The Ordinary Skincare Routine For Dry Acne-Prone Skin

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This post will be sharing The Ordinary Skincare Routine for Dry Acne-Prone Skin.

The other day, I got a comment on my Pinterest account under one of my videos asking about how to layer The Ordinary Skincare products for dry acne-prone skin. I thought it was a great idea for a post as some people might also be in that situation.

Yes, those of us that have dry skin also get acne. It’s not just relegated to those with oily skin. It might not be as severe but we also get regular breakouts that sometimes don’t go away. Actually, lately, I’ve been breaking out quite a bit. I’m not sure why but I’ve been using Salicylic Acid to treat my breakouts. The funny thing about it is that you might not even know that I am breaking out except you come closer to my skin. That’s how inconspicuous it is for dry skin.

So, for those of you like me with dry skin and you’re not sure how to layer your hydrating serums with your treatments, I’ve got you covered. I’ll be sharing both a AM & PM routine as well as a weekly routine for extra treatments.

The Ordinary Skincare AM Routine for Dry Acne-Prone Skin

The Ordinary Skincare Routine For Dry Acne-Prone Skin
  1. Cleanse with a hydrating cleanser. I recommend Neutrogena Hydroboost Water Gel Cleanser or Cerave Hydrating Cleanser. Alternatively, you can also cleanse with a Salicylic Acid cleanser especially if you are really breaking out. I also recommend the Cerave SA Cleanser or The Inkey List Salicylic Acid Cleanser.
  2. Tone with a nice hydrating toner. Here you want to choose a Korean Skincare Toner because it is very hydrating particularly for dry skin. The Klairs Supple Preparatory Toner is a good one to use. You need to hydrate your skin and prep it to be absorbed by your serums.
  3. Hydrate with The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid. Once your skin is damp, one or two drops of Hyaluronic Acid is all you need.
  4. Treat with The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 2%. You need something to decongest your blocked pores which are causing your acne. Niacinamide should be a staple in your routine.
  5. Moisturise with The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors. This moisturizer is a staple and one of my all-time favourites.
  6. Protect with an SPF 50. The Missha Essence Sun Milk SPF 50+++ is very hydrating and sinks nicely into my dry skin. Plus, it doesn’t leave a white cast too.
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The Ordinary Skincare PM Routine for Dry Acne-Prone Skin

The Ordinary Skincare Routine For Dry Acne-Prone Skin
  1. Oil Cleanse with The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser. You want to remove all the makeup and/or sunscreen for the day.
  2. Double Cleanse with a hydrating cleanser. Make your cleanser isn’t drying out or stripping your skin. If it does that, you need to toss it out.
  3. Tone with a nice hydrating toner. If you can’t be bothered to use a toner, just splash water on your face after your final rinse.
  4. Hydrate with The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid. Always ensure that your face is damp before using a Hyaluronic Acid serum.
  5. Treat with The Ordinary Niacinamide. You need to use it regularly to get great results. Yes, it is perfectly safe to use both morning and night.
  6. Moisturise with The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors. You don’t want your dry skin to dry out in the middle of the night.
  7. Finish up with an extra layer of hydration with The Ordinary Plant-Derived Squalane. Please don’t sleep on it. It is absolutely worth it. Plus it is non-greasy too. One drop is usually fine.
The Ordinary Skincare Routine For Dry Acne-Prone Skin

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Weekend Routine

  1. Cleanse with your hydrating cleanser.
  2. Dry your skin with a face towel. Make sure it is completely dry.
  3. If you are a beginner, use The Ordinary Salicylic Acid Masque for 10 minutes. If you are more advanced with chemical exfoliants/acids, you can go ahead and use The Ordinary AHA/BHA Peeling Solution for 10 minutes.
  4. When you’re done, rinse out and moisturize. Nothing more, nothing less.

In conclusion, you can see how similar the AM and PM routines are. Yes, these products can be layered without any conflicts. I know there is a massive temptation to try all a lot of the products from The Ordinary. You need to start small so that you don’t irritate your skin. Don’t just layer so many actives all once. Start with the basics and move up.

I hope you found this post helpful. If you have any questions, do share in the comments.

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The Ordinary Skincare Routine For Dry Acne-Prone Skin

(8) Comments

  1. Bradley says:

    Might be a dumb question but anyone thats done this what times do you do it like the AM on do you put all that on your skin one after the other when you wake up and the pm one all at the same time before you go to sleep?

    1. ebunoluwole says:

      Hi Bradley. No, it’s not a dumb question. Yes. Precisely. One after the other in the morning and at night.

  2. Katrine says:

    Hi. Thanks for a helpful post. My skin is sensitive in addition to dry and acne prone. Are these products good for sensitive skin as well?

    1. ebunoluwole says:

      Definetly but you need to introduce them slowly if your skin is sensitive especially the actives. So pick one at a time and make sure you’re buffering with enough hydrating products to prevent irritation.

  3. Alba says:

    Hi! Thank you for the post, it is really difficult finding information about skincare for dry acne prone skin. I am having a hard time finding the salicylic acid masque in my country, do you have other acid recommendations?

    1. ebunoluwole says:

      Hello. Thanks for comment. Yes, I have other recommendations for Salicylic Acid here:

  4. Taylor says:

    Hello! Thank you for this routine. Can’t wait to use this and see some results! A couple questions about the weekend routine: Is that done just once during the weekend? Should you replace either your AM or PM routine with that option? Or should you continue the AM/PM routine and add the weekend routine on top of them?

    Thank you!

    1. ebunoluwole says:

      Hi Taylor, the weekend routine should replace the PM routine especially if you’re using an exfoliant.

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