For those of us battling with acne, we’ve put together a list of acne tips to serve as a little reminder what to do (and not to do) in your acne journey. Clear skin is
achievable (there’s hope yet, my dear friends) but it helps to keep in mind that there are many factors that affect the skin - hygiene, diet, hormones (yes, dreaded hormones!), the environment, and your choice of skincare products. Don’t fret if you feel you’re falling back on your journey. Rise up, be in patient and persevere and you will see some results in the end. And lastly, feel free to connect with us if you need to speak to someone!
No matter how you’re dying to pop the pimple from your sight, it’s really not the best idea. Popping pimples leave you with acne scars, and it may damage the skin’s surface as well, leaving the skin with holes.
Counter to what we think, cleansing the face too many times will not only strip skin’s natural oils and make it dry, but the brain sends signals to increase sebum production to the skin, making it even more oily* Stick to washing your face twice a day (morning and night) and you’ll be on the right track.
*Based on the book of Cosmetic Dermatology written by Leslie Baumann, MD
For a cleanser to be effective, you need to choose a cleanser that contains as little chemicals as possible. Most generic face cleansers will contain sodium laureth sulfate (SLS) and parabens that will irritate and dry the skin condition which leads to the skin being more oily (Refer Tip #2). Choose a cleanser that is SLS and paraben free, if possible.
This one is a hard one to do, especially for some of us who needs some cover up especially for us with acne and scars. It helps to remember that our skin is a living organ and we need it to breathe. Wearing make-up or foundation covers up the pores. Beware of chemicals ie. mineral oil that is widely found in many drugstores that are culprits of clogged pores and acne outbreaks.
If you need to wear make-up, please make it a point to clean make-up brushes! Make-up brushes often contain bacteria, dirt and dust. Cleaning them with a make-up cleaner every two weeks will help reduce the likelihood of bacteria since make-up brushes are used exclusively on your face area.
Our phones go everywhere with us. Because of the environment it is exposed to, our phones pick up millions of germs. Sanitize your phone with a disinfecting wet-wipe daily will help keep the germs at bay, and help reduce likelihood of acne breakouts.
As our skin is the largest organ in our body, it is important to nourish the cells (that make up our organs) at a very basic level. We start by eating more fresh fruits, more water, and whole grains into our diet and cut back on processed (fast food is the culprit!), or foods that are high in sugar that might trigger acne.
We can’t emphasize enough on how important this one is. A great skincare product can make a big impact on the skin. Choosing correctly the product that suits your skin type – especially if you’re having acne and oily skin – will make a big difference in seeing results. Products with harsh chemicals for acne treatment like benzoyl peroxide may kill acne bacteria immediately, but are likely to leave a dark scar behind (or have a very drying effect on the skin). We recommend the using products with natural anti-bacteria Tea Tree Oil that is 100% natural and clinically proven to treat acne and reduce oily skin, such as Rosa T Acne Serum. In a report, 5% of benzoyl peroxide was equivalent in efficacy and effectiveness to 5% of Tea Tree Oil (effect is much safer and does not contain any side effects)