Skincare routine for Acne

Lately, one of the users asked me “Doctorhow to care for oily skin with pimples, open pores, dark spots, that too at home? 

I know how it feels to have so many skin problems at the same time, especially this combination of greasy skin studded with pimples and dark spots on the background of open pores can ruin the looks of your skin. Ideally, you should see a dermatologist, especially if you have sensitive skin because most of the products listed in this article might irritate your sensitive skin.

For those of you who can’t see a dermatologist right away, read this article to know the skincare regime to handle oily skin with pimples, open pores, dark spots at home with either homemade products or skincare products from the market.



Step 1 Wash your face:

A right kind of face wash that can control your oil secretion, without making it over dry is the backbone of your skin care regime. You can either:

Contrary to common belief, there is no need to spend on the face wash that promises brightening effect because face wash is unlikely reduce your pigmentation.

Step 2 Use toner:

After washing and pat drying your face, apply toner. Toner is essential in your case to remove excess oils and to close your pores. You can either

Step 3: Apply sunscreen:

Finally,  apply sunscreen atleast 30 minutes before stepping out in the bright sun. Sun protection is absolutely necessary in your case to prevent further darkening of your skin, however, sunscreens might increase your pimples. Therefore, you can either:

Step 4 Makeup:

If you do love to put make-up then you can try the foundation or BB cream with salicylic acid, for example, Maybelline Dream Pure BB cream.


Step 1 Face wash:

Well, washing your face in the night before sleeping is important to remove the dust and dirt that settles during the day, or else it might clog your pores and cause acne. You can either:

Step 2 Toner:

After washing and pat drying your face, apply toner. Toner is essential in your case to remove excess oils and to close your pores. You can either

Step 3 Apply night cream:

This is the most important step that can help in addressing your key skin issues, namely, pimples, open pores and dark spots. Here are the options based on the type of acne and pigmentation:


Once in a week, you should invest some extra time on your skin, by scrubbing your face gently followed by application of a face pack.

Step 1 Scrub:

Scrubbing helps to remove dead cells that block your pores. It also accelerates the shedding of pigmented cell. Therefore, you should scrub your face once in a week. However, avoid scrubbing if you have many red or pus-filled pimples. You can either:

Step 2 Apply face pack: 

After scrubbing, nourish your skin with a face pack that can reduce oil secretion, open pores, pimples and dark patches. Face packs have an advantage of packing your skin with active ingredients for a prolonged time so that they can seep in for the maximum benefit. You can either:

In the end, I would like to emphasise that your skin will take some time to respond. Therefore, try this skin care regime religiously for at least 1 month, before the first sign of improvement is evident and continue for 3 months. However, if you do not see any improvement, then discontinue and see a dermatologist near you.