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Adapted cleansing routine for a healthier skin

How to gently cleanse acne-prone skin?

A suitable care routine alone can considerably improve the condition of acne-prone skin. On the other hand, poorly chosen products and habits can cause spots and blackheads to multiply.

Here are some basic recommendations for the gentle cleansing of acne-prone skin.

How to gently cleanse acne-prone skin

What are the good habits to adopt to cleanse your skin?

Be sure to use non-aggressive cleansing products that do not strip the skin or alter the lipids in the hydrolipidic film or horny layer. For this, BIODERMA Micellar Waters are really effective as they have the same pH that your skin to respect your lipidic film. 
You can use scrubs, but not more often than once a week, and only if you are not using an associated medicated treatment, which generally already exfoliates the skin. 
Removing make-up or cleansing skin each evening is essential, even if you don’t wear make-up. The aim is to remove dirt, particulate pollutants and all kinds of other residues that have settled on the skin throughout the day.

Is double cleansing a good thing for acne-prone skins?

Everybody has heard of double cleansing and its benefits. Yet, if you have acne-prone skin you could be worried it would be too abrasive for your skin. We indeed recommend not to overwash, to keep a balance and avoid to add sensitivity to your acne-prone skin. That said, a deep cleanse, if gentle, is the best you can do!
So what you want to do is first remove the heavy products and most impurities from your skin, like makeup, SPF, excess sebum and other dirt accumulated on top of that. To do so, micellar water is ideal. Put the solution on your cotton pad and cleanse your skin making circular motions; the micelles will attract all the impurities like a magnet.
If you read our other articles about acne-prone skin, you know that acne is due -in part- to hyperseborrhea, an excess of sebum. So your skin type is different from any other, and that's why we formulated Sebium H2O, a micellar water that helps with reducing the excess of sebum.
Then, the second cleanse will be dedicated to getting rid of the smaller things, that set in your pores and that you were unable to reach before. For that, use your foaming gel -ideally formulated to respect acne-prone skin such as Sebium Foaming gel- that will get into your pores and remove dirt, bacteria and pollutants.

The pros and cons of scrubs for acne-prone skin

For people with acne-prone skin, scrubs should be used sparingly, since they irritate the skin and can aggravate red spots, papules and pustules. 
From time to time, exfoliation can help eliminate scales and dead cells. Scrubs containing enzymes or salicylic acid are recommended. 
In the summer, scrubs should be avoided or at least used less frequently since the skin has to defend itself from UV radiation. This also applies for people undergoing treatments with drying or keratolytic action, which therefore already exfoliate the skin: in this case, scrubs should be used in moderation.

You may also wonder about acne-prone skin…

Can double cleansing worsen my skin condition?

If you follow our advice, your skin should be cleansed and as healthy as possible thanks to double cleansing! However, a routine done improperly with the wrong products or products that are not adapted to your skin problem could aggravate the symptoms. Be careful of what you use on your face!

Do I have to follow the double cleansing routine?

Even know the double cleansing is recommended, the most important thing is to cleanse your skin religiously, that's all! If you don't wear a lot of makeup or heavy product such as SPF on your face (even if you should always wear SPF! Here are the reasons why), then you may not need to double cleanse and you can use your cleanser on its own. You can also choose to save double cleansing for some days, when you feel you need it more, it's up to you!

Is it okay to wear foundation if I have acne?

Avoid high-coverage foundations with a mask effect as well as thick and compact powders – use loose powders instead. Ideally, you’ll want a make-up product that will both conceal your blemishes and treat your acne. For example, the Sebium Global Cover is the perfect match to combine the efficacity of a treatment against acne and a flawless skin.

Our best advice to take care of your acne-prone skin


First, use Sebium H2O with a cotton on your whole face and neck.

Second step, deep cleanse with Sebium Foaming Gel. It will also purify your skin and avoid the proliferation of bacteria thanks to the presence of copper, an anti-bacterial.


Do a simple cleanse in the morning, before applying your skincare and makeup.
At night, take off all the impurities by deeply double cleansing your skin with adapted products.