Suffering from bacne? You’re definitely not alone. Ahead, we share 9 handy tips to clear up pesky body acne so you can rock ’em backless tops with confidence! 

What causes bacne?

According to dermatologists, acne is formed when pores or hair follicles are clogged with excess oil, dead skin cells and dirt build up. And because the pores on our back are larger, they tend to clog up easier than facial pores and might be more difficult to treat. 

#1 Do your laundry

Thanks to the heat and humidity that comes with Singapore’s weather, constant perspiration is a norm — even at night. Whether it’s staying away from that top that “still smells clean what” or washing those new-ish bedsheets you’ve been rolling around on, it’s important to ensure that your skin isn’t exposed to old sweat and dead skin cells that are just lurking in the thread count waiting to clog up your pores. And if you have sensitive skin, be sure to use fragrance-free detergent to minimise the risk of skin irritation. 

#2 Hit the showers 

Heading straight to bed without taking a bath first sounds gross but is more common than you think (where’re all our lazy people at!), and the same goes for skipping the showers after gym to bathe in the comforts of your own home. According to skin experts, body acne can be exacerbated by increased perspiration and working out. With that being said, ditch that bad habit and make sure you get squeaky clean ASAP to prevent sweat irritation and clogged pores. 

#3 Wear loose gear 

You may not have realised it, but those figure-hugging outfits may have been causing (or worsening) your acne outbreaks. Opt for looser threads that’ll minimise friction and allow your skin to breathe. Light materials like cotton is ideal as it allows airflow to dry out any dampness awhile absorbing moisture. In contrast, steer clear from water-resistant fabrics like polyester, as it’ll trap heat without absorbing your sweat – leading to (you guessed it) irritation and clogged pores. 

#4 Minimise your sun exposure Neutrogena-Beach-Defense-Lotion-SPF-70-198g

Try: Neutrogena Beach Defense SPF 70/PA++++, $28.90

While soaking up vitamin D is always great, be careful not to expose yourself too much lest you cause your skin to dry out and start flaking. Dead skin cells can clog pores remember? Also, when choosing sunscreen, opt for lightweight, waterproof oil-free formulas that’ll provide ample coverage and allow your skin to breathe at the same time. While you’re at it, swap out any heavy body lotions for ones with similar properties as the aforementioned sunscreen. 

#5 Scrub a dub dub 


Try: FRESH Brown Sugar Body Polish, $65


The best thing you can do to slough off dead skin cells and remove dirt build up on your body? Exfoliate. Regular exfoliation serves to clean up your back and torso (which has more sebaceous glands) while refreshing and renewing skin. While using a gentle body scrub will do the trick, reaching for a good ol’ loofah or body brush would do the job just as well. Use a moderate amount of strength while scrubbing your skin free of bacteria and dirt, don’t overdo it and end up injuring your skin! 

#6 Get back!

Much like how your hair might be causing facial blemishes, it could also be the culprit of your body acne. Having long hair that drapes down your back may be adding on dirt and grease onto your skin. Stick to regular hair washes and up-dos and see if your bacne improves.

Similarly, your conditioner and shampoo (which have ingredients that may cause clogged pores) running down your back while you shower may also be another contributing factor. Save the soaping up for last (after you’re done conditioning your hair) and make sure your skin’s cleansed thoroughly. 

#7 Stop ‘dem itchy fingers 

It’s perfectly normal to feel the urge to pick at your pimples, on your face or otherwise. But that doesn’t mean you should. Trying to burst your blemishes will injure the skin, leading to a longer healing time and the higher possibility of scarring. Plus, you may even transfer more bacteria from your digits onto your skin, thus worsening your bacne. Keep your hands to yourself! 

#8 Use medicated products 


Try: The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Body Wash

Like facial acne, there are specially formulated products to treat body acne. Using medicated body washes that contain blemish-busting, anti-bacterial ingredients like tea tree  and salicylic acid will go a long way to getting your sexy back. At the very least, stick to a pH balancing body wash that’s safe for sensitive skin should be good enough to keep bacne at bay. 

#9 You are what you eat 

Similar to how eating junk food, being stressed and having irregular sleep can cause breakouts, these factors might be why you’re having bacne trouble. Eat healthy, drink loads of water, get ample rest and exercise — you’ll see a difference in your skin condition (and overall health) in no time! 

