The challenges of having traditional Asian skin can make you feel frustrated by your large pores, oily T-zone and the prevalence of acne on your face and body. As an Asian woman, whether you live in an Asian country or elsewhere, you deal with certain disadvantages because of your skin type. As with other skin types, prevention is the key to getting the clear skin you want. Get rid of current breakouts and change your skin care routine to stop future breakouts from happening.
Cleanse your skin once or twice per day with a gentle, nondrying, soap-free cleanser. Look for one that is gel-based, that won't dry out your skin and prompt it to produce more oil to compensate. While washing more often may seem like a good idea to sop up excess oil, it can irritate your sensitive skin and send your sebaceous glands into overdrive. Once in the morning and once at night is sufficient to keep your skin clean.
Exfoliate your skin two or three times per week. TargetWoman.com notes that typical Asian skin tends to be more oily, with larger pores, than other skin types. That oil becomes trapped in the large pores, resulting in blemishes and whiteheads. Gently exfoliating a couple of times per week can slough away the dirt, oil and dead skin cells that clog your pores. Purchase a scrub that contains an abrasive ingredient, or make your own at home by combining a cup of brown sugar with two tbsp. olive oil to make a paste.
Apply an acne treatment cream containing benzoyl peroxide to your acne-prone areas once daily, suggests Acne.org. If your sensitive Asian skin doesn't tolerate the benzoyl peroxide, and peels or feels dried out, reduce how often you apply. As your skin builds a natural tolerance for it, increase the application to twice daily. You can use the treatment on your entire body if you have acne on other areas such as the neck, back, shoulders and chest. Benzoyl peroxide is best to use on existing breakouts and as a preventive measure; it contains antiseptic properties that rid the skin of bacteria and yeast that commonly cause acne, notes Acne-Remedy.org.
Use a lightweight moisturizer that contains a sunscreen once daily. While you might be afraid that a moisturizer can make your skin feel oily, choosing one that is non-comedogenic keeps pores clean and your skin hydrated, reducing the need for your pores to produce excess oil. A sunscreen will limit your skin's dryness and protect you from harmful sunburns.
Avoid picking or scratching your acne. As an Asian woman, you are more likely to suffer from scarring as a result of your acne. Your skin is susceptible to thicker scars, and you have a 3 percent to 5 percent higher chance over Caucasian women of developing noticeable scars following a bout with acne, says DermaNetwork.com. Introducing bacteria from your hands to your acne, or picking at your blemishes, prolongs the healing process and puts you at a higher risk for unsightly scars.