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.

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 the 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 supernatural 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 and 100% plant-based – a bioactive fuel for the 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.

100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream is a lightweight eye cream formulated to brighten dark circles and reduce puffiness.

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 Impeccable Skin SPF 30 is a matte-tinted SPF that covers spots and perfects the look of skin while using uncoated, non-nano zinc-oxide to protect from the sun’s rays.


Additional Treatments

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

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.

DeVita High-Performance Glycolic Acid Blend is a must have for acneic skin or complexions with occasional blemishes. Use of this blend of Glycolic and Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s) regularly at night leaves skin smooth and polished,  reducing redness and blemishes.

Le Prunier Plum Beauty Oil. Ideal for blemish prone skin, plum oil is 8x more powerful than Argan oil and 6x more powerful than Marula oil when it comes to protecting the skin from damaging free radicals.



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