SKINCARE FOR ACNE-PRONE SKIN
Caring for acne-prone skin can be a challenge, but Asian beauty products are more than up to the task.
If you’re looking for a solid skincare for acne-prone skin these are the best Asian beauty products available and how to use them.
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:
CLEANSE STEP 1 – OIL BASED CLEANSER
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 Beauty of Joseon Radiance Cleansing Balm will help remove SPF and makeup without irritating your skin.
CLEANSE STEP 2 – FOAM CLEANSER
Follow up with a gentle foam cleanser like the Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash. 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. We love Mizon AHA BHA Daily Clean Toner.
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 acne, uneen 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.
For acne-prone skin, we love Mizon AHA 8% Peeling Serum.
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 Cream is a moisturising cream from one of Korea’s most popular skincare labels. It contains star beauty ingredients snail mucin and bee venom that work on acne, uneven skin tone and acne scarring.
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:
- As a spot treatment for acne
- To remove blackheads (instead of strip masks)
- As a full face mask
OTHER PRODUCTS TO HAVE IN YOUR ARSENAL AGAINST BLEMISHES:
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 APLB Eggplant Peeling Pad Toners 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 heal acne.
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 pus and oil in your face, relieve blemishes and flatten pimples with heads. They visibly indicate they are working by changing colour once the pus and oil has been fully absorbed.
SILKWORM COCOON PODS
Silkworm cocoons are all the rage right now in Korea for removing blackheads.
The silkworm’s natural silk and protein sericin works to remove sebum and blackheads with minimal irritation. Specifically moulded to fit your finger, cocoon pods help to quickly and effectively remove stubborn blackheads and oil on your nose without any chemicals.
Try COSRX Blackhead Silk Finger Pods, which naturally cleanse and nourish your skin, removing hard-to-get blackheads and sebum without harsh exfoliation.
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.