Acne

Discover more about acne and how to fight it!

Causes of acne are multiple. Your trusty cellphone, for example, keeps you close to your friends, but also to your enemies as it’s a propagator of nasty bacteria and dirt. Learn more with us on what causes acne, and pick up quick tips and solutions to help keep it at bay for clear, radiant skin from within.

Oil cleansing has been a staple in the realm of skincare. Despite being a staple, new ways of using the same product are still discovered daily. Recently, an oil cleansing trend has resurfaced: Skin Gritting. Skin Gritting involves using an oil cleanser for 15 minutes to bring up “grit” – blackheads and sebaceous filaments. Porcelain Skin decided to break down the trend to see if this newfound way to oil cleanse is safe or a hyped-up trend with hidden dangers.

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What is Oil Cleansing?

Oil cleansing uses oil-based cleansers to free the skin of makeup, SPF, dirt and other impurities that build upon the skin throughout the day. They are often used as a pre-cleanser in a nightly double cleansing routine. But this does not mean you should be reaching for the cooking oils to cleanse your skin. Not all oils are equal. Cleansing oils contain ingredients to help hydrate or soothe the skin. They also contain surfactants to help remove the oils and dirt.

We know you may be thinking: “I’m trying to remove the oils from my skin, why would I use an oil cleanser and add more oil to my skin?”

Should I Oil Cleanse?

The basic idea behind oil cleansing is that “like removes like”. With this idea, it makes sense to use oil cleansers to cleanse the skin of its excess oils and other impurities. Furthermore, many of our daily makeup products are oil-based or waterproof. This makes an oil cleanser the gentler and more effective alternative to makeup wipes. 

On top of that, oil cleansers tend to contain fewer surfactants which can be harsh on the skin – especially for sensitive, dry or acne-prone skin. Thus, if you’re facing sensitive, dry or acne-prone skin, using an oil cleanser can be less irritating to the skin. 

Much like skin, every oil cleanser is different, and thus you should look for the best oil cleanser specific to you. 

What is Skin Gritting and Does it Work?

Skin Gritting involves vigorously massaging an oil cleanser for 15 to 20 minutes to coax out blackheads and sebaceous filaments. This trend uses the idea of “like removes like” – using oil cleansers to “absorb” the blackheads and sebaceous filaments out of pores. While the idea of like removing like stands, there is still a lot of debate over whether Skin Gritting is a legitimate method of removal and if the grits are actually blackheads and sebaceous filaments. Before we jump in, let’s establish what blackheads and sebaceous filaments are.

Blackheads

Blackheads are blockages that occur at the top of the pore. They prevent oils from escaping the pore. When doing blackhead extraction, they often have a plug-like shape with a darker top (exposure to air causes congestion to oxidise). The best extraction facial in Singapore will make sure that this situation will not happen to your skin.

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Sebaceous Filaments

Sebaceous filaments are a thin, hair-like structure that resides within the pore and helps the transport oil to the surface of the skin. On the skin, they have a grey, yellow or clear colour to them.

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While the method seems to bring up grits, according to Women’s Health interview of New York City Dermatologist Dendy Engelman, M.D., it is likely that the grits are dead skin from your face and hands. These grits are like the grains of dead skin you would get from exfoliating with gel exfoliators. Additionally, the grits in the viral images are much larger than regular blackheads and sebaceous filaments. Moreover, blackheads and sebaceous filaments do not share the same appearance characteristics as grits seen in photos. Blackheads tend to be dark only at the top of the plug and sebaceous filaments tend to be thin like hair and less dark.

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With all these factors considered, it is safe to say that Skin Gritting does not remove blackheads and sebaceous filaments. Apart from it being ineffective at removing congestion, the vigorous 15-minute massage can irritate the skin, over-exfoliate skin and cause broken capillaries. That’s not all – rubbing the tiny grits into your skin creates micro-tears. These tears can lead to inflammation and infections that can result in post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (like post-acne marks).

Alternatives to Skin Gritting

While we have debunked Skin Gritting, there are many safer ways that you can minimise blackheads on your skin without the pain and danger of extractions!

#1: Balance your pH

Many skincare issues arise from an imbalance skin pH. Your skin’s pH determines the strength of its natural barrier. Our barrier thrives when there is an optimal balance of oil and water content in the skin. Any imbalances would be revealed through the skin’s type and symptoms. For example, oily skin types have an imbalance in their pH thanks to the over-production of sebum caused by a lack of hydration. Sebum is your skin’s way of retaining moisture and hydration. When there is a lack of hydration, the skin produces more oils to prevent further loss of hydration.

