10 gentle skincare products for adult acne

Still suffering from acne even as an adult? It’s not as uncommon as you think

10 gentle skincare products for adult acne
10 gentle skincare products for adult acne
04 Jun 2018

10 gentle skincare products for adult acne

Just when you thought you left your acne-riddled days behind in your teens, you find yourself still getting spots and breakouts in adult-hood.

“Adults are not immune to acne,” says Dr Ian Tan, a doctor at IDS Clinic. According to Dr Tan, acne affects “almost 80 per cent of adolescents and young adults, and it often persists well into adulthood”.

Some common causes of acne include:

  • Hormones
  • Poor nutrition
  • Stress
  • Genetics
  • Weather

Particularly in Singapore, Dr Tan says that the “high temperatures and humidity can lead to increased sweating and oil build-up on the skin, which are potential risk factors for developing acne”.

Your Anti-Acne Dos and Don’ts:

DO

  • Use suitable skincare products that can help with acne control. Look out for ingredients like Vitamin A and its derivatives, Vitamin C and its derivatives, Niacinamide, Fullernes and Salicylic Acid.
  • Wear sunscreen daily. Help your acne marks heal by using sunscreen when out in the sun. Plus, the less sun damage your skin gets, the better it will look as you age.
  • See a medical professional if your acne problem is severe and does not respond to over-the-counter products.

DON’T

  • Wash your face excessively. Washing it twice a day, not including makeup removal or after a gym workout, is sufficient. While over-cleansing won’t make acne worse, but it can cause dryness and inflammation, resulting in skin feeling itchy and tender.
  • Exfoliate the face too often. Scrubbing the face too much can cause irritation to the skin, and as acne-prone skin is already inflamed, this added irritation can aggravate the skin further.
  • Pop, squeeze or pick at your pimples. Squeezing blemishes or whiteheads can result in a longer healing time, increase the risk of infection, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and scarring.

To help, here’s our suggested blemish battle plan:

Step 1: Remove makeup
Step 1: Remove makeup
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Step 1: Remove makeup

Use: Boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil, $47

Effectively removes makeup, even stubborn waterproof formulations, yet still remains gentle on the skin, thanks to a combination of Rose Hip, Green Tea, Avocado and Olive Fruit oils. Also contains Botanical Amino Acids to remove sebum and impurities that cause breakouts, leaving skin clean and fresh.

Step 2: Cleanse the face
Step 2: Cleanse the face
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Step 2: Cleanse the face

Use: Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser, $28

Contains Glycolic acid, this multi-tasking cleanser deeply cleans out the pores, preventing dirt and impurities that can get trapped and cause breakouts while gently exfoliating dead skin cells to reveal a brighter complexion in a jiffy. Yet still leaves skin feeling well-hydrated thanks to the use of nourishing oils, Glycerin, Aloe and Hyaluronic acid.

Step 3: Tone the skin
Step 3: Tone the skin
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Step 3: Tone the skin

Use: Bioderma Sebium Lotion, $33.90

Contains a blend of active ingredients — Capryloy Glycine, Zinc Gluconate, Vitamin B6, Salicylic Acid and Mushroom extract, to soothe the skin, while rebalancing its pH level, reducing excess sebum production and preventing blemish-causing bacteria for a clear complexion.

Step 4: Lighten blemish marks
Step 4: Lighten blemish marks
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Step 4: Lighten blemish marks

Use: Skinceuticals Discoloration Defense, $159

With a potent cocktail of Tranexamic acid, Kojic acid, Niacinamide and HEPES, this lightweight serum is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of discolorations on the skin from pigmentation to post-inflammatory discoloration and even post-acne scarring.

Step 5: Prevent breakouts
Step 5: Prevent breakouts
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Step 5: Prevent breakouts

Use: Kew Organics Alfalfa & Fig Spot Solution Serum, $69.70.

Contains a powerful blend of skin-clarifying fruit acids together with Pea and Organic Carrot extracts to work together to inhibit acne-causing bacteria and prevent excess sebum production to keep complexion smooth and blemish-free.

Step 6: Hydrate the skin
Step 6: Hydrate the skin
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Step 6: Hydrate the skin

Use: Chantecaille Anti-pollution Mattifying Cream, $166.

Not only protects the skin against free radical and pollution damage from environmental aggressors, but also refines the skin texture and tames over-active oil glands to keep skin clear and radiant, thanks to a combination of White Horehound stem cells, Lentil, Desert Cactus Yeast and White Tea extracts. 

Step 7: Nighttime booster
Step 7: Nighttime booster
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Step 7: Nighttime booster

Use: This Works Evening Detox Spray-On Exfoliant, $53.

With its unique Evening Detox Superblend of natural actives and essential oils combined with Salicylic Acid, this nighttime toner works to repair the skin from daytime pollution-induced damage while removing dirt and blemish-causing bacteria from clogged pores as you sleep. Wake to a smooth and radiant complexion.

Step 8: For emergencies
Step 8: For emergencies
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Step 8: For emergencies

Use: Mamonde AC Balance Spot Patch, $3 (for 12 patches).

Each anti-acne patch not only lightly conceals angry spots, but also soothes and heals with the Mamonde BHA Clear Ssytem that contains naturally derived Salicylic Acid. Can also be used with makeup applied over for further concealment during the day. Each pack contains 12 patches in two sizes (six each).

Step 9: Weekly rescue (for combination or oily skin)
Step 9: Weekly rescue (for combination or oily skin)
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Step 9: Weekly rescue (for combination or oily skin)

Use: Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask, $88.

A clay mask that contains a high mineral content to purify the skin while helping to balance its oil-moisture content within. The use of Sandalwood Oil also soothes the skin at the same time. Used once to twice a week all over the face or as an overnight spot treatment for stubborn spots.

Step 10: Weekly rescue (for congested, lacklustre skin)
Step 10: Weekly rescue (for congested, lacklustre skin)
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Step 10: Weekly rescue (for congested, lacklustre skin)

Use: Herbivore Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask, $69

Enriched with botanical and fruit extracts — Blue Tansy Oil, White Willow Bark, Papaya, Pineapple and Aloe Leaf, this not only soothes the skin but also exfoliates and refines while decongesting pores for a smoother, blemish-free complexion.

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