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

Renee Rouleau's BHA clarifying serum

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)

Read: 11 Causes for Acne And Blemishes

Read: How Can I Fade My Acne Scars?


– 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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  1. I see that one of the above ingredients you should avoid is isopropyl myristate. I use tretinoin and clindamycin from my dermatologist because I can’t seem to keep my cheeks and jawline clear from clogged pores should I stop using these topicals since they contain this ingredient?

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