15 Must-Have Skincare Products for Acne Prone Skin & Hyperpigmentation

15 Must-Have Skincare Products for Acne Prone Skin & Hyperpigmentation

I have struggled with acne and hyperpigmentation for the past 10 years. Luckily, I was one of those lucky people who didn’t have serious acne in high school, but by the time I got to college, my face began to inexplicably erupt with pimples. Ok, not inexplicably, because I didn’t get enough sleep, drink enough water, was super stressed, and didn’t even wash my makeup off at night. So yes, I was a hot mess and deserved every whitehead during that time. But in the past few years I have gotten serious about my skincare, and tried different products to prevent and address my hormonal and stress induced acne. I went into overdrive at the start of 2017, making every effort to conquer my skin by the time I got married, and I finally settled on an arsenal of mostly sulfate and paraben free skincare products that are best for my acne-prone, combination skin.

15 Must-Have Skincare Products for Acne Prone Skin & Hyperpigmentation




Urban Skin RX Even Tone Cleansing Bar
Daily Cleansing Bar

Kojic and azelaic acids in this solid bar cleanser gently exfoliates and brightens my skin every morning. It comes with a konjac like sponge for easy application, and has also helped clear my bikini line!

Bolden Skin Clarifying Cleanser
Clarifying Gel Cleanser

At night, this pH balanced gel cleanser gets all the makeup off my face and gunk out of my pores. Seriously clarifying, so I wouldn’t use it more than once a day. Plus it’s owned by two Nigerian sisters!

Acure Brightening Facial Scrub
Gentle Exfoliant

Every couple of days, I exfoliate my face in the morning with this green (literally) scrub that gently sloughs off dead skin. Bonus points for being a drugstore buy AND it keeps bikini ingrowns at bay!

Colleen Rothschild Radiant Cleansing Balm
Cleansing Balm

Stubborn eye makeup is no match for this luxurious cleansing balm that warms up in your palms and is wiped off with a warm, soft cloth, leaving behind soft skin that feels like it’s straight from the spa.





Foreo Luna Mini 2
Deep Cleansing Tool

On heavy makeup days, this + my gel cleanser work magic to deep clean my skin. Different speed settings means I can control the pressure, and different sized nodes makes cleaning hard to reach areas like right around my nose ring way easier.

Botanics Organic Rosewater Toning Spritz
Alcohol-Free Toner

Post-cleansing, this toner purifies and refreshes my skin, adding back much needed moisture. Also perfect as a setting spray for a dewy finish. Easier to apply than my other favorite toner.

Urban Skin Rx Super C Brightening Serum
Vitamin C Serum

A must-have for skin renewal and gradual fading of scars, this Vitamic C serum also has salicylic acid to fight acne and hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture.


Urban Skin Rx DermShield Daily Moisturizer 
Moisturizer + SPF

Not using SPF daily was probably my 2nd biggest skincare mistake (after not washing my face 2x a day)! This one is slightly mattifying, making it the perfect primer for makeup application.

Avène Complexion Correcting Shield SPF 50+
Tinted Moisturizer + SPF

When I want coverage but don’t feel like doing extra steps, this moisturizer triples as a super charged SPF & foundation that perfectly matches my skin tone with coverage that far surpasses this former fave.

Botanics 100% Organic Nourishing Facial Oil
Facial Oil

At night or when I’m staying indoors, I feel great applying a few drops of this oil on my skin because it’s totally organic and effortlessly locks in moisture without making me feel greasy.


Colleen Rothschild Extreme Recovery Cream
Hydrating Night Cream

For max hydration on super dry days, I like to layer on this cream that is the most moisturizing thing I have ever put on my face. Or body. Or anywhere.





Urban Skin Rx Clarifying Gly/Sal Pads
Acne Fighting Pads

I spread these thin pads over my problem areas (cheeks and forehead) daily to prevent and treat breakouts. It contains just enough salicylic acid to do the job, but not so much that it dries out my skin.

100% Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil

For a super effective and totally natural spot treatment, I dab a bit of tea tree oil on any developing bumps. It’s antibacterial and antifungal properties help treat acne, plus it supposedly helps scars heal as well.

Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask
Clay Mask

On weekends, I like to pamper my skin with a good clay mask that draws impurities out of my pores. This one is mineral rich and not too drying, plus affordable. This one is another favorite.

Zo Skin Health Offects® Sulfur Masque Acne Treatment
Sulfur Masque

During breakouts, this blue medicated mask has 10% sulfur to treat acne as well as glycerin to restore hydration. Also works well as an overnight spot treatment.


While these are my current staples, skincare products alone haven’t been enough to radically improve my skin. I’ll do another post including some lifestyle changes and dermatological procedures that have helped manage my skin soon!

What skincare products do you use if you have acne prone skin and hyperpigmentation?

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  1. I will look into these products. I am looking for something to get rid of my stubborn hyperpigmention on my face. They are old marks from past pimple. I don’t get pimples anymore. I never heard of Urban Skin Rx but curious to try it out. I am a dark skinned African American woman so everything doesn’t work on my skin. Thank you for sharing. Oh by the way congrats on your wedding.


    1. Old marks are the worst! I really recommend Urban Skin Rx for hyperpigmentation. You should also look into microdermabrasion – that really helped my spots!

      1. Hey, Guess what! I just received I just received my Urban Skin Rx today. Will let you know how it works. I did get microdermabrasion before will do them again. I saw that you mention a product called Avene Complexion correcting shield SPF50. I never heard of it but it sounds interesting. Does it work on all shades? I’m a dark skinned sister. Do you have a video on how to use it. It really looks nice. Love your channel. Keep up the great work. Thank you.

        1. How are you liking them so far? And the Avene shade I have is the darkest unfortunately, and I don’t think it would match skintones that were far off from mine by 1 or 2 measures. I just apply it with my hands like a face moisturizer! And when I’m feeling fancy I use a makeup brush.

  2. Your new skin care regimen consists of products that I have never heard of before. Lately, I have been slacking on my skin care regimen. I know that I need to get back on it because I having more breakout. I need to start back using my Clarisonic brush regularly. I need to do better.