Thursday, 8 May 2014

Blemish Busting Skincare

I'm not sure I've mentioned it (sarcasm), but I have hormonal skin. Meaning most of the month I'm spent praising it and how clear it looks, only for that hideous few days of the month to show up and several large blemishes pop up on my chin. They're incredibly sore, bright red and very hard to hide, so for around a week afterwards I try to cut down on how much make-up I wear and regiment a skincare routine that's simple, gentle, and hopefully effective!

First up, I head straight to the bathroom cabinet and pull out my favourite mask, the Tea Flower Pore Purifying Clay Mask by Una Brennan. When I need some serious action this is a must, it manages to pull most of the gunk out of my face without being at all harsh or stripping. It leaves my blemishes looking a lot calmer and reduces redness really well. After rinsing off I apply a little layer of Lush Grease Lightning. This is a really light treatment, and can be used under make-up too which is great for those days you need to apply a bucket load of concealer and go. It has lots of antibacterial and antiseptic properties and feels very soothing when applied. At only £6.25 a little bottle, which is guaranteed to last you months, it's definitely one of my favourite spot treatments. 

I make sure I use a really gentle cleanser too, so anything with the slightest scrub or abrasive ingredient is a no-no. My usual choice is the Caudalie Gentle Cleansing Milk, but I've actually just discovered The Body Shop Vitamin E Cream Cleanser lurking in my drawers. This is lovely, so so gentle with a really nice scent, and just what I need to remove make-up or cleanse my face in the mornings. And whilst I may contradict myself here, I pop on a layer of the La Roche Posay Biomedic Serum every night too. This uses different acids to help with skin discolourations and uneven skintone, and is so necessary to help with the scarring my cystic blemishes always leave behind.

I've been using this routine for 2-3 days now and already my skin is looking a lot better, hopefully it'll be back to it's mostly clear self soon! How do you deal with breakouts?

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