Dealing With Acne


By: Valerie Mellado, Culture Editor

Acne is something that plagues most of us. For me it was something that really brought my confidence down, especially since I got it earlier than most of my peers.


Acne really made it hard to see myself as someone who was just as good as anyone else. Now I look back and wish I knew all the things about my skin that I know now.


My skin type is very oily, obviously acne-prone and VERY stubborn in the sense that it took me forever to get rid of most of my acne. I also suffer from acne scars in addition to my other typical skin problems. Here’s some of the products that I’ve used to keep my acne at bay:


     Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a very good spot treatment that works pretty fast. I’ve noticed that if i apply it at night the next morning the breakout has pretty much gone away.


However, if you have sensitive skin or have dry skin I would dilute it with water.


     Cetaphil Cleanser

For the longest time it was hard for me to find a good cleanser that removes leftover makeup and actually left a clean feeling on my face.


When I tried this cleanser everything that I had been looking for in a cleanser was in this one.


It’s a good idea to take your makeup off with a makeup wipe or any other type of makeup remover before cleansing. However, on those lazy days when you’re super tired this does the job.


      Dark Angels cleanser from Lush

This one is a little more pricey, but in my opinion, totally worth it. I’ve used this particular cleanser for a while and I think I can definitely attribute significantly reduced breakouts to this.


Not only that but I’ve also noticed my skin looks a lot brighter since I started using it. A tip for those on a budget you can get free samples of this if you just ask a Lush employee.


      Skin Whitener Tone and Bleach Cream

Now, I know what you’re thinking “Why would I want to bleach my skin?” Well, the only reason I use this product is to get rid of those pesky acne scars.


If you’re like me and you tend to pick at your healing breakouts and your skin scars, this is for you. All it does is lighten it gradually which helps reduce the look of scars.

There’s no dramatic difference where you go from having dark skin to paper white.


I personally have a medium skin tone and with this cream it just lightens my face to my typical winter shade. There’s nothing to worry about if you thought it’d cause a big tragic difference in your skin tone.



A common misconception about oily skin is that you should dry your skin out in order to fight the oil, but that’s not true. If you dry your skin out all it will do is just produce even more oil because your skin is trying to compensate for the moisture that is lost.


So finding a good moisturizer for oily skin is good, however avoid more oil based ones so your face won’t be too greasy.


A good thing to remember is the order in which you apply your products is important. The first thing I would do is double cleanse especially if you’re a makeup wearer like me.


This just ensures that all the dirt and makeup is removed.


And from there all you have to do is just put your products in order from thinnest consistency to thickest, to make sure your skin can soak up each product.