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How to Achieve Acne-Free Skin in One Week

Hit reset on your skin.
How to Achieve Acne-Free Skin in One Week
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Hit reset on your skin.

Take a week off—from makeup, that is. Let your skin take a breather, heed the doctor’s orders, and wake up to a clearer face.

DAYS 1-2: Customize your skincare routine.

Rule number one is to create a regimen according to your skin type, and rule number two is to commit to it. Using a targeted line not only ensures your products work well together, but also makes adhering to the routine that much easier. And rule number three? Hydrate, no matter what skin type you have, and all the more when you’re acne-prone. Contrary to popular belief that you must strip your skin of all oils, moisturizing makes sure your skin is strong enough to withstand the free radicals and pollution that cause breakouts. Pledge to a regimen that's oil-free, from your moisturizer to your serums.

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H20 PLUS Face Oasis line, price unavaillable, SM Aura

Also, nothing makes product settle in more comfortably (and more efficiently) than a surface that’s free of debris. Philosophy's Microdelivery Peel (P4199, Sephora.ph), for example, is a gentle at-home version of the chemical peel at the doctor’s.

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PHILOSOPHY Microdelivery Peel, P4199, Sephora.ph

DAY 3: Spot correct.

Correct your spots at night. Most spot-correcting products contain lightening agents, which means your skin is more vulnerable to the sun when you have them on. So slather on a brightening essence or serum before you hit the sheets.

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DAY 4: Spot treat.

During a breakout, dermatologist Dr. Michael Chua says, "If you're acne-prone, it's always best to keep 'zit-busters' on hand. These are creams or gels that contain antibiotic/anti-inflammatory properties (with active ingredients such as erythromycin or benzoyl peroxide) that shrink the pimples almost overnight upon application. Do not attempt manipulation, as scarring can be an irreversible consequence. I don't advocate putting toothpaste on pimples as I've seen it cause irritation and burn. See a dermatologist for an intralesional injection if all else fails."

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DAY 5: Conceal and heal.

If that spot is stubborn, there’s always concealer. You might think this is the worst time to pile on makeup, but it should be fine if your product has healing properties, too, like a small percentage of salicylic acid.

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CLINIQUE Anti-Blemish Solutions Clearing Concealer, price unavailable, SM Megamall

DAY 6: Mask.

After all the requisite weekend pampering, go the extra mile and empty your pores of the dregs of sunscreen and dirt. Mario Badescu’s Silver Powder (P825, Rustans) is a 10-minute treatment that’ll clear your skin after a spent week.

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MARIO BADESCU Silver Powder, P825, Rustans

DAY 7: Visit your derm.

Before loading up on sleep for another week, be a little diligent and take another trip to the dermatologist. Nothing will make you feel more secure that your skin is clean, clear and on the way to healing after a week of work/vacation/life. Then you can stay at home and rest—doctor’s orders.

*This article originally appeared in Preview Magazine's March 2014 issue.

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