From ‘Bad Skin Genes’ to Glowing Skin: How My Mum and I Turned Our Struggles into a Legacy

“I’m sorry, girl,” she’d say, her eyes filled with guilty sorrow. “I guess you got my bad skin genes.”

By Jasmine Kang

October 17, 2023

The author (left) with her mum, brother, and grandmother. This photo is especially memorable as it was the last one taken during her tween years. After acne began to affect her skin, she stopped taking photos altogether.


Growing up, my mum used to call our genetic predisposition to acne the ‘bad skin genes’, almost like it was a living thing we had to constantly fight against. I remember her sighing after another unsuccessful home remedy for my acne. “I’m sorry, girl,” she’d say, her eyes filled with guilty sorrow. “I guess you got my bad skin genes.”

And with that, like a ritual, we’d embark on our search for a new cure, burning through skincare products of all kinds, from lower-end to premium-range, hunting for something that would bring relief to my red, bumpy, pimply teenage skin.

“I’ll even take you to facials,” Mum promised one day. But despite her best intentions, the facials brought more pain than relief. I remember one particularly painful session, emerging from the salon with my face pulsating and red. I spent the entire journey home staring at the ground, desperate to hide my inflamed skin from the world. Despite the guilt, she signed up for a package costing thousands of dollars, hoping that someday my skin would improve.

One day, after a round of facials had left both my face and self-esteem inflamed, mum sat me down. “We’ve been at this for years now,” she quietly said, “And these treatments seem to be doing more harm than good.”

Seeking professional help also seemed futile. We went to a reputed doctor and I began a regimen that left my skin burnt, oversensitive, and sadly, still riddled with acne. My teenage years, which should have been filled with selfies and memories, were spent avoiding cameras and nursing my decimated self-esteem.

But every cloud has a silver lining. All these trials and tribulations led to something incredible. Refusing to reign to my ‘bad skin genes’, armed with my biomedical degree and experience fighting acne, I embarked on a mission. A mission to create skincare products that would help people like me achieve smooth glowing skin.

And thus, Skinlycious was born.

Now that I’m a mum to two beautiful kids, those same worries have surfaced again, but this time with a difference. “Even if my children inherit our bad skin genes,” I told my mum one day with a grin, “They wouldn’t have to suffer as we did. We have proven remedies now.”

And whenever I see my son, just 10 years old, already showing signs of budding acne – those pesky little bumps, I would gently remind him, “Please cleanse your face with Calming Cleanser, and those bumps are gonna go away. Otherwise, it’s gonna get worse and become full-blown pimples.”

Over time, with my work with Skinlycious, I’ve realized that the battle against acne isn’t about dramatic, painful treatments. What’s needed the most is prostate measures and treating acne before it gets the chance to form those unsightly, challenging-to-treat scars. And this is the philosophy we’ve incorporated into Skinlycious.

Watching my own mum, now a radiant 70-year-old lady with smooth, glowing skin, use the complete range of Skinlycious makes me immensely proud. My dad, my brothers, even my husband, have embraced the goodness of Skinlycious and integrated it into their daily skincare regime, further adding to the wellspring of our optimism.

We stand by the efficacy of our product range, with different options crafted with care. For teens who prefer simplicity and minimal fuss in their skincare routines, we offer a streamlined, one-step solution with our Calming Cleanser. For those grappling with stubborn acne issues, we’ve created a comprehensive skincare package with our Skinlycious Starter Kits.

Skinlycious is more than a skincare brand to us; it’s our beacon of hope shared with tens of thousands of users. Seeing these ever-growing numbers shine as confident, radiant individuals, no longer fighting and hiding their acne but flaunting beautiful and healthy skin, fills us with profound pride and satisfaction. It reminds us of why we embarked on this journey: to extend our solution to everyone in need, to help them rewrite their skincare story just like we did.

Every time we read one of the 1.7k five-star reviews on Shopee Singapore, we are reminded of how far we have come. It’s not just the fact that our products are being celebrated, it’s seeing the transformative journey of each individual behind these reviews. Teens, who once found themselves locked in a battle with acne, are now exuding newfound self-confidence thanks to clear, healthy skin. To know that we’ve played a part in this transformation fills our hearts with immense pride.

Our range, while suitable for all ages and skin types, is specifically regarded as a skincare savior for tweens and teens who are at the threshold of their skincare journey, contending against potential acne issues. We emphasise on creating a line of products that are gentle yet effective, easy to use, and especially attuned to the skin needs of this age group.

Start your journey with Skinlycious today. Take the path to healthy, smooth and glowing skin; and embrace the confidence it brings. Remember, you hold the reigns to rewrite your skincare story, and we’re here to guide you every step of the way.”


FOR FUSS-FREE; TWEENS & TEENS

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Calming Cleanser

Moisturises while Cleansing Gently

SGD 36.00

“My daughter had a lot of pimples for the last 2 years. She had tried many products, but only Skinlycious really helped her. We started with Starter Kit. Now, she only has to use this cleanser and finish with Hydrating Serum. It really works!”

Using the wrong cleanser results in imbalance weak skin, exacerbating or even leading to skin problems like acne, eczema and sensitive skin. Harsh cleansers strip the skin’s natural oil, making oily skin oilier with shinier T-zone, and dry skin drier with rougher flaky skin. But yet, so many gentle cleansers don’t feel clean after washing, leaving an annoying icky after-feel.

Skinlycious® Calming Cleanser balances skin pH and increases moisture level, leaving fresh, healthy and balanced skin after every wash. Using clean and natural derived ingredients, this soap-free cleanser is gentle yet cleanses effectively with an elegant after-feel, just like in a facial spa. Experience the joy of smooth, matte, glowing unblemished skin, and gain confidence.

