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How I Beat Acne With Korean Skin Care Products


When you’ve battled adult acne for more than a decade, you’re desperate to try anything. That’s what happened to me when my face suddenly broke out in large, painful red bumps that turned out to be cystic acne.

During a trip to Asia, I got gifted a set of Korean skincare and I have been using those skincare products ever since. The hormonal breakouts have been isolated to a few spots on my cheeks and forehead. All that’s left from my battle with cystic acne are the scars and hyperpigmentation spots.

I know having acne and scars would break your heart when you look at your skin in the mirror. But that day is about to end with my A to Z guide on which products I have used to fight against acne and how to use them to achieve the best result.


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1. Remover:

It is one of the most important products in a skincare routine. Without a clean face, it is impossible for your skin to absorb any skin treatments. In fact, build up during the day such as dirt, sweat and impurities, is a reason leading to clogged pores, acne, dull and rough skin surface, fine lines and wrinkles.

Now, how to pick a good makeup remover??

I recommend using oil based cleansers as they tend to emulsify with water well and remove makeup and impurities more efficiently and effectively.

I recommend  Heimish All Clean Balm 

This oil based cleanser contains an impressive amount of natural botanial ingredients.

Key ingredients are:

- Shea Butter : It is rich in antioxidants and is known for its moisturizing, anti-inflammatory and skin smoothing properties. Naturally rich in vitamins, it provides the skin with essential fatty acids and the nutrients necessary for collagen production.

- Donkey Milk : Moisturizing and skin brightening properties.

- Coconut Extract : Helps soften and balance skin.

- A variety of botanical extracts and oils : with skin soothing, calming and balancing properties.

2. Cleanser:

Double cleansing will never disappoint your skin. This step will whisk away any residue from your remover and the remaining impurities with it.

It also brings moisture back to your skin after the removing process.

I recommend using water based cleansers as they tend to be more gentle to your skin than other type of cleansers.

You can try these amazing cleansers from Neogen Neogen Real Fresh Foam Cleanser

3. Exfoliator:

Exfoliation is crucial for a polished complexion. It removes all dead skin cells and debris, making it a breeze for the rest of your skincare products to work their way to the deepest level of your skin.

Up to once or twice a week, gently scrub your skin for a smoother and softer skin.

For acne skin, you can try out:

1. Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid (target your blackheads and prevent clogged pores) - This liquid contains 4% natural BHA, it targets directly to your pores to dissolve impurities and debris while cleaning away dead skin cells.

2. Neogen Bio Peel Gauze Peeling (Green Tea) (remove dead skin cells and allow green tea to heal and soothe your inflamed skin area) - This is a perfect exfoliator for all skin types. It provides gentle yet effective exfoliation of dead skin cells and impurities, leaving skin smoother and clear. dead skin cells are washed off the surface of skin using the unique 3 layer pad technology. Latic acid penetrates deep into your pores to clean out debris.

4. Toner:

Toner helps balance your skin’s pH levels and preps your skin with a bit of hydration to better absorb your following skin care treatments. Think about your skin like a sponge—it’s more difficult to rehydrate it when it’s dried up and hardened than when it’s already a bit damp.

You can sprinkle into your hands and tap directly onto your skin or dispense onto a cotton round and gently swipe all around your face working outwards.

Try Cosrx Natural BHA Skin Returning A-sol - This toner contains 60% Black Bee Propolis to soothe, repair and hydrate skin while preventing breakouts for acne prone skin. Natural AHA and BHA control excess sebum, clear impurities, and dead skin cells.

5. Essence:

You can consider essence the heart of a Korean skin care routine. A bit dual purpose, essence is a kind of toner and serum hybrid made for hydrating and aiding skin repair and cell turnover. You apply it directly to freshly toned skin with your hands and pat it in.

I recommend Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence 

This essence contains 96% snail secretion filtrate for super intense repair and hydration.

It works like a vitamin for your face since it is packed with replenshing and revitalizing nutrients to help prevent and repair damage, giving you ultimate elasticity and hydration.

Snail mucin has the ability to repair dry patches, acne breakouts, hyperpigmentation. Your skin will glow and healthy than ever. For all skin types.

6. Moisturizer / Face cream:

Hydration is your express lane to dewy glowing skin. Finding a moisturizer that works for your skin type is a crucial step to protecting your skin.

Finding a right moisturizer can be quite challenging especially with acne prone skin. You want to stay away from moisturizers/face creams that bring you a heavy feeling as they tend to clog your pores.

You want to go with water based moisturizers or lightweight face creams.

I recommend try Kicho Sheep Oil Cream 

This cream contains lanolin and great source of vitamins from berries. Lanolin locks and binds hydration into even the driest skin types, forming a protective barrier for the skin while still letting the skin breathe. This deeply hydrating moisturizer also features a complex of 8 berries, all chock-full of Vitamin C, which brightens, and skin-health-boosting antioxidants. This means that oily-skin types can get the hydration they too need, with no fear of clogged pores, from this multitasking moisturizer!

7. Sleeping pack:

This step is not compulsory but I always feel the need of pampering my troubled skin with sleeping pack twice a week because I really want my skin to absorb more vitamins and treatments during the week.

I have tried Kicho Camelia Sleeping Pack  and I am absolutely in love with how well it has treated my troubled acne skin.

Coupling vitamin and antioxidant rich ingredients with the restoring power of sleep, this pack brings that youthful lift and glow back to your skin just overnight.

Let the lanolin seal rosewater, hyaluronic acid, green tea and black ginseng into your skin, allowing it to absorb for a boost in skin health while you sleep.

That means no rinsing till you wake up in the morning. So fall asleep to the evening garden scents of flowering rose.


Thank you for reading, please ensure to check out Lilac and Berries for more K-beauty trends and products!

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