• Moh Shuying

How To Treat Breakouts

Don't let pesky pimples get you down.

Let’s face it, no matter how old you get or how good your complexion is, none of us are spared from the occasional zit, especially in a hot, humid country like the +65. The good thing is, there are simple solutions to prevent and treat blemishes. Here are five.

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1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

This might sound weird but giving your complexion sufficient moisture is actually essential when treating zits. When skin is dry, it can result in a build-up of dead skin cells, which can cause your pores to get clogged and acne to form. So a quick way to prevent this is using a good moisturising and hydrating serum.

2. Fancy a scrub?

If you frequently get tiny bumps on your face, then exfoliating regularly is the way to go. Those small bumps are actually whiteheads that form when dead skin cells, oil and bacteria that get trapped within your pores. By exfoliating about once or twice a week, you’re ensuring that surface dead cells get sloughed off so these blockages don’t occur.

3) Apply a spot treatment

If your pimple is slightly larger and bumpy, then you might want to use a cream or treatment on the spot. You can try the Eve Lom Dynaspot ($55), which has antiseptic extracts and salicylic acid to get rid of blemishes without drying skin, or the Verso Blemish Fix ($160). This uses retinol and turmeric to boost cell turnover, treat clogged pores and reduce bacteria. But remember: only use them on your pimple and you should stop the treatment once it’s gone.

4) Wait a while

In the words of Stormi Webster: “Patience. Patience.” Sometimes doing too much too soon can actually harm your skin, especially when you have pustules (those are pus-filled pimples). While it might be tempting to pop them, that can actually damage your skin and cause scarring. We would recommend applying a pimple treatment or just waiting it out and let them dry out naturally. But if you’re really can't stand to look at them, then at least visit a facialist to let the professionals help you with your pimple.

5) Is the doctor in?

While most zits can be treated quite easily, hormone-related breakouts might require a visit to the doctor. If pimples occur around the same time every month, they might be related to your menstruation cycle. Before your period, estrogen levels will decrease while testosterone levels remain about the same. This can cause an increase in sebum production, resulting in breakouts. A doctor will be able to prescribe you with medication to regulate your levels to treat this.