 Not sure which skin type you have? Grab a tissue and find out here.

Once you have discovered your skin type, it is time to work on rebalancing your skin pH.

Here are some simple principles you can use to help rebalance your skin’s pH.

  • Oily skin lacks hydration and produces too much oil to compensate. Thus, hydrate it sufficiently and invest in products that help to control oil production.
  • Dry skin lacks hydration and produces insufficient oil to moisturise the skin. Thus, focus on replenishing much-needed hydration and moisture. 

Combination skin’s needs vary based on the combination of skin types, but the same principles above apply. 

#2: Tackle the Root Cause

Blackheads, like any other form of acne, are a result of excess oil buildup and dead skin cell accumulation. Thus, cleansing and exfoliation are vital in keeping these blemishes at bay. 

Double cleansing does an impeccable job of removing excess oil buildup daily. The initial cleanse aids in removing the dirt, impurities and excess oil. This allows the second, deep pore cleanse to penetrate deeper for a better cleanse. Start your double cleansing routine with the Double Cleansing Set.

Regular exfoliation removes the buildup of dead skin cells and stimulates skin renewal. Plus, proper exfoliation leaves behind brighter and softer skin too! Need a non-abrasive exfoliator for the job? Try the Natural Skin Refiner

On top of regular exfoliations, you can add acids (like AHAs and BHAs) into your skincare routines. AHAs help to remove dead skin cells. BHAs penetrate deeper into the skin to dissolve the mix of sebum and dead skin cells within the pores. While these acids may seem perfect, it is important to use acids carefully. Generally, acids should be below 3% in concentration to be safe for daily use. Want our suggestion? Give the Glycolic Toner a shot – a perfectly balanced toner to exfoliate and hydrate the skin. Plus, it’s safe for daily use!

Along with blackheads, you may be looking to remove your sebaceous filaments. However, they are a necessary part of the skin as they help transport oil to the skin’s surface, keeping it moisturised. While it is possible to remove them with professional help, they will regrow every 28-30 days (the duration of our skin cycle).

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Acne has never been a friend to any. It haunted many of us in our youth, and for some of us, it continues to follow us into our adulthood. This creates a lot of frustration that often results in several hours spent in front of a mirror, nit-picking at every pore and pimple present.  

While the frustration is valid and well-founded, we’re here to say that you need to leave extractions to the experts. As satisfying as it may be to do pore extractions on yourself and watch them disappear, you will be shocked to find that it does more damage than good.  

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What are Pore Extractions? 

Pore extractions have been around for decades, initially starting as a treatment offered by dermatologists. It would involve the use of a sterile blade and comedone extractor – a long, pen-like tool. As the demand for this cleansing facial grew, many aestheticians picked up the skill of extraction in order to offer it as part of their luxury facial spa’s services. This, alongside the viral pimple popping videos like Dr Pimple Popper’s, contributed to the popularity of pore extraction treatments.

With this rise, many started to find ways to replicate this highly skilled treatment at home. From the use of pore strips and fingers, to purchasing their own comedone extractors.  

Despite the differences of each methods, they share one commonality – they do more unseen harm than visible good. 

Why you SHOULDN’T Extract At Home 

Though it is tempting to watch hard pellets or fluids emerge from your pores, the act of extracting can cause irreparable damage to the skin.  

Improper Tools & Technique 

Despite tools being readily available online, it does not make them the right or safe tool. After all, dentist drills are available online, but it doesn’t mean that you can safely do your own fillings. Similarly, metal comedone extractors – when used improperly – can dent the skin.

Furthermore, poor technique and unsanitary tools can push dirt and bacteria further into the skin. This causes infections and can even lead to more breakouts. In more extreme circumstances, poor extraction technique can cause post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and scarring. That’s not all – pressing the comedone extractor into your skin too aggressively can cause the skin to bruise and become inflamed.

Technique also plays an important part in efficiently conducting pore extractions. The pores on our skin have different depths and directions, some even come in clusters. Failing to identify them accordingly impacts the technique and ability to extract the contents of the pore.  

