you mix the serum with the mask yourself, they’re amazing to use pre-makeup for added glow!

What skincare products do you recommend for acne prone skin? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram!

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Simple Skincare Routine for Acne Prone Skin

Before we get started, I just wanted to say that all these products recommendations are coming from me, I am not a professional or a dermatologist, I do have a beauty qualification but that doesn’t make me an acne expert. I have acne prone skin and these are the products that work best for me, but everyone is different! 


I keep things simple with my routine and stick with the classic 3 step routine I’ve always been taught to follow which is ‘cleanse, tone and moisturise’.

When you have acne prone skin it can be easy to try and throw all these products at your face and try different formulas and chemicals but I’ve always found my skin is happiest with a simple routine. 

I still do not have clear skin but I’ve learnt to manage it and started to know what products work best and find my skin doesn’t flare up with any of these products. 

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water


I’ve used this for years, it’s such an affordable product and really works! I use this with cotton wool pads to remove my makeup every night as well as giving my skin a quick cleanse in a morning before applying makeup. My favourite micellar water I’ve tried! 

Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Facial Wash 


This is another product I’ve used for years as I avoid messing with my routine too often as that flares up my skin! I use this product to wash/cleanse my skin in the shower or bath. It’s gentle and gets rid of any dirt or left over makeup! It’s a gel formula and is really affordable to buy. It’s from the ‘Visibly Clear’ range and therefore is gentle for acne skin.

Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner


I was always told you should tone to rebalance the PH levels in your skin and close pores to avoid creating spots and blackheads. Whether that’s the case or not, I do feel it just seals my skin and refines the texture and this is my favourite toner I’ve used. 

Clarins Hydra Quench Cream Mask


I avoid face masks in general as I find they pull my spots out but sometimes my skin feels tight, dry and dehydrated, so I find this hydrating cream mask from Clarins is a really good but gentle surge of moisture for my skin. This isn’t the most affordable product but I use it maybe once a week when I have a pamper night and it just gives my skin a glow. 

Superdrug Vitamin E Radiance Moisture Cream


I’ve mentioned this product in previous makeup posts, I love it! This £2.99 cream is the only moisturiser that’s ever visibly worked for me! It’s a really nourishing formula, and a great base for makeup! I get a lot of dry skin on my eyes and this is so gentle that I can spread it lightly over my eyelids when I’m doing the rest of my face and it’s helped clear that up too! A tiny amount goes a long way!

I hope this post has helped if you’re struggling with your skin and looking for some products that could help! 

I find these products maintain an ‘ok’ skin condition for me instead of dramatically improving it.

If you have any products that have helped clear your skin up, let me know as I’d love to try them! 

If you’d like to hear my acne story/journey and what I’ve done to help, I’d love to share that!