What’s the Ideal Skincare Routine for Acne-Prone Skin?



Although the wide variety of products and ingredients out there can feel overwhelming at first, a take-charge acne routine doesn’t need to be complicated. When it comes to acne blemishes, knowledge is power and consistency is key when trying to keep acne under control. If you have acne-prone skin and are trying to get ahead of your breakouts, there are a few basic steps we recommend to help make a noticeable difference.

First and foremost, this includes a proactive acne treatment routine that helps keep breakouts under control without overdrying the skin. We recommend choosing a hydrating acne face wash, an oil-free skin moisturizer, and daily sun protection. A simplified acne routine is all about knowing the ground rules, such as which ingredients are known to minimize the occurrence of whiteheads and blackheads, and what order they should be applied in. Keep reading to find out what they are in our straightforward 3-step acne routine.

CeraVe’s Simple 3-Step Skincare Routine for Acne

Below, we’re explaining CeraVe’s simple 3-step skincare regimen to take control of acne blemishes, using our gentle, yet effective products developed with dermatologists.

Step 1. Cleanse With CeraVe Acne Control Cleanser (A.M. & P.M.)

CeraVe recommends an effective acne cleanser as the first step in your anti-acne skincare regimen—and choosing one that is formulated to help unclog pores and maintain your skin’s natural moisture barrier is key. CeraVe Acne Control Cleanser is a refreshing salicylic acid-formulated acne face wash that effectively removes dirt and excess oil, gently exfoliates, and penetrates pores to help eliminate most blackheads, whiteheads, and acne blemishes.

It’s formulated to help clear up acne blemishes, reduce the number of blackheads, and allow skin to heal—with 2% salicylic acid, three essential ceramides, hectorite clay to help absorb excess oil, and niacinamide to help calm the skin. It even features Oil-Absorbing Technology to help minimize visible shine. Use this gel-to-foam acne face wash in the morning and evening by working a dime-size amount into a lather and massaging gently onto wet skin.

Step 2. Treat With CeraVe Acne Control Gel (P.M.)

A gentle, non-drying acne treatment is another essential product for anyone looking to minimize breakouts and maintain clear, healthy-looking skin. CeraVe Acne Control Gel is a hydrating daily acne treatment with 2% salicylic acid that helps clear acne and helps prevent new acne pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads from forming. It offers gentle exfoliation with AHAs and BHAs, along with calming niacinamide and barrier-strengthening ceramides.

Recommended for evening use, CeraVe Acne Control Gel provides the perfect option for a lightweight, full-face acne treatment that is formulated to be oil-free, free of drying alcohol, and gentle on the skin.

Step 3. Moisturize With CeraVe AM or PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion (A.M. & P.M.)

Although it’s a common skincare myth that people with oily or breakout-prone skin don’t need to apply moisturizer, the reality is that all skin types can benefit from proper hydration. That’s why applying an oil-free, non-comedogenic moisturizer that’s specifically formulated for either daytime or nighttime is the final essential step in this simple routine. Choose a daytime moisturizer and nighttime moisturizer that are formulated with beneficial ingredients, like soothing niacinamide, hydrating hyaluronic acid, and three essential ceramides to help restore and maintain your skin’s natural barrier.


For daytime, apply CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion, which is also formulated using InVisibleZinc™ Technology and broad-spectrum sunscreen to help protect your skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays. Sun protection is especially important for blemish-prone skin, due to the symptoms commonly associated with breakouts, post-blemish marks, and discoloration. Many skincare formulas used to treat breakouts can also cause the skin to be more sensitive and vulnerable to the sun’s rays, which makes proper sun protection key.


In the evening, switch to the PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion—a soothing, ultra-lightweight night cream formulated to deliver hydrating and soothing benefits while you sleep. Created with dermatologists, this moisturizer uses patented MVE Delivery Technology to provide a steady stream of much-needed moisture throughout the night. Apply this moisturizer at nighttime by smoothing a liberal amount onto your face and neck.

If you experience any new symptoms or ongoing acne flare-ups after a few weeks of starting an acne skincare routine, it’s generally best to seek the advice of a dermatologist to see what your best possible treatment options may be.

To learn more about controlling acne and restoring a clear complexion, read our practical skin tips to help prevent breakouts.

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