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What are your tips to conquering bacne? Share ’em with us in the comment section!

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It takes trial and error to find the perfect foundation; one that provides ample coverage without caking on, a formula that stays on all day (rain or shine) without breaking you out, and even a shade that perfectly matches your skin tone. Get one step closer to finding your Holy Grail foundation with the ones that made it onto our Teenage Beauty Awards 2017 list!

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation, $61


Best suited for dry to combination complexions, the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation is an oil-free, fragrance free foundation that contains coconut water, alpine rose and hyaluronic acid. Free of parabens, sulphates and phthalates (basically everything that’s bad for skin), this trooper promises medium to full coverage which minimises the need for concealer. And the product comes in a gorgeously frosted bottle and a pump for mess-free application. 

Kate Secret Skin Maker Zero Liquid Foundation, $29


Need a lightweight foundation that’ll hide pores and acne scars for a beautiful, flawless finish? Reach for the Kate Secret Skin Maker Zero Liquid Foundation. One of the most affordable foundations on this list, it’ll blend nicely and smoothly into skin thanks to its colour-correcting pigments that’ll help even out yellow undertones for a brighter looking complexion. 

essence Instant Matt Make-Up, $7.50


A mousse-type foundation that has long-lasting, high coverage and waterproof properties, essence’s newest foundation comes in three shades and is infused with a special blend of mineral powder pigments that glides on smoothly and gives skin a flawless, matte-finish. With that being said, at $7.50 a pop, the essence Instant Matt Make-up is great for students looking for products that’ll go the distance. 

Sephora 10HR Wear Perfection Foundation, $29


Great for those looking to have a fresh glow without looking oily by midday, the Sephora Collection 10HR Wear Perfection Foundation offers lightweight yet buildable coverage with a semi-matte finish. This means that any hyper pigmentation, uneven skin tone, etc. will be smoothed out sans any patchiness, for all-day perfection. Plus, it contains Hyaluronic acid and vitamin E to protect and hydrate skin – makeup that takes care of skin while applied? We approve! 

Kat Von D Lock It Foundation, $56 


It’s no surprise that Kat Von D’s Lock It Foundation won our Reader’s Choice. After all, it has garnered somewhat of a cult following thanks to its full-coverage (it can even cover tattoos!), sweat-proof and long-wearing formula that literally doesn’t budge the entire day. To avoid caking up the foundation (it does have a thicker and creamier texture than most), we find that it applies best with a damp beauty blender. 

Make Up Store Instant Perfection, $59


A silky smooth foundation with a lightweight texture that provides light to medium coverage, the Make Up Store Instant Perfection has a similar texture to BB creams and is perfect for everyday wear. Suitable for all skin types, its light formula helps keep skin looking fresh and dewy even in humid weather. Enriched with Vitamin E and completely free from parabens, you will be glad to know this is not tested on animals too. 

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation, $19.90


Ideal for normal to oily skin, this mattifying liquid foundation features micro-powders to help control shine and blur pores while giving skin a natural and seamless finish. And you can easily layer on more product for those who require more coverage – a little product goes a long way! For it’s affordable price point, there’s little wonder why the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation remains highly raved about amongst the beauty community. 

Catrice 24h Made To Stay Make Up, $12.50


Perhaps the most surprising product on the list, the Catrice 24h Made To Stay Make Up offers beauty addicts much bang for their buck. Offering decent coverage despite its runnier texture, this liquid foundation blends in nicely and gives a skin-like, natural finish. And it really stays on for long hours with minimal touch-ups required, thus making it on our To-Buy lists. 

The Body Shop Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation, $20


For those with acne-prone skin, this foundation is right up your alley. Infused with tea tree oil and Moroccan Lava Clay, which helps treats blemished skin without dehydrating it, this 100% vegan foundation applies effortlessly and provides ample coverage with a sheer matte finish. And its sweat- and water-resistant formula ensures you won’t have to worry about this foundation melting off your face or becoming sticky when exposed to heat.  

shu uemura Petal Skin Fluid Foundation, $68 


The winner of our Teenage Beauty Awards 2017 judges’ choice, the shu uemura petal skin fluid foundation features a unique and innovative combination of semi-matte and semi-glow characteristics that give skin perfect, dewy radiance that holds up well even in our weather. Suitable for most skin types, the formula helps to cover up pores and light scar marks –but acne-prone skin might not fare as well as this foundation gives a more natural and sheer coverage for that “I woke up like this” effect. 

