How Korean Girls Really Fight Pimples To Get Clear Skin
When you visit Seoul and watch girls touch up their glass skin on the subway, you might think, “Maybe she’s born with it?” Or maybe it’s Korea’s crazy innovative skin technology?
In the land where dewy ‘chok chok’ skin has become the norm, there’s no room for pesky blemishes. Korean skincare companies work around the clock to come up with newer, simpler, and more effective tools to make acne-free complexions a reality.
These tools are the ammunition for Korean girls who traditionally adopt a two-pronged zit-busting approach. Firstly, militant long-term prevention of pimples and secondly, swiftly treating any spots that do inevitably surface, whether it’s because it’s that time of the month or because you’ve indulged in a few too many insulin-spiking sugarific cocktails.
In fact, Korean girls know that managing insulin levels is a no-cost way to help keeping your skin clear. A popular old secret that’s been around since long before the days of K-pop is to get a healthy dose of sweet potato. With a lower Glycemic Index than the humble potato, the sweet potato is super high in vitamins A and C as well as manganese, which are all important nutrients when it comes to fighting the sebum that makes those nasty pimples!
So, if you’re serious about keeping spots at bay and want to take a leaf from the Korean girls, here are a couple essential items for your arsenal.
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Try: COSRX ACNE PIMPLE MASTER PATCH TREATMENT
When we said Korean girls deal swiftly with their pimples, we weren’t kidding. As soon as there’s a hint of a spot, they pop a hydrocolloid patch on it and won’t remove it till the spot has flattened, even if it means going grocery shopping sporting some shiny circular patches. This is quite literally a band aid solution as hydrocolloid is traditionally used in wound dressing. The geniuses at Cosrx have made these into comfortable yet effective, puss-sucking patches and must-haves for anyone prone to a breakout.
Try: COSRX ONE STEP ORIGINAL CLEAR PAD
The other super convenient pimple prevention tool are medicated pads. These ones by Cosrx contain powerful exfoliants like willow bark water and betaine salicylate along with soothing ingredients such as panthenol and allantoin so that your skin doesn’t have to look like the Sahara Desert. You can use these wipes instead of your usual toner as they’re a great way to pick up any makeup residue.
Try: BENTON HONEST TT MIST
Even and especially in heat and humidity, a mist containing a powerful yet gentle antioxidant will help keep acne at bay. Benton’s Honest TT mist contains tea tree and aloe vera leaf extract to oh so lovingly purify your skin without stripping it dry. If you tend to break out when you travel, this mist is a life saviour because its genius airless container means it’s safe for in-flight action.
Try: AROMATICA TEA TREE 53 BLEMISH SPOT
Try: SANDAWHA AQUA PEELING GEL
We’re not talking painful peels that’ll leave you shedding more skin than a boa constrictor. We’re referring to peeling gels you can use a couple times a week at home. Sandawha’s Aqua Peeling Gel is quickly developing a cult following for its unique blend of gentle antioxidants to purify gunky, acne-prone skin, along with rice bran and niacinamide to fade any dark marks left behind. When using this gel, just be prepared to see actual balls of dead skin slough right off your face. It’s both cathartic and terrifying, but anything in the name of clear skin, right?
Image: Tiffany Young’s Instagram
Text: Kelly Im