A few weeks ago I posted a blog post and video, How To Get Rid Of Acne Breakouts Fast (My Top 5 Remedies). In that video I talked about a very specific skincare routine for healing active acne, and I received quite a few questions. So, I thought now would be a perfect time to sit down and chat with you about your skincare routine for acne and answer all your questions.

I want to make sure everyone is very clear what products and ingredients you should and shouldn’t be using while you have acne, and what will help get your skin balanced, healthy, and clear again.

In today’s video I go over:

  • Why it’s so important to have a gentle skincare routine to clear up acne?
  • What is the most important product in your acne skincare routine?
  • What products you shouldn’t use when you have active acne?
  • Do you really need a moisturizer when you have acne?
  • What skincare ingredients you need to stay away from?
  • Do you need a toner, mist, or other treatment products in your acne skincare routine?
  • Could too many products or ingredients be messing up your skin?
  • Is natural/organic products better for acne than mainstream skincare?
  • Are my skincare guidelines different if you are using natural/organic skincare?
  • What kind of sunscreen should you use when you have acne?
  • What about anti-aging when you have acne?
  • What about getting rid of acne scars when you have active acne?

And just a reminder of what I said in the beginning of the video – if  you really want to clear up breakouts and acne for good (and get the best and fastest results), you’ve got to work on everything. That means, improving your diet, lifestyle, and skincare routine. All these things works hand-in-hand. To get started, I recommend taking my FREE Acne Solutions 5-Day Email Course which will walk you through a bunch of effective diet and lifestyle steps to start clearing up your skin now. You can sign-up here.

Skincare routine for acne. Try a minimal and gentle skincare routine, washing your face with honey or oil cleansing.

Other blog posts and videos you should checkout:

Skincare Ingredients To Avoid When You Have Acne

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
  • Drying/Irritating Alcohols (denatured alcohol, ethanol, alcohol denat, ethyl alcohol, methanol, benzyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, SD alcohol)
  • Synthetic fragrance
  • Dyes
  • Mineral Oil
  • Chemical Sunscreen Filters (oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, octinoxate)

Skincare Ingredients That Could Cause Sensitivity Or Breakouts

  • Coconut Oil
  • Waxes (beeswax, petrolum based waxes, etc.)
  • Butters (shea butter, cacao butter, etc.)
  • Essential Oils
  • Silicones (methicone, phenyl trimethicone, dimethicone, cyclomethicone, dimethiconol, dimethicone copolyol)
  • Lanolin

Recommended Products For Active Acne:



Plain Oil:

Oil Blend:

Gentle Gel Cleanser:

  • DRUNK ELEPHANT Beste No.9 Jelly Cleanser (if honey or oil cleansing doesn’t work for your skin and you prefer a gel cleanser, this is a gentle one and very good at removing all makeup and sunscreen)

Wash Cloths For Oil Cleansing:


Plain Oil:

Oil Blend:



Aim to get a mineral sunscreen that has 10% – 20% Zinc Oxide (non-nano), and SPF 30 or higher.



I strongly recommend taking a break from makeup while you are clearing up breakouts and acne, but, I know that isn’t possible for everyone. If you must wear makeup, here’s a few recommendations:

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