Simple skincare for sensitive acne prone skin

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The principle of  ‘Keeping it Simple’ can be applied in many personal and professional life scenarios and the same principle can do wonders for your sensitive skin as well 🙂

From clear skin to face full of scars, topping it with sensitivity, my facial skin’s journey for the past few years is been a hell of a ride. I have not completely made peace with it yet but I have been learning a lot through this journey.

Initially, I thought of not writing anything related to skincare, because, what works for one, does not work for the other. But then, there are so many people out there, just like me, struggling with their skin woes. Maintaining a sensitive skin can be exhaustive because sometimes it is extremely oily, sometimes there are dry patches and sometimes it breakouts crazily. So here I am writing about skincare products that can be ‘considered’ if you have a sensitive skin.

Before we get into the products, if you have severe acne breakouts, go to a gynaecologist to check your hormones and then to a dermatologist to get the breakouts under control. This is like a very important/primary step to be followed. I am going to write a separate post, stressing the importance of this, but for now, let’s move on to the skincare.

Face Wash

There are thousands of facewashes available out there. If you have a sensitive skin, don’t experiment much. Stick to 2-3 trustable ones. Go for a foaming face wash, as the foam can be very gentle on your face yet cleanses the face well.

Foaming face wash for sensitive skin

Right now, I am using the Himalaya foaming face wash and to be honest, I am using this just because it is an affordable foaming facewash. I don’t really care about the claims such as it prevents pimples etc.

Foaming face wash for sensitive skin

Cetaphil cleanser is also mild and prescribed by many dermatologists. If you want to go chemical free, you can make besan/chickpea flour at home(Youtube it to know how to do) and use it as a cleanser.


If you have extremely sensitive skin and acne, rose water is the best toner you can use. It soothes and calms your skin like anything (also tightens the skin and seals the pores). Many commercially available toners can be harsh on sensitive skin which can cause breakouts. I loved using Kama Ayurveda rose water.

Kama Ayurveda pure rose water review

There is a brand called Vilvah, which I have not personally tried but heard so many good reviews. You can try their rose water as well.


A good moisturizer can control the excessive secretion of oil and can soothe the sensitivity of the skin. Aloe vera gel is my go-to moisturizer. Right now I using aloe gel by the Faceshop. Another suggestion can be the one by Vilvah.

Jeju aloe gel by faceshop

The best thing about aloe gel is, it’s a multi-purpose product. Just in case if a particular brand’s aloe gel is not working, you can use it other ways like a hair mask, hair conditioner, hair leave in gel, body moisturizer etc.


If you have time and patience, nothing like a gel from home-grown aloe vera plant. However, I have read somewhere that the maximum benefits can be acquired from plants older than 4 years. Please do your research before using the gel from home-grown aloe plants.


Sunscreen is the most important part of your skincare routine if you have sensitive-acne prone skin. Sun exposure can cause serious damages such as dark spots/scaring etc on sensitive skin. Always wear a sunscreen even if you are stepping out for just 10 mins. I have moved on to prescribed sunscreens and right now using Sunheal with SPF 50 .

Sunheal SPF 50

You can try Ansolar sunscreen which is also prescribed by many dermatologists.

Ansolar spf 30

In the commercially available ones, I have tried Lotus and Neutrogena which didn’t react with my skin. Sometimes, I skip the moisturizer in the morning and directly go for the sunscreen after toner.

Face Scrub & Face Mask 

Again, there are plenty of scrubs and masks available out there. Face scrubs can break out sensitive skin easily. Try to stay away from harsh scrubs and reduce the number of times you scrub your facial skin. I am using rice powder as my face scrub. I mix it with either facewash or aloe gel which reduces the abrasiveness of the powder yet does the job well.

3-in-1 Wash Scrub Mask DIY

Multani Mitti/Fuller Earth is your best friend if you have sensitive, acne-prone skin. I just can go on and on about it. It soothes your sensitive skin like anything. It helps in drying out active acne and works on the acne scars as well.

Banjara Hills Multani Mitti

I have used 2-3 store bought face packs with some praised ingredients like green tea/tea tree/white clay etc. As soon as I have applied such masks, I feel discomfort and I was not seeing any results also. Multani Mitti is the only face pack which gave me a cooling, relaxing feeling.

I am using the Multani mitti by Banjara hills; I mix it with a combination of rose water+ aloe gel, apply all over face, wash it off once it dries. Once, I wipe the face, I either spritz some rose water or apply a little aloe gel. I generally use this face pack twice a week.

If you need some hydration, you can use the aloe gel as a face pack. Slather a good amount of aloe gel on your face, keep it for 10-15 mins and then just wipe or wash it off.

A big no to facials 

I have talked in details about why one with a sensitive, acne-prone skin should not go for a facial here, do give it a read. You can, however, go to some well-known spas with trained experts, who will be able to understand your skin concerns and can use the right products and techniques.

At home, once in a while, you can use hot water to cleanse and unclog your pores. You can either use a washcloth dipped in hot water and place it on your face or run your hands in warm water and place in your face.

Removing blackheads is another thing that can cause breakouts around the nose area. I am using blackhead removal strip by Beauty Formulas, which is not causing any breakout and removes all the blackheads effectively.

Beauty Formula tea tree nose strip

Just don’t use it more than twice a month.

A few points to consider,

  • Whatever I have mentioned are very basic products which ideally should not react with your skin. Still, use this with cautions as I can’t stress enough on the point that what works for me, might not work for you. Even other basic natural ingredients such as milk, curd and turmeric can also react with sensitive skin.
  • I know I have skipped a few basic products like serum and anti-ageing cream. I am testing a serum and not using any anti-ageing cream as of now. Will update on it once I start incorporating on my routine.
  • No skin care product can give immediate results. Follow a routine regularly to see results.
  • I know there is so much going on out there regarding skincare. Korean skincare, 9 step skincare routine, sheet masks, peeling, laser and what not. Just take a moment and understand your skin. It is okay if you are not following the trend. Trust a good doctor than a beauty influencer.

Hope this post was useful for you guys. Do you have a sensitive, acne-prone skin, what your thoughts on skincare? Let me know in the comments below.


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