Nighttime Beauty Products That Help Acne

These Products Help My Skin Heal While I Sleep  I've always had a problem with acne. I wrote about cystic acne and how I got rid of it here. Even though cystic acne isn't a problem anymore (praise hands) I still have occasional pimples with the added bonus of fine lines and wrinkles.

Mother Nature is so extra.

The number one thing that changed my skin is diet. The quick version: dairy is horrible for it / leafy greens and water help tremendously.

Outside of that, I have a regular rotation of products that help things along. I specifically wanted to share some nighttime items. Except for the toner and face wash these products are not applied on a regular schedule. Meaning, I don't use one product Monday, another Tuesday, etc. Rather, I just look at my skin, see how it is doing, and decide what is needed.

It has taken YEARS to find out what works best. The biggest surprise is that the best assortment of products are affordable. I've tried things that are much more expensive, but my current loves are budget-friendly.

Here is what I use:

1. Toner 

I use a rose petal-based toner as a makeup remover. It's alcohol-free, so it doesn't dry out my skin. It has witch hazel in it which removes excess oil from your skin. It also sounds cool. Heck yes good witches named Hazel are working on my face.

Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel

Cost: $10.52

2. Face wash

I wash my face every night. Right now I'm all about Yes to Carrots Daily Cream Facial Cleanser. It gets the job done without drying out my skin.

Yes to Carrots Daily Cream Facial Cleanser

Cost: $7.17

3. Retinol 

This is the latest product in my rotation. I use it for two reasons: a) A friend's dermatologist sister recommended retinol and SPF as anti-aging products b) I kept reading articles that recommended it.


I will wear retinol. It increases cell turnover, stimulates collagen, blah blah blah....we are all getting older and are going to die. I get it. Thus, retinol.

2.5% Retinol

This product is thicker than I expected. It's not quite a gel. It is similar to the consistency of a syrup. Except a syrup you don't want to eat because it would be disgusting. (Don't worry, you won't be tempted.)

There are a ton of retinol products on the market. I'm sure there are some that are more sophisticated, but those typically come with a high price tag. This one is budget-friendly and I've enjoyed using it.

Cost: $12.30

4. Rosehip Oil 

WHY AM I GOING TO PUT OIL ON MY FACE? As a person who has been fighting acne all my life, rubbing oil on my skin seemed all kinds of wrong. The ONLY reason I tried this product is that I received it as a free sample from Uhuru Naturals.

Rosehip Oil


Sidenote: Uhuru Naturals is an Etsy store that I highly recommend. They currently don't have rosehip oil for sale, so I'm using the above product. But, they make a freaking fantastic Vitamin C Serum that I use during the day that you can find here.

When the rosehip oil came out of a dropper it was bright yellow. Which gave me pause. But, I figured why not give it a shot and tried it anyway. The next morning I was excited with the results. My skin was calmer, brighter, and had a glow. Using oil was such a jump for me, but now I know that it is great for my face.

Another quick note: There is a chance this product will get on your pillowcase. I try to give it enough time to soak in completely before going to bed, but sometimes I just forget about it and crash. It's a small price to pay for great looking skin, so I just wash my pillowcases frequently and don't worry about it.

Cost: $8.95

5. Hydrating Cream

Lisa (aka my co-host on Pop Fashion podcast) introduced me to this product when we were at a conference. We were sharing a room, and after she got ready for bed I thought she smelled SO GOOD. I was like, "What are you wearing? Why do I feel like I'm on a beach?" She told me about Yes to Coconut Overnight Cream and I was intrigued.

Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Overnight Creme Mask

Adding a thick moisturizer to my skin was counterintuitive to my acne-prone practices of getting rid of oil at all costs. Turns out, my skin loves moisture AND it helps keep my acne under control.

Cost: $14.99


I don't think you need to buy a product specifically for your neck. In fact, I think it sounds pretty silly.

BUT, I've found that the only way I remember to put moisturizer on my neck is having a product that says "neck cream." Sigh....yes, it's dumb. If it is the thing that triggers my memory to put it on, though, so be it. I started using Mario Badescu's Neck Cream this past year because I've seen Real Housewives and everybody's necks are one age and their faces are another. I don't mean that as shade, but as a "hey, all skin ages" reminder.

Mario Badescu Neck Cream

I'm not convinced that I need this product. But, I do like using it. I also have a theory that if it only takes a few seconds to apply that it is worth the trouble, especially if it is affordable. Plus, it makes me feel like I have my life together. Sure, I'm an adult. I wear neck cream.

Cost: $20

To Recap: 

Other than the toner and face wash I don't use these products every day. Everything is in rotation.

Also, note that none of these items are marketed as anti-acne products. I've tried almost everything that claims to kill acne, but nothing has worked as well as diet plus a few basics.

My skin isn't perfect, but it is so much better than it was even a couple of years ago. If it turns out that there is something that works better I'm up for giving it a go. This combo seems to be working, and I don't think it's an accident that everything is simple. I can pronounce the ingredients in most of these products.

What do you use on your skin at night? Have you tried something that seemed completely counterintuitive like serums or oils? Do tell!