Put Your Best Face Forward #acnetalk

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Been there, felt that. Growing up, I had my fair share of melodramatic moments, no thanks to acne. While my friends worried about prom dress, I was thinking how to cover up my despicable zits. Fast forward to adult years. Just when I thought I successfully conquered acne with various skincare products, they reappear like poltergeist every now and then. Though they’re not as bad, this time thanks to hormonal shift a.k.a aging, I can say that I have mastered the art of putting my best face forward come hell or high water.

{1} Use makeups appropriate for acne and/or oily skin. Opt for lightweight and oil-free liquid foundation to allow your skin to breathe. Stay away from potential irritants (stick and cream foundations) because they will clog pores and encourage bacterial growth.

{2} Cover up. If you need extra reinforcement, concealers come in handy. Again, choose products that are not greasy and comedogenic. Gently apply on affected area with concealer brush and blend. Check out my top concealers for adult acne here.

{3} Pull yourself up. I know first-hand how acne affects self-esteem so try your best to look your best. Double emphasis, double tap that. Paint your puckers bright (click lipstick love page for my suggestions) and wear fabulous accessories like nobody’s business. Let your lips, ears or neck be the focus. Divert self-pity to something positive, I got your back lady!

{4} Treat the source. There are numerous brands available in the market today; question is, which is which? needless to say, if your case is severe, you need to take it up with a dermatologist. For mild acne, salicylic acid is ideal because it is gentle, helps shed dead skin cells, reduces sebum, and less irritating than benzoyl peroxide.

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Leave it to CLn when it comes to acne. Developed by dermatologists, this Acne Cleanser ($32, 2.5 fl oz/ 75ml) is the only one in the market with 0.5% salicylic acid preserved with sodium hypochlorite, a topical antimicrobial. Does this combination really matter? if you understand how salicylic acid works, then you know that while it helps control zits, it has no capability to kill bacteria, so yes it does matter. I am not speaking on behalf of the brand, I am just explaining the logic behind, having worked for a dermatology company in the past. Combining stock knowledge and personal experience, it is important to follow a strict anti-acne regimen. After cleansing your face, moisturize (choose lightweight and oil-free) because salicylic acid, although gentle, may cause some dryness. Spot-treat as necessary.

Like I always say, skincare is relative. What works for me may not for you and vice-versa. If you haven’t found a solution to your acne yet, check out CLn (available online, select retailers and doctors’ offices).

Any tips you’d like to add?



  1. April 17, 2015 / 1:54 pm

    What a great post. The other thing is that acne sufferers should try to keep their hands off of their face since that can just further irritate their skin.

  2. April 17, 2015 / 3:16 pm

    What a helpful post for fighting acne or even the occasional blemish. Your skin always look beautiful!

  3. April 17, 2015 / 5:52 pm

    I'll have to check this out, I'm always on the look out for the best acne fighter to keep mine at bay!

  4. April 17, 2015 / 8:45 pm

    I actually really like the Cover FX Blemish control concealer to help treat my acne when I have it.

  5. April 18, 2015 / 10:48 pm

    Great post!! I'm alwats searching for new skin care items to boost my routine 🙂

  6. April 19, 2015 / 12:27 pm

    I never suffered from acne but I feel for people who do. These are great tips!

  7. April 20, 2015 / 2:31 am

    I've always heard great things about the tarte foundation. I'd love to try it! <3

  8. April 20, 2015 / 6:08 pm

    Great post 🙂 I think definitely pulling oneself up and trying to be positive is a must and surely difficult. I had issues with acne before and thankfully not anymore once I eliminated foundation from my skin… but I find that still – when I think about how I felt… I wish I knew that I could still love one self 🙂

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