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.