Thanks to our hot and humid climate, the battle against acne is a never-ending one for many of us, even long after our teenage years. Sure, we are all familiar with acne management tips like “don’t pick at your zits” and “don’t touch your face”, but despite our efforts to combat these pesky blemishes, many of us are secretly guilty for worsening the problem perhaps unknowingly.

For example, do you remember that squeaky clean feeling on our skin that we used to love when we were teenagers? Or how that stinging sensation made us feel like certain topical products were “working”? Well, chances are, the skincare ingredients responsible are actually those you should be avoiding. Here are the top five to stay away from.

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Text: Bernadette Bong-Chan