Different Anti-Acne Skin Care Routines You Can Try, Based On The Number Of Steps

From a simple three-step routine to super extra K-beauty!
By the Beauty Beat Team

With all the skin care trends and ingredients coming out, it may seem almost impossible to figure out which routine or products will work for your skin. It can be even more challenging for girls with acne-prone or oily skin since it feels like one wrong product or step can lead to the worst breakout of your life. There may be no one-size-fits-all routine that will work for everyone, but here are some anti-acne routines you can try that might just be what your skin is looking for:

The 3-Step Routine

If you opt for a minimalist, fuss-free routine, it's important to choose hardworking products with active ingredients like AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) or BHAs (beta hydroxy acids) and vitamins. Just make sure to check if these ingredients work well together and to slowly introduce these products into your routine to avoid any adverse effects.

1. Cleanser: Skin Doctors PH Balancing Cleanser

Skin Doctors pH Balancing Cleanser (100ml), P1,499

One way to help get rid of blemishes is to make sure your skin is free of dirt, excess oil, and perspiration. This facial cleansing gel does that and more—it contains lactic acid (a gentle AHA) combined with avocado extracts to effectively exfoliate the skin, soften skin's texture, and stimulates natural skin cell regeneration.

2. Toner: The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution, P649

This toning solution contains glycolic acid and offers mild exfoliation for improved skin radiance and visible clarity. It also improves the appearance of skin texture with continued use. A word of caution, though: Since AHAs in general can make skin more sensitive to the sun, it is best used at night and skipped during the day.

3. Spot Treatment: The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution - 30ml, P599

For pimples that won't go away (or if you don't want to wait for your acne run its course), use a salicylic acid solution like this one from The Ordinary. This 2% treatment solution helps exfoliate and decongest your pores to fight the appearance of blemishes and minimize breakouts.

The 5-Step Routine

If you have more time (and energy!) to maintain a more comprehensive skin care regimen, consider adding an anti-acne mask and moisturizer to your routine. The mask will serve as another pimple-fighting treatment, while a moisturizer will keep your skin fresh and hydrated—and less susceptible to breakouts!

1. Cleansers: Glossier Milky Oil Revox Velvet Cleansing Gel FaceGlossier Milky Oil, P999
Revox Velvet Cleansing Gel Face, P269

Whether or not you use makeup on a daily basis, your skin will benefit from double-cleansing, a.k.a. removing makeup, bacteria, and oil before actually washing your face. The key here is to make sure to use products that won't dry out your skin. For the first step, melt away all the nasties with an oil-based cleaser like the Glossier Milky Oil, and then wash your face with a water-based cleanser like the Revox Velvet Cleansing Gel Face.

2. Face Mask: Soo'Ae Black Charcoal Peel Off Mask-Tube

Soo'Ae Black Charcoal Peel Off Mask-Tube, P699

Applying an anti-acne mask on bad skin days will help heal your current pimples while preventing future breakouts. Detoxify with this convenient peel-off mask powered by black charcoal extract, which effectively draws out impurities and unclogs pores. It can easily be used on smaller parts of the face, like the T-zone, for sebum control.

3. Toner: Deoproce Premium Green Tea Total Solution Toner

Deoproce Premium Green Tea Total Solution Toner, P890

Bring oil-moisture balance to acne-prone skin with a toner like this green tea solution from Deoproce. The ultra light, watery formula sinks into your skin easily, leaving skin soft and smooth—without any tight feeling. Its green tree extracts provide a powerful antioxidant effect, moisturizing skin, improving skin tone, and reducing inflammation.

4. Moisturizer: Skin Doctors Supermoist Face

Skin Doctors Supermoist Face, P2,499

Apart from keeping the skin fresh and supple, this 24-hour moisturizer is clinically proven to raise your skin’s moisture levels by an astounding 450% in just 30 minutes, and then form an invisible barrier that locks in and maintains up to 200% more moisture for 24 hours.

5. Spot Treatment: The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution

You can use this in the a.m. and p.m. Apply a small dot on spots or a small amount all over skin  on problem spots 

Korean Skin Care Routine

With the rise of K-beauty a few years back came a slew of “weird” ingredients” that eventually became really popular ingredients in ski ncare today. Apart from the additives, one thing that sets Korean skin care apart from Western skin care is how it’s highly customized and intensive: Each routine is tailored to one’s skin type, and goes beyond the products with facial massages and exercises.

1. Cleanser: Deoproce Natural Perfect Solution Cleansing Foam Gold Edition Special Care

Deoproce Natural Perfect Solution Cleansing Foam Gold Edition Special Care, P670

Level up your cleansing routine with this premium Korean facial wash that's designed to deep-clean your pores and restore skin’s natural health. It's formulated with eight active extracts to improve skin elasticity, brighten, moisturize, smoothen, and protect. On makeup days, you can also start with a cleansing balm or oil, like the Glossier Milky Oil for a thorough double-cleanse.

2. Toner: Deoproce Premium Green Tea Total Solution Toner

The green tea extracts in this gentle K-beauty toner helps soothe skin while keeping dryness ad irritation at bay. 

3. Serum or Ampoule: Deoproce Snail Recovery Brightening Ampoule

Deoproce Snail Recovery Brightening Ampoule, P1,290

This skin saver contains a high concentration of snail mucus extracts to hasten skin repair while also boosting skin health with nourishing ingredients. It also improves collagen and elastin formation, allowing you to ward off the early signs of aging.

4. Sheet Mask: Soo'Ae Nature Collagen Essence Mask Tea Tree

Soo'Ae Nature Collagen Essence Mask Tea Tree, P119

A Korean skin care routine won't be complete without a sheet mask! Try one that goes beyond acne care like this tea tree- and witch hazel-infused mask from Soo'ae. Apart from preventing breakouts by controlling sebum and reducing inflammations, it also hydrates your complexion and boosts skin repair.

5. Moisturizer: Soo'Ae Soy Bomb Water Gel

Soo'Ae Soy Bomb Water Gel, P849

Perfect for all skin types, this lightweight gel moisturizer drenches skin with nourishing hydration without weighing it down or making it feel greasy or sticky. It's formulated with Soybean, Milk and Rosemary extracts to soothe and pamper skin for a comfortable finish.

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This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by Beauty Beat editors.