I’ve been overwhelmed by the response to my last blog about overcoming acne. I’ve had loads of messages and emails from you asking about specific skin problems, but the main questions have been about which products and make-up to use. So here you go!
It’s important to remember that although certain products are great for acne-prone skin, the main thing that has helped is the advice given to me by cosmetic dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting (click name for her website!). The medicated creams combined with the oral contraceptive, some brief antibiotics AND the right cleanser and moisturiser is what made my skin better, not just one of those elements.
The other thing I’ve learnt is that everyone’s skin is completely different, certain cleansers will work better for certain types of skin, which is again, why I’d advise you to get proper medical advice.
1. The Cleanser
The most important thing with any skin problem is to make sure your skin is kept clean. Make-up wipes are the WORST thing you can use on your skin (apart from the odd exception, ie. Glastonbury). If you wipe off your make-up and then go to sleep, it’s no wonder you have acne! So much bacteria is left on your skin, a make-up wipe will never get it properly clean! I use Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser which you can get in Boots for £8.99 (from the Pharmacy section, not the skincare section!). It’s got quite a runny consistency, it’s fragrance-free and it’s pretty medical-looking, so don’t get me wrong it’s none of this ‘spa-at-home’ business, but it does the job and it’s designed specifically for acne-prone skin! Also, it’s not that expensive. Yay!
This is the point where you’d use specific medicated creams on your skin, advised by a dermatologist or doctor. I’m not going to write much about this stage, because, in case you haven’t realised, I am neither a dermatologist, nor a doctor. Sorry!
Ahhh the dreaded moisturiser! There are so many theories about whether they even work, but they definitely seem to help, especially when using medication that dries out your skin. I use La Roche Posay Toleriane Riche because I have combination skin so it can get very dry, but you can also use La Roche Posay Effaclar H if you have oilier skin. Generally La Roche Posay are a great ‘no-fuss-French-skincare’ brand, and again, you can get them from Boots!
Something a lot of you won’t do is put sunscreen on after your moisturiser. This is so important! Especially if you are using an anti-ageing cream or retinol in the evening as they make your skin more sensitive to the sun’s rays. SPF protects the skin from ageing and making scarring worse. Dr Sam Bunting recommended NeoStrata Sheer Physical Protection SPF 50, but it is quite expensive, so another one I use on her recommendation is La Roche Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50.
Gosh, that big old world of make-up. Where to begin. I have tried everything when it comes to foundation, so I guess I’ll tell you what I’ve avoided: MAC, Dior, Clinique, Benefit. Foundations that are great: Chanel Vitalumiere, NARS Sheer Glow, and my absolute favourite, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk. I put a light coverage all over my face using a Beauty Blender which gives me a glowy finish. Avoid powders if poss! If you want to cover up any scarring or blemishes, great concealers are the NARS creamy concealer, and the Vichy Dermablend Corrective Stick. The Dermablend Corrective Stick is specially designed for problematic skin so it’s great for those of us with acne! Although, I would advise you to use it after your foundation, as it gives such high coverage, it can be very stubborn to take off before bed!
So there you have it! Of course, I have barely scraped the surface when it comes to acne and how to get rid of it, but I hope this helps a bit! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all get to a stage where we barely had to wear make-up at all, yay!
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Thanks for reading!
1. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, £8.99
2. La Roche Posay Toleriane Riche, £15
3. La Roche Posay Anthelios XL, £16.50
6. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk, £33.30