We are only young once, and youth is always a fleeting moment, often gone too soon. For some unfortunate ones, our youth leaves behind nasty souvenirs, unwelcome mementos that will last you right up to your middle age… and beyond.
I am of course talking about the very vulgar a-word… ACNE. This plague of unsightly pus-filled bumps sprout on your face during your adolescent years (for some even starting as young as the ages of 10-13), and might even last up to your 40s’ – without proper skincare.
Piling on the makeup to mask all the indiscretions might aggravate the condition of your skin, because makeup smothers your skin and can cause clogged pores. Your only solution? Owning that bare faced look. Easier said than done you say? I’ll show you how.
The Sweet And Sour Treatment
If you’re thinking chicken, I’m sorry to disappoint you. Nope! Would be great though, wouldn’t it? Two buckets of sweet and sour chicken later… perfect skin!
What I’m talking about is actually apple cider vinegar. One of the more effective teenage acne remedies out there, apple cider vinegar contains a bunch of organic acids that actually help to tackle bacteria and combat acne. Lactic acid and succinic acid, both found in apple cider vinegar, even suppresses inflammation which may prevent scarring, and diminishes the prominence of acne scars.
Application is simple: Mix apple cider vinegar with water, apply mixture to skin using a cotton ball, leave on for 20 seconds for effect, then rinse with water and dry. Repeat once or twice a day, as needed.
However, if you’re not exactly privy to stinging sensations and skin irritation post- application, you might want to steer clear of this one. It will sting a little.
Clear Bliss Clearing & Soothing Gel. Ultra-light gel with ultra-heavy acne busting features. Clears blocked pores and kills bacteria at the same time, with anti-redness ingredients to prevent rashes and irritation.
Clear Tonic Mint-Infused Clarifying Facial Tonic. Supercharged skin-clearing tonic that contains a load of ingredients used in acne home remedies (aloe vera, lemon juice, sage leaves). Instead of applying these remedies one ingredient at a time, you now have one tonic to clear them all. Leaves a refreshing minty aftermath on your face post-application.
Pores For Effect
Pores are the openings for your hair follicles, and also serve as the exit route for your perspiration and bodily toxins. Where there is an exit, there will always be an entrance. Your pores also happen to be the entry points for oils and debris from the environment.
These oils and debris will settle around the pores when they find no way in, causing the skin around them to thicken. When that happens, you get these visible “craters” on your face, an open invitation for blackheads, whiteheads and acne to join the party. Yikes.
Enlarged pores are the gateway to all the nasty things that happen to your skin. Unsightly on its own, worse with acne and the rest of it. Keep your pores tight and your skin clear with Clear Blue, a 5-step cell calming process to shrink your cells and fight your bacteria. A combination of light therapy and natural fruit-based enzyme scrubs topped off with a collagen mask, this will be one of the most result-laden facials you’ll ever have – I can vouch for it.
Also recommended: The Clean Slate sextet, a long-term solution locked in for anyone with persisting skin problems. Combining the best of two facial treatments, the Clear Blue and the Deep Deep Clean over 3 courses in 12 months, your skin stays clean around the clock, around the calendar.
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Glowing Up Is Easy
For all you teenagers out there who want to feel like they’re living a teenage dream but have failed in their quest by way of futile teenage acne home remedies, chin up. All is not lost!
Glow Up is a pro-bono initiative by SW1 that almost sounds too good to be true. This initiative helps to raise the bar for a teenager’s confidence and aspirations, by offering them a professional perspective of their skin’s conditions, through the eyes of the doctors at SW1.
Where a routine consultation costs upwards of SGD$88 to SGD$128, teenagers who are a part of Glow Up do not have to fork out a single cent. Yes, consultation is absolutely FREE.
Get your customized skincare regime, sample our best skincare products, and even spot treatment if applicable. All you need to do is to be below the age of 25, and in possession of a valid student card.
Arm yourself with the confidence to pepper your Instagram feed with all your #nofilter and #nomakeup shots – all you need to do is to Glow Up!