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This Acne-Proof Routine Took 10+ Years To Perfect

Welcome to Acne Files, a month-long series where we get real about whiteheads, blackheads, cysts, and every bump or blemish in between. From skin-soothing products R29 editors swear by to exclusive deals on the most breakout-friendly beauty brands, we’re kissing the concept of “bad skin” goodbye and exploring why acne goes so much further than skin deep.
For half of my life, I've dealt with varying degrees of having acne. From all-over, aggravated teenage skin (that only cleared up after a brutal round of Accutane) to my present-day hormonal breakouts, I've had over a decade of testing products in the name of showing pimples the door. From drugstore to high-end to prescription topicals, I've poured a lot of time (and money) into finding out what works — and what didn't. (All of this, mind you, predated — but heavily influenced — my career as a beauty journalist.)
All that's to say, I've made it my mission to demystify what the heck is going on when I'm dealing with a flareup — and at last, have finally cracked the code on what works for me: A 28-year-old oily-skinned, acne-prone gal. As many a dermatologist will tell you, treating acne is a tricky beast; what works for me might not work for you depending on your age, skin type, sensitivities, etc. However, one thing I can say with total confidence is this: Great products can be found at any budget.
Ahead, join me as I share my personal skin-care routine featuring some of my all-time favorite products.
Your trusty skin-care-loving, acne-having beauty whisperer.
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