For all my NSFs, Nsmen and regulars, this post is for you. Having acne breakouts is seriously a First World problem and national service can most definitely worsen one’s skin condition such as sweat and camouflage cream clogging up your pores. If you’re looking for proper skincare tips and tricks in the army, read on to find out 6 effective solutions that I’ve tried and tested to control my acne and breakouts.

Acne Treatment Products – Sunblock

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A little bit of sun can lift anyone’s spirit and an adequate amount can even be beneficial to the skin. However, excessive exposure to sunlight is detrimental to any skin types, especially acne-prone ones. The sun causes your skin to dry out, causing excessive production of oil; scientific explanation can be found on Pure Skin Couch.

The obvious solution to this is to visit the medical center for an excuse sunlight status… kidding, obviously. It might sound cheesy but sunscreen is the best acne treatment product! I know, applying sunscreen is not only a hassle, but it makes you look a little less macho in front of the boys. If that’s a concern for you, here’s an alternative- Kleinskin Facial Wash, a facial wash with a built-in sunscreen function.

Avoid Touching Your Face, Wiping Your Sweat

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Many, including me, are guilty of this crime. Just imagine the amount of bacteria you’re introducing to your skin with the same hands that are covered with dirt from the ground and oil from the rifle. The bacteria enters your pores and voila, pimples.

Half-full Drink Up

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You must have dreaded this command as a recruit, having to down half a liter of water before and after every exercise (has anyone actually puked from this before?). While it causes you to feel extremely bloated before a run and makes you pee three times during the conducting brief, drinking all this water is really beneficial to your skin.

Obviously, staying hydrated has a lot of benefits. Flushing out the toxins that aggravate your acne is one of them. Moreover, drinking more water helps to hydrate the skin, which reduces the need for oil-production which potentially creates more acne. This is truly the best acne treatment you can get.


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Camouflage cream doesn’t directly cause acne but it is really good at clogging pores, which ultimately exacerbates acne. If you have serious acne you can probably get an excuse camo status easily. Personally, my skin condition wasn’t really bad but it does itch and sting a little when camo cream is applied, which is why the medical officer gave me the status.

Baby Wipes

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I use baby wipes as a mid-day mini facial cleanser. Washing your face too much can strip your skin of the necessary oils, causing an excessive production of sebum which triggers acne. Therefore, I opt for baby wipes instead of facial cleansers or Gatsby facial wipes since it’s gentler on the skin (it is made for babies); only the excessive layer of oil will be purged, leaving the skin properly nourished and moisturized.

Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light by Skin inc

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This is the ultimate skincare hack for me. It is a LED light machine with 5 functions- repair, glow, soothe, optimize, and v-sculpt which comes with a customized serum specific to your skin type. My favorite function is Soothe, the blue light. It kills acne bacteria and controls breakout, soothes inflammation, and calms skin sensitivity; the effects are immediate. If I have any pimples sticking out like a sore thumb, the redness usually subsides one day after using it. Just think of it as a 10x effective pimple cream.

To add to the effectiveness of clearing your acne, check out the Top 3 Essential Skincare Products You Should Not Miss and 8 other Effective Methods To Clear Acne, Pimples and Clogged Pores.

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