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6 REASONS WHY YOUR ACNE PRODUCTS AREN’T WORKING

If you’ve bought every acne product under the sun but pimples are still cropping up, it’s time to take a look at your skincare routine. 

Here are 6 reasons why your acne products aren’t working…

1) You’re cleansing too often. 

It’s an old wives tale that acne is caused by a dirty face. This simply isn’t true. If you’ve been reaching for the cleanser too often chances are you’re doing more harm than good. 

Washing your face too frequently, has a negative impact on your skin’s natural pH balance. Cleansing too often not only leads to stripping the skin of its natural oils that protect it. Doing so makes your oil glands overcompensate by making…you guessed it – more oil! 

The fix: Stick to cleansing twice a day – once before your day begins and once as it ends.

Try: Banila Co’s Clean it Zero for your first, oil-based cleanser and COSRX’s cult favourite Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser for your second cleanse. This will make sure all your makeup and sunscreen is completely removed and that no debris or residue is left behind. 

2) Your exfoliant is irritating your skin. 

We get it – dead skin, flakes and scars are nobody’s idea of skin goals, but don’t be tempted to scrub them off or buff them away too often! Exfoliating more than once or twice a week can do more harm than good.  Avoind using products with exfoliating beads and large particles as these can lead to micro-tears in the skin, disrupting your skin’s delicate barrier and opening it up to a host of bacteria and other complications. 

The fix: Keep your exfoliation to once or twice a week. If your skin is particularly sensitive, avoid manual scrubs in favour of chemical ones. 

Try: Peeling pads, like APLB’s Eggplant Peeling Toner Pads, which gently but effectively exfoliate the skin. We also love using peeling jellies like Beauty Of Joseon’s Apricot Peeling Gel. 

 

3) You’re drying your skin out. 

The skincare industry often makes those of us with oily or acne prone skin believe that we need to zap the oil out of our skin. The truth? That squeaky clean feeling you get from many acne products dont  just strip the bad oils from your skin but they also strip the natural oils you need. Which then leads to an excess sebum production and the cycle goes on. 

The fix: Avoid products that aren’t pH balanced, that contain excess fragrance, alcohol and products that purposely dry out the skin out. Acne products in general like the Mario Badescu drying lotion can often be the culprits. Generally products with the word ‘acne’ found in pharmacies and supermarkets contain drying ingredients worth skipping.

Try: Hydrating toners, like Mizon’s Snail Repair Intensive Toner, which moisturises and heals skin, adding hydration back into the skin from your first layer of skincare. 

Not sure Snail Mucin is right for you? Check out d’Alba Piedmont No Sebum Balancing Toner which is great for anti aging and controlling sebum production here.

4) You’re skipping the moisturiser. 

When you have oily skin, it makes sense that the last thing you think you need is moisturiser right? Wrong. Moisturiser is a crucial part of skincare for oily skin. This is because when your skin is dry and dehydrated, it works overtime to produce more oil. We cannot stress enough how important keeping your skin protected and hydrated is..so ladies, please remember to moisturise!

The fix: Don’t skip the moisturiser. Give your skin that boost of hydration it needs to balance your oil and water levels. 

Try: For those with oily skin, opt for a non-comedogenic moisturiser. We love Some By Mi Miracle 30 Day Moisturiser made with AHA, BHAs and PHAs. Check it out now. We also Love Purito’s Centella Green Level Recovery Cream, which contains star healing ingredient Cica to nourish, moisturise and help skin recover quicker from acne and acne scarring. Check it out here.

5) You’re ignoring your diet. 

Everybody has heard the saying ‘you are what you eat’ that said, while it is rarely the sole cause of acne. Acne can be triggered by a number of external factors and diet is one of them. Being aware of what suits your body and what doesn’t is an excellent way to prevent breakouts. Acne often crops up after we have consumed junk food (think anything that’s deep fried or rich in sugar or salt). Acne products can help a lot with managing your acne but a healthy diet gives us that glass-skin glow we all seek!

The fix: Observe what foods cause your breakouts and and what doesn’t and try to avoid these in your diet. 

Try: Eating healthy, cutting down on caffeine, drinking water, exercising and hydrating. 

6) You skip sunscreen. 

We get it, the idea of applying  a greasy sunscreen to already-oily skin may sound counterintuitive. However, avoiding sunscreen causes a lot more problems particularly when you are incorporating products like acids into your skincare routine, as these increase your photosensitivity. Make sure to slip,slop and slap. 

The fix:  Opt for a mattifying or non-comedogenic sunscreen that doesn’t leave white marks and is lightweight. 

The bottom line? 

Staying hydrated, protecting your skin, watching your diet and treating the external causes of acne is a great way to start preventing your breakouts.

The next step is to find the right products for your skin. Acne products that hydrate, protect and help with blemish control are a great starting point. A healthy skincare routine will not just help you on those awkward days when a pimple pops up but will also prevent blackheads, whiteheads and acne. 

If you’re struggling with cystic acne that lingers… check out STYLE STORY’s specially curated acne prone skincare starter kit ($95)  and our COSRX Acne skin set  ($54) here. 

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