Monday, 17 February 2014


One of my new years resolutions was to attempt to improve my skin; I'm 23 yet my blemish prone complexion is that of my fourteen year old self. The problem is I have hormonal cystic acne, which means come the time of the month I end up with spots covering my chin, and scarring that takes months to fade. I've been using the Clinique Clarifying lotion 3 which has helped, but I feel like I need to step it up a gear to see some real improvements.

First up, Balance Me Congested Skin Serum that I bought a few weeks ago after my REN Clearcalm 3 Replenishing night serum was on it's last legs. The Balance Me version is very different, and actually feels like more of a spot treatment, although that might actually be better. I've not seen some fantastic results as of yet, but I have only been using it for the past few days. It has been soothing the cystic acne I do have though, with ingredients such as aloe vera, eucalyptus, lavender and chamomile.

I wasn't planning to buy the La Roche Posay Biomedic Pigment Control, but after seeing it in Boots for £7 I thought I'd give it a go. It was only when I got home that I saw in most stores it sells for £30! It has a blend of different acids to reduce discolouration on the skin, so perfect for that pesky scarring I'm always left with after particularly bad breakouts. Acid is a bit of a scary word, especially when it comes to skincare, but I've heard nothing but great things from people who regularly use a product like Liquid Gold or other chemical exfoliations. I'll be giving my Clarifying lotions a rest and only using this a few times a week at first to see how my skin reacts.

I'm really new to the brand Vichy, although I have tried one of their serums that I absolutely loved. I really needed a new scrub, so I scoured the aisles of Boots and decided to buy this one, the Normaderm Daily Exfoliating Cleansing Gel. I used this as soon as I got it home after the Superfacialist Vitamin C Cleansing Gel, and so far I'm not too sure if it can be a daily cleanser like the name suggests! The particles of the scrub are quite abrasive and I am a bit nervous it might be too much for my skin which can sometimes by sensitive, so I'll be sticking to this a couple times a week too. Immediately it left my skin looking brighter and oil free, and all the reviews I've read online are positive so hopefully it will be for me too!

Have you tried any of these? What did you think?

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  1. The pigment control sounds amazing, and what a bargain! :o) Xx

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  2. I really rate La Roche Posay stuff, I hope it works for you! I know what it's like to still get spots, I'm 27 and often think I get IDed because my skin looks like a teenagers!! xx

  3. I have the same issues with hormonal cystic acne and it's so frustrating! It feels like by the time I get the spots under control, it's the next month and new ones are popping up. Chemical exfoliants have helped a lot and I use tea tree oil and overnight masks, but it still lasts for weeks.

  4. You're so lucky to have found the La Roche-Posay on clearance! Sounds like a great product... I hope I can get my hands on it as cheaply as you did.

    Check out my DIY evening cleanser in my February Flake-Away themed month -


  5. I've found some amazing things at the Boots Clearance section recently, incredibly jealous that you've found some LRP in there though! I love the Vichy Normaderm range but I haven't tried the scrub as I hate using such harsh products on my skin - using it a little less often sounds like a great plan xx

  6. With the exfoliating gel, try rubbing it in your hands for a bit first before applying it. It sounds so obvious, but giving it a good 10-15 second rub really helps. Best of luck!

    xo, Rebecca


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