Oh no, here they come again! These bothersome acne and blemishes! Can't they find another place to migrate to apart from my skin? And the worst part is that they leave unwanted scars and marks behind!
We hear your rant and we know how you feel. Don't get discouraged by those pesky little creatures because we always have a solution for you! So calm yourself down for a moment, breathe in, breathe out. Feeling better now?
OK, first things first, we need to understand the root cause of these blemishes. Blemishes appear when dirt, dead skin cells and excess sebum get trapped inside the pores, causing inflammation and redness. While it may seem 'fun' or 'satisfying' to pick on them, you must never do so as it may eventually cause unwanted scars. If that's the case, what is the quickest and most effective solution to get them to pack up their bags and leave? Keep reading to find your new comrades-in-arms to fight blemishes and scars!
So Long, Spots!
Regardless of the type of troubled spots you have, it is important to treat the source to prevent them from worsening. Here are some of our favourite spot-treatments to help your skin fight off those annoying acne, pimples and the like, and make sure they never want to come back!
The Tough Defenders for Your Skin
Let's break the never-ending cycle of getting stressed out and breaking out with these guardians that help speed up your skin's healing process by blocking out bacteria, moisture and impurities. At the same time, these hydrocolloid patches deliver active ingredients that penetrate within the skin and removes inflammation to effectively banish blemishes in no time! They are also ideal for everyday use regardless of your day to day activities!
COSRX Clear Fit Master Patch is an ultra thin hydrocolloid pimple patch that adheres to the skin well to cover and protect blemishes. They are so thin that you can even apply your daily makeup over them. If you need something with varying sizes, COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch is here for you! These work the same way as their Clear Fit sibling, but they are slightly thicker in texture to help with the healing of cystic acne and come in 3 different sizes to suit your skin's needs. It is no surprise that COSRX pimple patches remain an all time favourite because of its effectiveness and ability to prevent those itchy fingers from picking on another pimple.
Recommended by skincare experts, THE FACE SHOP Dr. Belmeur Clarifying Spot Plaster Band takes care of blemishes on sensitive skin while keeping the skin calm. It is enriched with tea tree leaf oil, salicylic acid and willow herb for their anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties to clear our stubborn acne, reduce swelling and redness. Because of its gentle and safe formula, it is suitable to use on those with sensitive skin. These patches are also hardly noticeable because they are transparent, so you can wear them whenever, wherever!
Do you sometimes find that some pimple patches lose their adhesion after a while or look like they bulge out from your skin because they are too thick? Worry no more because PYUNKANG YUL Acne Spot Patch Super-Thin has the answer to your concerns! These super thin hydrocolloid acne patches have edges in the form of a thin film that 'blends in' with your skin without sticking out. They protect blemished spots from bacteria to speed up recovery, while creating a moist environment to prevent the formation of acne scars. Apart from that, the packaging of the product allows for easy handling and application, minimizing contact with your fingertips without rolling or crushing.
The Swift and Powerful Ones
When you look in the mirror and see a pimple emerging from your skin, one of the first reactions might be to fight back using the strongest pimple treatment you can find in your drawer. However, sometimes this can be too harsh on your skin and you end up with dry, peeling and red patches everywhere (ouch!) making the situation even worse than before. Sigh...
Don't underestimate the power of I'M FROM Mugwort Spot Gel. While it has a gentle formula, this spot treatment gel works effectively in calming inflammation by quickly penetrating into the skin and leaving a cooling sensation. It is formulated with 90% pure Mugwort extract that has powerful anti inflammatory and anti bacterial effects. You don't have to worry about getting dry patches around your blemishes because I'M FROM Mugwort Spot Gel is not going to cause irritation or extreme dryness, thanks to its soothing property that is suitable for all skin types. We recommend this spot gel for those with less severe blemish issues or have skin that tends to get dry and flaky. Find out more about Mugwort and why it is a K-beauty holy grail for all skin types here.
Can we have something powerful, yet soothing and cooling at the same time? Yes, you can with SOME BY MI AHA BHA PHA 14 Days Super Miracle Spot All Kill Cream! This acne spot treatment cream is formulated with tea tree leaf water and Centella asiatica extract to help control excess sebum production, eliminate stubborn blemishes and keep the skin calm. It contains exfoliants to gently remove dead skin cells to clear pores and improve skin barrier. What we love most about this spot treatment is its lightweight, gel-like texture that glides easily and absorbs fast into the skin to target problematic areas quickly without leaving sticky residue behind.
