How To: Treat Acneic Skin From Home


In all honesty, living with acneic skin can be downright agonizing. Read on for our step-by-step regimen and break up with your breakouts.

First Cleanse:

Start with Dermalogica's Precleanse. Although it might seem a little strange to use an oil based cleanser, just remember that oil attracts oil, meaning this cleanser really grabs on to and draws out unwanted oils and debris.

Dispense into dry hands. Massage over dry face and eyes to dissolve surface oil and dirt. Concentrate on areas of congestion or stubborn debris. Then, wet hands and continue massaging to create a light, milky emulsion. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Second Cleanse:

For a deep cleansing, yet balancing face wash, Dermalogica's Breakout Clearing Wash is an industry fave and a perfect second cleanse choice. Potent ingredients like salicylic acid and tea tree rid the skin of debris and excess oil, while lavenderand Camellia Sinensis calm inflammation. Lather a small amount in damp hands and apply. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.


Apply Dermalogica's Multi-Active Toner for a light facial toner to hydrate, refresh, and prep the skin to absorb moisturizer.

Acneic skin often means inflamed skin, so if you prefer a more soothing toner, opt for Dermalogica's Ultracalming Mist to relieve and restore skin while fighting future flare-ups.

Spot Treat:

Apply Dermalogica's Clear Start Breakout Clearing Booster directly to a blemish or breakout area, or apply a thin layer all over the face under moisturizer for breakout prevention. Only use as needed. It's easy to get carried away with unwanted breakouts, however using too much of an acne product, or using it too often can dehydrate your skin, which will cause your body to produce excess oil in that area—the last thing you want when looking to clear up a breakout.


Having acneic skin often means an excess of oil in the skin, making moisturizers one of the most confusing products for this skin type. Dermalogica's Clear Start Hydrating lotion is lightweight, but hydrating because it contains hyaluronic acid—making it a perfectly balanced moisturizer for acneic skin.

A few pro tips to avoid breakouts:

  • Make sure your cell phone and pillowcase are clean at all times. (This may sound obvious, but let's face it—cleaning these items tends to get overlooked. Sweat, oil, and debris left on these surfaces are serious triggers for breakouts.)
  • Look into if dairy or sugar are causing breakouts. There is a scientific link between dairy and sugar contributing to acne.
  • For a clearing boost, use your favorite clearing mask once a week.
  • Don't be too hard on yourself. It's ok to have acne, and advancements in professional-grade products are making it easier and easier to keep breakouts at bay. 

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Posted by Sasha Booker



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