More than 10 years.
That's approx the number of years I've been battling my second toughest beauty problem: ACNE. People always say, "Acne goes away once you reach adulthood". LIES! Apparently, one in five women is still plagued with acne after reaching adulthood. In fact, I bet that the figure is even higher in humid countries like Singapore. "Why are you so bothered?" You probably won't ask that question if you remember
One day, I told myself - enough is enough! No more of these embarrassing, self-imploding acne. *mentally squeezes them all out of my face* Acne witch-hunting starts NOW. [divider]
What in the world causes these hateful bumps on my face??
Are you really serious about curing acne? The steps I took did not cost thousands of dollars. But sometimes, the perseverance, patience and willingness to try can be tougher than just spending the money! Just like we need to exercise to lose weight, acne requires us to change our mindset and life habits to get to where we want to be.
Taking shortcuts... just isn't always the best way.
If you are ready, here we go: Agent G's top 3 most effective Acne Treatments.
If you haven't done so already, educate yourself on the basics on keeping your face clean and glowing daily.
Following these steps religiously will likely reduce clogged pores significantly... if nothing else goes wrong.
If you have acne regularly, chances are, you have sensitive irritable skin!
This is the case particularly when you often have
When you confirm with your dermatologist that you indeed have sensitive skin, the first five steps of maintaining your skin is no longer enough! What can you do instead?
Stop all facial products/cosmetics that you are using. Examine them and eliminate those with:
As these ingredients could cause allergic reactions in some people, try to avoid them if you have sensitive skin.
In your search to revamp your facial product range, look out for the words,
Still, it is not easy to find products like that. 2 brands that can help you kickstart the search are:
These two brands have helped tremendously in calming my skin down and hopefully, you will find it useful too.
Whether or not you followed all the tips above strictly, you might still notice your acne problem worsening
Yup. That was what happened to me.
Despite seeing an improvement after adopting gentle facial products, I still see at least 3 or more pimples popping up throughout the month and another 2-3 more during the above periods.
Yah yah. I know stress, diet and menstrual cycle changes affect my hormone level, which then may influence acne.
BUT HOW DO YOU EXPECT ME TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT?
I can't not feel stressed over my exam. I can't stop my menstrual cycle. and sometimes, I just can't control my diet!
What do you expect me to do?
Because of that initial thinking, I gave up on doing anything about it, using Nixoderm which surprisingly worked really well for me.
UNTIL ONE DAY... I was introduced to Traditional Chinese Medicine.
According to a certified TCM doctor and now my favourite acupuncturist, I'm "heaty" (and many other things). I might be able to control my level of stress, menstrual cycle and all but there are Chinese Herbs I can take to regulate my hormones!
Specifically, I was recommended to take ba zhen or in mandarin, 八珍.
(I googled ba zhen and found that many women in the past and even women today are using it to regulate menstruation and solve their female issues!)
Still, I started to sweat when I think of Chinese Medicine... bitter messy herbs to brew?
Luckily, I found 八珍 (ba zhen) in capsule form manufactured by a Singapore company called Tong Jum Chew or Nature's Green.
After 2 weeks of taking it, my usual acne cleared up miraculously... and somehow, they did not return after!
ah... a MIRACLE!
For someone who has been looking for the cure all her life, this is just... God's greatest gift!
I wasn't asked to advertise for Nature's Green and I'm not a Chinese doctor. But I just couldn't help sharing after experiencing the transformation offered by 八珍 - more energy, controlled acne and fewer menstrual issues! 八珍 is merely a herbal supplement (like vitamins) and not a medicine so it can be purchased over the counter. Still, it might be advisable to consult your local chinese doctor to see if 八珍 is suitable for you.
People often try to solve the symptom, not the cause because the symptom is often much more tangible and easier to gloss over than the underlying cause that affects us. Acne is one such symptom.
Listen to your body, find the cause and you might one day thank God that pimple appeared in your life.
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