Harsh soaps do little for acne. The following is a list of gentle cleansers that you can use. These will allow you to use your medications with less discomfort.
Dove Sensitive Skin soap
Spectro Jel or Spectro Derm
Avene Clean AC Cleanser
Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser
Some acne medications can make the skin flaky and irritated. If it’s very flaky or irritated, you should stop the offending medication on that area or use it less often. If it’s only slightly flaky and not irritated, you can moisturize with one of the lotions or creams below:
Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion, Daily Advance Lotion, or Cream
CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion or Cream
Laroche Posay Lipikar AP+ Balm
You can apply moisturizer on top of your acne medications if needed.
Use a foundation that has non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic or will not clog pores on the label. If you are not sure, use one of the foundations below.
Estee Lauder Foundation
(if you want to use a loose powder, you can use any brand you want. Do not use any compacts or pressed powders.)
(you can use any pink or peach eye shadow as a blush--eye shadows do not contain chemicals that can make acne worse)
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch SPF 60 Sunblock, or Clear Face or Hydro Boost SPF 60
Laroche Posay Anthelios SPF 50 or 60
If you want a physical sunblock: AlumierMD Clear Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 42