Submit your skincare questions to Dr. Agnes, CEO of Herborium and natural medicine expert
As a teenager struggling with acne, you couldn’t wait for
adulthood to help get rid of it because all the creams and potions you used
were not effective. But you are all grown now and sadly the “adulthood
medication” didn’t work for you—you’re still at war with Acne, but it’s better
now because you can afford more expensive solutions but yet again, they still
aren’t effective and the dream of unblemished glass skin is still as far as it
Between having a family, working, keeping up with family
and friends (and surviving the awful traffic), you still haven’t
figured out your skin. You’ve gone from antibiotics, lotions and creams to facials, herbal teas and even
prayer. To make matters worse, you also have relics from your darker
past (acne marks). We see you; we understand your struggle and guilt. You
barely even remember to drink water at times, talk more of any daily 10-step
For many people, acne
scarring can have devastating emotional effects. Many teenagers with acne scars
become depressed and withdrawn or have low self-confidence. Acne scarring has
been cited as a risk factor for male teen suicide, in fact. Of course, the
effects are not as dramatic in adults, but many adults admit to becoming less
confident due to acne scarring. Many people prefer not to socialize, or choose
to wear a full face of makeup (including for the mail run). These may be an option at times, but not
for the long term.
For people whose busy schedules have almost made them lose
hope in having good skin again, we have taken the time to curate a simple
7-minute skincare routine. This routine takes account of the basic steps to
balance your acne-prone skin and erase acne marks: Cleanse, Exfoliate, Treat,
Moisturize and Protect.
Cleanse: to remove oil and debris accumulated on your skin, wash your
face in the morning and right before bed. Use lukewarm water with a gentle
cleanser that delivers moisture to your face as you cleanse. Wash gently, using
only your hands or soft cotton pads. Loofahs or other scrubbing materials
may rupture acne sores and cause more scarring. Aim to wash for about 20 or
30 seconds, any more than that may do more harm than good. After washing, dab
your face with a clean towel but don’t rub. NEVER go to bed with make-up on.
exfoliate regularly (one to three
times a week) to remove
dead skin cells from the outer layer of your skin. It helps your skin refresh
itself, brightens it and visibly improves clarity. Reach for an exfoliator that
gives a radiant glow and a noticeably smoother appearance, without breakting
the skin barrier.
Treat: with the Rejuvel 3D, a botanical
scar serum guaranteed to get rid of acne scars and marks. Not only does it
speed up collagen production, it also moisturizes the skin and instantly makes
it smoother on the first application. It has anti-aging benefits, which all
ages, genders, skin types and shades can gain from. As a clinically and
scientifically-tested product, it is very safe for your skin, with no side
Moisturize: Use only light moisturizers which will not
clog your pores and worsen acne. We recommend AcnEase’s Intense
Repair cream. This unique blend of skin-loving vitamins, acids and
softens, hydrates, and soothes your acne-prone skin. Over time, it repairs acne scars and marks and restores your
skin. It can also be used as an eye cream. It dries matte and smooth, but
without drying out your skin or leaving chalky residue.
Protect: exposing active breakouts to the sun can darken
the irritated skin, making it more difficult for scars to fade. So, whether it is rainy, cloudy or sunny, or whether
you are indoors or outdoors or spending only a little time in the sun,
always protect your skin. Use a zinc-based sunscreen suitable for your skin
type, and reapply every 3-4 hours.
a light, fragrance, paraben and oil-free foundation. Heavy makeup or other cosmetic products that clog pores may
cause acne to flare back up. For women over 25 who want to get natural-looking skin,
we recommend Acnease’s
face therapy foundation. It is light and very hydrating, blends
effortlessly and then dries into a smooth matte finish. Its color-correcting pigments
ensure that it balances skin tone, hides scars and reduces discoloration and
redness. It is also enriched
with hyaluronic acid, collagen and peptides to nourish and restore injured
Most doctors advise people who
suffer from acne to seek treatment as soon as possible; it is much easier to
prevent acne scars from developing than to find a successful treatment
for them. Ideally, if your acne is
treated early enough, there should be little or no physical scarring.
Overall, prevention, they say, is
better than cure. You can minimize your chances of developing post-acne marks
by preventing acne from showing up. With acne, as with many other skin issues, the permanent solution will not
be found in a lotion or potion, but in our body. Acne itself is a symptom of a
hormonal imbalance. When the body becomes deficient in thyroid, it secretes
male or androgenic hormones, which makes the sebaceous glands overproduce
sebum. This extra sebum, when combined with dirt, creates the ideal condition
for bacteria to thrive. These then cause inflammation like pimples and cysts,
So, the first thing you can do to
prevent acne is to balance your hormones by inducing your body to secrete more
thyroid. Cleaning up your diet will go a long way in helping you achieve this.
Choose to eat more leafy greens, whole grains, nuts and seeds, fruits and omega
3s. Also, eat less sugary, spicy and greasy foods. You can also add thyroid
supplements like Synthroid (Levothyroxine Sodium) to your diet.
Another thing is regular exercise.
Exercise has been proven to boost thyroid function. Also, regular physical
activity boosts blood circulation, which helps draw toxins out of the skin.
When you sweat and wash your body after exercise, the oils and dirt that would
ordinarily cause acne are evacuated. Aim for 30 minutes of high intensity
stop picking! We know it can be very tempting to want
to get rid of a pimple by picking at it. We also know it never works. All you
actually do is give entrance to bacteria which will then create a scar or
blackhead. The best thing you can do at that point to prevent scarring is to
leave the pimple alone. So, whenever the urge to commit this skincare evil
comes, distract yourself. Keep your hands busy by texting your husband loving
messages. It works, trust us!
anything you’re allergic to. Allergies (especially food allergies) create
imbalance in the body, which may then trigger acne or intensify it. Study your
body, find out what you are allergic to, and avoid it.
rinse out shampoo and conditioner. Did you know that
those sweet fragrances from washing your hair can aggravate the skin? Build-up
from shampoo or conditioner can also clog pores! Try using products with
natural ingredients such as tea tree or peppermint.
botanical cosmetics, hair care and skin care products. A lot of generic body
care brands use ingredients which directly or indirectly cause hormonal
imbalance. Avoid them and opt for plant-based alternatives like the AcnEase
is a high-quality blend of botanical ingredients that works from the inside to
return your sebaceous glands to their normal performance. This ensures that
your skin becomes truly balanced (no more acne). As such, NO NEW ACNE can come
out. This is THE ONLY WAY to truly get rid of an acne problem, getting right to
its root. AcnEase was developed by an MD with a double degree in Western
Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and enormous clinical experience.
is a proprietary, unique formula in tablet form. It is effective for 99.99% of
Women with hormonal acne, 95% of women with adult acne, 85% of men with Adult
and Body Acne and 95% of teens. It was tested for its efficacy and safety (data
on the website), and boasts hundreds of thousands of satisfied users. It is
GUARANTEED to improve your skin if you follow the regimen, or you get your