NYX Total Control Drop Foundation, $26


Whether you’re going for a sheer, natural look or rocking a flawless finish, the NYX Total Control Drop Foundation will offer you the flexibility to do just that, and more. Available in 24 gorgeous shades, this affordable liquid foundation has a thin and watery texture that allows you to build up your coverage without looking cakey or streaky. Also, it’s extremely long-wearing and works best on oily skin types because it has a matte finish. The advantage of a watery formula is being able to mix different shades up to create the ‘perfect’ shade for yourself. Time to get creative!

Share your foundation recommendations with us in the comment section! Also, want to win the beauty hamper of your dreams? Participate in our mega Teenage Beauty Awards 2017 giveaway

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12 Best Sunscreens For Every Lifestyle

11 Nov 2017 by Teenage

We can’t stress enough the importance of incorporating sunscreen into your skincare routine. Need suggestions on the best sun-blocking products? Here are the top picks from Teenage Beauty Awards 2017! 

For the Sporty Ones

Sunplay Ultra Shield UV Body Mist SPF 130/PA++++, $21.90

 Sunplay Teenage Readers Choice Sunscreen
Not only does it have the highest SPF and PA values, Sunplay Ultra Shield UV Body Mist sunscreen boasts a non-greasy residue with anti-aging properties and an ability to retain moisture for your skin! It’s packaging is just as impressive – an aerosol can for a spray-on application that will achieve an even layer of protection without getting your hands dirty. Effective and practical, it’s no wonder this trooper won our Reader’s Choice!

Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Aqua Booster SPF 50+/PA+++++, $39.90


Packed with a blend of beauty essences, the Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Aqua Booster does more than its fair share of reflecting UV rays. It contains Bulgarian rose essence to correct uneven skin tone, turmeric to reduce acne and scars and hyaluronic acid for a moisturising boost.

ORBIS Sunscreen Super SPF 50+/PA++++, $25

ORBIS-Sunscreen-SuperSurfactant free and tested to minimise allergies, the ORBIS Sunscreen Super works exactly like how it’s named; made of super fine particles for a super water-, sweat- and sand-proof, coverage for any outdoor activities.

Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel SPF 50+ / PA++++, $18.90

The Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel formula recently got an even better upgrade, with improved water- and sweat-proof properties that’ll absorb easily and stay on all day sans any stickiness. Having a day out in the sun? You know which sunscreen to grab! 

Neutrogena Beach Defense SPF 70/PA++++, $28.90

 Neutrogena-Beach-Defense-Lotion-SPF-70-198gHead to the beach and emerge unscathed from tan lines and sun burns with the Neutrogena Beach Defence, which offers you up to 80 minutes of worry-free fun under the sun! The oil-free formula caters to outdoor elements and holds up well against sea water.

For The Beauty Lovers

ASTALIFT White Perfect Clear UV Solution SPF 50+/PA++++, $72

Astalift-White-Perfect-UV-Clear-Solution-SPF-50+-PA++++,-$72-for-30gA lightweight cream bursting with Vitamin C that helps rejuvenate the skin while doubling as a make-up base, the ASTALIFT White Perfect Clear UV Solution even has a colour-changing UV sensor attached to its cap that’ll tell you when it’s time to reapply a fresh coat of sunscreen! 

 Su:m37 Sun Away Multi-Effect Sun Block EX SPF50+/PA+++, $61

Teenage Choice Sum37 Sun-Away-Multi-Effect-Sun-Block-EX
Does sunscreen ruin your usual make-up routine? The Su:m37 Sun Away Multi-Effect Sun Block EX doesn’t just protect you from a bad tan, it corrects uneven skin tone with a whitening effect and doubles up as a primer that helps make-up adhere to your skin longer sans any white cast. Which is why it’s hands down our winner for the Teenage Beauty Awards 2017!

Sugargoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50, $42

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Offering SPF50 sunscreen, shine control and a makeup setting spray all in one bottle, the Supergoop! Defence Refresh Setting Mist makes it way easier to reapply sunblock without ruining your makeup. Just spritz on and you’re ready to go! 

