Part of maintaining good skin is all about maintaining a routine. This is my simple morning skincare routine:
Wash your face
Oil builds up overnight and bacteria that sits on pillows and sheets (a really good reason to change your pillowcases and sheets frequently) can also irritate the skin or clog pores. I make sure to wash my neck as well to remove any makeup residue I may have missed the night before (yes, there should be makeup on the neck! It's an essential step to matching a foundation with the rest of the skin on the body).
To wash my face, I use Bioré Pore Unclogging Scrub. It's a creamy formula with a fresh scent that really helps me wake up in the morning. I apply it to a face brush for further exfoliating qualities.
Clean up residue with toner
Sometimes things such as a slight residue from a face wash is left, or there was a section missed when washing your face. A toner or cleanser like So Totally Clean Daily Cleanser can help pick up anything that was missed while tightening the skin to help pores close back up.
Because using most facial cleansers strips the face of its natural oils, it's important to replace them by moisturizing. It's important that moisturizer used in the morning has some kind of SPF coverage to protect delicate areas of skin such as the eyes, the nose, and the lips.
I use Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15. It's good for sensitive skin without sacrificing moisturizer quality.
Treating problem areas
Stress, bacteria, or not drinking enough water can cause minor breakouts. When confronted with a large blemish that needs an immediate remedy, spot treat with an anti-inflammatory cream such as 1% Hydrocortisone. If the area is covered in small blemishes, a cream or gel that contains salicylic acid is the best bet. Remember to apply these treatments sparingly, as more is not always better when it comes to skin care.
I use DCL's Alpha Hydroxy Beta Hydroxy Acne Gel when my skin is acting a fool. It usually helps manage the situation until I can start taking better care of myself.