Lastly, many facial salons and spas have the help of equipment to make the job of pore extractions safe and effective. The effects of such equipment can never be replicated at home safely. For example, the Oxygen Jet used to loosen impurities clogging the pores produces 1kg of pressure. No hose or power wash at home can ever replicate the same effects with the same degree of safety and comfort.  

Bacterial Infections & Scarring 

When using comedone extractors or your fingers, they are often not sterilized. This almost guarantees bacterial infections of the extracted pores. To make matters worse, home-based extractions typically focus on popping pimples that are glowing red with a visible pus head. Such pimples (known as papules and pustules) are already red and large thanks to inflammation caused by p.acne bacteria.

P.acne bacteria feasts off sebum present in the pores. To create more “food” for themselves, they irritate the pore’s sebum gland to produce more oils. Over time, this causes the pore to be congested with pus. This pus exerts pressure onto the walls of the pore, causing it to lose its shape. At this stage, regardless of where and how well the extraction is done, a scar will be left behind

Thus, unsanitary tools and fingers introduce more bacterial infection, leading to the possibility of scarring and more constant breakouts. Additionally, using unsanitary tools to extract multiple pores can lead to cross-infection amongst the pores. This can cause uninflamed pores to evolve into the glowing red pimples you want to avoid in the first place.

We understand that popping pimples can be a cathartic process and it may seem to bring you one step closer to the flawless skin of your dreams. But as we’ve said before, pore extractions at home can bring about more unseen damage and side effects than their short-term visible benefits. Instead, we should visit a professional facial treatment in Singapore for consultation.

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Despite Circuit Breaker (CB) being long over, there’s another CB looming over all of us – Constant Breakouts. With everything happening now in the world, the last thing we need would be to experience unexpected breakouts without full comprehension of why they occur. But that’s why Porcelain Skin are here, to guide you through these unprecedented times to clearer, radiant skin! 

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Why Am I Breaking Out While I’m Home? 

You would think that staying home would mean fewer breakouts, right?  

Typically, you would be right! Staying home means that your skin is exposed to fewer environmental aggressors. Plus, it also meant minimal make up would be worn. This meant that skin would be less clogged and irritated. 

However, staying home meant a change in the environment your skin is typically exposed to – disrupting its bacterial environment and pH balance. Along with sleep schedule and dietary changes (more fried, sugary and indulgent foods), these factors combine to create disruptions to your skin’s health and thus, increase the breakouts you experience. 

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Why Am I Breaking Out While Wearing A Mask? 

Wearing a mask has now become the new normal, albeit a necessary but uncomfortable one. While it is paramount to the safety of yourself and those around you, wearing a mask does come with a downside – Maskne.  

An abbreviation of mask acne, Maskne is acne caused by the heat, humidity and bacteria encapsulated within the mask. Heat causes water loss in the skin, resulting in dehydration. Additionally, heat triggers the skin to produce more oil and sweat, which leads to more clogged pores, greater breakouts and sensitivity.

All these factors cause disruptions to your skin’s pH balance (which ultimately determines the strength of your skin’s natural barrier against bacterial infections and other aggressors).  

A weaker skin barrier then facilitates: 

  • An imbalance in the bacterial environment of your skin, allowing the trapped bacteria in the mask to increase inflammation, sensitivity and breakouts 
  • Greater ease of triggering rosacea, eczema & psoriasis 
  • Chapped lips or cracked corners of the mouth 

Furthermore, the friction between the mask and your skin also contributes to breakouts. Friction leads to damage to the outer protective layer of the skin, making it more sensitive and prone to infections and breakouts. 

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What Can I Do to Ride Through This New CB? 

While constant breakouts are irritating and demoralising, they are not a permanent fixture on your facial landscape if the right steps are taken. Let’s cut to the chase – here are the paramount steps to help manage your skin through this new CB: 

1. Free Your Skin of Nasties 

As we mentioned earlier, your mask is a trap for humidity, heat & bacteria. In order to free your skin of the nasties that bog it down daily, incorporate double cleansing in your nightly routine. The first cleanse (typically done with an Oil or Make Up Cleanser) helps to clear the skin’s surface of impurities & dirt. The second cleanse (done with a deep pore cleanser) focuses on clearing the pores of bacteria & oils. The act of double cleansing every night helps to restore your skin’s pH and rebalance its bacterial environment, minimising the possibility of breakouts due to oils & bacteria. With so many facial treatment in Singapore, it’s not difficult to find a professional services around. 

