All About Acne - How To Prevent Breakouts with COSRX

Hi guys, I'm Charlotte Cho. You guys may know me as a petition and curator behind SoCo Glam. I'm also the author of The Little Book of Skincare. I'm here to start a specialness series and it's all about acne a lot of people have been asking questions about acne and how to treat it. I'm going to help answer all of your questions throughout this three-part series.

We all know what acne is. No one can avoid it, but there are ways to help prevent your skin from getting acne and there are also ways to treat it so that it can go away faster.

But first, before we get into it, let me introduce a very special guest. His name is Mr. RX. Don't be shy! Come on! Say "Hello". He is from a Korean skincare brand called COSRX. They have a huge cult following in Korea because they're known for their affordable and effective acne treatments. They've been recently curated in Korean beauty shops like Watson's. I've also now curated CosRx onto Soko Glam.

Mr. RX grew up with very severe persistent acne and whatever he used nothing would help him. So what he did was he researched a lot about skincare and then he grew passionate about creating the best acne products. That's how COSRX was born. Today Mr. RX will address some of the most common acne related questions and we'll tackle them together. Mr. RX what's the first question?

Q: How does acne form?

A: That's a perfect question to start with because in order to treat or prevent acne you really need to know how acne forms. Let me illustrate it.

Acne forms in the pores or hair follicles. In your pores, there are sebum producing glands. Sebum is an oily substance that naturally secretes to coat and protect your skin. When the oil glands become overactive excess sebum bacteria and dead skin cells get trapped in the pore follicles. That's when inflammation may occur resulting in a white head or a big fat pimple. 

That's why many oily skin types tend to deal with acne more than dry skin types.

Q: Is acne is something you're born with or part of your lifestyle?

A: Acne is actually hereditary. If your dad mom or siblings have acne chances are you may have acne too. But the good news is is that a lot of is also environmental. From the foods you eat to the pollution that settles on your pores even that stressful day you had yesterday yeah all that could actually contribute to breaking out.

Remember: 20 to 30 percent of your skin is genetic aka out of your control but the good news is 70 - 80 percent is not genetic and it can be maintained.

Q: What's one way to prevent acne from occurring?

A: Cleansing is one simple way to prevent acne from occurring. Every morning and every night you should be washing your face thoroughly even if you do not wear makeup. That's because on your face there are things that you cannot see such as excess oil. There are pollution and even moisturizers that you need to be washed off.

I recommend the double cleanse starting with an oil-based cleanser and then followed by a water-based cleanser. Oil-based cleansers remove any oil based impurities such as makeup and sunscreen. A lot of people think that if you have oily skin you should avoid oil, but oil cleansers remove excess oil from your skin the best. It's gentle and effective without stripping your skin of its natural oil.

Water-based cleaners ensure that any remaining impurities are removed from the skin. That's why cleansing your face properly is key to a clear face because they gently remove excess sebum bacteria and dead skin cells that contribute to breakouts.

That's the end of part 1 of our acne series I hope you learned a lot if you want to learn more about the products just check out the links below in the description box. And also if you want to tune in for our next video we're going to be talking about how to treat acne. Don't forget to hit the subscribe button. You don't miss a video thanks for watching bye.

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