A lot of the reader emails I get revolve around skincare, how to solve their extreme skin troubles (complete with very graphic photos and descriptions), and where they can get free derma consultation because they don’t have the budget to pay the dermatologists’ consultation fee. These never make it to the blog, because I usually refer them to where they can get free derma consultation.
But here’s one common reader email topic, usually from students, that I can definitely share my answer to on the blog: what affordable skincare products can be used to treat pimples. As someone who still gets a breakout every month, no thanks to my period, I do have an arsenal of pimple-fighting products that I bust out each time a blemish appears. And they ensure they’re gone in a few days.
Julia Barretto gets pimples too, and she swears by two products to help get rid of them. Read on.
What happens to skin anyway when we get pimples or acne?
Oil, sweat, and dead skin cells from the dermis go out to the epidermis or the surface of the skin through the hair follicle. However, for acne-prone skin, oil, sweat, and dead skin cells easily get trapped inside hair follicles, forming a plug. It then forms a bump (called a comedone) on the surface of the skin. This plug creates an environment where bacteria can thrive and can infect the bump, thus making it inﬂamed. Once it swells, the follicle wall breaks into the dermis, signaling white blood cells to ﬁght the infection. This results to redness, swelling, and formation of pustule, making the pimple or blemish rather unsightly.
In a study conducted by the Pond’s Institute, increasing urbanization and pollution in the environment have led to the formation of dangerous nanoparticles in the air that are 20 times smaller than our pores. Coupled with changing diets and daily stresses of work, these changes in our surroundings wreak havoc on the skin, causing bacteria, pore clogging, and acne more than ever.
There are several products in my anti-acne arsenal, and while some are mid-ranged products, most of them are budget-friendly, over-the-counter finds that are also effective: Celeteque Dermoscience’s Acne Solutions line and Pond’s Acne Clear line. Let me share below my routine for getting rid of pimples and the products I use for each step.
1. I wash my face with a pimple-fighting cleanser.
Washing my face before leaving the house and before bed is a non-negotiable skincare ritual, and when I get a breakout, I use specific products for this particular step. In the morning, I use Céleteque DermoScience Acne Solutions Acne Cleansing Gel (P270 for 50ml and P495 for 100ml), a gentle but thorough cleanser that has Hydroxy Acid (in the form of Salicylic Acid, which is known to fight pimples) that can penetrate hair follicles and exfoliate dead skin cells, thus removing blockage and decreasing comedones on the skin.
At night, I use Pond’s Acne Clear Facial Foam, which fights 10 oil and acne problems, because I find it more effective in removing makeup and all the dirt and oil that accumulated on my face throughout the day. My dad and my fiance Jessie both love it, too. Pond’s Acne Clear Facial Foam is available in two tube sizes (50g for P85 and 100g for P155) and two sachet sizes (10g for P15 and 4g for P6), so you can get the size that fits your budget (I personally find it more economical to get the largest one).
2. I tone for an even deeper cleansing.
When I breakout, I replace my regular toner with Céleteque DermoScience Acne Solutions Oil Control Toner (P75 for 65ml and P117 for 125ml), which has Aloe Vera and Chamomile Extracts that help soothe skin while removing the last traces of stubborn dirt.
3. I spot-treat the blemishes.
I add this step to my skincare routine whenever I get pimples, and I use a different product for day and night. Since I use Celeteque’s Acne Solutions Cleansing Gel in the morning, I use the Céleteque DermoScience Acne Solutions Acne Spot Corrector Gel (P169 for 5 ml) during the day, too. This spot solution is infused with Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) and Poly Hydroxy Acid (PHA) that aid in exfoliating dead skin cells and help in diminishing pimples and other acne imperfections. Aside from combating present pimples, it also contains Lilac Leaf Cell Culture Extract that helps reduce sebum production to prevent future acne breakouts.
And since I use Pond’s Acne Clear Facial Foam at night, I use the Pond’s Acne Clear Leave-On Expert Clearing Gel (P180 for 20g) before bed as well. Pond’s formulated an innovative combination of Thymol and Terpineol (TT) that’s present in the Pond’s Acne Clear product range. Imbued with revolutionary Lock + Clear technology, Pond’s Acne Clear is the first in the world to lock powerful acne-fighting Active Thymo-T Essence, which penetrates deep inside bacteria cells to clear acne from the root. This breakthrough helps acne-prone women have clearer, smoother skin in as fast as three days. By using both the Pond’s Acne Clear Facial Foam and Leave-On Expert Clearing Gel, you can get acne-clear skin in just two steps and three days. Even my fiance swears by it!
Pond’s Beauty Council member Julia Barretto (center), her friend Alexa Ilacad, and her sister Claudia Barretto all use Pond’s Acne Clear.
4. I still moisturize.
Women with oily skin tend to think that they don’t need moisturizer or that it’s actually harmful to their skin to use one, but oiliness is actually an indication of dehydrated skin. The oilier you are, the more you need to moisturize. You just need to find the right product, especially if you’re acne-prone, and that’s usually in gel formulation. You can try Céleteque DermoScience Acne Solutions Acne Clearing Facial Moisturizer Gel (P335 for 50ml), which has Salicylic Acid that breaks down blockage in pores and Acnacidol BG that helps reduce sebum secretion and inhibits the development of acne-causing bacteria. It’s necessary to control excessive sebum production to prevent future blemishes. The great part about this moisturizing solution is its non-sticky gel formulation. It also has French Spring Water that signiﬁcantly smoothens and moisturizes skin.
The Pond’ s Acne Clear range and Celeteque DermoScience Acne Solutions products are available at all leading drugstores, supermarkets, beauty stores, and department stores nationwide.