2. Incorporate Skincare with Anti-Bacterial & Anti-Inflammatory Benefits 

Cleansing may be the first step to controlling the presence of bad bacteria, but it should not be the last. Search for TonersEssences and Mositurisers that are rich in ingredients that inhibit the proliferation of bad bacteria and can soothe your skin after a long day of irritation. Here are some common skincare ingredients that are perfect for the job: 

  • Witch Hazel – contains anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, promotes healing of skin by tightening up the skin proteins & thus, creating a protective layer 
  • Tea Tree Leaf Oil – in small doses, it has great anti-bacterial & antiseptic properties 
  • Cucumber Extract – widely loved for its reparative & anti-inflammatory properties 

3. Rehydrate & Strengthen Your Skin’s Barrier 

One of the main factors that contribute to a weaker skin barrier is the dehydration of your skin. While the simplest way to combat this would be to increase your daily water intake, it is insufficient. Treat your skin to water-based moisturisers to ensure maximum hydration. Products that are rich in Sodium Hyaluronate (to hydrate your skin from deep within) and Ceramides (to strengthen your skin’s natural barrier) also help in the fight against constant breakouts. 

4. Protect Your Skin Against Bacteria Build-Up  

While all the above-mentioned steps are effective in managing your skin through the worst that constant breakouts have to offer, they do not actively protect, treat or soothe the skin throughout the day. This inability inspired us to craft a solution that combines our skincare expertise with high performing medical grade ingredients to keep viral, bacteria and breakouts threats at bay. 

A plant-based, alcohol-free sanitizer, the Skin Protecting Sanitizer formulated with a combination of natural and medical grade ingredients like Eucalyptus Oil, Tea Tree Oil and 200 ppm Hypochlorous Acid Water (HOCL). Designed to combat threats without stripping the skin of its natural moisture, the Skin Protecting Sanitizer is suitable for children, sensitive skin. Its compact form made it an easy-to-use everyday essential. 

With its active ingredients, the Skin Protecting Sanitizer effectively:
Protects the skin against bacterial proliferation that largely contributes to breakouts and eradicates any viruses on the skin. Additionally, the use of natural insect repellents like Tea Tree Oil and Eucalyptus Oil aid in protecting you from the rising threat of Dengue.

Treats breakouts by reducing the presence of bacteria – a large factor in causing breakouts while wearing a mask – with the strong anti-bacterial properties of HOCL, Tea Tree Oil and Eucalyptus Oil.

Soothes inflamed skin with the help of Tea Tree Oil and Eucalyptus Oil – both known for their strong anti-inflammatory properties.

We hope these little tips help you to manage your constant breakouts better and emerge with clearer skin! 

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Synonymous with teenage years, youth and awkward phases, acne has never been a welcomed part of our lives. You would think that as you mature, its presence on your skin would slowly fade away. While this is true for some, many of us still experience acne even as adults. Plus, it does not help when you are unsure about how to deal with your acne. Fret not, Porcelain Skin here to help clear out your acne in no time with our top 5 tips for acne-free skin. 

What is Acne? 

Knowing thy enemy is an extremely (but often overlooked) aspect of dealing with all skincare issues – acne included. Thus, it is important for us to understand the inner workings and root causes of acne. First to note, there are 5 main types of acne: Blackheads, whiteheads, Papules, Pustules and Cysts/Nodules. 

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Each of these forms of acne start out as sebum (the oil your skin naturally produces to keep the skin moisturised and protected) and dead skin cells clogging a pore. As you move along the stages, the acne increases in severity. This is often due to the presence of p.acne bacteria that causes the pore to produce more oils and skin to be irritated and inflammed.  

Blackheads are open comedones – pores clogged with sebum that is exposed to air, causing it to oxidise and turn “black”.  

Whiteheads are closed comedones – pores clogged with sebum but are not exposed to air.  

Papules are closed comedones, often appearing as red bumps on the skin with no visible pus head. They are pores clogged with sebum that have experienced irritation and inflammation from p.acne bacteria. Additionally, the presence of p.acne bacteria causes the pore to produce more oils, leading to greater pus build-up. 

Pustules are the form of acne that are identified as pimples – the iconic pus head with a ring of redness and inflammation surrounding the pore. Pustules are usually formed when papules are left alone for too long and have experienced greater inflammation and irritation – both from p.acne bacteria and from wandering fingers that pick and attempt to pop them.  

