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Skin Tolerant of Most Acne Products

By Cynthia Bailey MD.

Facial acne treatment for skin tolerant to acne products includes the best ingredient options! Clear your acne when you know which ingredients to select and how to use them correctly. Learn how to support your healing with the right moisturizers too. You can treat acne successfully without a need for prescriptions when you know which products work the best. 

For skin tolerant of most acne products there are many powerful options to heal your acne.

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Facial acne can be annoying and even affect your confidence. With proper treatment, you can reduce your acne and be on your way to a clearer complexion.

If you are dealing with facial acne, chances are it is facial acne vulgaris, the most common type of acne seen as pimples, cysts, and blackheads. This acne often first appears in your classic T-zone, but eventually spreads to involve your entire face. How you treat your acne breakouts will vary based on how tolerant your skin is to acne products.

Dermatologist's skin care products and routine to clear acne fast

Below is my simple, four-step acne treatment for facial skin that is tolerant of most acne treatment products. Follow these 4 steps to keep your skin healthy and able to resist dryness while you treat your acne. I call this Complete Skin Care.

Dr. Bailey's Complete Skin Care Routine to Treat Acne

Treatment includes these 4 steps:


These 4 steps are usually done in this order. Follow this program and banish your facial acne!


Best Cleanser for Acne

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Use my Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser twice a day to thoroughly clean your face. This medicated cleanser also starts to correct your acne problem because it combines 2% glycolic acid with 2% salicylic acid. It works well for oily skin, but won't over dry normal skin. The wash gently lifts oil and unclogs pores to prevent and treat your pimples.

Increase the effectiveness of the cleanser by using either a Facial Exfoliating Sponge or a Clarisonic Sonic Skin Cleansing Brush System.


Best Products to Treat Acne

Best products to treat acne

Next, kill the acne causing bacteria called C. acnes and treat blackheads by using my Salicylic and Glycolic Acid Acne Treatment Pads and Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream 2.5%. These products are medicated with the best ingredients to treat acne. 

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Save money and make ordering easier with my Ultimate Acne Solutions Skin Care Kit, which contains the foaming cleanser, treatment pads, and acne cream from the first two steps. Start your treatment with my regular strength kit. If your skin tolerates this strong treatment combination, you can advance to the extra-strength kit, if needed.


Best Skin Moisturizing Creams for Acne to Prevent Dry Skin  

Best moisturizers for acne

Everyone needs to prevent skin dryness. Even oily complexions can become dry and dehydrated, especially when using acne treatment products. That's because the best ingredients that treat acne can be slightly irritating. This leads to weakened skin barrier, loss of skin water, and skin dryness - no matter how oily your skin is! 

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I recommend that everyone top their medicated acne treatment products with a good oil free moisturizer. My top choice is my Daily Moisturizing Face Cream for Oily to Normal Skin. This ultra light feeling moisturizer protects from dryness with an advanced formula made with aloe vera, glycerin, squalane, vitamins, antioxidants and more. 


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If skin redness from acne is a problem you may want to consider using Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy to help fight inflammation and replenish skin antioxidant reserve. Green tea antioxidants have also been shown to help decrease skin oil production and reduce acne. I highly recommend adding Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy to your acne skin care routine. This product provides some very light hydration too. Apply it under the Daily Face Cream where redness is a problem. Made with the equivalent green tea antioxidants as found in 500 cups of brewed tea this pharmaceutical grade product is the best antioxidant in my opinion.  


 Step Four: PROTECT

Best Sunscreens for Acne to Prevent Hyperpigmentation and Skin Aging

best sunscreens for acne
Finally, be sure to use daily sun protection to prevent hyperpigmentation of acne scars and to improve your overall anti-aging facial skin health. I recommend only mineral zinc oxide sunscreens. My Sheer Strength Sunscreens are all oil free, will not clog pores, are non-irritating, give your skin broad spectrum SPF 50+ UV protection with invisible zinc oxide, and feel ultra-light on your skin. Chose from Sheer Strength Pure Physical Spray Sunscreen (it also rubs in well to facial hair), Sheer Strength Pure Physical Invisible Creme Sunscreen or Sheer Strength Pure Physical Tinted Matte Sunscreen with iron oxide to block visible light that can also cause hyperpigmentation problems. All my Sheer Strength Pure Physical Sunscreens give you the highest level of sunscreen technology available today. The Matte Tinted Sunscreen uses tinting technology that blends in well with all skin tones and helps to cover complexion flaws such as pimples or acne scars.



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Suzana Saric, Manisha Notay, and Raja K. Sivamani, Green Tea and Other Tea Polyphenols: Effects on Sebum Production and Acne Vulgaris, Antioxidants, (Basel). 2017 March; 6(1): 2.Published online 2016 December 29. doi: 10.3390/antiox6010002 PMCID: PMC5384166