The perfect skin care routine for acne prone skin – and a few more tips on preventing acne

I still remember the day I woke up with little pimples all over my cheeks – it horrified me. I was 12 years old when I developed acne and have been fighting it ever since. I’ve been struggling with problematic skin for the past 10 years! My family and friends reassured me that it’s just “teenage acne. It’ll go away” but here I am, 22 years old and still fighting this battle.

Throughout my teenage years I wasn’t aware of skin care. YouTube wasn’t a thing was I was a kid, there weren’t any skin care routines I could follow. My solution was to cover it as much as possible, under layers of makeup and not properly remove the makeup afterwards – which of course, irritated my skin more causing even more breakouts. Acne completely destroyed my confidence but luckily after many years of trial and error I’ve finally found a skin care regiment that has drastically reduced breakouts and helped even out pigmentation scars.

I do want to point out my skin is on the drier side so I’ve found products that are best suited for my skin type. However I’ll list a few products suitable for more of an oily skin.

I’ll break my skin care routine down step by step –

Firstly I’ll use a gentle cleanser to lift the makeup and impurities from my skin. I use the Korres Milk Proteins Cleanser. I can’t say enough good things about this product. It removes makeup completely and leaves my skin feeling super soft and supple.


Note: This cleanser is not vegan.

To work the cleanser into my damp skin I like to use Lloyd’s Pharmacy Skin Cleansing Brush. Of course this tool is completely optional and not necessary for a proper cleanse but I do recommend using a cleansing brush of some sort. Since I incorporated this into my skin care routine my skin has improved drastically – my skin feels much softer and smoother, dry patches are a thing of the past and the overall appearance has improved because cleansing brushes have been proven to cleanse deeper and increase blood flow to the skin. I picked my brush up during a sale at Lloyd’s and got it for £9.99 as opposed to the astonishing £39.99 it usually retails for! It’s similar to the famous Clarisonic we see all over social media. If you’re looking for a good skin cleansing brush, I highly recommend this. Or you can find cheaper alternatives from brands such as Dermalogica, Olay and E.L.F. Links below

Olay Regenerist 3 Point Super Cleansing System

E.LF Studio Dual Defense Cleansing Facial Brush

Dermalogica Exfoliating Face Brush

After my skin is fully cleansed and dried I’ll go in with a gentle toner. I like either the Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Toner or the Olay 2 in 1 Cleanser and Toner – I’m using this one currently and I love it! Toners are better for those of you with acne prone or oily skin because they do a fabulous job of removing any excess oil and dirt your cleanser may have missed. Although my skin is dry, I enjoy using a toner to remove any oil as it will reduce the chance of a new breakout.


My next step is a new one. I’ve never used a facial serum until now and I’m so glad I added this product in my routine! Nip + Fab’s Glycolic Fix Serum is a fantastic product because it penetrates deeper into the skin to deliver active ingredients. It also claims to minimise pores which I can confirm is true. I have large pores on my cheeks and nose and I have seen a noticeable difference since using this product. The product it’s self is a thick clear gel that only gives a little moisture which is why it’s important to follow with a moisturiser.


Which brings me to last step – moisturiser. Regardless of whether your skin is dry, oily or combination, moisturising is vital in any skin care routine. Why? Because moisturising will prevent skin ageing! Just like your body needs water, your skin also needs a daily hydration boost. I could do a separate post entirely on skin moisturising and why it’s so important along with what can happen if you neglect to moisturise so I won’t go into too much here. But the moisturiser I love to use is Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre. This is fantastic for a drier skin and is my go-to during the colder months, but for the summer when I don’t need such a heavy duty moisturiser I like to use Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel, which is also a fantastic product for those of you with oily skin!


I also want to add that twice a week I’ll exfoliate my skin with Nip + Fab’s Glycolic exfoliator. Always remember to exfoliate as it will remove any dead skin that may be clogging your pores. Exfoliating will reveal a new layer of skin cells that will welcome skin care products as well as makeup leaving you with healthy, glowing skin.


Since using the products I’ve mentioned, my skin has improved so much I’ve actually not had to buy my concealer as often which is a huge bonus! Down below I’ll list the prices of the items mentioned and where you can buy them, along with a few more tips on reducing acne!

Korres –  £15 – Can be purchased from Lloyd’s Pharmacy or

Simple Kind to Skin Toner and Olay 2 in 1 Cleanser and Toner – £2 – £4 – Can be purchased from Boots, Superdrug or

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Serum – £14.95 – Can be purchased from Boots or Superdrug

Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre  – £20 – Boots or Feelunique

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel – £30 (125ml) £18 (50ml) Can be purchased at, Boots, or any Clinique counter £30

Nip + Fab Glycolic Scrub Exfoliator – £9.95 – can be purchased at Boots or Superdrug

And to finish here are some tips for reducing acne breakouts!

  1. Drink as much water as possible! You’ve probably heard this 1000 times, but I promise it works. Hydrating your skin on this inside is just as important as hydrating the skin on the outside. Water clears toxins from your body leaving you with radiant, glowing skin.
  2. Changing your pillow case often. This one is quite important. We all sweat in our sleep, that’s a given. When we sweat all the oil and bacteria will accumulate in your pillow case and will transfer back to your face potentially causing new breakouts. Wash your pillow case at least once a week to keep it nice and clean
  3. Always clean your makeup tools! Another very important tip. Bacteria can sit on your makeup brushes and cosmetic sponges if they’re not properly cleaned you end up transferring bacteria back on your face causing new breakouts! No need to buy a brush cleanser, a little shampoo and olive oil will work just fine!
  4. This last tip is probably the most important. Never. pick. a. spot. This is one of the worst things you could do when you have active breakouts. Believe me, I know it’s hard not to pick at it but in the long run, it’ll cause more damage. Picking a spot can spread bacteria resulting in more breakouts, you can also cause permanent damage as you run the risk of scarring yourself, and in rare cases, picking at spots can cause infections! Scary stuff! So just try your best to ignore them and treat them with a solid skin care routine and a healthy diet and your skin will clear up in no time.


I hope you enjoyed today’s post as much I enjoyed writing it. Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions. Thank you so much for reading.

Sofia x

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