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Minimalist Acne Skin Care Routine

Many people have a skin care routine that's 12 steps long with a dozen different products, and then wonder why their skin is dry, flaky, irritated and never seems to clear up. They're using lemon and apple cider vinegar sprays, witch hazel toners, egg masks, steaming, microneedling, using prescription topicals, etc.

As I seek a minimalist lifestyle for its psychological benefits, we should also seek a minimalist skin care routine for its various skin-related benefits (and your wallet will thank you, too!).

A minimalist skin care routine does not necessarily mean that you only cleanse and moisturize; for people with skin conditions like acne, this simply may not be enough to clear the skin issues up. A minimalist skin care routine instead means that we are using only what our skin requires to be healthy, and nothing more. Using this guideline, you should be able to narrow down your skin care routine to the basics.

First of all, we need to establish what the basics - the essentials - are, and eliminate any excess.

1. Cleanse.

Cleansing is an important step in any skin care routine - no matter how you choose to do it; you can oil cleanse, you can water-less cleanse, you can use a foaming cleanser or a gel cleanser, whatever works for your skin.

Depending on your skin's specific needs, you should cleanse 1-2x a day (morning and night) with a gentle cleanser that does not leave your face feeling stripped, dry, shiny or plastic-y. Some people get by wi