Achieving a clear and even complexion with acne-prone skin necessitates a combination of proper skincare routine, diet, lifestyle changes, and an understanding of your skin’s unique requirements, especially given Nigeria’s climate and environment.

Here’s a comprehensive guide customised for these conditions:

Steps To Take To Treat Acne-prone Skin


Use a gentle, non-comedogenic cleanser twice a day, such as Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash or CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser. Look for ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide ( all available at (Nectar Beauty Hub) to help manage acne.

Avoid using harsh soaps or scrubbing, as they can irritate the skin and worsen acne.


Use an alcohol-free toner like Klairs unscented toner or Isntree green tea toner to balance your skin’s pH levels. Witch hazel or rose water can be good options.

Niacinamide-based toners can also help to reduce inflammation and redness.


Even oily, acne-prone skin needs hydration. Use a lightweight, oil-free, and non-comedogenic moisturizer.

Gel-based moisturizers are often well-suited for humid climates like Nigeria.

Sun Protection

Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) like: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-in Milk Sunscreen SPF 60, – Black Girl Sunscreen SPF 30, daily, even on cloudy days. Look for non-comedogenic and oil-free formulas. All available at Nectar Beauty Hub

Sunscreen is crucial in preventing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, common in darker skin tones.

Spot Treatments

Use targeted treatments with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid on active breakouts like: Axis-y spot the difference serum

Consider treating hyperpigmentation with glycolic acid, azelaic acid, or vitamin C.

Diet And Lifestyle


Reduce intake of high-glycemic foods (like sugary snacks and refined carbs) which can exacerbate acne.

Also Read: How To Identify Common Skin Diseases In Nigeria

Eat a well-balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Fish and flaxseed contain omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce inflammation.


Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated from within.

Avoid Picking or Squeezing Pimples

Picking can cause scarring and secondary infection. Instead, use appropriate treatments.

 Environmental Considerations:


Nigeria’s hot, humid climate has the potential to increase oil production. Make sure to cleanse your face to remove any excess oil and sweat.

Consider using blotting papers throughout the day to remove excess oil without disrupting your makeup or skincare.

Air Quality

Pollution can contribute to clogged pores and acne. Regular cleansing and the use of antioxidants (such as vitamin C serums) can help counteract the effects of environmental pollutants.