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Acne Prone Skin Care Routine (Men and Women)

acne regimen for Indian skin

acne regimen using products in India

This is an acne regimen using products available in India.

All the regimen guidelines and product recommendations here are suitable for both men and women. Tips that are specifically for men or women are marked so.

If you follow these guidelines, you can expect to see a visible difference in about 2 weeks.

While your dermatologist is the best person to advise you about acne medicines, use the guidelines here to identify the right skin care habits and products to help your skin.

Look at it as a daily care guide for acne prone skin instead of an alternative to medical treatment.

Morning routine


Read this post to learn how to shave carefully when you have acne on the jawline. It also lists what kind of shaving creams to avoid.

Washing your face

A good choice of face wash for men and women with acne is Kaya Skin Clinic Soothing Cleansing Gel. It cleans the skin without causing dryness or a stretchy feeling. Another option is Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion. There are more face wash options for oily acne prone skin here.

Avoid any of those face washes for men that claim no-sweat or claim to make your skin look brighter / fairer. Just because they are meant for a man’s skin (which is thicker, rougher), they can dry out the skin more than a regular face wash. Remember, you are not trying to dry the heck out of your skin. You are trying to be gentle here.

Hair care

Hair care products such as shampoo, conditioner, hair oil and hair sprays can cause acne and worsen existing pimples. Especially hair oil. Read this guide to hair care for acne prone skin.

During the day

Acne treatment creams often cause dryness and flaking of skin. This can be embarrassing if you have to go out in public. Also, topical treatments such as Retino-A, Glyco 6, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, Erytop, Clindamycin  and oral treatments such as Accutane / Sotret make skin very sensitive to the sun. That can cause redness, darkness of skin and premature wrinkles. So you want to use a moisturizer that will protect you from the sun and hide the flakiness of the skin as well.

You could use one from the list of sunscreens for oily acne prone skin in India. Avoid sweat-proof sunscreens. If your sunscreen gets washed off with sweat, wash face and reapply.

If you stay mostly indoors such as at home or inside a building, you can leave out sunscreen. To heal and hide flakiness, use aloe vera gel on the dry areas. Or you can choose from this list of moisturizers for oily acne prone skin.

Try not to touch your face or pick at pimples. If your face becomes oily or sweaty during the day, use a face wash and pat dry. If washing the face is not an option, gently swipe a paper napkin / tissue paper all over the oily areas. That will absorb the oiliness and sweat. Avoid wiping the face with a handkerchief or wrist band as it will collect germs over time. Men, try not to scratch your beard.

Evening routine

After returning from work or college, wash your face. Wash your face 2 or at most 3 times a day.

If you wear makeup, see our list of liquid foundations suitable for acne prone skin. Remove makeup with Johnson’s Baby Oil. It is just as effective in removing makeup as the fancier and possibly comedogenic makeup removers.

Avoid cream based makeup removers. Using a single cotton round, swipe the baby oil gently over your eyes and lips to remove makeup from these areas first. Then use a different cotton round to clean the rest of the face.

Using two separate cotton rounds is important because eye makeup and lip products contain oils and pore clogging substances that may be okay for eyes and lips, but can cause pimples if they come in contact with acne prone areas of your face. You can economize by separating a single cotton round into two rounds and using one for each step.

Before going to bed

This is the time to use pimple treatment creams. If you already washed your face in the evening, you do not need to do so now. You can use one prescribed by your dermatologist or one of our recommendations for best acne creams.

Apply the pimple cream gently on the acne-prone areas, keeping it away from eyes and lips. Do not apply any medication on cut skin or a popped pimple. Sometimes creams cause a burning sensation or tingling. One way to avoid that is to wait till the face is completely dry (wait for 15 minutes) after washing it. Doing just this can reduce the irritation a great deal.

If your acne medication is causing dryness and flaking, gently pat a moisturizer on top of the cream.

What next?

Follow this routine for 2 to 3 weeks without giving in to the temptation of trying out new products in between. See a dermatologist if the problem is severe. A dermatologist will prescribe anti-biotics and acne creams that you could use in conjunction with this regimen.

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12 Responses to Acne Prone Skin Care Routine (Men and Women)

  1. anjali May 15, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    hi…i have APST 2 type of skin, fair,oily and sensitive…if i rubb on my skin igot many pimples. i m having blackheads on my nose and many small pimples on foreheads and on my back also(i think its due to dandruff) i was using lotus tea terr face wash it was good, now m using himalaya oil control lemon face wash but it wont work please suggest me some face wash and sunscreen, if i use any cream on my face it will end up with new pimples. if i do 6-7 hour travveling also i end up with several pimples plz help me…

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      AM May 15, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

      Anjali, try this routine for 1 week. Torrent Pharma AHAGlow face wash morning and evening and whenever you need to wash face in between. You’ll get this face wash at medical stores. After washing the face, apply Clean & Clear Skin Balancing Moisturizer. Keep it away from the eyes and lips. Keep out of the sun as much as possible during this week. We will add a suitable sunscreen after 1 week of seeing how this routine works for you. And no more experimenting with new products during this one week.

