Everyone's worst enemy.

By Kristine Lam - March 13, 2012

That's right, acne. We're all bound to face this badass at some point in our life. If you're lucky, it's a once in a blue moon thing. But if not..it is a long and tiring battle sigh ;-;

I, for one, is part of the lucky group. *dodging from incoming objects thrown at me*
I think during the time when I was 15-16 it was at its worst. But even then it was still under control.
Now I only have small break outs when its around the time of the month. The big evil ones are rare.

EVEN WITH THAT BEING SAID, I still want to share my experience with le mass audience of the internet on how I deal with my acne :)

Usually break outs occur on my forehead. When that happens, I use a facial cleanser that contains salicylic acid. As most of you may already know, salicylic acid helps clear pores and heal blemishes. For this, I turn to:
 Neutrogena's Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Wash

This wash has a cooling sensation after you use it - a bit minty. Feels  I only use it on problematic areas such as my forehead and t-zone. My skin feels very refreshed after cleansing with this :)
I continue with my usual cleanser (Lancome Cleansing Milk) for all other areas that aren't affected.

After this step...I'll be pretty much be at a cross road because theres 3 products I like to apply on my acne. 

Most of the time, I turn to bee propolis.

I absolutely LOVE bee propolis. It can be used for pretty much ANYTHING that bothers your skin. Cuts, wounds, itches, acne and even dry lips. I use the ointment on acne as it has anti-flammatory and sterlizing properties. This comes in specially handy when you have popped a pimple (we know that never happens, right?). I dab it onto the popped pimple and the area around to prevent the wound from getting re-infected and sprouting more acne. It also speeds up the healing process as well. I also take bee propolis supplements in capsule forms occasionally to help with the healing as well. Bee propolis ointments are usually around $10-15 CAD and can be purchased locally at natural supplement stores.

This one here is a recent discovery I made. 

Tea tree oil is a natural disinfectant. It has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and can be used on acne, bug bites etc etc. I apply a light film directly over the problematic areas. Sometimes I will add a few drops onto a damp cotton pad and leave it on the acne for around 2-3 minutes. I find this to be very effective in reducing redness over night. For people with sensitive skin - I would recommend diluting this with a bit of water to test it out first as this dries out the acne AND the skin by quite a bit. I purchased the oil from The Body Shop for $9 + tax (10 ml) but a little goes a long way and you can use it for a lot of other things.


Almost empty tube because I took this from my bf heh :B
The Clean&Clear Acne Spot Treatment is a light gel formula that reduces redness and dries the acne up. In my experience, it stings slightly when I first applied it (even to non-popped pimples) and has a bit of a medicinal smell. I wouldn't recommend applying this onto a popped pimple as it seems like it might burn really badly :\ .. stick to bee propolis for that. AND remember not to apply too much as this really does what it says - dries up whatever it touches!
It seems to work pretty well if you apply it 2-3 times throughout the day. 
I'm not too fond of the tube packaging though, as too much gets out even when you squeeze it lightly. The pricing is reasonable - around $9-12 CAD. Quick and cheap fix for those blemishes that come out of nowhere!

Last but not least, CHUG LOTS OF WATER and SLEEP EARLY !
I know everyone says this all the time but it really helps to wash out all the toxins in your body :D

Hope this post will help (even just a little) in keeping your skin purdy and clear <3

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