Megan Thee Stallion said a $10 drugstore face cleanser got rid of her acne and gave her glowing skin

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In a recent interview, Megan Thee Stallion shared her nighttime skincare routine with Harper's Bazaar, explaining how she keeps her face clear and moisturized after a long day of performing.

The Grammy award-winning rapper said she keeps her routine simple with three basic steps: cleaning, moisturizing, and applying facial oil.

Insider spoke to dermatologist Dr. Hadley King to review the star's routine and get suggestions on what she's doing well and one tiny spot where she can improve.

Washing your face before bed is critical for clear skin

Megan's first step of the night is to clean her face using Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes to dissolve makeup followed by Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, which will run you about $10 at your local drugstore.

The Houston-raised rapper said she used to have bad acne before switching to a face wash for sensitive skin, so she leans towards gentle cleansers to avoid any breakouts.

"I think it's great that she emphasizes the importance of washing her face before bed," King said. "It's important to remove makeup as well as oil, dirt, and pollution that may have free radicals that contribute to cellular damage."

The best way to tell a cleanser is right for you is if it leaves your skin feeling hydrated rather than dry and tight.

Megan moisturizes her skin after cleansing

After cleansing her face, Megan said she moisturizes with Le Mer moisturizing cream - a crucial step for good skincare, according to King.

"Moisturizing supports our skin barrier and ensures that the skin stays hydrated," King told Insider.

Moisturizing properly can actually reduce acne because it prevents the skin from overproducing oil to compensate for the lack of moisture.

King said while Le Mer is a solid moisturizer, there are similar options at less expensive price points like CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, Pond's Rejuveness Advanced Hydrating Night Cream, and Aquaphor Healing Ointment.

Facial oil locks in all of the benefits of moisturizer

Megan likes to finish her routine by putting Bio-Oil on her cheeks to reduce dark marks and acne scars.

Facial oil locks in any moisturizer you put underneath it to ensure you stay hydrated all night long, Dr. Heidi Waldorf previously told Insider.

The Bio-Oil also works as a light exfoliant to reduce dark circles, hyperpigmentation, and scars.

King would add a retinoid to Megan's skincare regimen

Overall, King told Insider Megan's routine was a solid start with all of the essential steps to clear skin. The only thing the dermatologist would add to her routine is a retinoid between cleansing and moisturizing to help exfoliate the skin even further.

Retinoids work by increasing cell turnover on the skin, getting rid of acne and dark spots quickly, Insider previously reported. They can be great for acne-prone skin or to prevent premature aging.

"They're not only anti-aging but also they decrease clogged pores and discolorations so I think this would be helpful for her routine," King said.

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