When I was studying in South Korea, my skin started to break out, and when I moved to Paris, it got even worse. As an adult, getting acne made me feel very insecure, especially when people around me started to freak out about my skin condition. Thus, I tried a lot of products and changed my habits and skin care routine in order to find out what works best for me. So, based on my experience, I want to share some simple tips on how to prevent acne and how you can treat it with beauty products.

Skincare routine for acne-prone skin
Since I am not a professional, I would always recommend you to see a dermatologist, especially if you have severe acne. They will give you the best treatment and see if you don't have hormonal problems that can cause acne (because beauty products won't always help you to treat acne!).

Causes of acne

Every time your skin breaks out, I recommend you to write down the changements applied to your environment or routine. Doing this will help you to find out why you are getting acne.

As I said earlier, my skin broke out when I was living in Seoul and in Paris. Originally from a smaller French city, I first blamed my acne on pollution. And I still think it was one of the main causes of my acne since my skin got much better once I came back to my hometown!

Another trigger was stress. Every time I'm in a very stressful situation, my skin is at its worst state! I talked about it with my dermatologist and she said that acne could indeed be involved with stress.

But I still had acne even though I wasn't nervous, and I finally figured out why. I am lactose intolerant but because I love milkshakes, lattes and cheese, I never stopped consuming dairies (even though my stomach was dying every time haha). My intolerance recently got very bad so I had to cut out dairies (I sometimes eat them because I just can't stop haha) and that's how I noticed that my skin has gotten much clearer! Hallelujah! Cutting out dairies brought a major change to my acne problem. And usually, when I eat something that I cannot digest well (e.g spicy food), I have some pimples, so I try to avoid them as much as possible!

Since every person's organism is different, I think it is important to know the causes of your own acne, it is the first step in acne prevention.

Skincare routine for acne-prone skin

The dermatologist gave me a prescription for my acne: medicine and creams to help healing my acne. Despite their efficiency, acne treatment can be skin-drying. So it is very important to use good products to keep your skin moisturized. There are two important things you should remember: 
  • Never skip washing your face 
  • Always moisturize your skin
When you get acne, you usually want to dry your skin because excess sebum leads to acne. But the reason why you get excess sebum can be because your skin isn't moisturized, thus your body will produce sebum to compensate. I am pointing this out because sometimes people would skip moisturizing their skin (I did when I was younger, because I thought my skin would get too greasy). 

Skincare routine for acne-prone skin

I like to use La Roche-Posay's Effaclar line to deal with acne. I wash my face with their foaming gel, it doesn't make my skin dry and my face feels clean after I washed it (I've used so many useless products not doing their job and drying my skin a lot).

From the same line, I use the cream Effaclar Duo+, which is perfect for my skin type because it tends to be oily, so I cannot use heavy creams to moisturize it. It also helps drying pimples and it says that it helps acne scars to fade away. I noticed my acne marks were fading away a bit faster but not a major change. I like it more because it regulates sebum well and make pimples disappear faster!

Sometimes, my skin feels a bit dry so I usually switch to Effaclar Mat which is perfect for combination skin. They also have a more nourishing version that I use when my skin is very dry (usually during winter): Effaclar H, it works well and doesn't feel too heavy on my skin. Actually, the Effaclar line was made to compensate acne treatments, so the products aren't too heavy, I highly recommend them as your daily creams!

Mask against acne

While looking for the perfect routine, I became a fan of Lush products! Starting with their face mask Cosmetic Warrior. This mask is an absolute life saver! I have used it for 5 months, when my skin condition was really bad, and I recently bought it again because my skin broke out again and this mask is still doing its job, my pimples are all dry!
Lush has a fresh mask line, they last for one month, and you keep them in your fridge. At first, I didn't really want to spend money on a mask lasting for only one month but I love this one so much that I actually don't mind buying it again and again.
I like the fact that you can use it every day (for 1 or 2 weeks) when your skin is really bad and you feel it needs to be soothe. When your skin is getting better, you can use it 2 to 3 times a week as prevention.  It doesn't dry your skin but cleans the acne very well because it contains tea tree.

Speaking of tea tree, I absolutely love their Tea Tree Water. I use it as a toner after cleansing my face. I love its refreshing effect, especially during summer, and it helps cleaning your skin from acne thanks to the anti-bacterial effect of tea tree oil.

Protect your skin from the sun! 

