Cleansing is one of the most important steps in any good skincare routine, but it is especially important if you are suffering from blemishes. Skin that hasn’t been cleansed properly can contribute further to clogging your pores, which leads to more blackheads and breakouts.
If you are already broken out, you will want to be very careful not to over-stimulate or over-exfoliate your already-sensitive skin.
The Korean Double Cleanse is a great way to ensure that you thoroughly remove everything on your skin before applying your skincare products:
If you wear makeup or sunscreen during the day, use a gentle cleanser at night to get rid of it, as well as any dirt.
A cleansing balm like Subi Bare Skin Balmwill help remove SPF and makeup without irritating your skin.
Follow up with a gentle foam cleanser like the Subi Brightening Powder Cleanser. Foam cleansers are also great to use first thing in the morning.
Products that contain natural BHAs (Beta Hydroxy Acids) or AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) are great to use as toners because they work to “degunk” your pores. Try COSRX AHA / BHA Clarifying Toner.
Try alternating an exfoliating toner with a hydrating one like Jelly Ko Dewy Glaze Toner so you don't experience signs of over-exfoliation.
Essences are an important part of the Korean Beauty routine because they are packed full of goodness. They are designed to enhance the skin’s cellular renewal process.
Try Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence, which tackles a myriad of common skin issues, including breakouts, uneven skin tone and scarring.
Serum is a highly concentrated solution. Is designed to target specific skin issues like spots and acne. It makes your skin softer, firmer, suppler and more hydrated.
Even though it might seem counter-productive to apply moisturiser to oily skin, it is important that you don’t miss this step. This is because moisturiser balances the oils in your skin. If your skin dries out too much, your sebaceous glands will work overtime and produce even more oil.
Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Creamis a moisturising cream containing star beauty ingredients snail mucin and bee venom. It works well for acne, uneven skin tone and acne scarring.
Another great option for oily and acne prone skin types is Tosowoong Ovalicin Cream. It's perfect for calming, soothing and protecting skin with active breakouts.
Even oily, acne-prone skin can benefit from face masks several times a week. Volcanic clay and mud masks in particular are perfect for oily skin as they work as a vacuum on the face, suctioning out blackheads, dirt and impurities. Clay masks can be used three ways:
1. As a spot treatment for acne
2. To remove blackheads (instead of strip masks)
3. As a full face mask
There are a variety of Asian beauty products that are designed to target pimples, blackheads and oiliness that you are unlikely to find on Australian shelves. These innovative products are perfect to incorporate into your arsenal to use against blemishes.
Pimple pads, like the popular COSRX Acne Pads are perfect for on-the-go pimple emergencies. These pads unclog your pores and dissolve deep-set oil to quickly transform your skin. They reduce redness and irritation and clear your complexion of unwanted gunk.
A popular anti-acne treatment used all over Asia, acne patches work by placing a protective barrier over the blemish that works to simultaneously cover and take care of pimples.
The hydrocolloid dressing in the acne care patches treats the root cause of acne and also reduces the urge to touch or squeeze pimples, which can exacerbate scarring and introduce new bacteria.
Popular products like the Subi Perfect Pimple Patches work like a sponge to absorb the liquid. This helps to flatten pimples with heads. They visibly indicate they are working by changing colour once the liquid has been fully absorbed.
Another excellent option for taking care of excess oil, grime and dirt is a gentle sugar scrub. Jelly Ko's Cinnamon Toast Sugar Scrub Foam is a 2-in-1 cleanser and exfoliator that you can customise to match your skin's needs at every wash.
If you or someone you know is suffering from breakouts, try incorporating some of these innovative Asian beauty products into your daily skincare routine to effectively tackle blemishes. Don’t forget that diet and exercise also helps keep your skin in tip-top shape, as does drinking enough water.
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