If you have a blemish-prone skin type, you’ll know just how frustrating it can be to keep on top of breakouts. From an over-production of sebum to blackheads and shine, it can be hard to know which concern to tackle first. You might also be tempted to use overly harsh ingredients and formulas to tackle oiliness, but this can actually dry out the skin, damage the skin’s protective barrier and create even more oil. So, what is the best course of action? Read on to find out how to tweak your current routine and the CeraVe products that can help.

Discover CeraVe's Blemish Control Range

  • Blemish Control Cleanser
  • Blemish Control Gel
  • Resurfacing Retinol Serum

How to care for blemish-prone skin

First thing’s first, a gentle cleanser suitable for your skin type is an essential. The simple process of removing dirt, debris, pollution, and makeup from the pores helps to keep the skin looking clear and sebum under control.

Once the skin looks clear, it’s important to lock in hydration with a serum. Many people believe that oily skin needs to be stripped of oil but maintaining moisture levels actually helps it to stay healthy and balanced. The most important thing to remember is that the products you apply to blemish-prone skin are non-comedogenic - so contain ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid that are super lightweight and won’t block the pores.

Your third step should be a moisturiser that will lock in the hydration provided by the serum and help to protect your skin. This will also stop your complexion drying out and over-compensating for moisture loss by producing more oil.

It’s also important to apply UVA and UVB protection to the skin each day as UV radiation can create free radicals that damage the skin and break down collagen. UVA and UVB protection is included in some daytime moisturisers, or if you prefer, you can apply a separate sunscreen over your serum.

Targeting Blemishes on the Face

The best way of improving and reducing the look of pre-existing blemishes is by cleansing the face twice a day. This will stop sebum from sticking to the pores and allow areas of breakouts to heal.

For very persistent blemishes, products that contain BHAs (Beta-Hydroxy Acids) such as Salicylic Acid can be really effective. This widely used form of BHA gently exfoliates the skin without compromising the skin barrier, clearing sebum from the pores and helping to prevent blemishes from re-appearing in the same place.

CeraVe Skincare Products for Blemishes

Blemish Control Face Cleanser with 2% Salicylic Acid & Niacinamide for Blemish-Prone Skin 236ml Refreshing gel-to-foam facial cleanser for blemish-prone skin, that helps to reduce the appearance of blemishes and blackheads, and removes excess oil while leaving the skin feeling soft and smooth. The formula penetrates pores to eliminate the cause of spots & blemishes, while respecting the skin’s natural barrier.

Resurfacing Retinol Serum with Ceramides & Niacinamide for Blemish-Prone Skin 30ml

CeraVe’s Resurfacing Retinol Serum is designed to reduce the appearance of post-acne marks by exfoliating & brightening the skin, while protecting the skin’s natural barrier. Suitable skincare for blemish-prone, sensitive and younger skin.

Blemish Control Gel Moisturiser with 2% Salicylic Acid & Niacinamide for Blemish-Prone Skin 40ml

Facial moisturiser for blemish-prone skin & blackheads, helping skin look noticeably clearer. The formula penetrates pores to eliminate the cause of spots & blemishes, while protecting the skin’s natural barrier.

CeraVe AM & PM Facial Moisturising Lotion

Our AM and PM moisturising lotions great for moisturising whilst reducing the appearance of blemishes. Niacinamide can be found in both of our facial moisturisers, a key active ingredient which keeps skin hydrated.

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