Skin Care Ingredients To Use And Avoid For Problem, Acne-Prone Skin


When it comes to getting the best results from your skin care products for oily, blemished, problem, acne-prone skin, it’s so important to use and avoid certain skin care ingredients.



Salicylic Acid. This is an antiseptic exfoliator that offers anti-inflammatory benefits for soothing acne conditions. (Found in Renée Rouleau AHA/BHA Cleansing Gel and BHA Clarifying Serum)

Beta Glucans. This yeast extract helps to make skin less sensitive over time and encourage less breakout activity. (Found in Skin Correcting Serum)

– Tea Tree Oil. This offers disinfectant properties to destroy acne-causing bacteria and keep pores clean.

– Jojoba Beads. This offers safe and gentle skin polishing benefits to prevent spreading bacteria when exfoliating. (Found in Mint Buffing Beads)

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– SD Alcohol 40, Denatured Alcohol, Ethanol and Isopropyl Alcohol. These are commonly found in toners and should be avoided. Exception: They can be beneficial when used in acne spot treatments. All the Renée Rouleau toners are alcohol-free.

– Sodium or Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate. Commonly found in cleansing gels and are extremely dehydrating to the skin. All the Renée Rouleau cleansing gels are sulfate-free.

– Mineral Oil. This ingredient can have a pore-clogging effect on the skin.

– Petrolatum. This ingredient can have a pore-clogging effect on the skin.

– Isopropyl Myristate and Isopropyl Palmitate. This ingredient may encourage clogged pores.

– Apricot kernels. These are naturally-made particles found in facial scrubs that can scratch and irritate the skin, causing the spread of bacteria.

All the Renée Rouleau products do not contain the above ingredients.

Read: Five Skin Care Ingredient Myths You Need To Know

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Renée Rouleau

Celebrity Esthetician & Skincare Expert
As an esthetician trained in cosmetic chemistry, Renée Rouleau has spent 30 years researching skin, educating her audience, and building an award-winning line of products. Trusted by celebrities, editors, bloggers, and skincare obsessives around the globe, her vast real-world knowledge and constant research are why Marie Claire calls her “the most passionate skin practitioner we know.”