A Complete Skin Care Routine for Mild Adult Acne

Ah, skin care. The bane of my existence. You probably know by now that I’ve had problem skin since I was a teenager. I blame genetics, hormones and lack of self-care in my earlier youth. Now that just means I have to work extra hard on my skin care routine to keep things clean and clear (see what I did there? 😉 ). I’ve tried a lot of products in my day, so I’m excited to finally share a complete skin care routine for mild adult acne that appears to be doing the trick. My skin has never felt or looked better, so there’s hope yet!

A Complete Skin Care Routine for Mild Adult Acne

Cleansers & Toner

I’ve religiously used La Roche-Posay products for a few years now (see how their 3-step system saved my skin), specifically from the Effaclar line. I love these products because while they’re formulated for sensitive, acne-prone skin, they aren’t too harsh or drying. The soap-free gel cleanser is what I use in the morning, and the medicated cleanser is my go-to in the P.M. I also use the clarifying solution morning and night, sometimes even skipping my A.M. cleanser for just this if it’s a no-makeup day or I need a quick refresh before the gym. If I think that I’m over-doing it – sometimes I experience severe dryness around my mouth – I’ll drop back to using this once a day, usually at night after the medicated cleanser.

Creams & Moisturizer

After toning in the A.M., I always follow up with this Cetaphil eye cream. It’s so light, and my skin soaks it right up. I haven’t noticed any drastic improvement in under eye circles or anything, but my eye area is noticeably smoother and more hydrated. Then it’s time for moisturizer! I switched to a gel moisturizer from Clean & Clear a few months back – it’s the BEST. Gives my skin an instant boost of hydration, provides a bit of a cooling sensation (perfect for summer days!), and acts as the ultimate smoothing base for makeup.

One of the newer additions to my routine is a hydrating night cream. My skin has been on the drier side of things these days, so I like to try to add that moisture back in overnight. This cream from Cetaphil is really rich and creamy, but not so thick that I feel like Faye Dunaway circa Mommie Dearest with a heavy layer of product on before I go to sleep. I only use this a few times a week, however, as I noticed some really small bumps/breakouts along my jawline when using it everyday.

Mask & Other Treatments

The newest and most recent skin care product that I’ve started using is the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Clay Mask. I use this twice a week for only five minutes (per the instructions), and IT’S SO GOOD. My skin is noticeably smoother and more matte throughout the day after use. It also has helped to dry out and clear up some of my stubborn hormonal acne.

For lingering spots or *gasp* post-zit scabs (c’mon, we’re all human), I still swear by the Clean & Clear spot treatment. Been using it since high school, and it never fails me. Lastly, for an extra-strength treatment, I use Differin Gel once a week. At night, I apply it all over my face like I would a moisturizer and follow it up with the hydrating night cream. It’s helping to even out my skin tone and clear up old acne scarring.

Do you suffer from mild adult acne? What’s in your skin care routine?

Check out my former A.M. to P.M. skin care routine for more product suggestions!

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  1. 1.28.19

    i think it’s fantastic that you’ve found what works. i finally think i have found the perfect routine for me and i swear it’s like angels singing when you figure it out. what i’ve realised is that what works for me won’t work for you, and vice versa.. plus i will never listen to people who have ‘normal-ish’ skin ever again haha. i did used to use a la roche-posay spot treatment way back in the day (seriously i was like 19 maybe?) and it was amazing but SO expensive at home. i’ve tried about 75 different spot treatments in the last year and differin gel works for me, though i can only use it on spots. anywhere else and my skin basically flakes off lol no matter how much moisturiser i use.

    • 1.28.19

      My skin is the same with Differin, even on spots, so that’s why I only use it once a week. And of course, after I posted this my skin decided to freak out haha. Probably always going to be a struggle!

  2. 1.28.19
    Debra Stachelski said:

    I’m glad you have finally found a regimen that is working for your skin, I know it’s been a lot of trial and error for you! I love the La Roche line as well, and I’m going to check out that Cetaphil eye cream!

  3. 1.28.19

    I use that Clean and Clear gel moisturizer religiously and I love how it smells.

  4. 1.28.19
    The Adored Life said:

    I really like Cetaphil and sometimes it gets pooped on but I know it does so much good for so many people!

  5. 1.28.19
    Caroline said:

    I am going to have to check out that Cetaphil eye cream and the night cream. I have been using their cleanser for a few months now and I love it. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  6. 1.28.19

    Looks like a great routine! Thanks for sharing.