Below is my list of the best natural skincare products I recommend for acne-prone skin. Acne-prone skin can be oily, dry, combination, normal or anything in between, so make sure to read the specific guidelines for each product – how to use it, and which skin type it is best suited for.
All of those products are non-comedogenic, won’t cause acne or breakouts, and are all-natural and non-toxic. These are the products I know work and 100% stand behind.
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Acne-safe & non-comedogenic mineral makeup
OILS FOR OIL CLEANSING – ALL SUITABLE FOR ACNE-PRONE SKIN
Hempseed oil – very rich in linoleic acid, it balances the sebum production, reduces excessive oiliness, and prevents clogged pores and comedones. This is my top recommendation for oily acne-prone skin. Best kept in the fridge, as well as many other sensitive oils.
Sunflower seed oil – this oil is silky smooth and deeply nourishing for the skin. Being very rich in vitamin E, it will soften your skin and treat dryness and flakiness. Great for dry acne-prone skin.
Jojoba oil – very beneficial for all skin types (especially those on the dry side), and great with the oil cleansing method. It sinks deep into your skin and gently cleanses it. Being a natural emollient, it leaves the skin smooth and soft. Use it ONLY when your skin is already used to oils, as it might cause purging in some cases.
Pumpkin seed oil – very nourishing to the skin and rich in zinc (great for acne!). A wonderful choice for acne-prone skin that is a bit dryish, but also needs some linoleic acid for treating acne and breakouts.
Rosehip seed oil – this is a great oil for fading hyperpigmentation due to the natural high concentration of vitamin A. Best for normal to combination skin and not to be used on red, and very inflamed acne as it might irritate your skin.
Grapeseed oil – this oil was my first love when oils just started to heal my acne. It is very light, absorbs quickly and does not leave a greasy residue. I recommend it to those with very reactive and sensitive skin dried out by conventional acne treatments.
CLEANSERS FOR ACNE-PRONE SKIN
Raw Honey – raw honey is one of the best cleansers for acne-prone skin because it is very gentle, has antibacterial properties and antioxidants that can protect your skin and reduce the skin irritation and inflammation. It is especially calming for your skin if you have red, painful or severe acne. You can also incorporate rose water into your routine when needed.
Hemp Touch Purifying Face Cleanser – while I generally don’t advocate regular cleansers, this is a very gentle cleanser I can recommend for those of you who like to use a foaming cleanser. You can use it as a gentle alternative to the regular cleansers if you are not up to oil cleansing. It is formulated with soothing organic hemp seed oil, which is an incredible ingredient for acne-prone skin.
SOFT MICROFIBER CLOTHS FOR OIL CLEANSING
Makeup Eraser – this thing works so well for removing makeup! I use it either just with water or, more often, with my double oil cleanse (oil cleansing 2-x in a row). Check out my Simple Oil Cleansing Routine.
MOISTURIZERS FOR ACNE-PRONE SKIN
Hemptouch Nurturing Face Cream – this moisturizer is perfect for somewhat dull, dehydrated or flaky skin that needs extra moisture, but is acne-prone. It provides a lasting moisture and nourishment without being too heavy or clogging the pores. All Hemptouch products are rich in hemp cannabinoid CBD, which is unique in its ability to restore the balance of hypersensitive skin due to the perfect concentrations of omegas 3, 6 & 9 and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Organic hemp oil accelerates the skin cell regeneration and strengthens the skin’s natural barrier function.
Hemptouch Ointment for Irritated Skin – I seriously cannot survive winter without this miracle. It is a balm-like, heavy duty moisturizer that wonderfully protects and nourishes the skin, but is not heavy or comedogenic. Originally formulated for eczema-prone skin, I also highly recommend this product if your skin is dry and flaky, or very sensitive, needing extra moisture and protection. Makes the skin super soft and smooth! See how I use it for my Winter Skincare Routine.
SERUMS FOR ACNE-PRONE SKIN
Vitamin C+E+Ferulic Acid Serum by Marie Veronique – I love to use the combination of vitamin C, vitamin E, and ferulic acid, as this is a very powerful combination of antioxidants. Antioxidants are exactly what fights the oxidative damage, which basically means an injury on a molecular scale to your cells and molecules in your skin. This leads to early aging but also whiteheads, blackheads, and acne. Vitamin C and E work much better together as antioxidants than each of them alone. Ferulic acid is another great antioxidant, creating a powerful trio with the vitamins C and E.
Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum – if you are just looking for a little antioxidant boost, and your primary concern is to lighten up red acne scars, vitamin C is your best friend. I highly recommend this one by Mad Hippie, formulated with ferulic acid, and the moisture-boosting hyaluronic acid and aloe vera.
Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum – this serum is great if you have closed comedones (bumpy skin), especially those stubborn ones on the chin area. The retinol in this formulation gently unclogs the pores, minimizing the changes of future comedones. Don’t be confused with the coconut oil in the formulation, it should not be comedogenic when it is rather low on the ingredient list (meaning there is not much of it). Plus, there is the high-linoleic acid safflower oil to ensure your pores are clear. Use it instead of your exfoliant 1-2x per week in the evening. Don’t layer too many different serums, as this may be irritating to the skin. I prefer to use either this one, or one with vitamin C (when I am using them at all), never together.
MASKS FOR ACNE-PRONE SKIN
Clay is one of the best natural ways to cleanse and purify the skin. It is particularly beneficial for balancing oily and combination skin, as well as eliminating blackheads and congested pores. I love getting clay powder, and then mix it in with water, or with other ingredients for a nice DIY mask.
My personal favorite is French green clay, which is rich in trace minerals such as calcium, aluminum, magnesium, silica, phosphorous, copper, and zinc.
Bentonite Clay – oily, combination, normal skin types
French Green Clay – oily, combination skin types
French Pink Clay – sensitive, dry, combination or normal skin types
White Kaoline Clay – sensitive, dry skin types
100% Pure Green Tea Water Bomb Mask – this mask is great if you need more hydration, rather than a purifying mask. Aloe vera and hyaluronic acid deeply hydrate, while green tea acts anti-inflammatory.
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