My Personal Moisturising Routine For Acne Prone Skin

I’ve been recently trailing a couple of new products with great success. One of them I’m particularly excited about because it’s a combination of one of my favourite oils with MSM. MSM is a beauty mineral which just happens to be excellent at fading scars, so this product is very exciting to share with you today!

Weleda moisturising lotionFirst big announcement – I have gone back to using a product!!!! This was completely unexpected but also absolutely needed for me here. I live in the Andes in Peru so it’s dry, dry, dry and often cold. This means my skin needs a lot more moisture than it would if I was living back in Australia or somewhere like Bali. Out of a dry climate I would skip this product completely.

The product is either Weleda Wild Rose Night Cream or Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Lotion for Sensitive Skin.

You can read MakeupAlley.com reviews for each product here and here. Both get quite good reviews for acne prone skin. I have personally trialled both products over a period of a few months, and have not find either product to break me out.

In fact my skin is a lot less dry and a lot more clear.

Bo's Own Hemp Seed OilI then apply my new absolute favourite product!! which is Bo’s Own Cosmetic Oil (Acne Relief) by the new High on Health.

I love, love, love this product. It makes my skin look shiny and radiant, does not break me out, and helps to remove any scars and pigmentations on my skin. The ingredients are 100% pure hemp oil, English lavender, rosemary, MSM and Vitamin C. All natural and all super good for the skin and acne. This is a very new product so is not yet reviewed on MakeupAlley.com.

If your skin is dry like mine or you live in a very dry climate, then I recommend using a combination of both products. I apply the Weleda product followed by the hemp oil mix on top.

If however your skin is on the normal to oily side, or you live in a humid environment, then I recommend only using Bo’s Own Cosmetic Oil. Just make sure you purchase the acne relief option (the one that I link to here) because it contains extra ingredients to help to fight acne or to keep it away.

Moisturise every time after you cleanse if needed.

Fran Kerr is an author and beauty coach specialising in the natural treatment of acne in adult women. You can book an appointment with Fran here.

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  • Karine Gaudet August 5, 2017, 8:49 am

    Hi, it doesn’t say here which oil you use to cleanse with, hemp or jojoba? Once your done cleansing with either oil (which includes adding oil if skin is feeling tight), your saying you moisturize with Weleda and Bo’s on top of that?

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    • Fran August 8, 2017, 3:21 pm

      Hi Karine, this was written some time ago, and now that I live in a rural are of Peru I can’t access hemp! But either are great. When I had this routine yes I loved it, and yes my skin is very dry so I did need both moisturisers.

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  • Sarah Syed August 1, 2017, 7:37 am

    Hi Fran,
    I only break out every couple of years or so, I have clear skin for a year or two then have 7-9 months of acne. My diet never changes I usually have to find a product or do use blue light but this time its not working out as well this time. I use Dermalogica products with some other ones for eye cream and anti-aging serums. I want to use a SPF and an anti ageing serum, what products do that? I have used Weleda SkinFood for years on top of my general moisturiser around my eyes as it always feel dry there, but your suggesting almond or rose hip? I know it must be my hormones that cause my breakouts and its so frustrating because i don’t have a clue how to balance them, as I have had clear skin for years eating loads of sugar, high on stress and using whatever product I wanted. Please advice….
    Much Love
    Sarah

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    • Fran August 8, 2017, 3:12 pm

      Hi Sarah, are you able to book in a consultation so that I can take a look?

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  • Megan May 20, 2016, 4:45 pm

    Any suggestions for chapped lips? I am break out prone and each lip balm I try seems to break me out right on the lip line.

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  • Michelle May 1, 2016, 4:26 pm

    Fran the Weleda moisturiser has alcohol in it. That’s pro-aging and dehydrating – usually more in the long term than short term. Thank you for the list of skin clogging ingredients – I thought I was using the best products (recommended by a dermatologist) which all contained ingredients on the list, and since I’ve stopped using them my skin is clearer. I have just bought a ton of new products which cost a fortune, but at least I won’t be doing that again!

