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5 Essential Products for Breakout Prone Skin

I know how you feel, one small change of product/diet/weather/routine and you end up with a skin breakout. Nobody has time to worry about it, so I have listed down my tried and tested products that help me keep my skin breakout free. This one is for both the women and blokes, and if you have other product suggestions that worked for you, please share them in the comments below.

1. The Best Cleanser so far

This one is a life changer. I remember family and friends recommending Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser to me a couple of times, but I always opted for the foamy and nice-smelling cleansers instead. Big mistake! I should have switched to Cetaphil and saved me years of bad skin. Even when mates have other skin woes, I would recommend using the award-winning Cetaphil cleanser, and it helps. It is gentle to any skin time, and you can use it for both face and body.

Cons: The only downside is that it is not a good makeup remover. So I would recommend a good makeup remover before cleansing.

Where to buy (prices shown are as of writing):

  • 500ml bottle Countdown $21.49 – online
  • 500ml bottle Life Pharmacy $25.99 – online

2. Quick Make-up remover

I love makeup, but I hate the time when I need to take it off. It’s so messy and time-consuming. So when I found out about micellar water years ago, it changed everything. The only thing you need to know is that it is like a makeup magnet. I have tried some micellar products, but the one that still stands out is the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water.

Cons: It sometimes leaves the skin a little oily, so I usually opt into washing with Cetaphil just to get that fresh, clean feel.

Where to buy (prices shown are as of writing):

  • 500ml bottle Countdown $21.49 – online
  • 500ml bottle Life Pharmacy $25.99 – online

3. Pimple Buster

Important: do not pop your pimples. I repeat. Do not pop your pimples. Let professionals do it but don’t be tempted to be like Dr. Pimple Popper. Doing it can worsen things. The best you can do if you do get one is dab a little bit of tea tree to unblock the sebaceous glands, disinfect pores and dry out whiteheads, blackheads, pimples and other blemishes. Tea Tree Oil is known to treat scars, and it works. Here are the ones I have used.

Cons: Overusing it can cause dryness. Also, you will have the minty tea tree oil smell for hours, so use it sparingly.

Where to buy (prices shown are as of writing):

  • 10ml The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil, $15.50 – online
  • 35ml Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Oil, $14.99  – online

New products that I use

4. The Magical Blemish Stick

I recently started using Witch Blemish Stick. One day, I ran out of tea tree oil and found a couple of PR samples from Witch, so I tried the Blemish stick. Oh, it works! So far I have used it for a month, and my pimples disappear within a day (sometimes less). It’s like magic. It’s like tea tree oil without the smell.

Cons: Haven’t used it long enough to get to know the product, so the jury is still out.

Where to buy: The Warehouse

5. Skin Clearing Mask

My sister recommended The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mask for a good weekend skin rehab. It’s “an instantly cooling mask that helps to remove impurities and absorb excess oil while soothing and calming blemish-prone skin.” There are way too many masks out there, and most of them do more harm than good, so I when I tried the Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mask I was quite impressed with how clean and smooth my skin was. It felt like it went through a skin rehab and the blemishes do clear up in a day or two. I would recommend using it once or twice a week.

Cons: The only con I have for the product is the tea tree smell. It’s not as strong as the oil, but you will still get that minty smell. It’s all worth it, though. It does its job.

Where to buy:

  • 100ml The Body Shop $27.75 – online

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Written by Alliv Samson

Founder and Publisher of XYNZ Magazine. Alliv is also the co-founder and COO of Kami (www.kamihq.com). @allivsamson

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