How often do you find yourself facing mornings waking up to fresh pimples greeting you? I've been blessed with a pretty healthy skin condition through taking good care of my skin, but sometimes, we can't help but succumb to common problems we face in our everyday lives that lead us to acne-prone skin. The scorching local weather, poor diet, going through puberty and stress issues can be possible causes that lead to bad breakouts at some point in our lives. What a bummer! Hence, it's always important to pin down the reason for your acne because our human bodies react and behave differently to our surroundings.

On a personal basis, I had a couple of bad breakouts during my puberty period due to a rise in hormone levels that created more sebum on my skin. Since I grew out from it, my pimples only started popping out once in a blue moon during occasions when my period is arriving or on days when the weather is more humid. Tip: As tempting as it is, do NOT pop a pimple because it may introduce new bacteria from your finger into the zit. It's usually best to let a pimple run through its own life span, as a blemish can heal itself within 3 to 7 days. However, I've done some research and came up with The Pretty-Skin Guide to share some tips with you guys on some of the top 5 pimple-free hacks that I recommend not only because they have had really amazing reviews online, but also because I've personally tried most of them out myself!




No doubt the first hack is a common-sensical solution to drive acne-prone skin away, but we often get too lazy to lug our water bottles outdoors or too busy to remember to consume sufficient water in our lives. I've also picked some really easy home remedies that you can easily DIY with the use of one ingredient to achieve radiant, acne-free skin. However, one of my favorite recommendations would definitely be the final hack: the 3M Nexcare Acne Patch that helped me survive through my breakout period during my teenage puberty days in secondary school.

I used to have bangs that covered my forehead because we couldn't leave our fringes too long according to school rules. Very often, I'd find myself suffering from subclinical acne and a few random bumps on my face that caused me even greater anxiety because every girl wants to feel and look good, and I felt no less similar. It was until one of my friends told me to give the 3M Nexcare Acne Patch a try because it was not only affordable even during my secondary school days, but it worked wonders for her! Since then, I've been really fascinated by how the patches can help to fasten my acne recovery through the absorption of oily secretion, and you can even see the dirt that forms on the patch once it's been removed from your treatment area. Even though I don't get acne as often anymore, I know I can definitely count on the 3M Nexcare Acne Patch for acne-free skin!

Q & A

I'm still curious — how does the 3M Nexcare Acne Patch work?

It's made of a special material called hydrocolloid that acts like a sponge to absorb the oily secretion, fluid or pus that may be present. The breathable outer layer is a film that provides a protective cover against water and bacteria, thus making it waterproof and reduces the incidence of infection.

Cool! How can I apply 3M Nexcare Acne Patch on my pimples?

Cleanse your face well, especially the affected areas with acne. Gently pat the skin dry with a clean towel. Peel open the plastic pouch and select a suitable sized patch that's able to cover your acne adequately and ensure that the centre of the acne patch is at the acne opening. Make sure your skin is dry when the acne patch is used.

I see. When should I change the acne patch then?

It is advisable to change daily. If you noticed carefully, the 3M Nexcare Acne Patch will turn from skin color to white when the oily secretion is absorbed. Once it turns white, it's good to be changed. Upon the healing of your acne, or if there is no sign of infection such as redness, swelling or pus, you can stop using it.

That's great! Where can I make my first purchase from in Singapore?

3M Nexcare Acne Patch can be easily found in local drugstores at your convenience, namely Watsons, Guardian, and Unity. It's a staple in my medicine cabinet and I use them overnight before bedtime whenever I require to, also making sure that I stick the patches on dry skin to prevent it from falling off during sleep. However, I've seen some of my friends also using the thinner 3M Nexcare Acne Patch when heading outdoors because of its fine film that isn't easily visible, yet does the job.

In a nutshell, I've summed up my top 5 hacks on ridding acne problems in a simple video above. I hope that these easy pimple-free tricks will come in handy to all of you, en route to healthier skin for the days to come. Stay beautiful, everyone!

Chelsea x