Thursday January 31, 2013
Tips on removing blemishes on the face
I’M 19 and have just finished my examinations. There are numerous pimples on my forehead and cheek region, and blackheads on my nose. I have open pores just below my eyes, probably because of the improper way of removing blemishes.
At first, I thought the blemishes on my face were induced by stress, especially since they appeared around the same time as my examinations. But the blemishes were bad even during my holidays. My daily facial regimen includes cleansing my face with cleansing gel and then, applying a toner and pimple cream. I use a facial mask occasionally, mostly just to relax myself. Is there any way to remove the blemishes from my face, and have my skin smooth and flawless again? – Chow
Stress does cause breakouts. But according to Susan Khor, Origins education manager, not all breakouts stop when the stress is gone. Your skin could have become oily in the process, which I believe, is what happened in your case. When skin is oily, proper skincare should be used to control the oil.
Most people tend to want to wash away all the oil when they have oily skin but Origins believes otherwise.
A gentle cleanser should be used to remove excess oil and debris. Contrary to belief, skin should not be “over washed” as it will leave skin dry on the surface and when that happens, your skin will automatically pump out more oil to relief the surface dryness.
Over time, this process enlarges the size of the pores, and unfortunately, pore size cannot be reduced once it has enlarged.
With proper skincare routine and skincare products, however, open pores can be visibly reduced.
Once or twice weekly, exfoliate with Origins Modern Friction to clear dead cells. The Out of Trouble Mask will “rescue” problem skin and Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask will draw out pore cloggers.
Origins recommends the Zero Oil range for you, consisting of a Deep Pore Cleanser, Purifying Toner and Oil-free Moisture Lotion, which are clinically proven when used in a regimen to provide all day oil control.
With continuous use, facial oil will be reduced, your skin tone will improve and you will see a reduction in the appearance of open pores.
The Zero Oil range contains Saw Palmetto and Laminaria Saccharina (broadleaf kelp) to help minimise sebum production, and aloe vera to soothe and calm skin. A Spot Remover is strongly recommended for the occasional feisty blemish.
Origins will be giving Chow a Zero Oil Deep Pore Cleanser and Oil-free Moisturie Lotion altogether worth RM203.
I HAVE oily combination skin with large pores and so does my husband. At the moment, we’re sharing the same type of cleanser and toner. We’re both in our 30s, yet our skin condition feels akin to our 20s without much change.
The problem is, when we went to a salon for a facial, the beautician recommended products that were too “sticky” for us to use and we ended up not using any of the stuff we bought. My husband doesn’t like to apply too much skincare products. In fact, to get him to use a toner is a daily chore. So far, I have managed to get him to use a toner and pimple cream at night, after cleansing and that’s it. I would like to get him to use a men’s range of products instead of using mine as I think men’s skin is different from women. – SL
Although both of you share similar concerns of oiliness and enlarged pores, men’s skin is very much different as it is 40% thicker, and pores are twice the size of a women’s pore size.
According to Evelyn Lim, Lab Series education manager, men’s skin produces twice as much sebum compared with women’s skin. It’s also more prone to irritation caused by shaving.
Despite being in their 30s, men will still experience oiliness since it is influenced by hormones but eventually the oil secretion will lessen as part of the ageing process.
Men show slower signs of ageing, however, when they do, they age by leaps and bounds. As such, Lab Series recommends that your husband use skincare products specially formulated for men.
In order to have a healthy skin, a basic three-step skincare regimen is crucial. Lab Series recommends Oil Control Face Wash specially formulated for oily or acne-prone skin, which helps wash away impurities and excessive sebum while minimising breakout.
It has salicylic acid (a gentle exfoliant) which works to improve skin’s clarity and tone, leaving skin feeling soft and supple. It also has caffeine and gentian extract, an anti-irritant, which helps soothe and calm the skin, reducing the appearance of redness.
Cleanse face twice a day during mornings and nights. Toning the skin after cleansing balances the skin’s pH level while prepping the skin for the next product to be applied.
Water Lotion, Lab Series bestseller, is fragrance- and oil-free. The hydrating lotion refreshes, comforts and protects the skin. Specially formulated for any skin concern, it gently exfoliates skin, removes debris and dead skin cells.
It has acetyl glucosamine that accelerates the natural cellular desquamation process which improves skin’s appearance and texture, leaving it soft and lightly hydrated. With continuous use, Water Lotion leaves skin feeling moisturised, refreshed, reduces the appearance of surface dullness, leaving skin looking brighter and more radiant.
It is especially recommended when you’re travelling as it helps skin adapt to changing climates.
A moisturiser will help prevent moisture loss while restoring natural moisture to skin. The Oil Control Daily Hydrator is fragrance- and oil-free, and non-acnegenic. It has advanced oil-free technology that improves skin’s texture and tone for a clearer, shine-free matte skin. Laminaria Saccharina extract reduces shine and controls excess sebum production, and minimises the appearance of pores. Green tea and tocopheryl acetate, an anti-oxidant, help neutralise free radicals, a major contribution to premature ageing and skin damage.
Lab Series will be giving SL a Lab Series Skincare for Men Oil Control Face Wash, Water Lotion and Oil Control Daily Hydrator worth RM285.
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