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    • Isabelle December 3, 2016, 3:38 am

      Alcohol can be dehydrating, but that’s usually the case in tonics and such where the alcohol content is very high (sometimes 50-60%) and not in a well formulated lotion or cream where the alcohol content is waaay lower, plus the oils and hydrating factors of the cream counterbalance any dryness caused by alcohol. On the other hand alcohol is a factor that helps bringing the good stuff in the cream to a deeper skin level. This is of course not good in a product full with toxic and hormone disrupting stuff, but actually great in an all natural product because the antioxidants and vitamins of the natural oils penetrate deeper. Also alcohol is a comparatively safe ingredient to prevent spoilage and therefore much better than for example parabens or potassium sorbate or benzoic acid, which can cause allergic reactions.

      I feel like these days alcohol gets a much worse rep than is called for. Sure, people with extremely dry, disrupted or photodamaged skin might take care and test it first. But for everyone else there shouldn’t be problems in a well-formulated product with athe sensible (= not extremely high) dose. In fact most alcohol in a product doesn’t even do anything on the skin because it evaporates immediately during application of the product. This and other factors (like the difference between in vitro and in vivo, concentration, setting etc) play a big role for example in that one (!) cell study that gets always cited by Paula Begoun and other alcohol crusaders – who has an agenda btw because she wants to sell her own products. She also recommended putting hydrogen peroxide on your face in the past, which is very harsh, so it’s not like she above recommending less than ideal things.

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  • Amee Orsini April 20, 2016, 3:24 pm

    Hi I am trying to go to the link for the hemp oil msm moisturizer and when I click on it – it says that it can not be found and I have tried to go to the actual website and that does not work either. Please advise πŸ™‚
    I would like to get this product πŸ™‚

    Take care, Amee

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    • Fran April 25, 2016, 5:13 pm

      Hi Amee, Oh dear, I will correct the link today! In the meantime you will find it at highonhealth.ca

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  • Olivia December 1, 2015, 6:04 pm

    Hi Fran,

    I’ve been using the Bo’s Own oil you recommend for cleansing and moisturizing for about 3 months now. My skin has definitely cleared up significantly, although a few pesky small closed comedones and blackheads remain (or the occasional big, inflamed pimple if I’ve eaten grains, sugar or dairy as a treat… not very often). However, I live in Canada and winter is coming. As the air is changing and becoming colder and drier again, I’m noticing my skin becoming much more dry, itchy and irritated – even if I layer on lots of hemp seed oil. I came back to your site looking for your suggestion of a more substantial moisturizer, and was glad to find this article. I’m glad you have had luck with the Weleda product… but I will admit, I’m scared to try it now after reading about comedogenic ratings. I do want to try it… but don’t want to set myself back even further if it causes me to break out. Do you know of any non-comedogenic alternatives to hemp oil that might hold a little bit more moisture in my skin? Any ideas are appreciated!

    Thank you!

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    • Fran December 3, 2015, 9:36 pm

      Hi Olivia, unfortunately I don’t! My suggestion is to go to makeupalley.com and read the reviews of products from people with acne prone skin. Let us know what you find out!

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  • Sarah September 2, 2015, 2:54 pm

    Is there a reason you did not recommend the Weleda Rose Smoothing day cream ? I am trying that right now but I think it’s breaking me out. πŸ™

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    • Fran September 4, 2015, 7:19 am

      Hi Sarah, all of the weleda works well with my skin – I’m sorry that it’s not working out for your skin.

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    • Jeannie September 4, 2015, 7:08 pm

      Maybe it’s an adjustment period? I’m told that can take awhile as your skin gets used to something new. That said, that particular cream does have several ingredients that could block your pores (almond oil? yikes). Not sure I would stay with it.