FOR THE OILY SKIN TEEENS

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“This hydrating serum is a life saver! I have oily skin and always had problems with getting the right moisturizer, most of them leads to acne eventually. I have been using this serum for 3 months now, and I loved it!”Jessryl

Hydrate and Cleanse Bundle

Hydrates, Normalizes Sebum Production, and Cleanses Gently

SGD 78.00

Skinlycious® Calming Cleanser balances skin pH and increases moisture level, leaving fresh, healthy and balanced skin after every wash. Using clean and natural derived ingredients, this soap-free cleanser is gentle yet cleanses effectively with an elegant after-feel, just like in a facial spa. Experience the joy of smooth, matte, glowing unblemished skin, and gain confidence.

Oil-free. Lightweight. Easily absorbed. Non-sticky. Skinlycious Hydrating Serum effortlessly glides on your skin to hydrate, leaving it feeling soft and supple. Helpful for acne/oily skin to normalize sebum/oil production. Firms up your skin to soften fine lines and keep you looking younger. All without clogging your pores.

FOR BREAKOUT-PRONE TEENS AND ADULTS

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Clear Skin Essentials Starter Kit

Get visible improvements in 7 days (or your money back)

SGD 89.00 SGD 39.00

“I like the entire set. The cleanser doesn’t dry up my skin. I like that the Hydrating Serum is non-sticky and the Clarifying Serum targets the pimples well. The Glow Exfoliant helps to tone down the redness and size of acne and is non-sticky.

Acne is commonly caused by clogged pores or even due to sensitive skin. Finding the right products to build a proper anti-acne skincare routine can be overwhelming and confusing, while medical treatments can get expensive and unsustainable. Aside from the physical changes like permanent scars, the emotional toll often leads to low self-esteem and even depression.

Skinlycious Clear Skin Essentials Starter Kit, a set of gentle effective products, specially curated with each product targeting different root causes of acne, helps to reduce acne overnight. Backed by 22 years of acne-fighting experience, Skinlycious revolutionary half-face test uses a science-based approach to help determine an anti-acne routine that works best for each individual, saving time and money. Chart a tested-and-proven path towards smooth, radiant and blemish-free skin.

FOR THE HARDWORKING BREAKOUT-PRONE TEENS AND ADULTS

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Clear Skin Complete Starter Kit

Get visible improvements in 7 days (or your money back)

SGD 186.00 SGD 89.00

“It’s been a week since I’ve used the products and I’ve already seen results. The glow exfoliant and hydrating serum are great. New pimples are smaller and skin is less oily.”

Acne is commonly caused by clogged pores or even due to sensitive skin. Finding the right products to build a proper anti-acne skincare routine can be overwhelming and confusing, while medical treatments can get expensive and unsustainable. Aside from the physical changes like permanent scars, the emotional toll often leads to low self-esteem and even depression.

Skinlycious Clear Skin Complete Starter Kit, a full range of gentle effective products, specially curated to complement one another to revive young and healthy skin, helps to reduce acne overnight. Backed by 22 years of acne-fighting experience, Skinlycious revolutionary half-face test uses a science-based approach to help determine an anti-acne routine that works best for each individual, saving time and money. Chart a tested-and-proven path towards smooth, radiant and blemish-free skin.

Experience Happiness with Skinlycious

Frequently Asked Questions About The Essentials Starter Kit

Is this Suitable for Tweens and Teens?

Yes! We have helped as young as 9 years old to get clear smooth skin. Skinlycious products are gentle and suitable for daily use. We help get rid of acne by reviving healthy skin.

How fast will I receive my Essentials Starter Kit?

Just give us 1-2 working days to prepare your order once you have placed your order and another 1-2 working days for the courier to deliver.

Do note that we don’t work on weekends and on Singapore’s Public Holidays.

Where are the products made?

Products are made in a certified Good Manufacturing Practice(GMP) factory in Singapore. Rigorous lab testing and certifications have been done to ensure safety of our products. All products have been notified with HSA.

What’s the full ingredient list of the products in the Essentials Starter Kit?

Calming Cleanser

Water, Calamine, Glycerin, Olive Oil peg-7 Esters, Lactic Acid, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Phenoxyethanol,  Xanthan Gum, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Methyl Oleoyl Taurate, Hydrolyzed Whey Protein, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Trisodium STarter Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Benzoate.

Glow Exfoliant

Water, Alcohol Denat., Mandelic Acid, Salicyclic Acid (2%), Glycerin, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

Hydrating Serum

Water, Glycerin, Sodium PCA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Glycine, Serine, Glutamic Acid, Aspartic Acid, Leucine, Alanine, Lysine, Arginine, Tyrosine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Proline, Valine, Isoleucine, Histidine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol.

Clarifying Serum

Water, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Niacinamide, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

How To Use Essentials Starter Kit?

Not to worry. There’s detailed instructions in the kit you be receiving. If you have queries, live chat or what’s app us.

First 5 Days

Step 1: Cleanse your whole face with Calming Cleanser.
Step 2: Start on the RIGHT side of your face, and use Glow Exfoliant in the morning and evening.
Apply only to your acne and acne marks.
Step 3: Apply Hydrating Serum to your whole face.
Step 4: Then on the LEFT side of your face, use Clarifying Serum in the morning and evening.
Apply only to your acne and acne marks.

Note: If your acne is not on the left and right side of your face, test by using Glowing Exfoliant on the upper side of your face, then Clarifying Serum on the lower side.

Is the Essentials Starter Kit covered by a 100% Money-Back Guarantee?

Yes, absolutely! You have up to 90 days to get all your money back if, for any reason, you don’t see the results within 5 days.

So, click on the button below and become one of the 10,000 acne fighters who won their battles with acne!

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