Facial Products for Treating Acne and Skin Aging Combination

Some people outgrow acne after the teenage years, but many others don’t. If this describes you, know that you are not alone.

Since acne products are often designed for teen complexions, they may not be right for your complexion after adolescence.

That’s because acne products designed for teens are often made to fit a very oily complexion and formulated with the highest concentration of acne fighting ingredients. These types of formulations may be too drying or irritating for your skin after adolescence. Your skin's needs, as well as its tolerance to acne products, change with age.

The good news is that some great acne ingredients can also help fight skin aging. If you use the right concentrations of ingredients you will get a double benefit - anti-acne products that also fight the signs of skin aging. I’ll help you combine goals and build a complete customized skin care treatment routine that fights both skin aging and acne at the same time.

To battle acne and slow down the effects of aging on your skin, and get it done right, it will take more product layering. A Dr. Bailey Complete Skin Care routine always involves these 4 skin care steps:

  1. Cleanse
  2. Correct
  3. Hydrate
  4. Protect

Some products are multi-taskers and can function for more than one step.

What is the best skin care routine to fight both acne and anti-aging concerns?

Create Complete Skin Care with products that,

  1. A cleanser that helps to unclog pores
  2. Ingredients that fight blackheads and treat skin germs that cause pimples
  3. An oil-free, non-comedogenic moisturizer to balance skin hydration
  4. A broad spectrum sunscreen used daily for anti-aging sun protection and to fight acne scar hyperpigmentation (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation)

The Best Products for Your Morning Skin Care Routine to Fight Acne and Skin Aging

Step One: Cleanse

The first part of your morning acne treatment and anti-aging regimen is to cleanse your skin so that the products you need to correct your acne and skin aging can penetrate into your skin. Ideally, you want to use a Facial Exfoliating Sponge  or Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System.  Your best skin cleanser and soap options include:

Calming Zinc Bar Soap ® if you have pityrosporum folliculitis (acne often seen first around the jaw and hairline) or acne rosacea

Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser if you have normal to oily skin

Extremely Gentle Foaming Cleanser for sensitive or dry skin

Naturally Best Bar Soap for normal complexions

Twice a week, alternate you regular cleanser with an exfoliating scrub, such as my Bamboo and Clay Thermal Exfoliating Scrub. The clay will help pull debris from clogged pores the bamboo granules will massage your facial skin and really brighten your complexion. 

Step Two: Correct

After cleansing, reload your skin's antioxidant reserve (depleted by acne inflammation, sun, and environmental stressors) with Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy. Then fight wrinkles and uneven pigment with professional levels of vitamin C by using my Vitamin C Anti-Aging Professional Treatment Serum, or with glycolic acid by using my Glycolic Acid Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream. If hyperpigmentation is a big problem, consider using my Pigment Fading Pads before layering these other correcting products. 

Step Three: Hydrate

If any areas of your skin need a little extra hydration, use Daily Moisturizing Face Cream for Oily to Normal Skin. This is a good moisturizer for around the delicate eye area, too. 

Step Four: Protect

Protect your skin from the sun with broad spectrum mineral zinc oxide sunscreen. Choose your sunscreen based on your skin type and product preference. The best options for acne-prone skin include Sheer Strength Pure Physical Invisible Sunscreen SPF 50+, Sheer Strength Pure Physical Tinted Matte Sunscreen SPF 50+ Sheer Strength Pure Physical Sunscreen, EltaMD UV SPF 46 Sunscreen., All are oil-free and have a light weight feel on your skin. 

The Best Products for Your Evening Skin Care Routine to Fight Acne and Skin Aging

Step One: Cleanse

It is important to cleanse your skin again in the evening. The cleanser you use depends on your skin's tolerance and needs. Choose Foaming Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cleanser if you can tolerate benzoyl peroxide. If you cannot, use Foaming Acne Cleanser which contains the keratolytics glycolic acid and salicylic acid. If your skin can't tolerate any of these ingredients, then choose one of the other skin soaps and cleansers from your daytime routine. Be sure to remove all of the day’s oil, dead cell build-up, product, makeup, and dirt.

