When you suffer from acne, the last thing you want to do is use anything irritating on the skin. In fact it seems that irritation is one of the main causes of acne. Any time I have used one of those really harsh "acne-busting" detergent cleansers - which resemble little more than handwash - my skin breaks out like crazy because it is so irritated. It would also leave my face feeling dry and tight, something I can't stand. You can't scrub acne away. Over-cleaning the skin won't prevent blemishes developing. It's only natural to want to deeply cleanse when you suffer from acne but unfortunately it doesn't help. On the flip side, my skin improved in leaps and bounds when I started using an extremely gentle cleansing method. A mild, water-soluble cleanser helps reduce oily skin and acne without making your skin feel dry and tight. Here's the skincare routine I've been using for a while, and my acne and sensitivity issues have improved about 60%, I would say.
Cleanser: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser (£8-ish)
Plain white gel that is lightly stroked over the face, then removed with a hot cloth. It leaves my face comfortable, soft and clean, and takes my makeup off just fine, contrary to what others say. I highly doubt I'll ever use anything else!
Special treatment: La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water (£6-ish)
Moisturiser: Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion (£8-ish)
I'm not sure how long the Thermal Water Spray lasts because I only recently started using it, but I have been using the Cetaphil products for a good few years now and I know that I only buy about two bottles of the cleanser per year, while the moisturiser outlasts its use-by date! So this is a very purse-friendly routine and one that has improved my skin no end. Other than a few slightly nasty chems in the Cetaphil products it is mostly free of dangerous ingredients, too. I recently decided that I'm never going to use any more risky synthetics to get rid of my acne - benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid etc. - it simply isn't worth it for vanity! A gentle regime like this improves my skin just enough for me to be happy with it - without doing anything harmful to my body. I think it's great and I hope you like it too. (~_^)