The Best Products for Acne-Prone Skin

Chantecaille, Perricone MD, Laura Mercier, Tarte Cosmetics

As some of you may know my skin journey has been a long one. I have been battling acne breakouts for about 2 years and I have gone through so many different products and brands. I compiled a list of skincare must haves especially for those of you with very sensitive skin. I have been using the products for about 6 months now and I purposely waited this long to share with you so that I can give you a thorough experience with these products. To the average person, these are luxury products (pretty pricey) and they are an investment so I’m here to make sure that your money is well spent. I have finally found a winning combination for myself and I am very excited to share it with you!

Perricone MD Blue Plasma

Perricone MD Blue Plasma

The Blue Plasma is what got my skin over it’s hump and has turned my skin around for the better. This product is a daily peel with Salmon Roe Enzyme and Copper. I wear this overnight on top of my Chantecaille serum and the Intensive Pore Treatment. Blue Plasma’s main function is to resurfaces the skin and gives it a really nice glow. The Salmon Roe Enzyme is a natural enzyme that is released during the baby salmon hatching process used for breaking down the salmon shell without harming the larvae. Salmon Roe has exfoliating properties like an acid but won’t harm the human skin. My results weren’t instantaneous and I did not see a difference even after a week of using it. I kept the faith and after a month I noticed that my skin was softer, smoother, brighter and my acne scars were reduced. It’s safe to say that this has become a staple in my skincare routine.

Perricone MD Photo Plasma

Perricone MD Photo Plasma

I love this stuff! The Photo Plasma moisturizer has SPF 30 and it protects against UVA and UVB. My favorite thing about it is that it’s very light weight and it feels like it smooths out my skin to allow for easy application of my foundation. I apply this on top of the serum in the morning and then I apply foundation. It has non-chemical UVA and UVB mineral Titatinum Dioxide sunscreen. This product also has Vitamin C Ester and Alpha Lipoic Acid and Astaxanthin. Vitamin C Ester promotes natural collagen generation, smooth skin texture and brighten it’s appearance. Alpha Lipoic Acid helps reduce wrinkles, fine lines and the appearance of enlarged pores (which was a huge concern of mine). Astaxanthin is what gives the photo plasma it’s color as it is found in salmon and algae. It is more effective than Vitamin E and a potent antioxidant that protects against harmful UV rays.

Perricone MD Cosmeceuticals Intensive Pore Treatment

Perricone MD Intensive Pore Treatment

The Intensive Pore Treatment is magic for my pores. It has greatly contributed to reducing the size of my pores and helping me preserve my youthful appearance. I feel this has been a huge factor in the reduction of breakouts I have had since my pore size is reduced and it limits the amount of harmful substances that can get in, clog and create a breakout. This product is oil-free and silicone free.

Chantecaille Vital Essence

Chantecaille Vital Essence

This serum is lightweight and I love that I can use on my face and in the eye area (yay for saving money).I use Vital Essence as the base product. This is the first thing I put on whether it’s my daytime routine or nighttime, I always put this product first. I have an overproduction of sebum due to stress and hormonal changes as I have gotten older and sebum is one of the main causes of a pimple. The Red Algae helps regulate sebum production which will then reduce my breakouts. Vital Essence also has seaweed and Vitamin C. I first started out with this product and the Chantecaille Water Flower Fluid and these two are what started my skin improvement.

Chantecaille Water Flower Fluid Oil Free

Chantecaille Water Flower Fluid (oil-free)

The Water Flower Fluid is a lightweight oil-free moisturizer that is derived from oranges and has vitamins A, E and C. I apply this on at night on top of the Blue Plasma and Intensive Pore Treatment or I’ll wear it alone if I have no other products on my face. This is ideal for use in warmer more humid climates which that is exactly where I live. The Vitamin C brightens the skin and the Jojoba/shea butter also replenishes moisture. This is a vegan-friendly product.

Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation

Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay Foundation

Tarte was on the money when they developed this product. The Amazonian Clay Foundation foundation has done an amazing job at covering my blemishes while maintaining a natural appearance. This is also a 12-hour foundation and has SPF 15 so no need for a primer if you plan on wearing this for less than 12-hours. I don’t like to wear it alone, so I always apply my Chantecaille serum at least before applying the foundation. Since I am prone to breakouts I was excited that it is also non-comedogenic (which means it doesn’t cause blocked pores). If you are vegan, this is a vegan-friendly product as well.

Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder

Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder

In the past I did not use any powders on my face for fear of clogging my pores and causing breakouts (have you caught on to the trend yet haha!). I decided to try the Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder and I love the finished look. It gives a flawless almost porcelain look to my skin. This product is also oil-free and water resistant.


I am very happy with my results and I’ll soon share some before and after photos of my skin with acne and my skin as it is today. The pictures will shock you!

xoxo, Wrk IT Girl

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3 Responses to The Best Products for Acne-Prone Skin

  1. Heather says:

    Good to know. I’ll have to try some of these products. My skin is so acne prone… anything that’ll help 🙂

  2. Nicole says:

    I’ve had my eye on the blue plasma for days girl and didn’t have the guts to try it but I might have to go get a sample now and see how it does on my skin. I feel liek we could sit and talk for hours about beauty! Thanks for all the info!

  3. Nicole says:

    I’ve been eyeing that blue plasma for days and never had the guts to try it! I might have to go get a sample now! I feel like we could talk about beauty or days! Thanks for all the info and I really want to see the before and after pics!

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