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Top Five Japanese Skincare Products for Acne or Blemishes

Top Five Japanese Skincare Products for Acne or Blemishes

If your skin is prone to blemishes or acne, you know how difficult it can be to find skincare solutions that don’t cause your skin to flare up and become even more irritated. We’ve assembled our top five Japanese skincare products for acne or blemishes here, to help you get started back on the path towards clear, healthy skin. 

Understanding the root causes of blemishes and breakouts can help you begin to soothe your skin from the inside out, starting with a tailored skincare routine to help nourish your skin back to health. While care for acne-prone skin often focuses only on cleansing, JBeauty also focuses on hydrating your skin, finding balance and clarity through soothing moisturizers. 

What Causes Acne?

Acne is a common skin condition that can occur when hair follicles become clogged with oil (sebum) or dead skin cells. There are numerous causes of acne, including, but not limited to:

  • Excess oil: Our skin naturally produces sebum to keep skin hydrated and protected. If your glands begin to overproduce sebum however, it can clog your pores and lead to breakouts.
  • Bacteria: Bacteria on the skin can also get into pores and cause inflammation and redness.
  • Hormones: Hormonal changes during puberty, pregnancy, or menopause can trigger an increase in oil production, leading to the development of acne. 
  • Diet: Some studies suggest that high amounts of sugar, dairy, or highly processed foods may lead to breakouts. 

How Do I Prevent Acne?

Because excess sebum can cause acne, many people who are prone to breakouts avoid moisturizing, or putting anything oily on their face. However, this can backfire, as when your skin feels starved for moisture, it can begin overproducing sebum in an attempt to hydrate itself. Healthy hydration is key to preventing future breakouts.  

Keeping your skin clean can also help keep pores clear and help prevent further breakouts. A typical Jbeauty routine recommends a double cleanse to begin your skincare ritual, using a gentle cleanser to help hydrate skin as you wash away dirt and dead skin cells. 

What Causes Skin Blemishes? 

Skin blemishes can appear as discoloration, dark spots, or any abnormality of the skin. While often caused by acne, skin blemishes can also appear due to sun damage, hyperpigmentation, or age spots.

How you choose to treat skin blemishes often depends on their cause. Preventing acne, sun damage, and relieving inflammation can often help prevent the formation of blemishes. While some people may opt for harsh chemical peels or laser treatments for certain blemishes, we believe in gently treating any skin discoloration or blemish by soothing the skin and allowing it to heal naturally.

The JBeauty Approach to Acne or Blemish Treatment

Japanese skincare brands are famed for prioritizing high-quality, gentle ingredients from natural sources. Products with harsh chemicals and irritants can often inflame and exacerbate skin that is prone to breakouts, leading to further problems in the future. 

JBeauty approaches acne by first focusing on hydration. By helping your skin obtain optimum hydration, you can help regulate sebum production and prevent the building up of dead skin cells, while also maintaining your skin's barrier function. This can help protect against environmental stressors that often trigger acne and inflammation. 

Our Top Five Japanese Skincare Products for Acne or Blemishes:

1. warew Deep clean trio

This double cleansing starter pack from warew comes with their signature cleansing oil, foaming face wash, and foaming net for easy application. The Cleansing Oil gently, yet effectively, removes excess sebum, dirt or makeup, while leaving skin soft and moisturized. Rich in botanical extracts from traditional Japanese medicine, this oil-based cleanser is safe for all skin types. Complete your second cleanse with warew’s Washing Foam, which brightens skin while cleansing, for a fresh complexion.

2. warew Emulsion Aqua 

Infused with over 98% naturally-derived ingredients, this refreshing, all-skin-types-friendly emulsion moisturizer is rich in natural electrolytes to improve overall skin tone and hydration for a bright, regenerated look. Featuring thermal waters from Beppu Onsen, world-renowned for its high electrolyte content and skin soothing, blemish fighting properties, the Emulsion Aqua also features warew’s Cell Viable Complex. This patented blend of traditional Japanese medicinal plants helps to inhibit glycation to delay signs of aging, all while protecting collagen and elastin to promote skin regeneration.

3. warew Travel Set Aqua

Keep oily or combination skin healthy and radiant with a two week supply of skincare essentials. Featuring the Deep Clean Trio, paired with the Emulsion Aqua, the warew Travel Set Aqua is perfect as a trial size, or for those on the go. Neatly contained in an authentic and beautifully designed Japanese Kinchaku, the Travel Set Aqua is recommended for all skin types, including irritated and sensitive skin.

4. Dassai Facial Mask

Dassai has cultivated its unique ingredients from the renowned craft of sake brewing. The Dassai Facial Mask is infused with Dassai Sake Lee Essence, drawn from the lees produced during the brewing process of premium Junmai-Daiginjo Dassai 23 sake—the penultimate offering of the world-renowned sake brewer Dassai. The highly stable vitamin C variant provides antioxidant effects, and helps suppress sebum production. Combined with hydrolyzed collagen and other skin-loving ingredients, the Dassai facial mask delivers a smooth, transparent, and youthful-looking complexion.


The All Day Gel Mask is a preventative J-Beauty product that protects your skin from environmental stressors, including breakout-causing bacteria. The Ishii Clinic Beauty Labo All Day Gel Mask also contains antibodies extracted from unfertilized egg yolks of ostriches, which neutralize free-radicals and antigens on the skin due to exposure to pollution and the elements. This detoxifying mask builds a foundation for clear and beautiful skin, by fostering better barrier functions as well as a more lustrous complexion.

Gentle Yet Effective

By focusing on preventing acne by unclogging pores, controlling excess sebum production, and preventing the growth of acne causing bacteria, all of our top five Japanese skincare products for acne or blemishes multitask to treat the root cause of breakouts and skin concerns. With gentle yet effective formulations that treat acne without compromising your skin’s health, you can simplify your skincare routine with any of our hydrating, healing, skincare solutions.

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