For the Traveller

LANEIGE Marshmallow Sun Cushion SPF50+ / PA+++, $36

LANEIGE_Marshmallow_Sun Cushion_SPF50+PA+++UV protection has never been so convenient and travel-friendly! The Laneige Marshmallow Sun Cushion is packaged like a compact cushion so you can fortify your UV defence anywhere throughout the day with a gentle dab to the face. Their formula is soothing and mild, so even those with sensitive skin can enjoy this fuss-free product.

Nature Republic Provenence Calendula Ice Puff Sun SPF 50+/PA+++, $27

Nature Republic Provence Calendula Spf 50 Ice Puff Sun 100ml

A sunscreen that can literally cool you off, Nature Republic Provenence Calendula Ice Puff Sun pumps out a watery gel that is icy to the touch, which helps soothe skin, and reduce midday puffiness. It’s also extremely portable, with a bottle packaging that comes with a locking mechanism to prevent spillage and a simple pump for a hassle-free application on-the-go.

IDS Non-Tinted Sunscreen SPF50 / PA +++, $69

IDS Non-Tinted Sunscreen SPF50 PA+++, $69 for 50ml
The IDS Non-Tinted Sunscreen has a sheer and lightweight formula that creates a powdery matte and oil-free finish! It comes in a convenient pump bottle with a cap that fits easily into your bag.

For Everyday Use

The Body Shop Skin Defence Multi Protection Essence SPF 50/PA++++, $34.90


UV rays aren’t the only aggressors that can damage our skin; environmental pollution from our urban lifestyle can also trigger redness and cause dullness. The Body Shop Skin Defence Multi Protection Essence forms a protective layer on your skin against harmful sun rays and external pollutants. 

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Have A Cosmic Christmas With ETUDE HOUSE's Be My Universe Collection!

9 Nov 2017 by Johanna Teo

Get ready for a cosmic Christmas with ETUDE HOUSE’s galaxy-themed beauty collection!

ETUDE HOUSE’s affordable and quality K-beauty products have earned a very special place in our makeup addict hearts, and it doesn’t hurt that their collections always come in the prettiest packaging! First teasing their Be My Universe Christmas collection back in October, the K-beauty giant had fans ready to shell out for the “milky way galaxy-inspired” range, luscious lip colours, glittery eyeshadow palettes and all. And while Christmas collections tend to take on similar themes (note the gold, glitter and all-round sparkle), ETUDE HOUSE’s limited edition offerings stand out as the perfect stocking stuffers for all ages. Scroll through the gallery to see the entire collection! 

Will you be adding the ETUDE HOUSE Be My Universe collection into your Christmas wish list? Tell us your wish in your the comment section!

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4 Simple Tips To Pull Off Brightly Coloured Mascara

6 Nov 2017 by Johanna Teo

Hold on to your lashes – it’s time to up your eye makeup game with rainbow swipes of coloured mascara! Scroll through our gallery for our top product picks, and read on for tips on pulling off this bold look. 

#1 Use A Lash Primer


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Coloured mascara will show up on light-coloured lashes without a hitch but not so much for dark Asian lashes. Before swiping on your brightly hued mascara, prep your lashes with a white lash primer – it’ll add volume and length while providing a canvas for bright colours to pop. Also, apply mascara with a zig zag motion to give your lashes that extra volume and oomph. 

#2 Keep It Simple 

With such bold colouring around your eyes, keep the rest of your makeup neutral to avoid clashing. In contrast, if you’d like to rock an amped up look, go for a monochromatic look by pairing your eyeliner and lippie to your mascara colour of choice. Either way, you’re gonna slay it! 

#3 Default To Blue


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Have no idea which colour to use? When in doubt, pick blue; it’s a universally flattering shade that’ll be easy on the eyes, especially for beginners. As a rule of thumb, remember that purple, blue and green shades complement brown eyes, whereas red, pink and peach hues will warm up cool complexions in a jiffy. 

#4 Layering Is Key

Wanna rock coloured mascara and yet keep it appropriate for school or work? Achieve a playful yet subtle look by first applying dark mascara before loading up colour on the very tips of your lashes. This way, you’ll still have a hint of colour without going overboard! 

Featured image: 3INA Singapore

Would you rock the coloured mascara look? Share your thoughts in the comment section!

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