The Dos and Don'ts for Acne-Prone Skin
Romanne Tiangco - March 5, 2021
They said there are two types of people in this world - those who are blessed with acne-free skin and those who are not. The good news: it is possible to get acne-prone skin under control. It starts with finding the right skincare products and developing good skin care habits. In this blog post, we'll break it down for you the dos and don'ts for acne-prone skin. Show those breakouts who's boss!
Dos for Acne-Prone Skin
1. Use A Gentle Cleanser
Figuring out how to properly wash your face can make a big difference in your skin. To avoid triggering unnecessary irritation, find a cleanser that’s right for your skin type.
If you've been struggling with an acne breakout, always go for a cleanser with acne-fighting skincare ingredients, including salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and centella asiatica extract.
For a customized solution, choose a cleanser like Pyunkang Yul Acne Facial Cleanser.
This contains ledebouriella sesamoids extract, white willow extract, salicylic acid (BHA), tannin, and centella asiatica extract to remove trouble-causing dirt and prevent it from further acne formation.
Here’s a five-star review from a verified buyer:
"This does not over strip the face after washing. This gel cleanser is better than my previous foam cleanser. I recommend this for those with oily skin. But you have to use more of the product for proper coverage compared to the foam cleanser." - Anonymous
And proper skin cleansing does not have to stop with an acne face wash. Follow up with a refining toner similar to the likes of Jumiso Yes I Am Toner 5% AHA. This toner features AHA ingredients such as glycolic acid and lactic acid that remove dead skin cells deep inside the pores.
Let's take a look at what one of our customers said about this product.
"I've had my fair share of toners I've used so far. Some did nothing for me, while others were so abrasive for my skin, that I was left with a dry, red and burning face. This toner is something incredible. It's a chemical exfoliator, but the most gentle one I've ever used. Doesn't dry me out, my blemishes got way better and I can't see myself changing it for something different any time soon. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a gentle chemical exfoliator, without the harsh outcome." - Wiktoria Y.
Yes I Am Toner AHA 5% 150ml
2. Practice Good Hygiene
One reason for acne suddenly taking residence in your skin may be your negligence of good hygiene.
Here are some tips to curb those nasty habits:
- Remove your makeup before bed.
- Use a dedicated makeup remover or an oil-based cleanser.
- Clean your pillowcase and phone. Wash your makeup brushes regularly.
3. Moisturize Daily With Non-Clogging Products
A moisturizer protects your skin barrier from breaking down and being damaged. Look for oil-free and non-comedogenic moisturizers. It won't create comedones and clog the blackheads and whiteheads.
With Korean beauty, many moisturizers can help with acne issues. Our top picks? Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream and Jumiso Have A Good Cream Snail & Centella.
Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream uses snail secretion filtrate to kickstart sluggish collagen production and cell renewal, resulting in faster wound healing and a stronger skin barrier.
Here's a 5-star review from one of its users.
"Since it is a gel, it's very light. It spreads easily and can be used in the mornings. I had a cat who scratched me on my forehead and that left a long light wound. After applying Snail Recovery Gel Cream on it, it's gone the next day, as if it's never there. This product helped with the breakouts. When my skin moisture became stable, I can definitely attribute the short stay of sebum on my skin. I've had some itchy spots that I know is the early on-set sign of an acne, but I've never had acne fully develop ever since. This is a trustworthy product and I have purchased this time and time again. This maybe my 6th tube." - Aletheia
Snail Recovery Gel Cream 45ml
For those who need an added soothing effect, grab a Jumiso Have A Good Cream Snail & Centella. This one features active ingredients like centella asiatica extract and snail secretion filtrate to calm down redness and reset stressed out skin.
Here's a helpful testimony from one of its users.
"Product glides on the skin like a dream. It is extremely moisturizing and absorbs into the skin quickly. The centella asiatica and snail filtrate helped calm the redness and acne." - Leicah
Have A Good Cream Snail & Centella 50g
4. Use SPF
We added this one to remind you wearing SPF is not optional. Not only does it protect your skin from UV rays, but it also helps in shielding your skin from being irritated. Keep in mind that unprotected skin (especially when using acne medication) is vulnerable to the sun's damaging rays, which can result in more noticeable post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
5. See a Dermatologist
It's a hard fact of life that some acne just won't vanish instantly.
It's always a good idea to check with your dermatologist even before trying acne medication or acne-prone skincare products. This way, you can get professional help in finding the right combination of acne medication and skincare products.
Don'ts for Acne-Prone Skin
1. Don't Switch Up Your Skincare Products Too Often
It may be tempting to tackle head-on your acne breakout with a lot of acne skincare products. And it may seem logical to try a bit of everything in the product (if there's no instant result), but that will be doing the opposite effect as intended.
When using a new skincare product, always give the formula the needed time to work its magic. Depending on the treatment and skin, it may take 2 - 6 weeks to see a noticeable improvement and 2 - 3 months to clear up an acne breakout.
For targeted acne treatment, there's a lot of ingredients you can gain from Pyunkang Yul Acne Spot Cream. A mix of white willow, centella asiatica, green tea, and licorice extracts provides antibacterial properties and flushes out dirt from clogged pores.
Here's a review from one of its users.
"I was actually skeptic in using this cream because at first I thought it was not doing anything but after giving it a week it really helped my acne considering that I have almost all kinds of acne growing on my face. This product even made my blind acne gone for only a few days which didn't happen to me before using this spot cream. I highly recommend this product especially those who suffer from severe acne just like me." - Jermaine
Acne Spot Cream 15ml
2. Don’t Pop Your Pimples
Pimple popping is one of those destructive habits that can heavily aggravate acne-prone skin. It can tear out the skin, open wounds, and forces the bacteria and oil down even further into the skin.
To stop you from popping or picking pimples, get yourself an acne patch. These game-changer hydrocolloid bandages allow the zit to heal and shrink without the risk of being irritated by your wandering hands.
We recommend the multitasking Mizon Bye Bye Pimple Patch. The 24 hydrocolloid patches extract all the bacteria and dirt forming inside a pimple. It can adhere easily and blend well with makeup.
Take a look at this 5-star review from one of its users.
"I love this more than the COSRX one. It's thin and barely noticeable, but works just as well or even better most of the time, plus it's cheaper, too. BRB, stocking on this..." - Anonymous
[CLEARANCE] Bye Bye Pimple Patch [Expiring 06.2021]
3. Don’t Stress Yourself! Chill out :)
Here's how it goes: emotional stress hormones ➜ more oil ➜ acne.
Stress-induced acne mostly appears in the oiliest areas of your face. That's your t-zone consisting of the forehead, nose, and chin.
Together with using skincare products to get rid of acne, try actively managing stress.
While it’s hard not to get overwhelmed once in a while, you can relieve stress by taking a break and going easy on yourself. Exercise and a night of good sleep can also do wonders in your mood.
OVER TO YOU!
Getting clear and acne-free skin is not easy work. It is more than using skincare products but also committing to healthy habits.
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