Clogged pores and breakouts? Consider a non-comedogenic beauty regimen, meaning a routine populated with products specifically designed not to clog your pores. Battle your dermatological horrors with our suggested lineup below:
Step 1: Water is your best friend
Prep your skin before you put on your makeup—it’s like breakfast…for your skin. Cleanse your skin with cold water and a mild cleanser. Water not only hydrates your skin after a long night’s sleep, but it also removes the few impurities that settle on your skin during the night.
Pat dry using facial tissue instead of towel to avoid germs and bacteria that can settle on a towel.
WE LOVE: Kleenex Facial Tissues
Step 2: Tone, tone, tone.
A toner is meant to hydrate and deep cleanse. It restores the pH balance of your skin. It’s important to choose a toner that will refresh and not clog your pores.
WE LOVE: Thayers Witch Hazel Alcohol-Free Toner
Step 3: Say goodbye to panda eyes
Reduce morning puffiness by using a light eye cream under your lower lash line and across both the brow and socket bone from the inner to the outer corner of the eye.
WE LOVE: Benefit It’s Potent! Eye Cream
Step 4: Be wise and moisturize
Dry skin actually produces more oil, leading to clogged pores and breakouts. Choose a formula that’s light and comfortable.
WE LOVE: Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer
Step 5: Baby, it’s bright outside
…so slather on that SPF! Protecting the skin from UV rays is crucial, but most sunscreens feel heavy on the skin so pick a formula that’s lightweight.
WE LOVE: Bioré UV perfect SPF 50
Like retouching makeup, hydrating your skin during the day is a must since you’re exposed to dust and grime.
Step 1: Blot it out
Sweat and dust are the top causes for clogged pores and acne. Avoid these by blotting excess oil and dirt with facial tissue—way more hygienic than a handkerchief or your hands.
WE LOVE: Kleenex Travel-Sized Facial Tissues
Step 2: Spritz on some love
How to re-energize your skin without ruining your makeup? Spray on that mist and your skin will thank you.
WE LOVE: Evian Facial Spray
Keep your skin young, healthy, and glowing, by saying a proper good night to your skin before calling it a day.
Step 1: Bye bye, makeup
No need to explain—removing every last bit of your makeup is mandatory, that’s why a lightweight, moisturizing, oil-based makeup remover that whisks away pore-clogging impurities is a must. An oil-based cleanser might sound counterintuitive but its startling ability to remove pore-obstructing contaminants (like makeup and dirt) makes this an essential step.
Just rub all over your face and wipe away with cotton pads.
WE LOVE: Banila Co. Clean It Zero Purity and Belle Purity Cotton Pads
Step 2: So light, so bubbly
With your makeup gone, follow it up with a gentle foaming cleanser to remove oil residue and water impurities for the day.
WE LOVE: Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam
Step 3: Rub-a-dub-scrub
Use a gentle exfoliator twice a week to remove dead skin cells that can block pores and make your complexion appear. Fun fact: dead skin cells prevent product absorption so slough away!
WE LOVE: Skin Food Black Sugar Exfoliating Mask
Step 4: Tap, tap, toner
Your skin is like a sponge. It absorbs products better when it’s hydrated so swipe that toner around your face. Remember: outward motions.
Step 5: Sheet and chill
Everybody loves sheet masks. They actively cool your face whilst deeply moisturizing it. Just put one on and relax. Choose an acne-fighting variant for cleaner pores.
WE LOVE: A’Pieu Watermelon Slice Sheet Mask
Step 6: The eyes have it
The skin around your eyes is like a fragile flower, thin and delicate, so remember to treat it with care. Gently tap (never rub!) your eye cream around your eyes to give it the TLC it needs.
Step 7: Maximize your beauty sleep
Your skin repairs itself while you’re in dreamland, so help boost that repair by using a water-based sleeping pack that won’t clog your pores. Baby soft-skin when you wake up? Yes please.
WE LOVE: Etude House Moistfull Collagen Sleeping Pack
Ready to try this routine? Say goodbye to pesky pimples with the help of some non-comedogenic products. Avoid wiping product off your face using your hands or handkerchief, use Kleenex Facial Tissue instead. It’s proven to be 4x cleaner!