Master a flawless skincare routine for acne-prone skin
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Master a flawless skincare routine for acne-prone skin.

What's best for acne-prone skin? Consistency. When you are consistent with your skincare routine, you are giving your skin the same helpful ingredients and treatments every day. Nourish your skin with the nourishing care it deserves daily to help reduce and prevent breakouts.

Bring on your best, brightest skin with our Acne Solutions collection skincare routine, a multi-prong approach to treating breakouts.

Deep cleaning down to the pores

Acne-prone skin needs special care to keep pores clean. Clinique's gentle medicated cleanser has 1.5% salicylic acid to help clear away pore-clogging dead skin cells and oil buildup. With a combination of ingredients, including laminaria saccharina extract, Acne Solutions Cleansing Gel removes dirt and excess oil from the face and neck that can clog pores and lead to blackheads and acne, but it won't dry out your skin in the process.

But acne isn't only about oil, explains Dr. Jenny Liu, a board-certified dermatologist. “We tend to think that acne-prone skin is more associated with oily skin or sebum production, which is often the case, but not always. There can definitely be dry-skin individuals who also have acne." Acne Solutions Cleansing Gel is all skin types, even dry skin.

Exfoliate for healthy cell turnover

After cleansing, Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion is your next step in an acne skincare routine that will help clear acne and give you noticeably clearer skin. This lightweight liquid exfoliator further unclogs pores while reducing any excess oil. Dead skin cells are delicately sloughed away, pores become less noticeable, and oil-absorbing powders in the lotion help mattify your skin's texture. Your skin will look polished and feel velvety smooth.

Moisturize to minimize dryness and peeling

While excess oil isn't ideal, keeping your skin well-hydrated is essential; it helps maintain elasticity, prevent dryness and irritation, and supports a healthy skin barrier, ultimately promoting overall skin health. Acne Solutions All-Over Clearing Treatment, the third step in your skincare routine for acne, creates a lightweight, non-greasy barrier against acne-causing agents in the environment, protecting your skin from future breakouts.

The best part? Acne-fighting benzoyl peroxide treats your skin while keeping it soft and supple. “Because benzoyl peroxide is a hydroxy acid, it can also help reduce post-acne marks' appearance," explains Dr. Liu. Your future skin will thank you.

Treat acne on the spot

Even the cleanest skin is still susceptible to breakouts. Treat your acne both proactively and as new pimples pop up with Acne Solutions Clearing Gel. The salicylic acid in this lightweight, non-sticky gel further exfoliates, unclogging pores and reducing inflammation, leading to clearer, smoother skin. Use as a spot treatment as necessary or all over your face after cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing. The gel dries quickly, tightens pores, and balances skin while calming down those uninvited acne flare-ups.

If you still need a little help before your breakout clears completely, try a dab of skin-matching concealer over the spot as a final step (our favorite: Even Better All-Over Concealer + Eraser).A bold red lip can also distract from acne blemishes while making your smile pop.

Make it your mission to treat your skin like it's special—because it is.