Step Two: Correct

Next you need to treat your acne-prone skin and use the opportunity to boost collagen renewal while you sleep. Your product options include:

Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream (especially helpful if you suffer from pimples and cysts). This treats pimples but does not fight skin aging. It does not combine with the next products that fight skin aging, but can be used on alternate nights or when you have an acne breakout. If you want to multi-task and treat acne while fighting the signs of skin aging, consider using Retinol Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream followed by either the Daily Face Cream or the Glycolic Acid Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream. Both retinol and glycolic acid will help stimulate your skin’s collagen renewal, reverse fine lines and wrinkles, unclog pores, and lighten uneven skin pigment from acne scarring. They can both be irritating to sensitive skin, however, and many complexions can’t be rushed into using both of these ingredients at the same time. 

Be patient and add one, see how your complexion adjusts, then add the other when your skin is ready. I provide a lot of information on how to do this on the product pages.

Step Three: Hydrate

If you used the Glycolic Acid Face Cream described above, or if your skin is oily, you may not need to layer an additional moisturizer. If you need to layer an additional moisturizer, the Daily Face Cream for Oily to Normal Skin is an ideal, non-comedogenic moisturizer for acne-prone skin.

The good news is that acne and anti-aging skin care routines are often very similar. Create a Dr. Bailey Complete Skin Care Routine that fights both, be certain to use a broad spectrum sunscreen daily, and your skin will defy the clock; you have the potential to maintain a youthful and healthy complexion for your entire life if you create a smart skin care routine now. 


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  1. Dr. Bailey's Ultimate Pigment and Sun Damage Repair Kit

    Ultimate Pigment and Sun Damage Repair Kit

    Fade an uneven complexion almost instantly with the best pigment lightening products. Reverse fine lines and wrinkles and return your appearance to younger days. This kit has everything proven to do the job!

  2. Dr. Bailey Sheer Strength Pure Physical Invisible Sunscreen, SPF 50™ Broad Spectrum Protection

    Sheer Strength Pure Physical Invisible Sunscreen, SPF 50™ Broad Spectrum Protection

    Enjoy an oil free, non-whitening and “light as air” feel on your skin. Pure mineral zinc-oxide protection that’s perfect for even the most sensitive skin.

  3. Sheer Strength Pure Physical Tinted Matte Sunscreen, SPF 50™  1217

    Sheer Strength Pure Physical Tinted Matte Sunscreen, SPF 50™

    Oil-free and oil control ultra-light and tinted matte technology in a hypoallergenic sunscreen – it’s the holy grail for oily and sensitive skin AND it’s elegant for all skin types too! Contains iron oxide too making it the best sunscreen for melasma. 

  4. Sheer Strength Pure Physical Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+™  1207

    Sheer Strength Pure Physical Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+™

    At last, an ultra-light sunscreen spray that’s pure mineral protection with micro (not nano) zinc oxide for the best anti-aging broad spectrum protection. 

  5. EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 Sunscreen

    EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 Sunscreen

    Completely oil free and ultra light feel on the skin make this sunscreen a marvel. Perfect for oily to normal and acne prone skin. Comes with either a clear or tinted option to help soften complexion flaws for all skin types.

  6. Dr. Bailey's Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40

    Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40

    My favorite every day sunscreen! I wear it every day on my face, neck and chest! It gives a great matte finish that's SPF 40 and water resistant for up to 80 minutes.

  7. Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen

    Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen

    My favorite sunscreen for sports, swimming and sweaty activities. Solbar Zinc provides protection for up to 80 minutes in the water with its hefty 7.5% mineral zinc oxide combined with other chemical sunscreen agents. Oil free and shouldn't aggravate acne.

  8. SunSavvy Kit, Ultimate Protection  1015

    SunSavvy Kit, Ultimate Protection

    The Ultimate Sun Protection Kit provides everything you'll need to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays.This kit includes Sun Guard Laundry Treatment, UV Ray Detecto Ring, Vanicream Lip Protectant, Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen and Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40 and a mesh travel bag for your products.

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    Men's Khaki Performance Hat

    These stylish and high-performance men's microfiber hats have a breathable mesh lining and a 3 1/4" brim. They fit perfectly and won't blow off because they have both an adjustable chin strap and an adjustable brim strap to hold them securely to your head.


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  10. Women's Sun Protection Bucket Hats  1250

    Women's Sun Protection Bucket Hats

    Lightweight, cool, and breathable cloth UPF 50 sun protection hats. Get in the habit of wearing this broad−brimmed hat along with your broad spectrum sunscreen − proven effective in the prevention of skin cancer and premature aging. Fits your head perfectly with its clever, adjustable inner brim cord. Highly packable too and makes a great gift!

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