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  • kari July 3, 2015, 6:01 pm

    I cannot tolerate jojoba oil or almond oil. Hemp oil is ok but my skin is still dry no matter how much I use (sounds like you had this problem too!). What about argan oil? Do you think it would moisturize and not cause breakouts? It’s higher in oleic acid. I’m looking at Josie Maran’s but there are many choices of course. Thanks for any recommendation.

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    • Fran July 6, 2015, 1:11 am

      Hi Kari, give it a go and see how your skin responds πŸ™‚

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  • jeannie July 1, 2015, 1:49 am

    I desperately need a moisturizer as hemp seed oil is just not enough for my skin and I’m allergic to jojoba. I’m dry and flaking and it’s summer here. I’ve tried a hyalauronic acid serum underneath as well as an aloe gel all to no avail….still dry and flaking. I was excited when I saw this post until I checked out the ingredients. Very high in sweet almond oil which is highly comedogenic. I have no idea how you’re not breaking out from it, but I don’t think I would have as much luck. Any other suggestions for me for a safe moisturizer? I do have sensitive skin with some redness probably from rosacea so I have to be careful what I use. I’ve considered argan oil but do not know if it would help — I may need a regular old product moisturizer unfortunately.

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    • Fran July 6, 2015, 1:06 am

      Hi Jeannie, Try looking at all the weleda products, they have quite a few. Alternatively take a look on makeupalley.com fore review of products with acne-prone skin.

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  • Marie April 20, 2015, 3:33 pm

    hi!
    i am wondering how did you come across the weleda products- did someone recommend it to you or why did you choose it?
    Thanks!

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    • Fran April 22, 2015, 7:37 pm

      Hi Marie, I knew about them many years ago, and have used them from time to time. Here in my small town in Peru they are the only good quality natural option available – so it was worth trying!

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  • Ren April 13, 2015, 5:21 pm

    Hi again,
    One more question….can you please tell me about the consistency of Bo’s Oil? I’m guessing it’s like an oil rather than a lotion/cream? Maybe a silly question since it’s called oil but just wondering. I use hemp oil as a cleanser but have been hesitant to use it as a moisturizer because I feel like it would make my face look shiny/oily rather than dewy.
    Thanks or the work you do!

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    • Fran April 13, 2015, 6:55 pm

      Hi again Ren, The consistency is a lot like hemp seed oil, so yes, more like an oil than anything else. However, I find that like most oils after a little time the oil sinks into the skin. At the absolute strongest it will give your skin a shiny and radiant look πŸ™‚

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  • Ren April 13, 2015, 3:32 am

    Hi Fran,
    I was wondering if you knew the difference between Bo’s Own Cosmetic Oil and the one with Acne Relief. The product descriptions appear to show the same picture and ingredients for both products on the website. Is it the MSM?
    Thanks so much!

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    • Fran April 13, 2015, 2:54 pm

      Hi Ren, they are the same product.. it’s odd that they’ve added two different descriptions!

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  • Brooke April 11, 2015, 6:40 pm

    Hi Fran,

    Thank you for your amazing healing help and teaching! You may have covered this topic in the past, but I’m wondering if you could do a post on facial sunblocks you recommend for acneic skin, or if you could recommend any here in the comments section?

    Thanks so much!!
    Brooke

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    • Fran April 13, 2015, 2:27 pm

      Hi Brooke, I will put it on my list of articles to write, thank you for the suggestion πŸ™‚

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  • Sheena April 9, 2015, 5:59 pm

    It seems the link to the product for normal to oily complexions is broken. I get an error message when I click it.

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    • Fran April 9, 2015, 7:47 pm

      Hi Sheena, it’s working again now πŸ™‚

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  • Angelica April 8, 2015, 12:21 pm

    Hi Fran,

    I’m also very curious about this oil, mostly for its acne scar removing properties. What ingredient(s) in it is suppose to remove/bleach acne scars? I’m using jojoba oil at the moment as cleanser and moisturiser and that’s working fine I think, but do you think this would be a good switch for me?

    Thanks!