Nodules/Cysts are a severe form of acne, with pus completely overflowing the walls of the pore, causing damage to the pore and leaving behind a scar when expressed. 

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Our Top Tips for Acne-Free Skin: 

1. Keep it all Clean

Though it may seem obvious, many do not realise the effects of a proper cleanse AND exfoliation regime. Double cleansing has been around for age – starting in 14th Century Asia (particularly japan & Korea) as a method to thoroughly cleanse the skin of white paint that women wore. While we may no longer be wearing white paint, the method is still paramount to acne-free skin.  

Starting the double cleanse with an oil or makeup cleanser helps to free the skin surface of any dirt, oils, make up and sunscreen. Once the surface is cleared, it allows the second cleanse (typically done with a deep pore gel cleanser) to penetrate deeper into the skin and clear the pores of any oil build-ups, bacteria and dirt.  

On top of clearing the pores sufficiently of oils and bacteria (two main culprits to acne), it is important to exfoliate the skin regularly (once to twice a week) to remove dead skin cells that contribute to congestion.  

For an effective exfoliation, switch out your physical exfoliants (like sugar scrubs, microbeads and walnut scrubs) for chemical or enzyme-based exfoliants that are effective at removing dead skin cells without leaving behind micro-tears.  

2. Block Oil Blotters 

As we mentioned earlier, sebum is the oil your skin produces to keep it moisturised and protected from external aggressors. Though the mid-day sheen may be an eyesore or uncomfortable, it is important to remember that removing it can cause your skin to produce even more oil than before! This removal signals to your skin that there is a potential for moisture loss since the protective layer of oil has been removed. To retain as much moisture as possible, your skin produces more oils which add to the congestion within pores.  

3. You Face is a Work of Art, So Don’t Touch it! 

With one of the main factors of severe acne like Papules, Pustules and Cyst/Nodules being the presence of p.acne bacteria, it is important to minimise its presence on your skin. Imagine all the bacteria wandering around on common surfaces that you touch on the daily being on your skin. Simple steps like avoiding pimple picking/popping and minimising touching your face all work towards minimising p.acne bacteria and other types of bacteria that act to irritate the skin. 

4. Find your inner balance 

 Here’s another tip that will help strengthen your skin against the bacteria – find you pH and balance it! 

Your skin pH is its natural barrier against irritants, environmental aggressors like pollutants and bacteria. When your skin pH is unbalanced, you are more prone to breakouts as your skin is now more susceptible to the effects of bacteria, irritants etc. Not sure if you have pH imbalance? Head over here to discover your skin type, pH imbalance and how you can rebalance it!  

5. Invest in your Skin 

With all the tips above, you can rest assured that your skin will clear up in a jiffy. But, for more severe cases of acne like Papules, Pustules and Nodules/Cysts, an expert hand may be required. These forms of acne can often result in scarring or more breakouts if they are not tended to correctly. In the hands of an expert, treatments like ZitZapQuintessential and OxyZap use medical grade technology to help treat acneic skin at cellular levels that products are unable to reach. Regular acne facial treatment in Singapore is essential as well to maintain a healthy skin.

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You’ve just bought a new, 10-step skincare kit and have all the steps down pat. You’re pretty sure nothing stands in the way of radiant, glowing skin now — nothing, except for those stubborn bumps under your skin. That smattering of blackheads on your nose. Enlarged pores on your cheeks… maybe you have a long way to go before regaining clarity in complexion because of congestion — or clogged pores, if you will.

“My pores still clogged with the day’s wear.
I long for moisture and rejuvenation.”

SHELLS HEART
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TELLTALE SIGNS YOUR SKIN IS CONGESTED

One could have a seemingly smooth complexion but have hidden congestion issues. A quick test to see if you suffer from it — run a hand over your face. If your skin feels bumpy and uneven to the touch, chances are high that it’s congested. More obvious signs that most people are familiar with are blackheads (especially along the T-zone and cheeks) and whiteheads.

WHAT IS CONGESTION?

In layman terms, we like to call it “gunk” or “dirt”. In more formal terms, it’s a combination of impurities, sweat, dead skin cells, sebum and natural oils that become trapped within the pores, causing blackheads and / or whiteheads to form. While whiteheads tend to appear as firm, white bumps, blackheads are clogged pores that remain open and darken due to oxidation.

