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Skincare Routine for Acne-Prone Skin (AM and PM)

By Victoria Benitez

You're not alone if you struggle with acne-prone skin, regardless of age or background. Navigating acne can be distressing, and finding the proper treatment can be similar to decoding a skincare puzzle. We’re here to help, but let's first look closer at your new AM and PM skincare routine. Developed by our dermatologist experts, meet the Blemish Breakthrough Collection – the ultimate solution to reduce the number of acne pimples and help prevent new blemishes. Help treat acne and control excess oil with non-comedogenic formulas and effective ingredients like Salicylic Acid and Niacinamide.

Leave your skin feeling refreshed throughout the day with the right line of products on your beauty shelf. Prioritize your skin routine with our recommended strategy for brighter, glowy skin, from clarifying cleansers and resurfacing serums to on-the-go pimple patches; breakthrough to clearer skin with our lineup of essentials. Your AM and PM routines work better together; all we ask from you is consistency with your routine for the best results. Your routine may differ from others, and that’s okay! Don’t know where to start? Consider this your basic guide to help build a curated routine for your skin only.


Step One: Cleanse

Your first step in your morning skincare routine should always include a gentle cleanser. The superhero of the group is our Blemish Breakthrough Acne Clarifying Cleanser. We formulated this cleanser with our trusted dermatologists to develop a powerhouse lathering formula to help remove makeup, control oil and dirt, and clarify pores. Our effective ingredients work harmoniously to help reduce the number of acne pimples and help to prevent new acne.

This gentle, non-comedogenic, and fragrance-free cleanser relies on good-for-you ingredients that can help to soothe and support the skin. Ideal for oily and acne-prone skin, this refreshing cleanser will leave you ready to put your best face forward. Make this cleanser part of your daily morning routine; your skin will thank you later. After all, mornings are perfect for taking a few extra minutes for you. Treat yourself and your skin with this everyday staple. BRB, it’s time to cleanse!

Step Two: Apply Spot Gel

Our Blemish Breakthrough Acne Fighting Spot Gel is our BFF, soon enough to become yours, too! This roll-on acne gel spot treatment always has our back (literally) by helping clear unwanted acne. Unexpected blemishes happen, and this fast-acting acne treatment effortlessly helps reduce the number of acne pimples while helping prevent new acne from taking center stage.

Thanks to the power of Salicylic Acid, plus Aloe and Witch Hazel, it is most beloved for its convenience and effective formula. It’s a gentle yet powerful spot treatment, reimagined in an easy-to-use roll-on applicator, that we never leave the house without. You can wake up and head out without running late; just don’t forget to make some room in your purse for this spot gel!

Step Three: Moisturize

It’s okay to be sensitive! Your skin needs a comfort zone, too. Support your skin with our Blemish Breakthrough Acne Calming Water Cream. This lightweight water-based formula might be our biggest flex for the best moisturizer for acne-prone skin. It soothes the skin without leaving that greasy feeling. Made with vital ingredients your skin craves, from 1% Salicylic Acid that helps treat acne and prevents new blemishes by clarifying pores. Its added Niacinamide, N-acetyl Glucosamine, and Tranexamic Acid all work together to help control oil, soothe, and even improve skin tone, and provide essential moisture.

Ideal for oily and acne-prone skin, this water cream is your daily essential that has been missing from your morning skincare routine. Prep your skin for the day ahead by controlling excess oil and hydrating skin for a replenished complexion. Meet your new safety net for your skin.

Step Four: Apply Pimple Patches

Discovering you have a massive pimple happens to the best of us. No, you don’t have to cancel plans. Really, like we said, it happens to the best of us! Realizing it’s not that serious (everyone gets them) takes off half the stress. Here at e.l.f. teamwork makes the dream work when it comes to a reliable routine for acne-prone skin. Trust the process; we’ve got the solution to tackle early-stage blemishes and absorb pimple gunk in 6 to 8 hours with the Blemish Breakthrough Stick It to Zits Pimple Patches.

