Acne can be something that pop up once a month, or they can take over your face (and your life!) for years. And sometimes, they don’t go away once you reach adulthood. It is not uncommon to see that adults still deal with zits in their 30s.
Treating acne is not always a quick fix, but don’t give up hope!
Everyone wants to get rid of their acne as quickly as possible which is why the quick fix sounds so appealing. The reality is treating acne takes time and patience. In mild cases that may mean a week but for more severe forms of acne, it can take a few months. The upside is you'll see results along on the way.
We’re putting together a program that can help you managing and treating this annoying problem.
We base our program on 3 factors:
COSRX is the brand that fits all of these criteria.
Having said that, we take into account that you may already using some products and they are expensive to throw them away and replace with the recommendation. We strongly recommend you carefully read the description of each products to understand what it does and why you need it, then assess whether your current product has the same capability.
If you have any problem assessing your current product or need further clarification, please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org go to that particular product page and use the “Ask a question” facility for clarification.
Product and Description
|1|| Oil-based Cleanser
Using an oil-based cleanser as the first step of your morning and evening skincare routine, you more effectively cleanse away sebum and other oil-based impurities that a water-based cleanser cannot attach to — such as makeup and SPF.
Whether you are using a cleansing oil, balm or micellar water, make sure to wash your face until there isn't a single trace of make-up visible on the cotton pad.While there are products specifically designed for certain type of skin, oil-based cleanser is something that you can (kind of) get away with whatever products you have on hand, for reason that you have more cleansing, toning and hydrating products to follow. Make sure that if you have sensitive skin, avoid cleanser that have alcohol in it.
Water-based Cleanser: COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser
Following the oil cleanse with a water-based (or glycerin-based) cleanser allows the surfactants (cleansing agents) in this type of cleanser to more effectively penetrate the layers of skin, since you have cleared away the oil barrier that otherwise would prevent this from happening. Water-based impurities, such as sweat and environmental pollutants, can then be properly removed.
This cleanser is a super gentle cleanser that’s great for your morning wash, this low pH formula gel cleanser doesn’t strip your skin of its natural oils and contains purifying botanical ingredients and mild acids to gently cleanse your skin to its most supple and clear texture.
It's also claimed to be formulated to remove makeup and other oil-based residues with a skin-happy pH of 5. We would suggest that you have a separate oil-based cleanser unless you’re short on time.
Toning actually is not a required step in your daily skincare routine. However, it is super important when you have acne or uneven tone skin issues.
The key ingredient of this product is a 60% concentration of black bee propolis, which helps inhibit bacterial growth while soothing and repairing skin. As for the BHA, that’s paired with natural AHAs to control excess sebum and speed cellular turnover.Please also refer to step 8 below for other toners that you can also use in the treatment of acne, hyperpigmentation and scar.
Exfolitate: COSRX AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid
The next step is to penetrate deeper into your pores to completely clear away bacteria and debris.
AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid includes Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Water containing natural AHA and Glycolic Acid (AHA) that gently exfoliates and moisturizes skin. Other properties contained in this liquid are vitamins and natural moisturizing ingredients that can refine without stimulating the skin. Using this helps to improve the appearance of the skin by looking it healthier and more vital. It is gentle enough on the irritated and sensitive skin.
It is formulated with 7% Glycolic Acid (AHA) to gently exfoliate skin and helps reveal a radiant even-toned complexion.
Treatment: COSRX Centella Blemish Ampule
Ampoules is similar to serum: similar formula but in higher concentration of the key active ingredients that help when skin is in crisis.
This ampule contains 85% Centella Asiatica Leaf Water, and Centella Asiatica Extract which prevent further breakouts by normalising sebum production and maintaining natural skin barrier. It also hydrates and promotes collagen production and elasticity, while reducing the appearance of pores. If you tend oily around the T-zone, apply a thin layer as a remedy.This ampule is also effective in fading acne scars(please refer to step 8 below).
Hydration: COSRX Natural BHA Skin Returning Emulsion
Even when you have acne or treating them, it is important to keep your skin hydrated.
Formulated with 79.37% Centella Asiatica Leaf Water and 1% BHA, this lightweight lotion is designed to prevent further breakouts while soothing and hydrating the applied area. As a lightweight hydrating emulsion, this is the ideal moisturiser for those who want to mattify their oily skin surface, while keeping their skin hydrated.
Healing: COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch
This step is a spot fix when you’re experiencing cystic acne.
Cystic acne are basically infected wounds. When you get rid of the bacteria and clear out the pus, the wound will heal quicker.
This product comes in the form of thin, hydrocolloid patches work by breaking down debris and absorbing gunk from any type of breakout. Stick one on before you go to bed, and marvel in the morning. It is definitely a much less painful and hygenic way of getting rid of cystic acne.Having said that, it is basically a hydrocolloid patch which you can easily find in chemists/drug stores. Brands such as Mighty Patch, Nexcare or Band-Aid are much cheaper and equally effective.
Hyperpigmentation and acne scars: COSRX Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence
After the acne, most of us will experience hyperpigmentation on our skin. Those who tried to squeeze out the acne may have also got scars if they were done incorrectly or unhygienic fashion.
This COSRX Galactomyces Whitening Power Essence will help speeding up the cell turn over process than their usual 28-day cycle. The blemishes will fade away and your skin will appear brighter.
The other product that can help to fade the blemishes is Mela14 White Ampule. This product contains both AHA and BHA, effectively evens skin tone, leaving you with a clear skin.
Another product within the COSRX brand that can help managing your acne and beyond is AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner. Again, this product has both active AHA and BHA to help exfoliate dead skin cells, speed up the cell turnover process, even your skin tone making it brighter and fade acne scar.