4 tips to clear, acne-free skin

Dealing with adult acne isn’t as straightforward as piling on Oxy10 on the offending zit. You need this clear-skin action plan

1. A Clean Sweep
1. A Clean Sweep
16 Jul 2015

1. A Clean Sweep

When oily skin gets out of hand and zits hit, it’s almost an instinct to start scrubbing and deep cleansing. But overdoing these steps is a big no-no: Stripping the skin of its natural moisture causes sebum glands to go into overdrive. Try these cleansers that do the job gently yet thoroughly. Your skin will thank you for it.

01 Amazing Face Cleanser, $41, by Aesop. 02 Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths, $13.90, by Cetaphil, 03 Clear Wash, $20, by Orbis04 Clear Difference Purifying Exfoliating Mask, $76 by Estée Lauder05 DermoPURIFYER Acne & Make-up Cleansing Water, $27.90, by Eucerin06 Sensibio Lait Cleansing Milk, $26.90, by Bioderma

2. Narrowing the Gap
2. Narrowing the Gap
16 Jul 2015

2. Narrowing the Gap

Don’t get complacent once your skin calms down and zits subside. Act fast to minimise pores, condition skin and lighten blemish scars. Use a balancing toner and pore minimiser regularly and, once a week, apply a clay mask for gentle-but-deep cleansing of the pores so hopefully, acne does not recur.

01 Skin Repair, $98, by DrGL, 02 Mini Pore Blurring Tightener, $52, by Laneige, 03 Skintuner Conditioning, $63, by RMK, 04 Oil Control Toner, $62 by IDS05 Jeju Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask, $28, by Innisfree06 Tea Tree Oil, by The Body Shop.
 

3. Balance Training
3. Balance Training
16 Jul 2015

3. Balance Training

Sebum can be a good thing, giving skin a supple, hydrated quality; on the other hand, too much sebum production can trap dead cells, leading to acne. Balance things with regular application of a lightweight, oil-free moisturiser, gel or lotion. This “teaches” skin to regulate its own sebum production.

01 Balance Hydraclear Gel, $108, by Porcelain02 Oil Free Facial Hydrating Serum, $85, by Aesop, 03 Clear Moisture, $26, by Orbis, 04 Hydrating Shield+, $68, by Skin Inc05 Sekkisei Lotion, $82, by Kose06 Oil-Free Moisturizer, $89, by IDS.

4. Zit Zappers
4. Zit Zappers
16 Jul 2015

4. Zit Zappers

When nasty zits do pop up, you need special skincare to deal with them. Spot solutions often have astringents or other antibacterials and they can be too harsh. To help the zit subside and the surrounding skin to heal, skin soothers like aloe and other botanicals will repair skin faster. 

01 BioCleanse Deep Cleansing Detox Mask, $66, by Estelle & Thild, 02 Somerville. Control, $30, by Aesop, 03 Deep Pore Decongesting Solution, $270, by Clarisonic, 04 PM Blemish Lotion, $71, by Arcona, 05 DermalQuench Clear Anti-Acne Treatment, $94, by Kate.

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