For a long time, I thought that sun was helping my acne look better. So I didn't care that much about protecting my skin from the sun and I was so wrong. Most acne treatments can make your skin more sensitive to UVs and that can give you severe sunburns! What is more, it can make your fresh acne scars darker, and your goal is to get rid of these marks, right? So, you should always wear sunscreen when going out, especially when it is really sunny. My friend's dermatologist also told her that we are supposed to wear sunscreen every day, even during winter, because the UVs are still there. 

Sunscreen against acne

You can easily find sunscreens especially made for acne-prone skin. I use one from the Cleanance line by Avène. It is the first time I am using a sunscreen made for troubled skin, so I can't compare it to other sunscreens. I just happened to like their sunscreens and this one is satisfying, the texture is light and works well as a makeup base.

How about makeup? 

Since makeup can clog your pores, I would recommend you to avoid wearing makeup as much as possible to prevent breakouts. But as a cosmetics lover, I know how difficult it can be to stop wearing makeup, and how it can actually boost your confidence. My skin was so bad that I had to conceal the redness from my pimples and acne scars. I felt so insecure about it, that even to go grocery shopping I would wear foundation :( And there were situations where I could not leave home with a bare face, when going to work for example. Fortunately, you can find beauty products that won't cause your skin to break out more!

Makeup for acne-prone skin

I don't really like using concealer since I don't like applying too much things on my face. But my face was so red that foundation wasn't enough anymore! I use Make Up Forever's Full Cover concealer. Make Up Forever products are non-comedogenic, which means they are supposed to not make you break out. This concealer is quite thick but easy to use and it will cover your scars well. I usually only conceal scars, not pimples, because I don't want them to get worse.

Clinique's Anti-Blemish Solutions is the only foundation I have been using since 2011 (when I don't wear BB or CC creams). Its coverage is very good but it doesn't feel heavy at all. What's more, since it was made for acne-prone skin, you skin normally won't break out. Of course, there is no 100% chance that your skin won't break out, but I'd say that even my sensitive skin was fine with this foundation. I usually can't wear any foundation without getting pimples. I recommend this foundation to my friends and they're highly satisfied with it! The only thing that I would complain about this is that its color range isn't big. I am using the fairest shade and it used to be too dark for my skin. Now that my skin got tanned it isn't an issue anymore, but it can be troublesome if you have a very fair skin.

Always remove your makeup

No matter how good your face cleansing is, you should always remove your makeup. I like using cleansing oils because they are very good at removing heavy makeup since they are oil-based. I tried micellar waters but I am not satisfied at all and I just hate milk makeup removers because of the fragrance haha! I am still trying out cleansing oils so I can't give your recommendations for now. I used to love L'Oréal's Extraordinary Facial Cleansing Oil, but it contains Paraffinum Liquidum which is something you want to avoid when you have acne.  I didn't notice particular breakouts when using it, but just in case I am avoiding it! I bought DHC's praised Deep Cleansing Oil during my trip in Japan and I will try it after I'm done with my current cleansing oil. I read great reviews about it, so I guess you can give it a try!

Keep your makeup tools clean

Your makeup tools get dirty every time you are using them, so it is important to regularly clean them! I usually wash my makeup brushes with shampoo to remove foundation and concealer (you can do this once a week) and just let them dry. And before I use them, I always spray Sephora's Daily Makeup Brush Cleaner which is an affordable antibacterial product to keep your brushes clean! 

Now you're ready to get a perfect skin! 

I hope these simple tips will help you to get rid of acne! Remember that having a healthy lifestyle will also improve your body and skin condition. Make sure to drink enough water to keep your skin moisturized and get enough sleep.  And don't hesitate to see a dermatologist if these products don't help you at all, it is always safer to see a doctor to get your skin diagnosed!

What is your experience with acne? Do you have any tips or product recommendations? 


  1. Je voulais essayer les produits de cette marque (La Roche) ! Super article comme je te disais 8D

    1. Merci :D J'aime bien les produits de cette gamme comme ils aident à bien réguler le sébum (pour ma peau), mais si tu as tendance à avoir la peau un peu sèche il vaut mieux prendre quelque chose de plus nourrissant, en tout cas c'est bien quand t'as des petites crises de boutons :p

  2. I wanna share this happiness of mine by sharing my very own skincare routine for oily/acne-prone skin. acne clinic nyc