7 Tips for Acne Prone Skin

April 25, 2019

7 tips for acne prone skin

Some people are gifted with glowy acne-free skin and for some, the journey to a blemish-free skin may be long and filled with trial and errors. Here's some 7 tips to care for acne prone skin:

1. Cleanse gently

Deeply cleansing oily and acne prone skin may sound like a great idea but harsh cleansers can strip skin of its protective barrier, leaving it dry and irritated. If your skin feels ‘tight’ after cleansing it is most likely too harsh for you and an over-dried skin can cause oil production to go into overdrive—which you definitely don’t need. Try a balancing face wash like Aromatica Tea Tree Balancing Foaming Clanser ($28) to rebalance oiliness while smoothing and soothing skin and is full of anti-inflammatory ingredients to soothe inflamed skin. It is EWG Verified and also contains certified organic ingredients and natural essential oils.

2. Skip exfoliation

We’ve all been guilty of scrubbing our face a bit harder or more frequently than necessary with the belief that we’re getting rid of dead skin cells and cleaning our skin more thoroughly. Wrong. For most acne-prone skin, anything more than a teensy bit of exfoliation can be way too much. Use your fingertips to massage skin gently and avoid abrasive ingredients like beads altogether. Scrubbing abrasively could tear blemishes, increase sensitivity, or even increase inflammation.

3. Moisturise right and moisturise good

Many ingredients which are meant to combat acne are super drying to skin and can trigger extra oil production, which, as you now know, is bad news. If you happen to use alcohol-based astringents/toners, you must moisturize after to rehydrate the skin. It is better to do so immediately after washing while skin is still damp to optimize absorption.

4. Use water-based products, not oil

If you have oily/combination skin which are most likely acne-prone, use oil-free products which will hydrate without clogging up pores. You obviously don't want to put more any more oil onto your skin than is already there. Look for "oil-free" on the label. Try these mosturisers which are lightweight and great for oily/combination skin types: Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner ($12), Axis-Y Artichoke Intensive Skin Barrier Ampoule ($27) and Aromatica LIVELY Superbarrier Cica-Panthenol Serum ($38)

5. Identify the root cause

Hormones, bacteria, clogged pores, oil, and inflammation can all cause acne. First try using products with different active ingredients such as:

  • Salicylic acid - Reduces inflammation and unclogs pores
  • Benzoyl peroxide – Microbial against P. acnes bacteria
  • Retinoid - Unclogs pores and reduces oiliness

If you don’t see improvement after 5 to 6 weeks, add a second acne product to your treatment plan. This approach will help attack the different causes of acne.

If you’re looking for products to try which contains these ingredients, try Axis-Y Daily Purifying Treatment Toner ($27) which contains salicylic acid.

6. Keep things clean!

Please, please wash your pillowcases, caps, glasses, phones and other things that touch your acne-prone skin. People often take this for granted but dead skin cells, bacteria, and dirt will build up on these surfaces, which can clog your pores and cause acne. Think about how often we carry our handphones to the loo (I know most of you are guilty of this!) or placing it on the table at a ‘kopitiam’ and then unknowingly place it next to our face when answering a call. These small things make a huge difference!

7. Clock in those ‘ZZZs’

Get sufficient sleep! I can’t stress this enough. Set an alarm an hour before bed and put your phones away (preferably in another room). Blue light from your phone can restrict the production of melatonin, the hormone that controls your sleep/wake cycle and makes it harder to fall into deep sleep. Save binging on Netflix series for another time and place, not on your bed!

If you found these tips helpful, please let us know below :) also feel free to share tips which work for you too! 

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