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Acne: Treatment & Control

Acne is a skin condition that occurs when pores are clogged with oil and dead skin cells. Acne appears in different forms of skin blemishes each with their specific appearances and symptoms.

Non-inflammatory Acne Types: Blackheads & Whiteheads

Blackheads are open comedonal acne which results from sebum clogging up the inside of our pores and the surface oxidizing due to the air. When the melanin pigment in the sebum oxidizes, it turns dark. On the other hand, whiteheads are small, closed comedones that look white or flesh-colored.

Inflammatory Acne Types: Papules, Pustules, Nodules & Cysts

Papules are inflamed blemishes that occur when the clogging of dead skin cells inside the pore causes hair follicles to swell. They appear as red bumps on the skin. When papules accumulate pus, they become pustules (pimples). They appear as inflamed, red lesions containing white or yellow pus.

Nodular acne is a large and inflamed bump that forms when the swelling of clogged pores increases. Nodules are usually painful to touch as they are located deep within the skin. Nodular acne should be treated by a dermatologist. Cystic acne appears softer than nodules but similar in size and inflammation. Cysts are located deeper within the skin than nodules, creating a large pus-filled bump. If left untreated, it will leave a scar on your skin. Cystic acne should be also be treated by a dermatologist.

What Causes Acne?

Acne appears when the pores of the skin are blocked. This blockage is caused by excess sebum produced by the sebaceous glands found near the skin’s surface. Sebaceous glands lubricate the skin with sebum to prevent it from drying out. When excessive sebum is produced, it combines with dead skin cells and bacteria to form a “plug” in follicular pores.

Several factors that contribute to acne breakouts:


Acne can be hereditary based on specific genetic influences and environmental factors. Genetic tendencies in some families may have production levels of sebum excretion and dead skin cells that are different from the healthy average production, leading to frequent acne breakouts.

Hormonal Changes

During puberty, adolescents are prone to acne due to hormonal changes. These changes subsequently increase sebum production more than adults. Adults, especially women, experience acne issues due to hormonal changes linked to the menstrual cycle, menopause and pregnancy.

Incompatible Skin Care Products

To choose skin care products that are suitable with your skin type, look out for non-comedogenic and fragrance-free products. Incompatible skin care products may worsen your skin condition when triggered by certain product ingredients. Every skin has different needs and sensitivity levels.

Sleep Deprivation

Pulling an all-nighter or experiencing constant insomnia deprives your body the sufficient rest it needs. Acne can be a sign of sleep deprivation when your hormones are disrupted, which triggers an unhealthy chemical imbalance in the body. It is recommended to sleep 7 to 8 hours per night.

Skin Care Routine for Acne

Clearing up acne is an arduous process that takes time and patience. Acne skin care is all about finding the right combination of products that do not irritate your skin. Explore Kiehl’s range of acne products below.

Acne Cleanser to Remove Traces of Dirt

The Blue Herbal Blemish Cleanser Treatment removes traces of dirt and oil with its high foaming formula. This medicated acne cleanser uses Salicylic Acid, Ginger Root Extract and Frankincense to purify pores from blemishes and prevent new ones from forming.

Toner for Stubborn Acne

The Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion is a toner for acne skin. This iconic Kiehl’s toner was developed in 1964, with a unique formulation to soothe and balance oily-prone areas. Formulated with Camphor, Menthol and Sodium PCA, it invigorates skin for a fresh, clean feeling.

Acne Spot Treatments to Reduce Breakouts

The Blue Herbal Spot Treatment is a concentrated treatment that clears acne, blemishes, blackheads and whiteheads. Formulated with Salicylic Acid, it suppresses acne bacteria and refines skin texture. Together with Ginger Root Extract and Frankincense, it controls excess sebum in reducing breakouts.

Additionally, the Breakout Control Targeted Acne Spot Treatment is also an acne spot treatment that is formulated with Sulfur to clear acne without drying out the skin. With Vitamin B3, this treatment diminishes post-blemish marks to reveal more even skin tone.

Treatment Lotion as Moisturizer for Acne

Enriched with Aloe, the Breakout Control Acne Treatment Facial Lotion soothes inflamed skin while Vitamin B3 brightens skin to improve skin texture and tone. Skin becomes clearer and smoother over time.

While Kiehl’s acne skin care products are formulated to help treat and control mild-to-moderate acne, individuals with severe acne should seek advice from a dermatologist or medical professional.

Fight Acne Breakouts Today!

Shop our range of acne skin care products online at Kiehl’s Malaysia. If you have any questions regarding our acne products, contact our Customer Service Team at [email protected].

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