Skin care for the acne-prone

I’ve always wanted effortlessly clear skin, but am now finding out that I have to work doubly hard to get what I want.

As an adolescent and young adult, I struggled with acne especially around my t-zone. I went to several dermatologists until finally, in mid-college, it cleared up. My skin was relatively non-problematic throughout my post-graduate studies and training, but now, it’s just a whole different story. I started getting really bad breakouts around my nose and chin, and even on my cheeks. I thought I could get it under control on my own, but soon realized that I needed to seek help from the skin care professionals. I’m glad I did, because it was the right thing to do. Barely a month after undergoing treatment, my skin is clearing up nicely.

It pays to have a good skin care regimen. Mine isn’t quite as exhaustive as the popular 10-step Korean regimen, thankfully (it’s only 7 steps hahaha):

  1. Remove all make-up before going to bed. I make sure to use my micellar cleansing water from Simple to wipe all of my makeup away. They also have an eye make-up remover to help take off waterproof mascara easily.
  2. Use a mask. At first I thought this step was a little extra, but then I realized how important it was when I started to see the effects it had on my skin. I use the Lerosett Mask from Gunilla of Sweden every night after taking my make-up off, and it works beautifully! The mask is made of organic rasul clay which works to relieve the skin of impurities. Aside from being a facial mask, the product can also be used as a spot treatment for blemishes or acne, to help it heal quicker and reduce inflammation. I leave the mask on on my entire face for 15-30 minutes and then wash it off with warm water.
  3. Use a facial wash that’s appropriate for your skin type. Because I have combination skin, I use a facial wash with AHA (alpha-hydroxy acids) and glycolic acid. This helps clean my face and remove excess oils without stripping it of moisture. It’s important to use a face wash that works well for your skin type, isn’t too strong, and won’t excessively dry your skin.
  4. Tone! After washing my face, I also use a toner with AHA. This helps bring back your skin to its normal pH levels, and removes any excess oil.
  5. Exfoliate at least twice a week. Breakouts are sometimes caused by the build-up of dead skin in our pores, so it’s important that we exfoliate to make sure all dead skin is properly shed. I do this step twice a week at night, using the peel pads from Luminisce, which is the skin clinic I go to. The pads come in a plastic container, and are soaked with a fruit acid-based solution for mild exfoliation and peeling. I can’t even begin to explain how much I love those peel pads! My skin always looks so fresh and luminous after using them.
  6. Moisturize. It’s so hot here in Manila, so I prefer light, non-sticky moisturizers. I also prefer products that are unscented, mainly because my skin is pretty sensitive. My current favorite is the Sensylia moisturizing cream.  It delivers so much moisture in such a light-weight formula, and leaves the skin feeling so fresh all the time.
  7. Use sun protection. Aside from preventing skin cancer, sunblock also helps prevent skin aging. This, I believe, is the primary secret to retaining that “baby face” and baby-smooth skin. I use a tinted sunblock from Luminisce to help keep away those harmful UV rays.

Aside from having a bullet-proof skin care regimen in place, it’s also important to consult a skin care professional or dermatologist to help address your skin concerns.