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Pre-Acne, and Post-Acne Care: Special products to minimize breakouts, clear them fast, AND reduce scarring!

Disclaimer before we begin: I’m no dermatologist, biologist or chemist, and everyone reacts differently because our skins aren’t all alike, so do bear that in mind when reading what follows and exercise your own judgment when choosing products to try!

JF Acne Relief Cleanser Bar

When choosing facial soap that can help to reduce acne, there are many types. Remember that your soap doesn’t stay on your face long, so don’t pay through the nose for products that claim to have lots of skincare ingredients that take a long time to take effect.

This bar soap contains both sulfur and salicylic acid, but I would doubt that the salicylic acid does much. What’s great is the micronized active sulfur, which is antibacterial. Any other antibacterial face soap should work the same way, though I would caution against using grainy scrub formulas because this should be something you can use up to 2-3 times a day without being too harsh on the skin.

JF is a Malaysian pharmaceutical brand and should be available in most pharmacies here, but unfortunately I’m not entirely sure about its availability outside Singapore and Malaysia.

Tip: If you can get hold of a sulfur-based mask moisten a little bit in your palm (after face wash), massage into your face for 2 minutes and then rinse away before it sets. This should give a similar effect without being too harsh to use daily.

Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliator

Exfoliating is a second way to reduce acne (aside from killing acne bacteria). It removes the excess dead cells that mix with sebum to form oil plugs in your pores. But always remember over-exfoliating is just as bad as not exfoliating because it can give you overly-thin skin or worse, micro-tears, making you more sensitive (stinging, redness, broken capillaries) and reactive (more oil and more breakouts) to everything.

Gentle Cream Exfoliator is probably the most expensive tube of exfoliator/mask I’ve ever purchased, but it IS one of the best if you have more sensitive skin but still need something strong enough to exfoliate.

I don’t usually use physical scrubs and brushes because I have quite reactive skin and using scrubs that might be alright on other skins tends to make me sensitive and break out in red rash-like spots. With this exfoliator, you’re not supposed to even rub. You spread a thin layer on your skin about twice a week, leave for 10-15 minutes and let the lactic and hydroxy acids, plus fruit enzymes eat away at your dead cells, before you wash it all off.

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"Announcement: Mario Badescu Set for the 300,000 Follower Contest goes to…
Rachel D!"

From her entry: “ I would like to win this skincare set because I’ve already reached my 25 year mark and have only recently realized that flaunting great makeup is not enough to reveal true beauty, but it’s much more important to have a clean, healthy and flawless canvas beneath it all, especially since I ain’t getting any younger and would love to treat my skin more like an investment for my more “womanly” years to come. I would love to be able to be confident even without the fancy foundations and concealing products that I can’t seem to leave the house without anymore. I’ve heard that Mario Badescu products really work wonders and it’s been on my wishlist for a couple years now, but it’s so expensive where I’m at that I just stick to a very basic skincare regimen with drugstore products that don’t really clear up my acne. I would love to be able to use these Mario Badescu products and have beautiful and radiant skin to have more confidence in myself just as I am.”

For those of you who didn’t win, don’t be disappointed!

There’s still the makeup segment of the 300,000 follower giveaway coming right up!

(I’m finalizing details with the company right now to sort out what goes into it, and I’m trying to get not 1, but a few different sets so we can have multiple winners!) ;P

Check back regularly for updates!

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