A Clean, Safe and Effective Skincare Routine for Acne-Prone, Sensitive Skin

March 9, 2023  Neora™ Avatar
A Clean, Safe and Effective Skincare Routine for Acne-Prone, Sensitive Skin

Everyone deserves to feel beautiful and confident in their skin – especially since we live in it every day. But living with acne can be distressing. If you also struggle with sensitive skin, maintaining a clear complexion becomes even more challenging.

The good news? It IS possible to treat acne without irritating your sensitive skin – with the right skincare routine. We will take a closer look at the best acne treatment for sensitive skin and introduce you to gentle, yet effective products that will help you put your best face forward.

Sensitive Skin Acne Treatments: The Truth About Ingredients

Acne is often associated with hormone changes, especially in teenagers. However, the reality is that acne – which occurs when your pores become clogged by dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria – isn’t a selective condition. It affects people of all ages.

To manage or resolve acne, seeking out a treatment plan is critical – especially since the frustrating skin condition can become more severe over time. However, some acne spot treatments contain harsh ingredients, which can be problematic for those with sensitive skin.

For example, while benzoyl peroxide is an effective method for killing bacteria and reducing inflammation, it is also known to cause redness, dryness, and peeling. Though a popular acne treatment, it may not be a good fit for people with sensitive skin as it can exacerbate inflammation. 

A gentler alternative to benzoyl peroxide is salicylic acid. An exfoliant, this beta hydroxy acid also unclogs the pores but it is much less harsh than benzoyl peroxide.

Should You Exfoliate Acne-Prone Skin?

Many people underestimate how important it is to exfoliate the skin. While exfoliants may seem like an irritant – especially for sensitive, acne-prone skin – exfoliation in your skincare routine should not be overlooked, regardless of your skin type or condition. 

During your skin’s natural renewal process, it routinely sheds dead skin cells. Failure to clear these dead skin cells from your face can leave your skin looking dull – and can even worsen breakouts. These dead skin cells can clog pores while also preventing moisturizers and other treatments from penetrating the skin.

Exfoliants lift away surface debris and acne-causing bacteria. Exfoliation can also stimulate new skin cell growth, which boosts a healthy, balanced and clear complexion. To help other products in your beauty regimen do their job, exfoliation is key.

Here are a few rules of thumb for getting the most out of your exfoliant for acne-prone sensitive skin:

  • Always clean your skin first to clear away oils and debris that will interfere with results.
  • Start slow and build from there – different skin types have different tolerance levels.
  • Follow the product’s usage directions – some are leave-in treatments, while others are meant to be rinsed off.
  • Follow up with a lightweight, non-comedogenic moisturizer to put moisture back into the skin.

Clean + Gentle Clogged-Pore Treatments

Establishing a consistent skincare routine is vital to treating acne. However, all skincare products aren’t created equal. When it comes to sensitive skin acne treatments, using clean, safe and effective products is a must. 

Neora’s skincare products are made with plant-based ingredients and formulated for powerful results. To help you build an effective skincare routine for acne-prone, sensitive skin, here are the products you need in your line:

Double-Cleansing Face Wash 

The perfect acne wash for sensitive skin, this lightweight cleanser is applied to the face as an oil and then lathers with water into a soft, milky foam for a deep, yet gentle cleanse. Formulated with a pH that works harmoniously with skin, and dermatologist-tested for all skin types, this double cleanser leverages a proprietary Sea3C™ blend and niacinamide – a form of vitamin B3 believed to minimize redness, discoloration, and acne while also being very gentle on skin.

Acne Pads for Faces with Sensitive Skin

These powerful salicylic acid acne treatment pads exfoliate and remove dead skin cells to combat acne blemishes and prevent future breakouts while also calming and soothing the skin with a patent-pending proprietary SIG-1459™ ingredient. Made with plant-based ingredients, multiple fruit acids, niacinamide, moisture-rich glycerin, and aloe leaf juice, this gentle formula works to control breakouts. 

Unlike aggressive treatments like Retin A – which can leave skin red, irritated and flaky – our Complexion Treatment Pads contain natural ingredients that tone and improve skin texture. Together, our cleanser and acne pads are the perfect exfoliant-cleanser combo.


Be sure to always follow up with a moisturizer our  Age IQ® Night & Day Cream combo. While it may seem counterintuitive to moisturize acne-prone skin, failure to do so can actually worsen your breakouts. Proper hydration is key to mitigating inflammation and it can actually soothe some acne flare-ups. And for the ultimate hydrating, plumping skincare routine, layer on our powerhouse Advanced SIG-1273 Concentrated Serum and our IllumaBoost® Vitamin C brightening serum. 

Neora Skincare: Formulated for YOU!

At Neora, we believe there should be no tradeoff between clean and effective skincare. Our performance-driven formulas offer the best of both worlds. To discover the power of our holistic approach to beauty and wellness, shop the skincare must-haves at Neora.


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