Acne. Pimples. Breakouts. Blemishes.
Whatever you call them, we all get ’em and we all #hatethem.
So how best to get rid of them ASAP (if not before)?!
Today on the Blog, STYLE STORY examines the cause of acne and blemishes, the fast-acting ingredients to help get rid of them and the best K-Beauty products for acne that’ll have those blemishes busted in no time.
Acne occurs when pores clog with dead skin cells and sebum. When the clog occurs near the top layers of the skin, whiteheads or blackheads form. Deeper clogs cause pimples and acne cysts.
Acne and pimples can be stubborn, so a multi-pronged attack is best. STYLE STORY’s top tips that are easy to follow at home are to:
1 Control excess oil
Removing excess oil from your face can help reduce blemishes by preventing the build-up of dirt and oil in the skin. You can do this by using skincare products that are designed to correct the balance of oil and moisture in the skin.
2 Wash your face twice a day
Washing twice daily is necessary for blemish-prone skin types, but while you’re at it, take a look at the cleanser you’re using. An antibacterial and/or pH balanced cleanser is best, as these work to restore the skin’s barrier and prevent bacteria from breeding, which helps control breakouts.
3 Avoid harsh scrubbing
Don’t be tempted to think you can scrub blemishes or buildup away; washing your face too vigorously or frequently will only irritate the skin even further. Use gentle cleansers, and keep exfoliation to a minimum; once or twice a week is plenty.
There are a whole range of different beauty ingredients in K-Beauty products that are designed to bust blemishes without further irritating already sensitive skin:
Tea tree oil has anti-inflammatory properties and can help unblock sebaceous glands and clear up pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads.
Perfect for oily skin, it deep cleanses, makes pores appear smaller, removes excess sebum, exfoliates dead skin cells, and enhances skin tone for a more even complexion.
A natural ingredient from bee resin, propolis reduces the inflammation in breakouts while also ridding skin of bacteria.
AKA snail mucin – this is a K-beauty favourite ingredient that contains skin-friendly antioxidants, proteins, elastin, and glycolic acids. It is especially helpful for blemishes, uneven skin tone and acne scarring.
Some of STYLE STORY’s favourite Korean Beauty products for acne include:
Benton Dear My Best Friend Bar – This gentle facial and body soap from one of Korea’s most beloved beauty brands contains natural ingredients for a non-irritating, yet effective cleanse that won’t strip your skin of its natural oils.
APLB Eggplant Peeling Pad Toner– designed to remove dirt, sebum, dead skin cells as well as other unwanted gunk from the pores, these easy to use peeling pads offer 3-in-1 care for skin.
Tosowoong Propolis Sparkle Ampoule – this K-Beauty serum is jam-packed with 80% pure bee propolis extract to soothe, soften and repair skin,.
Subi Perfect Pimple Patch– Say goodbye to pesky pimples with this luxury pimple patch. Made from the thinnest, most invisible patch on the market. If you get pimples in hard-to-reach places (like the side of the nose or around your mouth) then these are your patches. The thinness, stickiness and absorptive powers of Subi’s patches means they stay in place long enough to effectively tackle the pimples that other patches can’t.
COSRX AC Collection Ultimate Spot Cream– a spot treatment that works by effectively drying out visible acne overnight. It uses a skin-recovery complex that blends Zinc Oxide, Calamine, CentellAC-RX Complex and Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water.
Benton Snail Bee High Content Mask– this facial treatment mask not only soothes irritated, inflamed skin, but star ingredient snail secretion filtrate also repairs skin tone and scarring.
Cosmetea Peppermint Tea Green Clay Mask– not only does it look good enough to eat, this gentle clay mask offers skin resurfacing benefits and targets dullness, uneven texture and large pores.
Mizon Acence Blemish Out Pink Spot – a unique pimple spot solution that works overnight to soothe active pimples and blemishes. Dip a cotton swab into the unmixed layers, down to the bottom of the bottle, and pull it out. When you apply it to your troubled spot, the yellow liquid will draw out sebum and disinfect the area, followed by the pink layer that provides a soothing effect. The second yellow layer acts as a finishing touch to shield off bacteria.
"The thinness, stickiness and absorptive powers of Subi’s patches means they stay in place long enough to effectively tackle the pimples that other patches can’t."- STYLE STORY
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