Acne, breakouts and oily skin are experienced by most people at some pint during our lives. Acne sucks and can sometimes be detrimental to your skins health and your mental health.

It’s important to remember that breakouts are normal and you should never feel self conscious about any type of breakouts, instead focus on keeping your skin healthy.

Being able to identify between the different types of acne can be essential in knowing what would be the best treatment and products to use. There are two main types when it come to acne lesions. This being inflammatory and non-inflammatory lesions.

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Tips to avoid breakouts:

  • Ensure that you wash your face twice everyday to effectively remove any excess sebum, dirt, oil, sweat and other impurities from the skin.
  • Avoid touching your face with your hands as this can spread germs and bacteria.
  • We may not realise this but our phones carry a lot of germs, so ensure that you sanitize them regularly as they touch many surfaces daily.
  • Ensure that you also sanitise any products which you use on your face, for example makeup sponges and brushes.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Ensure that you wash your hair properly as this will aid in removing excess dirt, oil and sweat daily. 
  • Swap out your regular pillowcase for a silk pillowcase as they have less friction, thus decreasing your chances of breakouts as they can be triggered by frequent rubbing. 
Types of acne - infographic

Luxe Loft’s top product recommendations:


1. Papules:  Some By MI AHA BHA PHA miracle range

Papules are Tender and inflamed bumps which are red / pink.  As papules are generally sore and quite inflamed, the Some By Mi AHA BHA PHA miracle range is amazing at combatting this type of acne. This range can be considered the best acne fighting k-beauty products. If you would like to try out various products from this range, the SOME BY MI AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Starter kit would be a great to purchase as it consists of the following:

  • AHA.BHA.PHA 30 Days Miracle Cleansing Bar 30g
  • AHA.BHA.PHA 30 Days Miracle Toner 30ml
  • AHA.BHA.PHA 30 Days Miracle Serum 10ml
  • AHA.BHA.PHA 30 Days Miracle Serum 20g

(SOME BY MI AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Starter Kit available here for R460)

2. Nodules: Dr Oracle + A-Thera Peellng Sticks

Nodules refer to large firm lumps embedded into the skin which are generally red and usually hard to touch.

The Dr Oracle + A-Thera peeling sticks are a targeted spot treatment that uses AHA and BHA, powerful acne-fighting acids, to effectively clear pores. This innovative peeling stick is shaped like a huge cotton swab, allowing for precise application to get into the nooks and crannies. Packed with lactic acid, these peeling sticks gently lifts dead skin cells while the glycolic acid works to exfoliate and resurface the skin. A blend of tea tree extract, lemon extract, and bamboo extract works to naturally exfoliate without irritating skin. A frequent use of this product will help blemishes disappear faster.

To use, we recommend gently swiping the stick in an upwards motions all over the face, focusing on any blemishes and on the T-zone, nose and chin area. Allow the formula to sink in for 1-2 minutes before continuing with the rest of your routine. Use this product once or twice after cleansing. 

(Dr Oracle + A -Thera Peeling Sticks available here for R350)

Dr Oracle A-Thera Peeling Sticks
3. Pustules: COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch

Pustules refer to inflamed lesions with visible pus in the centre that are usually yellow or white with swelling.

The COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patches are an overnight fixer to make picked zits as well as blackheads and whiteheads disappear by morning. The thin clear hydrocolloid patch feels similar to a hydrogel sheet mask in texture, adhering your skin strongly. It’ll stay on through showering and washing!

It treats breakouts by eliminating infection and bacteria, which is what causes them in the first place. To use, Wash and dry the targeted area you want to treat. Don’t apply any skin treatments or moisturizers between the patch and your skin and wear overnight. Remove in the morning and you’ll find that it may have turned white as it absorbs the blemish.

(COSRX Acne Pimple Maste Patches available here for R80)

COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch
4.Cysts: COSRX low ph cleanser

Cysts are a severe form of acne resulting in red, painful or itchy bumps filled with pus. When treating cysts, be sure to look for ingredients such as salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and glycolic acid.

The COSRX low ph Cleanser is a super gentle cleanser that’s great for your morning wash. This low pH formula gel cleanser doesn’t strip your skin of its natural oils and contains purifying botanical ingredients and mild acids to gently cleanse your skin to its most supple and clear texture.

To use, we recommend gently massaging a small amount of this gel cleanser on wet skin in the morning. Rinse with tepid water. Pat your face dry, and continue with your next skin care steps. 

(COSRX low ph Cleanser available here for R210)

Cosrx Low ph good morning gel cleanser
5 & 6. Blackheads & Whiteheads: Benton Aloe BHA Toner

Blackheads are open comedones (comedones refer to small, skin-coloured bumps) and on top of the pore stays open. While whiteheads are closed comedones and the top of the pore closes up.

The Benton Aloe BHA toner is great at combatting blackheads and whiteheads as it is packed with ingredients such as aloe and more importantly salicylic acid which not only removes dead skin cells from deep inside your pores but it can also help to break down acne lesions while also preventing them from coming back.

This toner is also amazing as it hydrates and preps your skin to help with the absorption of skincare products in the next step in your routine. When treating blackheads and whiteheads, be sure to look out for products which contain salicylic acid. After cleansing face and neck, we recommend pouring small amount of toner onto hands or cotton pads and pat gently onto skin.

(Benton Aloe BHA Toner available here for R320)

Benton Aloe BHA Toner

We have an extensive range of products that have been carefully curated for all your skincare and beauty needs. Shop our wide array of products here on our website, on Take A Lot and in store at We Are Egg Cavendish!

Our products cater to whatever skin concern you may have but if you can’t find what you’re looking for, feel free to contact us at if you would like any guidance in curating and customising your skincare routine! 

All our products have been tested by us to ensure that only the best is available for you to try. Whether you are a skincare newbie or a self proclaimed skincare junkie, we are here to guide and assist you on this journey to glowing skin. 

Salma Cassimjee

Salma Cassimjee

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