From The Straits Times    |



When the only thing that you ever want is clear skin, acne is the biggest foe that you need to defeat. But before plotting the perfect combat plan, the first thing you need root out is the types of acne and that each kind requires own attack strategy to wipe out the bumps on your skin. For that, we compiled a list of various types of acne and ways you can help your skin.


Comedonal Acne – Blackheads and whiteheads

Commonly seen on the nose and nasal area, these white/blackheads are dermatologically classified as comedones (clogged pores). Blackheads are open, hence the black appearance because the oxidization of the debris inside the follicle while whitehead occurs when the blocked pores closed up.


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Exfoliation is the step that you cannot omit in your beauty routine. A salicylic acid-packed wash such as Yadah Anti-Trouble Bubble Cleanser is recommended and clean your face twice a day and exfoliate about twice a week. Also, take a look at your makeup – avoid using pore-clogging products and take down the amount of makeup used on your skin.

Inflammatory Acne – Papules and pustules

Meet papules and pustules, the inflamed version of the comedonal acne. Papules are the phase beyond whiteheads which the bacteria, sebum and dead skin cells under the skin caused inflammation, leading to redness and swell. Pustules are like papules except the existence of pus.

Your best bet? Benzoyl peroxide. La Roche Posay Dual Action Acne works effectively on killing acne-causing bacteria and reduces inflammation. Be reminded to apply only on the affected area and it can really dry out your skin so hydrate your skin well after using it. And also, try not to pop them!

Cystic Acne – Nodules and cysts

Nodules are hard while cysts are softer and contain yellowish pus. These angry pimples are caused by genetics as well as the hormonal stimulation of the oil glands. If there’s no proper treatment, your DIY route or leaving them untreated might cause permanent damage to your skin so you should consider paying your dermatologist a visit before it’s too late. If you just don’t have that much time to visit your derm that often, applying ice cube directly to your pimple can help to diminish redness and size. 

This story was originally published on, February 1, 2017.

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