A.M. to P.M. Skin Care Routine

Oh, hey hormonal acne-prone skin – nice to see you again! Not. I’m not sure if it’s stress or the recent change in weather, but my skin has been none too happy. Just when I think I have it under control, it likes to throw me for a loop! While that’s incredibly upsetting and frustrating, I knew that it was time to change a few products. So, what better time than now to share my A.M. to P.M. skin care routine. Switching just a few of my products has really helped my skin heal.

A.M. to P.M. Skin Care Routine
For reference, I would say that I have normal to combination skin. Also, this is in no way sponsored by La Roche Posay. I’m a huge fan of their products (sensitive skin girls, give ’em a try!).


The newest addition to the clan is La Roche Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser. In the short time that I’ve switched to this, it’s made ALL the difference. I originally was using a medicated cleanser both day and night, and I think it was over-drying my skin. Thus causing more problems than solutions. This cleanser is great for sensitive skin! It’s calming and hydrating. I even notice that my skin and acne isn’t nearly as red after washing my face with this product, and my skin feels pretty soft. Guess that hydration claim actually works!

After cleansing, I apply a lightweight eye cream. I’ve been enjoying the e.l.f. Illuminating Eye Cream. Is it doing much for my dark circles? No. But, it’s a nice formula that gets the job done. Plus, $10 for an eye cream is hardly anything to complain about. Then, I moisturize with Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture Sensitive Skin. This has been my go-to for years! It agrees with my skin and works great under makeup, so I see no reason to change what works.

A.M. skin care routine for sensitive, acne-prone skin


If I’m wearing makeup, I either use the Makeup Eraser or these makeup wipes.

I still use the La Roche Posay Effaclar Medicated Gel Cleanser followed up by the Effaclar Clarifying Solution. I like to use the medicated products only at night now since I feel like they’re actually doing their job to treat and heal any impurities that might’ve surfaced during the day. You can check out this post about these products if you want more details!

Following the toner, I apply an acne spot treatment if needed. Then, I apply another round of the same eye cream and onto moisturizer. While not technically a night cream, I use La Roche Posay Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer. Again, I’ve noticed such a difference in the feel and appearance of my skin since incorporating this product. It’s pretty thick and can leave behind a slight white residue if you don’t blend it in enough – hence why I don’t use it during the day – so I think it’s great for overnight. Leftover dry spots from acne have healed a lot quicker thanks to this moisturizer!

P.M. skin care routine for sensitive, acne-prone skin
I always thought that an A.M. to P.M. skin care routine had to consist of several different products both morning and night. I’m pleasantly surprised that changing just a couple things while the rest stays the same can make all the difference!

Do you have a different skin care routine from morning to night? What are your favorite brands/products?

You might also like my best skin ever and that time I didn’t wear makeup for two weeks.

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  1. 8.29.17

    This makes me think I need to step up my game! Thanks for sharing!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  2. 8.29.17
    Christina Sotherden said:

    I’m so glad you shared all this – I barely have a skincare routine and made it a goal for the fall to get some updated products and such!

  3. 8.29.17
    Julie said:

    I feel your pain! I’ve been battling acne on-and-off for what feels like forever. The two things that help me the most are Differin gel (a retinoid acne treatment that is finally available over-the-counter) and Allafia’s melon seed oil that I use at night as a moisturizer (it works anti-inflammatory wonders for me). Best of luck finding your perfect combo!

    • 8.29.17

      I have a tube of the Differin, too! I only use it once a week if I absolutely have to because it really dries out my skin. I’ll have to check out that oil!

  4. 8.29.17

    i don’t have a set routine really, i change it up all the time because i haven’t found the perfect products for me yet. i used to use a pimple treatment from la roche posay years and years ago and it worked wonders but was $$$. i want to try the eye cream from elf. like you, i know not to expect much for a $10 cream, but like, can’t i have a cream that actually does something for my eyes? oh what’s that you say, the whole world wants that and has for 50+ years and i need to get in line? boo.

    • 8.29.17

      Hahaha, you crack me up. I will say that the eye cream does a stellar job of hydrating my eye area! I don’t have crazy dark circles anyway, so I’m not too picky.

  5. 8.29.17

    I need to update my skincare routine now that the season is changing! I’ll have to try those products!

  6. 8.28.17
    Ashley said:

    How have I never tried any of the La Roche products?? They sounds great!

  7. 8.28.17

    love la roche, they make a matte moisturizer that is oil free – the best!

  8. 8.28.17

    I absolutely hate it when my skin decides to freak out! I’m glad that you’ve found something that is helping your skin to calm down!

    • 8.29.17

      Isn’t it the worst?! It puts me in such a bad mood, lol! These products have really helped to calm the irritation, slowly but surely!

  9. 8.28.17
    Debra Stachelski said:

    My skin has been on the rampage as well, not sure what that is about either! (I’m so much older and shouldn’t be hormonal!) I’ve been using the LaRoche Toleriane Purifying Foaming Cleanser and have really liked it, I like that their products are really targeted towards those of us with sensitive skin. I might have to try some of your other recommendations as well!

  10. 8.28.17

    These look like some amazing products! Great post!

  11. 8.28.17
    Biana Perez said:

    Girl I hit 30 and all of a sudden my chin area is just breaking out!! thanks for sharing your routine and I’ll be looking in la roche!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston