If you haven’t been getting enough rest due to the many festivities that happened in December, it will show on your skin. Dull and lackluster complexion are obvious signs of tiredness but acne will appear when skin is not taken care of properly.

Our skincare guide on rebooting skin brings the glow back but acne may take more than just a mask session. Acne appears when skin’s pH levels is out of balance, there is excessive buildup and dehydrated skin. Lack of sleep, stress and diet change affects it too. The first step on caring acne-prone skin is getting your lifestyle habits sorted: have enough sleep, drink plenty of water, and avoid being exposed to polluted air for too long.

Now comes the fun part. When it comes to acne-prone skin, one of the most important tip is to always keep your face clean. Whether it is before, during or after makeup application, keeping the skin clean is crucial to preventing buildup.

To achieve healthy-looking skin needs more than just skincare. Try these:

Resist popping acne.

Probably the hardest thing to not do but popping them will only make them worst. It will cause inflammation, scarring and possibly more acne.

Always be calm

Staying calm and stress-free in situations are beneficial to your mental health and skin. When stress is present, the hormones produces excessive oil which leads to acne and white heads.

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Cleanse thoroughly

Cleansers like this one with salicylic acid works well with acne-prone skin. It works on pores by clearing them out, reducing shine, and eliminating excess oil without leaving skin feeling tight after cleansing.

Origins Zero Oil Deep Pore Cleanser with Saw Palmetto and Mint, RM110

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Treat it early

Treating your acne early can reduce its lifespan by one to two days. While prevention is key, early intervention works well against pimples. Spot treat them with this sulfur formulated formula that helps clear acne.

Kiehl’s Breakout Control Targeted Spot Acne Treatment, RM148

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Protect your skin

Sunscreen is crucial when it comes to skin protection. You’ll keep the impurities and UV light away from the skin. This colour-correcting cream turns from green to beige upon contact with your skin, correcting redness while giving protection at the same time.

Dr.Jart+ Cicapair Re-cover SPF 30/PA++, RM225

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Try retinoids

Retinoids are powerful against wrinkles by building collagen. They also promote cell turnovers which helps with pigmentation and acne scars. This treatment cream is quite powerful so use a tiny amount first and mix with buffer cream provided first to get your skin used to the treatment.

Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair, RM503

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Overtreatment may happen

And that’s normal. Acne products have a drying effect on the skin if used frequently. Replenish moisture into the skin with heavy duty moisturisers that are also lightweight and oil-free so that it doesn’t clog up the pores. This gel moisturiser helps balance your skin’s oil levels.

Shiseido Waso Quick Matte Moisturizer, RM150

Jolin Lee
Senior Writer
Unlike most modern-day millennials, Jolin does not need caffeine or alcohol to power through the day (and night). Her eye for beauty is as sharp as her eyeliner flick, and she can spot your unblended eye makeup from a mile away.