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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

Cetaphil Lotion

CeraVe 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.


Almay Foundation

Prescriptives Foundation

Estee Lauder Foundation



Marcelle Foundation

(if you want to use a loose powder, you can use any brand you want.  Do not use any compacts or pressed powders.)




Almay Blush

Dormer Blush

(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 or Mineral Tinted Lotion

Avene High Protection SPF 50+ Lotion or Emulsion or Tinted Compact

Eucerin Age Defense, Anti-Shine or Sensitive Mineral Sunscreens


ALASTIN Skincare HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36

THOYA Tinted Mineral Sunscreen

TiZO 3 Tinted Facial Primer SPF 40 Mineral Sunscreen (Matte)

MURAD City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 | PA++++

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