Truth is, I didn’t have clear skin a few years back. Some people couldn’t believe this judging from my current skin condition right now. It was after college when my skin started to breakout. I experienced jumping from one dermatologist to another because after staying with them for a few months, their remedies just didn’t work for me. So today, I thought of sharing how to get rid of acne based on my experience. Read on my tips to get clear skin.


  • Get enough sleep. Stress and hormonal changes can trigger excessive oil and bacteria, which are the causes of acne. Therefore, rest whenever you can! Try to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep.


  • Eat right. And this means you should not forget your greens.


  • Wash your face before going to bed. As I would always say, never ever sleep with makeup on. (Well, whether you’re wearing makeup or not, you need to clean your face at the end of the day to remove the oil and dirt.) Use a makeup remover that can really remove any trace of makeup. You can try cleansing oils or if you have very oily skin, go for water-based cleanser.

Happy Skin Make A Clean Sweep (PHP 699)


  • Use a face brush. Sometimes no matter how hardworking your makeup remover and cleansers are, there are residues clogged in your pores, which can lead to breakouts. A face brush can go deeper into your skin by exfoliating it. Take note, when your skin is free from all dirt and makeup, the skin care products you use on your face are better absorbed by the skin. You can read more of this and see my actual test in this post –

Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush (PHP 5,600)


  • Clean your makeup brushes. It’s tedious and time consuming, but you have to do it! Dirt from makeup brushes can result to breakouts.


  • Sanitize your smartphone. You’re always on the phone, but when was the last time you cleaned it? Basically, anything that touches your face must be free from dirt and bacteria at all times.
  • Use the right hair products. If you’re pimples are mostly concentrated near the hairline, chances are those are caused by the hair products you use, such as shampoo, conditioner, hair serum, etc. Try to change them one by one and give it a week or so to see which specific hair product causes the breakout.
  • Use the right skincare. Now this is probably the hardest, in my experience. Finding “the one” can be a long journey. Honestly, it can be a hit or miss. What worked for me, might not work for you (and vice versa). But start with the basic, that is to use the right skincare specific to your skin type. If you have oily skin, use facial wash, toner, and moisturizer that can control oil. If you’re left with acne marks, use a regimen that can help lighten those dark spots.

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Cleanser, Toner, and Dark Spot Solution


Some people, even dermatologists, do not suggest using anti-ageing products since most of them are too rich and moisturizing, which can aggravate oily skin. Well, I can be stubborn at times. I can’t live without anti-ageing products so I use most of them at night. Besides, I also choose to use not-so heavy serums and moisturizers. During the day, I opt for an even lighter moisturizer. And in my case, it didn’t aggravate my skin condition then.

Estee Lauder Micro Essence, Advanced Night Repair, and Advanced Night Repair Eye


  • Don’t be afraid to use makeup. BUT don’t just use any makeup. If you have oily skin, make sure to use something that doesn’t aggravate your skin condition. If you need to use liquid foundation, use water-based foundation. Better yet, use a product that can specifically target those pimples, such as Happy Skin’s Zit Zapper Cream Silicone-Free Foundation. It has oil-controlling powder finish that curbs unwanted shine. It’s also silicone-free, which means it doesn’t clog pores. Other ingredients of Happy Skin ZZ Cream are grapefruit extract (prevents sebum oxidation that triggers pimples), yoghurt extract (minimizes growth of acne bumps), and salicylic acid (helps dry pimples and lightens acne marks).

Happy Skin Zit Zapper Cream (PHP 1,299)


  • Your dermatologist is your best friend. When your acne is uncontrollable, go to your dermatologist regularly. If he/she tells you to be there twice a month, try not to skip. Acne treatment can be a long process. Those bumps won’t go away in one or two visit/s. Be patient. It takes time. But if you’ve been seeing the same dermatologist for more than 6 months and you haven’t seen any improvement, try to go for a “second opinion.” Dermatologists can have different approaches on how to address various skin conditions.

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