Sunday, 12 July 2015

Spotty Skin SOS


Imagine my horror at 22, when I've never suffered with bad skin, to have an eruption of spots and whiteheads all over my face. I wouldn't go as far to describe it as anything like acne but my skin was just very, very angry. I've really had to strip my skincare back and buy products that were targeted for my skin concerns.

Ever since I was a young girl, I have always used the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Stress Control Daily Scrub especially when my skin is being temperamental. This scrub doesn't just cleanse, it works well at removing any dead skin cells, reducing spot size and prepping my skin ready the next steps in my skincare routine. The scrub is grainy so I remove my mascara before cleansing then apply this onto damp skin, once I've worked it into my skin for a good 2 minutes, I lay a hot flannel over my skin to open my pores and help draw out any dirt then flannel off the remaining scrub. If I'm finding that my skin is feeling dry, I use the Emma Hardie Rosehip Seeds added to a cleanser that's creamier such as a oil or balm, so my skin is still being exfoliated but it's packing some moisture back into my skin. I love a manual exfoliator as my skin feels so silky smooth afterwards.

After cleansing my face, I felt I needed a targeted spot treatment and after hearing so many rave reviews, I picked up the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo +. It's targeted for those with combination/oily skin but what I liked about it most was it's claims to unblock pores, the whiteheads I'm suffering from is due to my pores being blocked so I've been using this twice a day and it's made a visible difference within a weeks use. The cream is more like a cloudy gel which is really gentle on the skin, I suffer with sensitive skin and it didn't cause any irritation or leave my skin feeling tight. I let the serum sink into my skin and on an evening I apply the Clarins Multi Active Night Youth Recovery Cream which is a anti ageing cream but I find this also works well on healing my skin, because it contains Imudilin (dipeptide) it helps to boost cellular renewal. It's described as 8 hours sleep in a jar and I couldn't agree more. On waking, my skin is hydrated, plump and in conjunction with the LRP serum, it's much calmer and on the way to once again being spot free.

What products do you use? Do you have any certain products targeted for breakouts?

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