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The Best Affordable Skincare Products of 2020 for Acne-Prone Skin


As an aesthetician in Denver, Colorado, our team at Beautiful Skin Denver & IV Hydration Studio sees people from all of the surrounding areas who deal with different types of skin complexions, problems, and more. Yet, time and time again one of the most common problems that customers come to us for help is acne. With a skincare market that is always expanding, scouring the internet for the best brands and skincare products that work for you can be exhausting. This is why we have broken down our top skincare products for acne-prone skin that we recommend to our clients based on their specific skin type from our top 3 favorite affordable skincare brands (Face Reality, Truth Treatments, and Lira Clinical). Whether you have dry, normal, or oily skin, our list has the products you won’t want to live without! If you’re visiting or live in the Denver area, be sure to stop by our location to pick up any of the products mentioned below!



Top Cleansers for Acne-Prone Skin



The first step in any skincare regime is a cleanser, here are our 4 favorite cleansers for acne-prone skin.



Dry/Normal Skin Cleanser



For those with dry/normal skin, Face Reality’s Ultra Gentle Cleanser is our go-to. Ultra Gentle is a sulfate-free gel cleanser that provides antioxidant support which is extremely beneficial to acne-prone skin. Not only is this product great for those who struggle with acne, but it’s also suited for sensitive or mature skin.



Normal/Oily Skin Cleansers



1.If you’re a low-maintenance type of person, then Face Reality’s Mandelic Face and Body Wash (for acne-prone skin) is perfect for you! Working as both your face cleanser and body wash, it helps smooth the skin and improve the appearance of dark spots.



2.Truth Treatments Peppermint Salicylic Cleanser is hard to beat! The gentle exfoliation from the Salicylic Acid provides brightening, smoothing, and pore-cleaning benefits amongst much more.



3.Lira Clinical Pro Exfoliating Cleanser – This exfoliating cleanser has not only Salicylic Acid but Lactic Acid as well and is one of our favorite anti-aging cleansers! (this cleanser is only available for purchase at retail locations, such as our store, stop by and purchase today!)



Top Hyaluronic Serums/Gels for Acne-Prone Skin



1. Face Reality’s Hydra Balance is perfect for dry skin, but is suitable for all skin types! As a water-based hydrating gel, Hydra Balance can help reduce the appearance of oily shine. One of the best features of Hydra Balance for those suffering from acne is that it can be safely used under Face Reality’s professionally prescribed Acne Med.



2.Truth Treatments Hyaluronic Mineral Hydrator is perfect for all skin types! Though this hydrating serum is a bit more expensive than Face Reality, it has some amazing benefits that make it one of our favorites. In particular, this Hydrator helps boost your skin’s ability to produce Hyaluronic Acid, provides immediate and lasting hydration and uses lipophilic Vitamin C to boost antioxidant protection, among many other benefits.



3.Lira Clinical Bio Hydra Infusion is an ultra-hydrating serum that leaves you with smooth skin. Bio Hydra Infusion combines Hyaluronic Acid and Silver Ear Mushroom with B5 vitamins, Plant Stem Cells, and more for maximum benefits. (Only available for purchase at stores.)



Top Retinol Treatments for Acne-Prone Skin



Retinol treatments have become very popular in the last couple of years, but you need to know which to use for your skin type.



1. Face Reality’s Vitamin A Corrective Serum contains Retinol, the least irritating form of Vitamin A. Retinol can help improve the appearance of your skin by helping with breakouts, discoloration, fine lines, and wrinkles!



2. Truth treatments Retinol Spot treatment – We love to use this retinol spot treatment on our clients for those cystic pimples that hurt and we want gone right away! Truth Treatments Retinol Spot Treatment combines Retinol with Salicylic Acid to combat that pesky acne. Not only can this spot treatment treat and prevent acne it can also help with post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, ingrown hairs, and even bug bites!



3. Lira Clinical Pro C4 Retinol Serum is a multi-tasking serum. Lira Clinical Pro C4 Retinol Serum can help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and help manage acne! This serum combines four forms of Vitamin C to strengthen your skin. (Only available for purchase at stores.)



Top Moisturizers for Acne



1.Face Reality Cran-Peptide Cream If you live in Denver Colorado or really anywhere in Colorado, then you know how dry our climate is. This one is our personal favorite winter moisturizer because it’s extra hydrating for the Colorado weather! While this moisturizer is suitable for all skin types, it’s best for those who either live in an extremely dry climate or have dry skin.



2.Truth Treatments Transdermal C Serum has an extremely high dose of lipophilic Vitamin C, which has proven to boost the production of natural moisture factors at the cellular level and help reverse the signs of aging. Along with many other benefits, Truth treatments Transdermal C Serum helps diminish the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation.



3.Lira Clinical ICE balancing lotion is best suited for those with acne and oily skin. This lotion works by controlling daily oil production and provides hydration with a matte finish. (Only available for purchase at stores.)



Top SPF Products for Acne



With over 360 days of sunshine in Denver, Colorado it’s important to have an SPF as one of your staple skincare products.



1.Face Reality Ultimate Protection SPF – Perfect for all skin types, this product uses Zinc Oxide and Titanium Oxide to provide a physical/mineral sunblock. This product is great for acne-prone skin and sensitive skin alike.



2.BiON Titanium Dioxide sunscreen SPF 35 – Though BiON isn’t part of our “Top 3 favorite skincare brands” we just couldn’t leave this one out. BiON’s Titanium Dioxide Sunscreen is great for those with dry/normal skin and provides UVA and UVB protection. (Only available for purchase at stores.)



Acne Treatments in Denver Colorado



Sometimes you may feel that you’re doing everything right, ie. keeping up with your skincare, using the right products, hydrating, etc. but you’re still not seeing the results in your skin that you want. In fact, did you know that acne affects more than 80% of all teenagers and has hit epidemic proportions in adults, especially in women? That’s where our professional acne treatments at Beautiful Skin Denver & IV Hydration Studio in Denver can be extremely helpful! Whether you’re a teen or an adult facing acne issues, it can be an extremely defeating process if you’re not seeing results. We at Beautiful Skincare Denver & IV Hydration Studio, want all of our customers to have the confidence in their skin that we know is achievable. To this end, we created our Acne Boot Camp. Acne Boot Camp is a customized series of four facials and/or chemical peels that are spaced 2 – 3 weeks apart. Just like we don’t believe that skincare products are a one-size-fits-all, neither is any acne treatment. Check out our before and afters and stop by our Denver location to get your free consultation today! Not ready for Acne Boot Camp? View our A La Carte Acne Treatments!


* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.