When pores are often congested and clogged with impurities, they tend to stretch—causing the appearance of enlarged pores.  A lot of times, simply clearing the skin of blackheads and congestion can help reduce the appearance of large and open pores.

CARING FOR CLEARING CONGESTED SKIN

The tips and tricks are many, so regaining smooth, glowing skin from within is very much possible.

DOUBLE CLEANSING

Double Cleansing with a makeup remover / pre-cleanser thoroughly removes environmental pollutants accumulated through the day, making the same job easier for your cleanser. More importantly, pre-cleansing softens your skin so that following products can be absorbed more effectively. Double cleansing is one of the simplest, fastest ways to ensure the skin is thoroughly cleansed of debris, dirt, makeup, and all other incriminating factors needed for congestion to happen.

“Take your time when cleansing – it’s not a step to be rushed.”

EMMA HOBSON
EDUCATION MANAGER FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DERMAL INSTITUTE
AND DERMALOGICA

EXFOLIATION

Exfoliation helps keep your skin clear and more even as it gets rid of flaky skin cells and loosens keratin buildup. Look for exfoliants with fruit enzymes as they are gentler and do a better job of dissolving dead skin cells without irritating or damaging the skin. Even better if the exfoliator returns water to the skin with hydrating ingredients like aloe extracts. The goal here is to revive the skin’s surface while preventing over-drying or irritation. An effective exfoliant does its job without abrasion, helping to clear your pores while also nourishing the skin.

Avoid any exfoliants that contain micro-beads or granules as these are generally more aggravating to the skin.

TONING WITH AHAS

One of the most important parts of the daily skin care routine is toning. It balances the skin after cleansing, calms and lowers its pH level. Toning helps prep the skin for any serums that follow, and removes excess oil your cleanser may have missed. Another perk? It shrinks the size of your pores! Find toners with AHAs, as these break the bonds between weakened skin cells, making it much easier to exfoliate and encourage cellular production. New cells = smoother-looking, healthier skin!

Glycolic and lactic acids are two such sources of AHAs; it gently peels the top layer of the skin, helping dislodge buildup from clogged pores, and with regular use, improves the skin’s overall appearance and clarity. These remove excess sebum, impurities and dead skin cells to clarify the skin to make way for a brighter, clearer complexion.

Remember to always use sunscreen, especially after using products with AHAs to protect your skin from free radicals and UV damage!

GEL-BASED MOISTURISING

Once your skin is primed and prepped for moisture (after all that cleansing, exfoliation and toning), it’s important to use a moisturizer that isn’t too heavy or thick, but provides superior hydration down to the deeper layers of the skin.

It’s a misconception that one shouldn’t apply moisturizers if his / her skin is oily. In fact, it’s a pretty big booboo if you skip this step, especially if your skin is oily! Dehydrated skin often produces more oil because it perceives the skin to be too dry. But if you feed it with water to even out the pH balance, it stops bumping up the sebum production because your skin’s already well-fed.

However, it’s important to find the right moisturizer. These are those that are non-comedogenic, contain hydrating ingredients and occlusives to ensure that skin is hydrated and that hydration is locked within.

If your skin is really dehydrated, consider adding a power-packed serum with ingredients like hyaluronic acid and sodium hyaluronate for a surge of hydration.

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“Moisturising your face is also an effective solution to keeping your pores clean. Many people with acne fear that moisturiser will add excess oil to their skin, however if they use the right product this is not the case.”

DR. KATHERINE ARMOUR
DERMATOLOGIST

PROFESSIONAL EXTRACTIONS

Unclogging congested skin can be done faster with the help of professional extractions! As always, don’t pick at your skin or attempt extractions on your own because that introduces more dirt and bacteria to inflamed skin. You know what that means — more bumps, more blackheads, more zits… more congestion!

Extractions are rarely a pleasant experience but you can help make the process a little easier and less painful by prepping your skin for it * gasp. How? Here’s a word you’ve heard countless times in this post alone — hydration.

When your skin is hydrated, it helps soften the surface so it’s more pliable, making it easier to extract comedones and congestion. Dehydrated skin, on the other hand, will harden around the blockages, locking them in place and thus making it harder or even impossible to remove. Before your extractions appointment, boost your skin’s hydration as much as possible with masks and serums! You can thank us later.