In our quest for clear, smooth skin, we have often united against a common roadblock: acne. Sure, it was something you could easily brush off during puberty. But what if it stayed? What if you were one of those who carried the baggage of teenage acne right through their adult years?

It’s not an easy feat, but we got you here! Check out our proven and tested skincare guide so you can say goodbye to zits forever. 

What causes acne breakouts?

Generally, acne forms when sebum (a.k.a. the oil in your skin) and dead skin cells build up on your pores. Sometimes, bacteria may get into the pores and cause inflammation and infection. However, there are other causes of acne too. It could be your hormones going on a rollercoaster ride, especially during menopause or PMS. Your diet, lifestyle, and personal hygiene also play a part. But sometimes, you get breakouts because your skin reacts to a new product. Needless to say, when you notice pimples, it’s time to take action before it gets worse. 

How can I achieve acne-free skin?

Start double cleansing.

Cleansing removes dirt, excess oil, and makeup on your face. But sometimes, it does not get all the nooks and crannies. All those leftover debris can build up, and when you notice them, it’s too late – they’re now pimples. Start with an oil cleanser to remove the dirt on the top layer of your skin. Then, follow up with a gentle foaming cleanser that gets into your pores and lifts any dirt stuck on them. 

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Exfoliate with glycolic acid. 

Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) derived from sugarcane, and it’s everything you need in an exfoliant. It effectively sloughs away dead skin cells on the top layer of your skin, revealing smoother, clearer skin. Aside from that, this ingredient breaks off the glue-like substances that bond your skin cells. This helps minimise sebum production, boosts collagen, and promotes a brighter complexion. 

Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise.

It is a common myth that dry skin equals fewer acne breakouts. The thing is, when your skin is dry, it produces more oil to ‘lubricate’ the surface and protect the skin. And if you have acne-prone skin, excess oil production is a nightmare. Make sure to moisturise your skin regularly to prevent this from happening. 

Avoid touching your face. 

We know it is easier said than done, but you must stop touching your face. Your hands touch many surfaces throughout the day, and with it comes germs and bacteria. They can get into your pores, irritate your skin, and trigger your breakouts. Always wash your hands with soap and water before doing your makeup or skincare. 

Change your sheets and pillowcases regularly. 

If you can’t pinpoint the culprit of your breakouts, it’s time to check your bed. Your bed sheets and pillowcases absorb oil, sweat, and other body fluids as you sleep. Of course, there’s also dust build-up over time. This creates a perfect haven for acne-causing bacteria; if you do not change them regularly, you know what happens. It’s ideal to switch them out twice a week. If possible, use silk pillowcases as they are gentler on your skin. 

Try the 3-step solution. 

If all else fails, you can never go wrong with the proven and tested 3-step solution. Dermatologists recommend using a salicylic acid cleanser, followed by spot treatment with benzoyl peroxide and a gentle moisturiser. 

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