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Best Skincare Routine For Acne Breakouts


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

I truly believe having a mild, gentle, and minimal skincare routine helps support your skin to balance out, and get 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 should avoid 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. It’s not only about products you are using, but also eating healthy, reducing stress, getting good sleep, etc.

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:

Recommended skincare ingredients to avoid while you have active acne

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
  • Drying Alcohols (denatured alcohol, ethanol, alcohol denat, ethyl alcohol, methanol, benzyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, SD alcohol)
  • Synthetic fragrance or perfume
  • Chemical sunscreen filters (oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, octinoxate)

Skincare ingredients that can cause sensitivity or breakouts

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

Recommended products for acne prone skin



  • Smooth Honey or Manuka Honey
  • Living Libations Frankincense Honey Mask (this is a smooth honey mixed with clarifying essential oils – it’s a mask, but you can use it as daily cleanser to purify skin and help fade acne marks).

Plain Oil:

  • Jojoba Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Hemp Seed Oil (only good for oily skin, must store in fridge)

Oil Blend:

Wash Cloths For Oil Cleansing:

Mild Gel Cleansers:

If honey or oil cleansing doesn’t work for your skin and you prefer a gel or rinse off cleanser, these cleansers are gentle and very good at cleansing skin and removing makeup and sunscreen.


Moisturizing Oil Blend:



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


About the Author
Hi, I’m Natasha St. Michael, Founder of Inspire Beauty. I’m also a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Natural Health Educator accredited by the Institute For Integrative Nutrition. I’m obsessed with skin care and self-care. I’m 47 years old, struggled with adult acne until I was 30, and now I’m all about preserving the youthfulness of my skin (and sharing all my tips and tricks). If you have a question about a product or need a recommendation, feel free to contact me anytime.


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8 Responses

  1. Hi Natasha, i just want to take time to appreciate you for all the good skin care advise you always post. it has transformed and changed my skin. Thanks a million!!!!.

    1. That’s so AWESOME! I’m so happy to hear that my blog posts have helped you, super fabulous! (And thank you for taking the time to let me know, I really appreciate it!).

  2. Hi, I am 14 and this has helped me a lot, I am going to make changes to my skincare routine. I think I had combination dry skin but now my face has become more dry. What do you think I should use for cleaning my face and moisturizing? Are the oils you mentioned for moisturizing the ones that you like? Could I use different ones if I wanted? Thanks!

  3. Hello Natasha, your posts are really helpful, thank you for sharing your tips. Would like to ask, do you splash cold water after removing honey? or warm water is enough/ advisable. Hope you’ll reply.

    1. Thank you for replying. I really appreciate it. More power to you and your site.

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