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How To Treat Adult Acne, According To Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Because yes – even supermodels get acne. 

There are key pieces of information we absolutely must learn of our favourite famous faces during COVID-19: one is, obviously, their banana bread recipes, and the other is their favourite skincare products...

Teen or adult, supermodel or mere mortal, acne doesn’t discriminate – and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is here to remind us of that.

Not that we’d noticed (the beauty icon's skin looks consistently clear to us), but the supermodel revealed she’s always suffered from spots and opened up about it in a video on her beauty-based website Rose Inc., where she documented her daily skincare routine.

I was getting an enormous amount of congestion in my skin,” she explains. “I just felt so insecure about my skin. People were commenting on it.

“Anyone that struggles with acne [...] will know that it really is something that can emotionally affect you.”

Diligent she is, showcasing a thorough cleanse-and-hydrate product sequence.

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One of her skincare secrets is using two separate cleansers. The two have something in common, acids, it’s these she relies on for their deep cleansing and exfoliating action on skin and pores.

"I look for products that have salicylic acid in them, lactic, glycolic," she says. "These acids are going to really help resurface and strip the skin of dead skin cells, so they have that exfoliating quality to them".

Another beauty secret she swears by for treating adult acne: knowing what ingredients to avoid. Staying away from comedogenic products (like algae extract and coconut butter) is key to keeping pores clear and surfaces smooth, says RHW. 

Ahead, every product Rosie swears by to treat her acne-prone skin...


Morning: iS Clinical Cleansing Complex

Ideal for morning use, this gentle cleanser works for all skin types, especially sensitive skin. Its low levels of salicylic acid help battle acne without over-drying. 

Evening: Cosmedix Purity Clean Exfoliating Cleanser

A great cleanser to use during the evening, it contains lactic acid and exfoliates to battle clogged pores and treat acne. 

Post-workout: ZO Skin Health Oil Control Pads

Apply after cleansing your face in the evening. Made with salicylic acid, it helps remove dirt and impurities, clearing build-up.


Treatment: iS Clinical Active Serum

Apply three evenings a week before moisturiser. It smooths wrinkles and fine lines while deeply hydrating skin.

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iS Clinical Super Serum 


iS Clinical Hydra-Cool Serum 

The super serum contains Vitamin C, which helps brighten, replenish and even out your skin tone. Rosie recommends adding a few drops into the hydra-cool serum and applying it in the morning. 


Daily use: Biba Daily Moisturiser 

This lightweight, botanical moisturiser is non-comedogenic and hydrates skin without feeling greasy.

Night cream: Biba Cream Barrier

More heavy-duty, it’s best to apply Biba Cream Barrier before bed. It contains shea butter, allowing for deep hydration and replenishing dry skin. 

Firming: SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2

This miracle, anti-wrinkle treatment works to refill cellular lipids and smooth wrinkles.

SPF: Image Prevention+ Daily Moisturiser SPF 30

SPF is so important when it comes to protecting our skin. Make sure to apply before spending the day outside.

Main image by @rosiehw on Instagram

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