Kanvas Beauty hates it, but we get it. When it comes to the best acne treatments and products in Australia, we've got you covered.
Firstly, we know not all pimples are created equally. To name a few, there's bacterial acne, cystic acne, hormonal congestion, subclinical acne or just that one giant pimple that blesses your face occasionally. If that wasn't confusing enough, there's also a myriad of solutions to contend with, including acne face washes, zit zappers, blackhead serums, recovery creams, whitehead patches and more. But don't worry, help is at hand! Let us guide you through all things pimply. Kanvas Beauty also stocks effective body acne treatments - because why should the face have all the fun?
Acne. Why does even it exist? What's its problem? Just....why? We don't know. But what we do know, is that thankfully, there's more than one way to get rid of it. So if you've felt like you've tried everything out there with little success, know this: it sometimes takes a journey to achieve acne-free skin. It also requires time, trial and error and consistency. You may additionally need intervention from your dermatologist in more severe circumstances, as well as an adjustment in factors that go beyond skincare: lifestyle, stress, sleep patterns, diet etc. When it comes to skincare at least, we can help. Check out our list of acne-fighting treatments and ingredients below: there may be some new ones on there you haven't tried. It's not exhaustive, and some can be used in conjunction with others.
Types of acne
The first thing to do is try and identify what type of acne you have. Blackheads? Cystic acne? Pustules? Subclinical acne? You may have more than one thing going on, and that's fine. Identifying it correctly will help you treat it more effectively. So consult your doc, chat to your friends, and look up pics on google. Once you're sure, then you can begin to try various solutions.
There are also little things you can do (outside of trying out various products) that can make a big difference to your skin. These include drinking plenty of water, changing your pillowcase twice a week, keeping your hair clean, avoiding touching your face and for hormonal acne in particular, cutting down on sugar and fried food around your period. At the end of the day, acne is annoying but totally normal and just another part of life. Be patient with yourself and your skin, and consult a dermatologist when you're feeling stuck. And hey - if you're getting your period and need that huge slice of Nutella pizza to make you feel better, don't deny yourself! Life is all about balance, after all.
Some of Kanvas Beauty’s favourite acne products are:
COSRX - Acne Pimple Master Patch: The OG zit patch, this hydrocolloid patches are magic on popped/leaky pimples, helping to heal them in a jiffy and preventing new ones from sprouting.
SVR Laboratories - Sebiaclear Cicapeel: This powerful spot treatment gel shrinks, dries and eliminates pimples in record time, thanks to salicylic acid and a whopping 14% concentration of PHA.
Skin Barrier Fortification Best for: Cystic acne, allergy sufferers and sensitive skin. A weak skin barrier can actually worsen the severity of a breakout. Cystic acne can also damage your barrier as the pustules push through the skin. Although it may seem counter-intuitive, fixing the skin barrier with hydrating products can actually greatly reduce your breakouts. Once your skin doesn’t feel sensitive anymore, use these products in combination with retinol and acids to further improve texture. Suggested products: SVR's Barrier Cream for sensitive skin, SKIN&LAB's Barrierderm Intensive Cream for dry skin and Purito's Centella Green Level Buffet Serum for easily clogged skin.
Retinol (i.e. Vitamin A) Best for: Hormonal and cystic acne, whiteheads, oily skin and large blackheads. Retinol is a notoriously tricky ingredient to get right (make sure you introduce it slowly into your skincare routine), but boy does it work! Suggested products: A313 for experienced retinol users, SVR's Vitamin A Ampoule for dry skin and SKIN&LAB's A Plus Lifting Vitamin Cream for those who prefer their retinol in a light moisturizer.
Low pH Double Cleansing Routine Best for: All types of acne, except teenage bacterial acne. In that case, a higher pH cleanser may be more effective. The reason for double cleansing and using a skin-matching pH for the second wash relates to keeping your skin barrier in good health. A strong barrier = less breakouts. It’ll also help balance out overly dry or oily skin. Suggested products: Purito's From Green Cleansing Oil and Deep Foaming Cleanser for the best double-cleansing duo, SVR's Topialyse Body Wash (yes, it's great on the face too!) for acne on sensitive skin, and Pyunkang Yul's Low pH Pore Deep Cleansing Foam for maskne.