    Angelica

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    • Fran April 9, 2015, 1:24 am

      Hi Angelica,

      MSM is excellent are helping to shift scars – I have been recommending MSM taking internally and used topically for years.

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      • Angelica April 9, 2015, 11:55 pm

        Ah sounds good, thank you. I was thinking though, is it a bad idea to switch back and forth between jojoba oil and hemp oil, or should I stick to one? I’m traveling around a lot so can’t really use the hemp oil then because of its tendency to go bad.

        Angelica

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        • Fran April 13, 2015, 2:26 pm

          Hi Angelica, No that’s absolutely fine!

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  • Raya April 8, 2015, 7:14 am

    Hello Fran,

    First, thank you for creating this website! It really has helped me to understand more about my body.
    I was thinking of buying hemp seed oil as a moisturizer (I’m still debating on using that or honey to wash my face), when I saw this blog post, so it came in great timing. But I was wondering what you think about using a toner. Like rose water or Apple cider vinegar.
    I would appreciate your feedback, thank you!

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    • Fran April 9, 2015, 1:23 am

      Hi Raya,

      I don’t feel that toners are every a necessary step. BUT if it makes you or your skin feel good, then go for it πŸ™‚ Just if using ACV please dilute it because it’s quite strong!

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      • Raya April 12, 2015, 6:24 pm

        Ok, thank you!

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  • lou April 8, 2015, 1:47 am

    Does this hemp oil need to be refrigerated?

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    • Fran April 9, 2015, 1:21 am

      Hi Lou, it depends on your climate – I don’t refrigerate mine but it’s only warm to cold here all year around. It hasn’t gone rancid. If you live in a very hot or humid environment I would recommend refrigerating it.

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      • Lou April 23, 2015, 2:56 pm

        For traveling then, what oil do you use? Or are you able to travel with your hemp oil?

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        • Fran April 27, 2015, 1:23 am

          Hi Lou, if I’m travelling to a hot or humid climate then I take jojoba oil with me.

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          • Lou May 4, 2015, 7:58 pm

            Thanks for your reply!
            1. I have a few more questions of you, if you don’t mind.
            2. Do you recommend a brand of jojoba oil or will any brand do?
            Have you ever heard of “Best Skin Ever” by Living Libations? It is a blend of seabuckthorn oil, jojoba oil and coconut oil and I’ve heard good things about it. Thoughts?
            3. While traveling, how do you deal with camping, where do don’t have access to running water? Do you forgo washing your face (I feel like that is no bueno for me if I’ve been wearing make up…) or do you just wash your face with the jojoba oil and say, some bottle water?

            Thank you!

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            • Fran May 7, 2015, 10:03 pm

              Hi Lou, Definitely a brand that’s organic. You pay more for better quality but it makes a difference. Yes I have heard bout the Living Libations line, but coconut oil has a medium comedogenic rating so I don’t recommend the product.

              I live in a cold climate, high altitude, so I don’t actually shower or cleanse my skin every day… really only every 3 days or so. So camping doesn’t bother me.

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  • Sara April 8, 2015, 12:06 am

    Hi Fran,

    I am interested in purchasing the Bo’s Own Cosmetic Oil, but could you please advise of the comodogenic rating for this product?

    Thanks so much,
    Sara

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    • Fran April 8, 2015, 1:07 am

      Hi Sara, the base of the product is hemp seed oil so it has a comedogenic rating of 0 πŸ™‚

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      • Sara April 8, 2015, 1:15 pm

        Okay, thanks Fran! I can’t thank you enough for putting an end to my acne problem that I have suffered with since I was a teenager. Your advice and suggestions of quality skin productions have been more successful for me than any dermatologist I have seen over the years (and I have been to ALOT). You are amazing and have helped so many people that deal with this frustrating condition. I hope you keep up the great work and continue to bring happiness to the lives of acne sufferers.

        Much Appreciated,
        Sara

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        • Fran April 9, 2015, 1:26 am

          Thank you for your wonderful comments Sara, it’s comments like yours that keep me going with this work.. love to you!!

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