Have you experienced a spurt of red and nasty pimples during your teenage years? Or do you still face an unwelcome visit from adult acne every now and then?
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No matter what age we are at, our skin may be susceptible to these pesky zits. It does not help that there are a million reasons why people get acne – overly active sebaceous glands, genetics, hormonal changes and even lifestyle habits.
Catherine’s Acne Journey
To understand more on how to treat our acne, IDS Skincare had the opportunity to engage in a sharing session with Catherine Chua, who had battled with cystic acne for more than 10 years. Catherine faced acne issues since her teenage years and she cited that part of her skin condition originated from genetics.
Most of the over-the-counter acne products she used did not help her problematic skin. In fact, her acne started to escalate and worsen to such a horrific degree (see pictures below). She further explained that her acne kept coming in cycles – she was both frustrated and “really depressed because (she) would look at everyone’s faces when walking on the streets and (she) couldn’t find one that had acne as bad as mine.”
It was not until 2014 when Catherine sought professional medical help from IDS for her cystic acne – the most severe type of acne where the pores in the skin become blocked, leading to inflammation and infection. Her prescription includes a series of IDS Skincare products and monthly facials that really got to the root of the problem. After seven months of treatment, the red and inflamed acne finally calmed and cleared nearly 90%!
This is a dream come true. “I never thought that I would have this skin now!… I would recommend anyone with very severe acne or bad acne skin like mine, to actually seek help” says Catherine.
Catherine further continued with a few sessions of laser treatments to resurface her skin. Now, her skin is clear and smooth (we’re jealous)!
For the full version of her transformative skin journey, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqV20ZPDp3I
Here are Catherine’s must-haves for acne-free skin:
L to R: IDS Skincare Pore Formula (PF), C-Plus (C+), Blemish Clear (BC), Spot Control (SC)
What makes our acne fighters unique and effective? Each product work in its own efficacious way to target acne, and prevent or reduce the growth of acne bacteria.
1. PF: This solution helps to refine pores and reduce blackheads and whiteheads also known as comedones. Simply because comedones and pimples are often the result of clogged pores, it is important to keep our pores healthy. PF contains Syringa Vulgaris (Lilac) Extract which reduces sebum production and a stronger dose of Tea Tree Leaf Oil for its anti-microbial properties. https://idsskincare.com/product/pore-formula/
2. C+: You may not know this but Vitamin C has anti-inflammatory effects that can help to reduce redness and lighten acne marks. C+ contains Fullerenes for its highly potent free-radical scavenging effect and sebum control. On top of anti-acne, C+ also helps to increase collagen production and reduce fine lines! A multi-tasker everyone will love! https://idsskincare.com/product/c-plus/
3. BC: Suitable for oily and blemish-prone skin, this acne treatment works well on breakouts like papules, cysts and nodular. It helps to calm inflamed blemishes and lighten old marks rapidly, revealing clearer looking skin. https://idsskincare.com/product/blemish-clear/
4. SC: This overnight pimple killer contains salicylic acid which helps to exfoliate skin at a deeper level to help clear clogged pores. It balances skin’s natural PH and effectively kills harmful bacteria associated with blemishes. https://idsskincare.com/product/spot-control/
TIP: For more effective control of stubborn acne, try applying PF first over affected area and layer with BC.
For more information on IDS Acne Fighter Set*, go to https://idsskincare.com/product/acnefighter-special/
*Terms & Conditions apply. Acne Fighter Set is available till 31st May 2018.
IDS Skincare reserves the right to amend these terms & conditions at any time without prior notice.
Here’s to healthy skin and feeling confident again! 🙂