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What’s the problem?
You either have mild/moderate acne (whiteheads, blackheads and pimples) or moderate/severe acne (all of the mentioned plus painful ‘cystic’ acne/lesions).
There aren’t any quick fixes for acne but a facial mask can calm/dry out some of the acne if you need a quick solution. Try the Peter Thomas Roth Sulfur Facial Mask for good results. Use after showering.
Also the Lab Series BB cream is undetectable on skin, apply a tiny bit of this tinted product on your skin to temporarily but significantly lift the redness in your skin. This can make a huge difference.
The most important part about treating acne is to simplify your routine with plain products and, to that, add one or two potent/effective treatment options. So go plain with your cleanser and moisturiser, Cetaphil’s always good.
If your acne is severe, you need to see a dermatologist. They may prescribe retinol creams or, if it’s really severe, there are oral medication options too.
There’s a full guide here if you want something thorough.
- Cetaphil/CeraVe Cleanser – See a dermatologist about acne and these are the cleansers they’re likely to recommend right off the bat. They clean skin thoroughly without aggravating acne or making it worse.
- Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash – Great if you prefer a foamy cleanser, avoid if you have dry skin though.
- Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid – A light lotion to use before moisturiser to unclog pores, good for minimal acne.
- Stridex Pads – Swipe these pads across your skin before moisturising. They work similarly to the Paula’s Choice product.
- Acne.org Benzoyl Peroxide – This product disinfects the skin and is housed within a plain, non clogging base. It’s a cult fave for acne sufferers. Use daily if you have serious acne but you can use it an alternate days if your acne is mild.
- Avene Triacneal – This product is for more serious forms of acne. It contains a potent blend of glycolic acid and retinol to fight acne as well as smooth out and fade acne scars.
- La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo – A gentle way to fight persistent acne, good for those with acne as well as sensitive skin.
- Olay Complete Sensitive SPF15 – With all these products, you need to use an SPF product during the day. This Olay product is plain and effective.
- CeraVe PM – A plain, mild moisturiser for acne sufferers with added calming ingredients.
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