For the average Filipino, acne is part of life and part of growing up. There causes of acne vary,
from hormonal imbalance to bacteria transferred from your hands or hair. Acne occurs when
pores are blocked by sebum – a waxy substance produced by your skin’s sebaceous glands.
The introduction of bacteria on your skin exacerbates the swelling, causing acne. Besides the
zits and the swelling, acne can also leave scars and marks on the skin which can affect a
The good news is, acne is treatable with proper diet and better yet, a suitable skin care routine.
Don’t give in to acne! Here are some great products that you can include on your regular skin
LUSH MASK OF MAGNAMINTY
From the brand that popularized bath bombs, Lush gives you fresh handmade products that are
oh-so attractive, sweet smelling, but also vegan. From their line of face and body mask is the
Mask of Magnaminty that provides a fresh blend of peppermint, honey, and acne-busting
bentonite clay. You can use this as a weekly scrub that would leave your skin feeling calm,
radiant, and well-moisturized.
THE ORDINARY NIACINAMIDE 10% + Zinc 1%
A skin care list is never complete with a mention of anything from The Ordinary. Perhaps their most popular product is the Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%. Niacinamide helps repair damaged skin ravaged by acne while Zinc calms the swelling down. You can use this as a day or night serum on your routine.
WITCH HAZEL TONER WITH THAYERS LAVENDER
Get rid of those powerful astringents that leave your face worse than it had ever begun! Not only will your skin Witch be even more sensitive to light, you are also getting rid of its protective layers. Stick to a light toner such as the Thayers Hazel Toner with Lavender. Lavender has a calming effect plus it has (to some degree) antibacterial properties that help fight acne.
INNISFREE BIJA TROUBLE LOTION
Oily skin with acne doesn’t mean you can skip the moisturizing phase. In fact, it is crucial that you moisturize your skin if you have acne. What you need is a lightweight lotion that’s non-comedogenic i.e. not heavy on the oils such as coconut oil, avocado oil, lanolin, etc. From the popular K-beauty brand Innisfree, the Bija Trouble lotion is a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer that helps protect the skin from bacteria.
CETAPHIL OILY SKIN CLEANSER
Cleansers for acne tend to make your skin a bit dry – which makes sense! The cleansing factor is working, but you might want to balance it out with Cetaphil Oily Skin cleanser. This cleanser has more of a watery consistency which cleanses the skin but doesn’t strip it of its natural oils that helps it heal from acne. It’s a great morning cleanser !
BONUS: FREEMAN’S MANUKA HONEY + TEA TREE OIL BODY MASK AND CLEANSER
Although we have already listed a face mask at the top, the Lush Magnaminty mask can be on the expensive side. If you are on a budget, you might want to try Freeman’s Manuka Honey + Tea Tree Oil Body Mask and Cleanser. Freeman’s is well-known for creating top-quality face masks for a fraction of the cost. The mask contains Manuka honey and Tea Tree plus bentonite clay – a powerful trio of acne-busting ingredients. Because this mask is super powerful, it can be a little bit drying on the skin so don’t put it on for longer than 10 minutes and always moisturize after every use.
Acne is part of life but it doesn’t mean you just let it be! Help fight acne with these exciting skin care products!