Here are 5 practices you should avoid at all cost to have a healthy blemish-free skin.

Not everything ‘organic’ is good for you. Did you know that some raw, natural ingredients like lemon & coconut oil can be harsh on the skin, some may even cause sensitive reactions and skin irritation.

Acidic ingredients like apple cider vinegar or lemon juice are highly acidic and cause skin inflammation. DIY scrubs using salt or sugar have sharp edges that can scratch and damage skin barrier. No, not recommended.

Most of my patients with oily skin tend to skip their moisturizer or overexfoliate, which allows the skin to produce even more oil in response to the dry skin surface.You may think cleansing is the only answer to the oily surface, but over cleansing will strip the skin, thus giving chance for the deeper layers of the skin to produce more oil to compensate. 

Moisturizing the face is not just for normal to dry skin types, but it is for all.

Pick the right moisturizer to keep the balance. I understand certain moisturizers can feel too heavy if you have oily skin. The good news is, there are lighter weight moisturizing emollients that are non comedogenic in the market. With added benefits of salicylic acid or retinol, they help to unclog pores and reduce oil production from within.

Absolutely wrong logic. Always pick your skincare based on your skin type, NOT age. Mature skin isn’t a skin type.

When I treat my patients, most of the times I forget to ask for their age because to be honest, it’s been unhelpful.

I answer this question in my office almost every other day. First things first, what actually is collagen? Collagen is a particular protein which contains many important amino acids that gives off skin elasticity, as well as stimulating production of hyaluronic acid.

Collagen exist only under our skin. It needs to be stimulated/activated (it can be done with lasers, injections, retinol etc) but they definitely do not exist in products. In most cases, the collagen molecule is too large to penetrate into the skin anyway.

You cannot scrub away blackheads, at least not completely. Scrubs work on the external layers of the skin, for sensitive skin- some may cause irritation. Try using a well-formulated BHA (salicylic acid) or retinol product instead. Retinoids work by unclogging pores and allow the stubborn blackheads in the pore to surface and be washed away effectively.


For more advice, kindly contact Kaiteki Skin Aesthetic Laser at 03-79322711 to schedule for an appointment.

Location: Kaiteki Skin Aesthetic Laser, B-1-03, The Hub SS2, 19 Sentral, Jalan Harapan, Seksyen 19, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Operating hours: Weekdays 10am-7pm, Weekends 10.30am-6pm

Dr Jessie Lim

Dr Jessie Lim

Dr Jessie Lim is a LCP-board certified Aesthetic Physician with MD and post-graduate certification in Aesthetics from Medical Aesthetic Certification and American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine (AAAM). She is highly specialised with special focus in filler injectables and laser therapies. Both lively and lovely, she emits a welcoming aura to everyone around her. Her warm-heartedness and genuine personality quickly bridges the gap between patients, which is crucial for her in understanding and managing a patient’s concerns and expectations.
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