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Our Producer’s Super-Simple Anti-Acne Skin-Care Routine

Accutane helped, but I still swear by these products to prevent breakouts.

By: Monique Kamargo
Photography: Weston Wells

I’ve struggled with really bad acne all my life. Throughout my teenage years, I tried everything I could think of, from ProActiv to expensive laser treatments recommended by my dermatologist, before finally surrendering to Accutane. Fortunately, my experience with Accutane was successful and fully cleared up my complexion for a while. Now people will often compliment my skin and even speak of how jealous they are, but what they don’t realize is how much I have struggled in the past trying to get real results.

While some may say Accutane is a permanent solution, I often still get smaller breakouts and currently struggle with some cystic acne on the sides of my face. As a woman in my 20s striving to achieve the perfect balance in my career, relationships, and self-care routine (and the stress that comes along with that impossible task), these occasional skin troubles aren’t entirely surprising.

And while I love to try out the new, fun products that come in and out of Coveteur HQ from time to time, my acne-prone skin makes me very cautious of what I am using. Check out my skin-care routine below, and always remember you are not alone—acne is a b*tch!


Water: I know this step seems obvious and even rote, but drinking enough water is so so important for your skin, especially when you have acne. I’m not together enough to have fresh lemons on hand every morning (though I try when I can!), but you can most likely find me sipping on a big Fiji water or that good old New York tap water all day.

Cetaphil Cleanser: Because my skin is very sensitive and I know I am going to be applying a lot of product to my face post-cleanse, I start my routine off with a simple face wash to help soothe and get rid of surface dirt and oil that could lead to acne. Cetaphil is perfect if you are looking for a basic, affordable cleanser that does the job.

Neogen Dermalogy Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Pads: I’ve been told by many facialists that exfoliating is key for my acne-prone skin (this isn't true for all kinds of breakouts, by the way, but most). I use these pads a few times every week to exfoliate my skin after cleansing, and I can always immediately feel the difference. My skin feels refreshed and brighter every time. They also help calm down any redness I have prior, as the main ingredients include green tea, aloe, and tea tree leaf extract.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Toner: I’m kind of a toner newbie. Our amazing editor and beauty product expert, Hannah, recommended this one to me recently, and it’s given me great results. The salicylic acid helps target my blemishes as well as help fade old acne scars without irritating.

Radha Rosehip Oil: I've always been hesitant about trying facial oils because of how they might affect my sensitive/combination skin and thought they would cause me to break out even more (my T-zone tends to be very oily, and my cheeks more dry). I only started a few months ago and mainly wanted to incorporate it to help fade my acne scars, so I only use a few drops. Looking back on it now, I have no idea how I survived for so long without incorporating rosehip oil into my skin-care regimen. It’s the most magical facial oil you could ever use IMO, and has amazing benefits for your skin. If you struggle with dry skin (especially during those brutal winter months!), you need to add this to your routine.

Glossier Moisturizer Rich: I love this Glossier moisturizer because it’s super thick and creamy without feeling too heavy when I apply it on my face. I can really feel it melt into my skin and fully absorb the rosehip oil I massaged in first. It leaves me feeling super hydrated and glowy, and feels luxe for a $35 moisturizer. I mainly use the Glossier moisturizer because, while my dermatologist recommends something like Cerave, I noticed I'm still really dry after I use it and would have to re-apply, whereas with Glossier's I only have to use a small amount to feel fully hydrated.