Skincare Adviser: Acne-Prone Skin

Part of our Skincare Adviser series, this page focuses on finding the best skin care products for acne-prone skin. Visit the main adviser page for other skin types.


Spot the Signs: Acne-prone skin can tend toward the oily side, but is often a combination of all skin types. Sometimes referred to as combination skin, acne-prone can also be dry, sensitive or mature. The obvious factor of acne-prone skin is raised lesions appearing on or under the complexion often or on a regular basis.

How to Care for Acne-Prone Skin: Though spots can be painful and irritating, it is important to be gentle with skin. Try not to pick or squeeze spots and let them heal on their own. A natural spot treatment and a selection of natural and organic products formulated with spot-treating remedies will help. Be sure to pay close attention to your diet and any external factors that may trigger spots to appear.



Keeping acne-prone skin clean is very important, but try not to go overboard. Too often or too harshly cleansing can have the opposite effect and create more spots. Look for natural products created with ingredients that are known zit-zappers.

Tammy Fender Purifying Cleansing Gel contains purifying herb infusions, oxygenating spearmint, and phytonutrient-rich alfalfa. This gel cleanser gently washes away impurities, while detoxifying and balancing skin.

Apoterra Skincare Activated Charcoal + Dead Sea Salt Complexion Soap is perfect for acne-prone skin and gently removes impurities with tea tree, neem oil, and activated charcoal. Nutrients in Dead Sea salt promote a healthy skin barrier.

One Love Organics Vitamin B Active Moisture Cleansing Oil and Makeup Remover uses papain, a fruit enzyme to soften and exfoliate. High in Vitamin B, this cleansing oil detoxifies skin, removing impurities and hydrating and balancing at the same time.



Not quite the stinging astringents of yesteryear, natural toners are more about adding beneficial ingredients than stripping skin. Try one with natural ingredients for healing acne and spots.

Pai  Rice Plant & Rosemary BioAffinity Toner calms, tones and balances combination skin. Ingredients such as rosemary and rice plant help to cleanse and purify.

S.W. Basics Toner is an essential step in a nighttime routine. It evens skin tone and neutralizes pH, so skin wakes up fresh and balanced.



Choosing a non-greasy, hydrating formula that will combat breakouts and reduce redness without drying skin is the key.

Pai Geranium & Thistle Combination Skin Cream contains high levels of Essential Fatty Acids in organic Thistle and Borage oil help to calm unsettled skin and even out skin tone. Perfect for wearing under makeup.

Tata Harper Clarifying Moisturizer is specially formulated for blemish-prone and oily skin. It helps clarify and balance the complexion, and also soothes and tones skin.

Graydon The Putty is ideal for skin experiencing redness, spots, and irritation as it is made with a complex selection of healing oils including jojoba, hemp, calendula and sea buckthorn among others.


Oil + Serum

Though you can’t fight fire with fire, you can counteract breakouts and spots with a super natural beneficial skin oil or serum.

Pai Perfect Balance Blemish Serum is a potent serum containing Copaiba and Zinc. Copaiba has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that targets persistent blemishes. Zinc regulates oil production to reduce shine, blackheads and congestion.

Vered Organic Botanicals Therapeutic Balancing Face Oil contains an antibacterial blend that heals inflammatory skin while balancing sebum production.

Graydon The Serum is made with Canadian-sourced berry seed oils which contain some of the highest levels of antioxidants, combating spots naturally with natural pimple fighter raspberry seed oil.

YÜLI Skincare M.E. Skin Fuel is a precisely blended nutrient cocktail for skin loaded with vitamins, antioxidants, lipids, minerals, and phytonutrients suitable for blemish-prone skin. It's light, silky and100% plant-based – a bioactive fuel for skin to optimize its condition.


Exfoliating + Masks

Exfoliating is a way to keep skin healthy and happy. Choose a mask that will get to the root of problem skin and that gently but effectively detoxes and clears.

May Lindstrom Skin The Problem Solver is an intense treatment mask that effectively detoxes and purifies while fighting and healing blemishes. It contains a small amount of cayenne pepper along with cinnamon, clove and turmeric for a jump-start for circulation.

Apoterra Skincare Activated Purifying Mask with Charcoal + Flowers is handcrafted with a blend of clays, activated charcoal and organic flowers to decongest the pores, clarify the complexion, and nourish the skin.


Eye + Lip Care

When dealing with acne-prone skin, be sure to always reach for products with clear skin in mind. An eye cream that depuffs, moisturizes and fights acne is a good choice.

Tammy Fender Awakening Eye Gel contains Elder Flower and Green Myrtle to soothe, cool and quench tired eyes. This anti-inflammatory formula promotes a clear complexion.

Henné Organics Rose Diamonds Lip Exfoliator Around the lips can be a target area for spots, so keep the area clear and revitalized with this luxe rose sugar scrub.  



Suntegrity Broad Spectrum Face Sunscreen is a multitasking SPF that is a face moisturizer, sunscreen and make-up primer in one. The non-greasy formula contains uncoated, non-nano zinc-oxide to protect the skin while providing anti-inflammatory properties that helps with problem skin and acne.


Additional Treatments

Additional acne-fighting treatments can make or break that spot that’s rearing it’s head, or help heal skin from scars. One must have for acne-prone skin is a natural treatment to zap pimples as they appear.

Osmia Organics Spot Treatment gets rave reviews from natural beauty lovers because of it’s effectiveness. A powerful blend of essential oils combat bacteria and fight spots. A must have for acneic skin or complexions with occasional blemishes.

Living Libations Zippity DewDab is a pure essential oil blend for spots. Pure, undiluted essential oils “zaps zits in a zip!” A go-to for days when a spot pops up.

YÜLI Skincare Cell Perfecto PM is an intensive, concentrated spot treatment that contains one of the most active formulations to dramatically reduce skin damage: healing acne scars while you sleep.



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