Been to Seoul, South Korea and what I saw there was really eye-opener. If you see the K-Drama and all the actors & actresses have flawless, poreless and unblemished skin, trust me, those who sold street-food as a living in Seoul, have exactly the same skin. They are fortunate to have such a blessed skin, it’s in their genes.
However, I do have to admit that their K-beauty skincare products are the best and highly-effective for toners, essences, hydration and sunscreens. They are also great at super fast innovation (new ingredients) and good-looking packaging. As for actives, personally I’d prefer the western brands, (again) based on my experiments.
So, here’s my round up for K-beauty skincare products that are safe for Fungal Acne prone skin.
ESSENCE: AMORE PACIFIC VINTAGE SINGLE EXTRACT ESSENCE, I’M FROM MUGWORT ESSENCE
TONER: SOMEBYMI AHA BHA PHA 30 DAYS MIRACLE TONER, DEAR KLAIRS SUPPLE PREPARATION UNSCENTED TONER
CLEANSER: HEIMISH ALL CLEAN GREEN FOAM, PYUNKANG YUL ACNE FACIAL CLEANSER
AMPOULE: CNP LABORATORY MUGENER AMPOULE, LEEGEEHAAM GROW VITA PROPOLIS AMPOULE (RENAME TO DR CEURACLE ROYAL VITA PROPOLIS 33 AMPOULE)
who are scared of the risks and side effects of dermabrasion, chemical peeling
and laser-resurfacing, Microneedle therapy is the one way to go. It is one of
the proven skin therapy used by most dermatologists, to reduce and soften
scars, fine lines and large pores. Since I do have large pores, uneven skin
texture and many scars left (from facial back in the old days and currently
cauter’s scars), I decided to purchase microneedle roller for at home
upon this brand named ORA (www.beautyora.com) from Los Angeles, US. They have a few
ranges available, but I decided to start with the lowest needle depth (0,25mm).
Why? Because the longer the needles, the deeper the wound, causing it to bleed
(which also means longer recovery time). Usually dermatologists will go with
longer needle, and they’ll use topical anesthetic before the procedure. But
with 0,25mm needle depth, there’s no need to apply topical anesthetic because
it won’t cause any bleeding on skin. The worst thing that can happen to your
skin with this needle depth is redness, but it’ll go away overnight.
540 stainless steel needles (don’t worry they are extremely fine), that they
claimed will help penetrate the skin to stimulate collagen and elastin
production. Result? Thicker, healthier skin and a smoother appearance to areas
with wrinkles and scars. Obviously, pores will open due to the needle action,
but this will help to increase absorption and penetration of skincare
painful? Well, beauty is pain, dear. It won’t make you bleed (if you use 0,25mm
needle like me), but you can certainly feel something. If you have thin skin
like mine, 10 times back and forth rolling will be enough to make the skin
looks red. Because it basically pricked the skin, of course it’ll make skin
felt pricked. But no worries, that minor pain (more like a sunburn pain) will
be gone overnight, so I do recommend to do the rolling at night time before you
go to sleep.
Dip the roller inside alcohol to disinfect
before and after use. Usually I left mine for 10 minutes. Let it dry before
Skip eyes area, as the skin there are a lot
Always do the rolling on clean and dry skin.
Don’t press too hard, just let it roll in
each direction (horizontally, vertically and diagonally) for 5-10 times.
Use a powerful serum straight after you roll.
My favorite is Dear Klairs Midnight Blue Youth Activating Drop that will tone
down the redness.
Skip active ingredients like benzoyl
peroxide, salicylic acid and tretinoin after rolling. Instead, stick to your
basic skincare routine.
Let your skin breathe by skipping makeup within
24 hours after doing the rolling.
Don’t use this on open wounds (that include
active acnes). Mind you, this is not a pimple roller.
Don’t skip sunscreen the morning after.
Just like your toothbrush, please do not
share roller with anyone.
I do this once a week every Friday night,
because I rarely go out on Saturday. Use your best judgment on how often should
you roll, depending on how your skin takes it.