If you have a blemish-prone skin type, you’ll know just how frustrating it can be to keep on top of blemishes. From an overproduction 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 make the skin look even more oily. So, what is the best course of action? Read on to find out how to adjust your current routine and discover the CeraVe products that can provide assistance.

How can I take care of my blemish-prone skin?

Here you can find the best skincare routine suitable for blemish-prone skin:


Step 1: 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 skin looking clear and sebum under control.

Step 2: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, a term which denotes products that are unlikely to clog pores.

Step 3: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 to help limit the effect of harsh UV rays on your skin cells. UVA and UVB protection is included in some daytime facial moisturisers or, if you prefer, you can apply a separate sunscreen over your typical skincare routine. CeraVe’s AM Facial Moisturising Lotions both include SPF30 and SPF50 UVA/UVB protection.

How do you treat 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 clogging them, and allow areas of blemishes to get a thorough cleanse without disrupting the skin.

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 and helps to clear sebum from the pores, all while helping to prevent blemishes from reappearing in the same place.

What CeraVe skincare products are best for blemishes?


Blemish Control Face Cleanser with 2% Salicylic Acid & Niacinamide for Blemish-Prone Skin 236ml

A 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 cleanses pores to eliminate the cause of 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. Also, suitable for blemish-prone and sensitive skin.

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

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

CeraVe AM & PM Facial Moisturising Lotion

Our CeraVe AM moisturising and CeraVe PM moisturising lotions are great for moisturising whilst reducing the appearance of blemishes. Niacinamide can be found in both of our facial moisturisers, so these will help keep your skin hydrated.

Discover our Blemish Control skincare range, developed with Dermatologists specifically for blemish-prone skin. Enriched with powerful actives and ingredients with soothing characteristics, take control of blemishes & blackheads without disrupting the skin's natural barrier.

Penetrate pores to help eliminate the cause of blemishes, with our Blemish Control Cleanser, Blemish Control Gel Moisturiser, and Resurfacing Retinol Serum today.

Here we answer some of your most common questions on blemishes, leaving you to make the most confident choices for your skin.

  • Skin cleansers formulated for blemish-prone skin contain ingredients such as salicylic acid that help exfoliate the pores. Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid known for its ability to target and improve the appearance of blemishes and congested areas. It does this by dissolving away any dead skin cells that are clogging the pores, while improving the appearance of existing blemishes and preventing future spots from appearing.

  • Many blemish cleansers such as CeraVe Blemish Control Cleanser are suitable for use in the morning and evening. This allows you to create a clean base first thing in the morning before you apply the rest of your products, and again in the evening when you will also need to remove makeup, sunscreen, and other impurities from the pores.

  • Blackheads, blackheads and post-acne marks are examples of concerns for those with blemish-prone skin that can appear on the face and body. The good news is that blemish skin cleansers and moisturisers can help to improve the appearance of many different types of imperfections by exfoliating the skin, unclogging the pores, and creating a more even skin texture.

  • If your skin is quite sensitive, you may be worried about a blemish cleanser drying out your skin. To avoid this, look for formulas that also contain ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and niacinamide. These formulas help combat any dryness or irritation created by exfoliants such as salicylic acid. CeraVe’s Blemish Control Cleanser contains 3 essential ceramides as well. This cleanser helps to maintain strong skin barrier function and keep your skin happy and hydrated. You should also follow with a hyaluronic acid serum and gentle moisturiser to lock in hydration and prevent moisture loss.

  • In addition to blemish skin cleansers, your skincare routine will also benefit from other targeted products such as a serum, moisturiser and sunscreen.

    1. Serum: A nighttime serum such as CeraVe’s Resurfacing Retinol Serum helps to deliver active ingredients such as encapsulated retinol, liquorice root extract and niacinamide into the outermost layers of your skin while you sleep. It is designed to reduce the appearance of post-acne marks by exfoliating & helping the skin look more radiant, while protecting the skin’s natural barrier. Alternatively, in the daytime, a hyaluronic acid serum can help to keep hydration locked into the skin and dryness at bay.
    2. Moisturiser: A moisturiser is essential, even if you have an oily skin type, as it helps to maintain a healthy skin barrier and prevent moisture loss and irritation. CeraVe’s Blemish Control Gel continues the good work of a blemish skin cleanser with exfoliating 2% salicylic acid, lactic and glycolic acid, while helping to strengthen the skin barrier with moisture-retaining niacinamide and 3 essential ceramides.
    3. Sunscreen: These types of blemish products mentioned, such as exfoliating products, can increase photosensitivity, so you should always protect your skin with a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Along with protecting your skin from harmful UV rays, sunscreen can help prevent exacerbating blemishes, reduce inflammation post sun exposure, and protect the skin from developing UV-induced pigmentation.
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