Dealing with breakouts? We’re here to help you rid your acne with our favourite products.

Developing acne in this pandemic is inevitable, especially with the drastic change in lifestyle. WFH and limiting your social activities could lead to stress, triggering breakouts in the long run. It may pop up on the same spot, or new patterns of acne are showing up unexpectedly due to face masks – hello maskne. Trust us, you’re not alone. On top of that, the lack of fresh air, a poor diet, and not having the right skincare products could be a major factor in acne recurrence. You’re in luck because we’re here to help you control those breakouts, treat them the right way and hopefully put a halt to it.

As you browse through the cult-favourites below, keep in mind that everyone’s skin type is different. Consulting a dermatologist or reading up on the ingredients list is advisable before purchasing.

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Your one-way ticket to clearer skin starts here with Dermalogica. With the latest Breakout Clearing Booster, this gentle and invisible spot treatment provides a deep cleanse. Suitable for all skin types, this Clearing Booster is formulated with salicylic acid to help clear impacted follicles, niacinamide to even out skin tone, and seaweed-derived Chondrus crispus extract to lock in moisture for irritated skin. Use it twice a day, or more if needed, and apply it to your breakout area for immediate results.

Price
RM119
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Did you know that you can take care of the good bacteria in your body? Gallinée was one of the first to target this protective ecosystem with its microbiome skincare line. The latest Face Vinegar Toner merges the science of caring and cleansing for the skin with star ingredients such as hibiscus vinegar and algae prebiotics. Suitable for exfoliating and soothing, it prevents any signs of stress developing on the skin. To feel balanced and refreshed, treat this toner as a way to restore the microbiome for a radiant glow.

Price
RM45
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Ask anyone who’s struggled with acne, and they’ll vouch for this holy grail product – we love it too. Just a few drops of this spot treatment, and it’ll help dry up surface blemishes overnight, soothing your angry zits in a few days, thanks to its magical ingredients of salicylic acid, calamine and sulfur. This fast-acting product eliminates pimples in their tracks and heals blemishes at the same time.

Price
RM95
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If your skin reacts well to exfoliants, then this is for you. The first step to treating acne is knowing what goes on your skin. Dermalogica’s Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash includes salicylic acid; a beta-hydroxy acid that stimulates natural exfoliation to help clear and minimise breakouts while reducing inflammation. Goodness from tea tree, oleanolic acid and meadowsweet extract helps fight against breakout-causing bacteria, while healing the skin in the process. Use it twice a day and massage it over the face, neck and chest (if needed) to remove dead skin.

Price
RM105
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Investing in serums as part of your daily routine is just as important as cleansing your face. Suitable for all skin types, this deep moisturising serum delivers the moisture your skin desperately needs from the inside. It also improves skin barrier function and speeds up your skin’s ceramide production, eliminating skin issues such as dryness, sensitiveness and tightness.

Price
RM210
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If affordability isn’t a problem when it comes to pampering your skin, consider adding this to your wishlist. This dermatologist-approved formula contains seven types of alpha/beta acids –AHAs, anti-oxidants, BHAs, peptides and retinoids– to prevent dry skin, while improving the complexion of your skin. This powerful peel targets blemishes, uneven skin textures, visible pores and fine lines – an effective step to add to your skincare routine before adding moisturiser and serum of choice. As an exfoliator, we would recommend using this every other day to test it out.

Price
RM75 (5 applications)
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We can’t stop talking about salicylic acid – trust us, it works great to treat blemishes. A cult-favourite amongst many beauty fanatics, this cooling gel is effective as an acne treatment. It is extremely useful for inflamed and swollen acne too. Apply a thin layer to the entire face after cleansing or use it as a spot treatment.

Price
RM142
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If you’re struggling with stubborn zits, dull skin and uneven texture – this facial lotion helps tackle all of that. Formulated with salicylic acid and pine bark extract, a dewdrop of this in the morning and evening after toning does help soothe the skin. Not only will it help reinvigorate your skin’s complexion and reduce the appearance of blemishes, it helps prevent new ones in the long run.

Price
RM231
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Amalina Anuar
Senior Writer
A writer by day and spin instructor by night. Amalina fuels her day with anything that’s covered in chocolate and breaking a sweat in the spin studio. With fashion and music as inspiration, you can find her obsessing over her favourite artist's music videos or swaying to funky tunes at live gigs.