A popular ingredient for acne treatment is tea tree. It has long been used to reduce swelling, inflammation and redness to prevent the formation of unwanted scars and dark spots. SOME BY MI 30 days Miracle Tea Tree Spot Oil is formulated with 150,000ppm tea tree leaf oil to quickly heal acne, pimples and blemishes by helping with excessive sebum control and soothing the skin. It is best used as a one-off spot treatment applied directly in small amounts on areas of concern. You can even mix a few drops of this spot oil with SOME BY MI AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Serum or Miracle Cream for added sebum controlling effects.
Find out more about other SOME BY MI's products and how they can help resolve stubborn blemishes here.
For the stubborn blemishes that won't go away no matter how hard you have tried, this spot cream will do the job for you. COSRX AC Collection Ultimate Spot Cream is made with zinc oxide, aloe vera leaf water and calamine to intensively reduce inflammation from blemishes, control excess sebum and eliminate breakouts by strengthening sensitive, acne-prone skin. We recommend applying a thinner layer during the day and a thicker layer for more intensive treatment at night.
Remember, clear, blemish-free skin begins with proper day-to-day skincare routine, vigilantly using the right products for your skin type and not touching your face frequently as our hands and fingertips harbour millions of bacteria that can aggravate troubled skin.
Now comes the question, should I use pimple patches or spot treatment ointments? Pimple patches is suitable for smaller breakouts or if you are someone who cannot restrain yourself from picking on those blemishes (we know how tempting it is). They do not affect the skin around a particular spot because of the active ingredients are focused on the problematic area only. Nevertheless, ointments are more suitable for blemishes that are deeper within the skin or are still at the early stages of formation, as well as for those that require a treatment on a larger surface which a pimple patch may not necessarily be able to cover fully.
Healthy, Clear Skin: Who Doesn't Want it?
What's next? Once your acne has cleared out, sometimes you may get inevitable spots or marks on your skin. Banish them once and for all with these skincare warriors!
As Bright As a Fresh Yuja
Illuminate your complexion and eliminate dark spots with SOME BY MI Yuja Niacin Blemish Care Serum. This lightweight serum with refreshing yuja scent not only awakens your senses, but it also contains a brightening ingredients yuja and niacinamide to revitalize and brighten dull complexion and dark spots by suppressing the production of melanin. Your skin will be left brighter, moisturised and luminous with continued usage.
We all need our daily dose of Vitamin C to stay healthy, so does our skin! THE FACE SHOP Dr. Belmeur Vita Serine Serum is a dermatologically-tested triple care serum that provides your skin with pore care, along with moisturising and brightening effects. This serum is formulated with Vitamin B3, B5 and C, hyaluronic acid and serine to boost the skin's radiance and moisture, leaving it supple and bright. The gentle formula of this serum makes it suitable even for sensitive skin types.
To know more about Vitamin C and its radiance boosting benefits for your skin, click here.
Clear away your worries and frustration with COSRX AC Collection Blemish Spot Clearing Serum. This clarifying serum contains propolis to treat blemishes and speed up the healing process of damaged skin as a result of acne. It also helps prevent scarring, by balancing the skin's natural pH and oil-water balance. For best results, use together with other products from COSRX AC Collection.
Just a few drops of magic from THE FACE SHOP Dr. Belmeur Clarifying Spot Calming Ampoule and a little wish upon the star for healthy, clear skin. This dermatologically tested, low-irritating ampoule that helps soothe sensitive, acne-prone skin. Formulated with centella asiatica and BHA, it helps repair damaged skin, strengthen skin barrier; at the same time, it gently exfoliates dead, dull skin to clear out pores and slough away flaky skin. The result is clearer, supple and healthier-looking skin.
The magic does not end there, THE FACE SHOP Dr. Belmeur Cica Peptide Ampoule is another must-have to banish blemishes! This powerful ampoule is formulated with high concentrations of Centella Asiatica to repair damaged skin, strengthens skin barrier while moisturising and soothing it. It also contains peptide complex to improve skin elasticity, leaving your skin revitalized, smooth and supple. Well look who's a big step closer to clearer, healthier and moisturised skin!
Alright, we do hope that you have more confidence in achieving clear, blemish-free skin and that blemish marks are not forever. Our skincare heroes are always here to help you tackle your acne battles. It's time for you to shoo away those unwanted invaders residing on your skin and say hello to a brand new you!