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Guide to affordable acne-prone skincare essentials

The start of a new year is the perfect excuse to revamp your skincare routine and get your skin in the best condition ever. With so many products out there nowadays promising the world, it's hard to know where to begin, especially if you have sensitive, acne-prone skin. Kindred. has cultivated a list of some of the best products on the market, aiming to tackle your skincare worries without breaking the bank.


The INKEY List Salicylic Acid Cleanser


A good cleanser is the perfect first step in sorting out your skincare, and if you have acne-prone skin, Salicylic Acid is a must. The INKEY List Salicylic Acid Cleanser is a great product that tackles two things at once: cleaning your skin and managing your breakouts.


The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% & Zinc 1%


The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% & Zinc 1% is a serum that combats the over-production of sebum by decongesting pores, which leads to a reduction of blemishes and breakouts. With added Zinc, this serum helps to heal damaged skin and encourages the production of collagen. Suitable for use both morning and night, this serum is a great product to incorporate into your routine.


COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patches


There's nothing worse than waking up to a new spot on your face, especially before an event. The COSRX acne pimple master patches are a must-have to prevent those last-minute breakouts. Basically, if you feel a spot starting to develop under the skin, place one of them on it before you go to bed and thanks to these patches, it'll be gone by the morning. They work by protecting the spot from bacteria and dirt and then absorbing all the gunk that comes out of them. Definitely an essential to keep in your handbag in case of emergency!


Simple Kind to Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser


At the core of a good skincare routine is a good moisturiser, nothing too greasy or heavy, and something that will leave you feeling soft and hydrated. This doesn't have to come at a cost either, because sometimes the most simple products are the best, which is true for the Simple Kind to Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser. This moisturiser won't break the bank and is great for sensitive skin.

The INKEY List Hyaluronic Acid Serum


During these winter months, you might be finding that your moisturiser simply isn't enough. For extra hydration, incorporating Hyaluronic acid into your routine might be the answer. The INKEY List Hyaluronic acid serum helps lock extra moisture to your skin and works best on damp skin.


The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution


This product is a cult favourite for a reason. In the midst of the first lockdown, The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution was all over social media, with pictures of people everywhere coating their faces in this blood-red mask. It works by exfoliating the topmost layer of the skin for a brighter, more even appearance. This mask works wonders for acne-prone skin as it also helps minimise acne scars, but be careful to only keep the mask on for 10 minutes though, as it is very concentrated.


Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant


Another product taking the beauty world by storm is Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, a leave-on exfoliant for congested, oily and combination skin. For those suffering from acne-prone skin, its key ingredient, Salicylic Acid, combats breakouts and inflammation.


La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultralight Invisible Fluid SPF50+ Sun Cream


When using acids in your skincare, it is important to make sure that you are using a good SPF, as your skin will be more sensitive to UV rays. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultralight Invisible Fluid SPF50+ Sun Cream is a lightweight fast-absorbing sun cream for facial use and was developed specifically for sensitive skin.


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