Simply cleanse and dry the affected areas, apply a patch, follow up with your skincare and makeup routine, and go! Say bye to pore problems with our key ingredient, hydrocolloid, which helps flatten active blemishes and extract impurities on the spot. After 6 to 8 hours of wear, it’s time to toss the patch. It’s really that simple – blemishes won’t stand a chance.


Step One: Cleanse

Your skincare routine order matters. At the end of the day, meet again with your Blemish Breakthrough Acne Clarifying Cleanser. Gently and thoroughly massage a generous amount directly on dry skin to cleanse daily impurities or dissolve any makeup; add some water, massage again, and rinse. As a PM ritual, this clarifying gel cleanser works seamlessly to remove makeup and thoroughly cleanse dirt while actively helping treat current acne.

A critical step in your evening acne skincare routine is gently removing dirt and oil. The nights of going to bed with makeup still on are behind us! Keep skin happy by giving it a clean slate overnight. You won’t go a night without skipping a face wash with this hydrating and skin-conditioning cleanser. The dermatologist-developed, fragrance-free formula is powered by skin-loving ingredients, suitable for even most skin types. This cleanser is your reliable companion for nightly renewal.

Step Two: Apply Serum

We know there’s no universal quick fix for perfect skin, but the Blemish Breakthrough Triple-Acid Resurfacing Serum comes pretty close. When it comes to our skincare routines, happy skin is the heart of why we formulated this collection. Maximize your nighttime routine with the dermatologist-developed, triple-acid serum tailored for blemish-prone skin.

Looking for a miracle in a bottle? Read these reviews to see for yourself! It's a best seller for more than one reason. Made for more than just clarifying, this strategic blend is aimed to help even skin tone and texture with a triple-acid complex featuring Salicylic Acid, PHA Plus, and Tranexamic Acid. Enjoy a smoother and clearer complexion with its added 10% Niacinamide. Apply 3-5 drops on cleansed skin in the evening, massaging and gently tapping the product into the skin. Your skin will thank you later.

Step Three: Moisturize

Our skin says a lot about us. It’s the first thing people notice, and our Blemish Breakthrough Acne Calming Water Cream was made for your skin today while looking towards a brighter complexion tomorrow. Its barely there lightweight texture feels as good as it looks.

Replenish the skin with a nightly moisturizer made to calm the skin and help control excess oil for a clearer skin complexion for that morning-after glow. Help reduce the number of acne blemishes with 1% Salicylic Acid and improve and even out skin tone with Niacinainde and Tranexamic Acid. With the right combo of key ingredients to get you where you want to go in the morning, even if it’s just out of bed.

Step Four: Pimple Patches

Some people have ten lipglosses, we have 36 pimple patches in our purses at all times. Your pimple emergencies, big or small, are covered with our Blemish Breakthrough Stick it to Zits Pimple Patches. You’ll give us props once you experience the results for yourself after adding them to your nightly regimen. If you’re looking for a reason to add these patches to your PM routine, these clear, thin hydrocolloid patches play a pivotal role in flattening active breakouts, visibly reducing blemishes, and extracting impurities overnight.

Its thin design creates a barrier that shields blemishes during the healing process. Simply add a patch to your skin where needed and let these little wonders work their magic overnight without any fuss. Consider your go-to solution for a clearer, smoother complexion by morning handled.

Try it Out!

A refined nighttime skincare routine is in, and we’re going back to the basics. No matter which product you use from us, know that you're putting your best face forward. If you're unsure where to begin, the Blemish Breakthrough Blemish Control Basics Kit is the perfect starting point. This TSA-friendly kit is ready for wherever life takes you. Dermatologist-developed with an essential acne-fighting ingredient to help treat acne and prevent new blemishes, helping even skin tone and texture while controlling excess oil. This curated set was made to soothe the skin. Our basics kit provides a straightforward yet powerful solution to kickstart your journey towards a clearer, healthier-looking complexion.

Uncertain about the ideal skincare routine for your needs? Explore our skincare finder quiz—a brief series of questions designed to guide you in helping you find the best routine for your skin’s unique needs.

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