When you have acne-prone skin, it can be difficult to find skin care products that gel with your skin. It can also be more difficult to find all the information available on what to use, what to avoid, what to look for, etc. We’re here to clear it all up for you – literally – and discuss whether or not you should be using the cleansing balm for acne-prone skin.

Listen, everyone’s skin is unique. It can be reassuring to note that what makes your friend hot may not be what causes him to have hot flashes, and vice versa. So understanding the causes of breakouts can help you make better skin decisions when looking to add a cleansing balm to your routine.

Are cleansing balms good for acne-prone skin?

Our Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balms work on acne-prone skin to promote healthy, hydrated skin. When you double cleanse with a cleansing balm, you are effectively removing extra makeup, sunscreen, and impurities that can stick to your skin and cause pimples. As cleansing balms are soft and hydrating, they can be used morning and night, and applied directly to the skin. For acne-prone skin, you may prefer this cleansing solution over a makeup remover to cleanse your skin. If the skin is flakier, redness and irritation can occur, which can lead to a rash.

How do cleansing balms help with acne?

To find the best cleansing balm for acne-prone skin, we must first understand how unwanted blemishes appear in the first place. The culprit: a mixture of hair, oil, dirt, and dead skin cells that clog the oil channels, called follicles. The heat sink provides an environment for bacteria to grow. When the skin detects bacteria, it triggers an immune system response to attack the bacteria in the clogged follicle, causing a (painful) pimple or cyst.

Should I use a cleansing balm every day to relieve my acne?

Again, it’s good to keep in mind that each person’s skin is unique. Try to pay attention to how your skin feels when you double-cleanse with a cleansing balm. If you feel good, keep it up. There is no single correct way to cleanse your skin, but a general rule of thumb is to cleanse at least 1-2 times a day with your double cleanse at night.

What skincare products should I use after the Acne Cleansing Balm?

To double down on acne-prone skin, use your cleansing balm first, followed by your favorite acne cleanser. Benzoyl peroxide cleansers effectively kill acne-causing bacteria, while salicylic acid cleansers help break down dead skin cells that cling to the skin and unclog pores. A clay cleanser formulated with kaolin clay is another great stain remover if you’re averse to medicated cleansers.


Cleansing balms are the best makeup removers because most makeup products are oil-based and designed for long-term use. Although cleansers and removers can remove makeup, the oils in cleansing balms are attracted to makeup oils. This allows the balm to gently break down makeup without drying or stripping the skin of its natural oils. With cleansing balms, there’s no need to scrub or rinse as much, which means you can remove makeup effectively without irritating your skin. Soft and smooth skin is revealed so that only one is clean.

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