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Your Clinically Proven Skincare Routine for Clear Skin

The key to a successful skincare routine for clear skin is keeping pores clear while maintaining a healthy moisture barrier. While it’s tempting to turn to harsh ingredients in an effort to dry out blemishes, this often leads to irritated, reactive skin and makes blemishes even more noticeable.

Focusing on skin health is therefore crucial to clear skin – whether your breakouts are hormonal, reactive, or related to an oily skin type. Follow this simple clarifying routine for clear, nourished, luminous skin.

Clear Skin Routine Step 1: Cleanse with Amino Aloe Gentle Cleanser

Cleansing both morning and night is a must if you’re oily or acne prone. Excess sebum, makeup, and impurities on the skin’s surface can clog pores, trapping bacteria inside and causing more breakouts.

While it can be tempting to reach for the strongest cleanser you can find, harsh ingredients can strip the skin’s moisture barrier, causing dehydration, irritation, and – you guessed it – even more blemishes. Instead, reach for a gentle – yet effective – cleanser such as our Amino Aloe Gentle Cleanser to deep clean pores without disrupting the skin barrier. Its powerful amino acids dissolve dirt and makeup while aloe calms and soothes and sugarcane-derived squalane delivers a burst of barrier-boosting moisture. Your skin is left clean, hydrated, and refreshed.

Clear Skin Routine Step 2: Balance with BHA Pore-Minimizing Toner

Toning is an essential skincare step that balances the skin and prepares it to receive moisture. It’s especially important if you’re feeling oily or breaking out, as it can help bring oily production into balance.

Our alcohol-free BHA Pore-Minimizing Toner uses white willowbark extract—a natural, oil-soluble beta hydroxy acid - to gently but powerfully exfoliate and decongest pores. Meanwhile, caviar lime extract works its alpha hydroxy magic to gently exfoliate dead cells from the surface of your skin. All this happens without any drying or over-stripping thanks to our sugarcane-derived squalane, which balances the skin and leaves it smooth and hydrated.

Clear Skin Routine Step 3: Treat Pores with 10% Lactic Acid Resurfacing Serum

Lactic acid is a powerful exfoliant with a host of benefits for breakout-prone skin. These include helping to reduce excess sebum, clearing pores, reducing irritation, and helping to fade dark spots left behind by previous breakouts.

Our 10% Lactic Acid Resurfacing Serum is clinically proven to reveal visibly smoother, more even-textured, hydrated skin while clover boosts lactic acid’s exfoliating benefits by revving up cell turnover. In consumer surveys, 97% of participants agreed their pores appeared more refined and their skin was softer and smoother after 14 days of use.

As with all turnover-boosting ingredients, it’s best to use lactic acid only at night. Follow with SPF 30 the next morning to protect freshly-exfoliated skin.

Clear Skin Routine Step 4: Moisturize with Probiotic Gel Moisturizer

Your skin’s microbiome maintains balance in the skin, keeping irritation at bay while maintaining optimal hydration and a slightly acidic pH, which also helps prevent the overgrowth of problem-causing bacteria.

Support a healthy skin microbiome with our Probiotic Gel Moisturizer.  This silky, weightless gel uses a first-of-its-kind encapsulated probiotic blend to restore the skin’s microbiome to calm and clarify skin. Meanwhile, our non-comedogenic sugarcane squalane absorbs fast to deliver deep nourishment and hydration to keep skin healthy, hydrated, and balanced.

Clear Skin Routine Step 5: Protect with Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen

Many people erroneously believe that sun exposure can help clear skin. But while tanned skin may make the redness associated with breakouts appear less noticeable, exposure to UV rays actually dehydrates skin, prompting increased oil production and more blemishes. The sun can also darken post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation left behind by previous breakouts, making your skin appear even more uneven. This is why it’s especially important for people with breakout-prone skin to use sunscreen daily.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends daily use of a broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen, such as our fast-absorbing Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen. Unlike some sunblock ingredients, our natural zinc oxide won’t irritate your skin or make breakouts worse. This gentle, reef-safe ingredient acts like a coat of armor shielding against UV rays, preventing them from penetrating into your skin without leaving a white cast. It also includes butterfly ginger extract to help protect skin from pollution and blue light and sugarcane squalane for a burst of balancing hydration. Your skin is left protected, hydrated, and ready for the day ahead.

Christine Tusher
Christine Tusher Writer and expert
As a lifestyle writer and journalist, I love sharing my passion for ocean conservation and obsession with clean beauty. I’ve tried almost every trend and ingredient, and Biossance’s science-backed formulas are the only ones that consistently calm my reactive skin and make it smoother, clearer, and healthier. I’m so excited to be on this journey of skincare innovation with Biossance, and to share it with you!

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