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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Text: Kelly Im