  2. Pallabi May 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    Hi!I am a middle aged woman and i have a oily and acne prone skin. last year i used Maybelline BB cream and had a storm of acne all over my face. Now, the problem is somwhat under control. I want to know that can I use Lakme matte real skin natural mousse to cover the blemishes.And does it cause acne?I want a light foundation thats not too cakey.

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      AM May 17, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

      Pallabi, Lakme Absolute Mattreal Mousse has been reported to be okay for acne prone skin. But you might be better off mixing a moisturizer with a medium coverage foundation. The resulting mix will spread over the skin easily, just liked a tinted moisturizer and provide a light coverage.
      I would recommend Revlon New Complexion foundation mixed with Lotus Herbals Aloe Hydra moisturizer. The moisturizer is yellow tinted, and will provide yellow tones to the mix plus make spreading easier. This is just a suggestion though. You can have a look at more foundation brands for oily and acne prone skin here.

  3. Ashlee May 17, 2013 at 11:22 pm #

    I have combination skin with loads of pimples on ma cheeks with red blemishes
    Also I have fine acne on my forehead n chin
    Most anti acne gels n creams prescribed by my doctor don’t work out for me
    I use clean n clear face wash wch dries out the skin near my nose lips etc
    I m planning to try out with retinol a … Does it work on big pimples as well?
    and Wch moisturiser should I use with it?
    Plz help

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      AM May 18, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

      Read this post about Retino-A and this one about moisturizers to learn more about these options.

  4. Namrata May 25, 2013 at 11:35 am #

    Hey, I’ve this year joined college and since it is a residential one I have to have the mess food. The problem is that my college is in Maharashtra and the food there is extremely oily. Like hell oily. Plus I have nowhere else in the neighbourhood where I can go for food. Also my pimples have increased many folds since I’ve gone to the place. The reason I think is the hard water as previously I have lived in Delhi. Please suggest me what should I do with my acne. It is very prominent on my right cheek and forehead. Though the pimples aren’t big but they together are covering considerable space on my face.

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      AM May 25, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

      Hi Namrata, relocation can cause acne, you’re right. You might want to try the Keracnyl Regimen (it is not just for men) or the Starter Regimen for your skin. Both are targeted at reducing skin oiliness, acne and dark marks. You might also explore supplements for acne. Sulphur is known to reduce oiliness from within.

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    Deepika Kaur May 28, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    hello… i have very oily skin fair complexion and i get ocassional pimples but the marks are long lasting that dont clear even in three to four months time. i had used retino a for about 6 months almost 2 years ago and then left it bcoz it made my screen extra sensitive and it used to flake and peel even when i went for threading of eyebrows..also i had read about skin cancer that retino a could possibly cause and this was also one of the reasons that i left using it.

    currently i have been using lotus herbals tea tree face wash in the morning, lotus herbals sucsreen gel spf 20 throught the day.
    night : i use tea tree face wash again and then tea tree homemade toner by diluting it with little water. i also dab aroma magic tea tree oil on my pimples..


    after going thru your site i have decide to replace my lotus face wash with the torrent pharma alphaglow face wash or cetaphil cleanser, suncote sunscreen and differin adaplene gel at night after washing my face.. would that be a gud regimen to follow?

    looking forward to your reply


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      AM May 28, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

      Your planned regimen sounds fine, but you are in charge, so make any changes you feel like. Adapalene is a prescription product and I am not authorized to tell you to start or stop it, but if you were prescribed it, then by all means you can use it. I’ve noticed that using too much tea tree oil can make acne marks darker, but if you are not noticing that, then it is not a problem.

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    Deepika Kaur May 28, 2013 at 1:59 pm #


    i want to share with u that i was not prescribed retino – a,, its just that i had read on many websites and blogs about its efficacy in reducing acne and wrinkles thats why i started using it.. but then due to the sensitivity issue and the skin cancer thing that i read i stopped using it..

    n may b yes the excess of tea tree oil may be one reason that i have started getting more pimples than before.. i will stop the face wash for sure..and also my sunscreen is finsihed and its time to buy the suncote

    thnku again..

  7. Palak May 29, 2013 at 12:23 am #

    If I may add, using baby oil to remove make up will be a risky business as it contain mineral oil(J&J has mineral oil) which clog pores and it may lead to more breakouts.
    One may use equal parts of castor and jojoba oil ( Please use Coldpressed oil , Aroma Magic and Aloeveda makes some) with few drops of tea tree to remove make up. It will not only deep clean your pores but also helps control acne. Afterwards clean your face using cloth dipped in warm water.
    Loved the blog, very informative :)