Unfortunately, since I first hit puberty, I have dealt with the nightmare of teenagers: Acne.
I have normal to combination skin but it is very sensitive. I have to be very careful with using store bought masks and cleansers etc. It's a bit of a pain.
For awhile, I was dealing with mainly hormonal acne. One or two spots on my chin or forehead, I could handle. Throw on a bit of sudocrem at night time and I was alright. Except for the fact that no matter what I do I always end up squeezing spots (gross I know but you know you've done it too)
Around the summer before my leaving cert I started to suffer cystic acne. It got really bad, I had acne on my face, chest and back.
It really knocked my confidence, I was always covering up and if I had to go out I would wear a full face of makeup. (I should note this was usually on the weekends. I never really wore makeup to school because I didn't want to get up early enough to do it haha)
I would normally drink 3l of water a day and don't eat sweets or chocolate, so it wasn't really any of those.
My GP suggested putting me on the progesterone only pill which due to migraines didn't work for me, at all.
Eventually I was put on antibiotics for three month. My acne got a lot worse in the first month. My skin cleared up so much, it was amazing. Despite having to avoid the sun due to side effects of burning, I felt amazing. Since then I haven't had acne as bad.
Now, after years of trying to figure out what worked for my skin and stopped spots before they came to a head.
Here's what I reccommend and use now:
La Roche- Posay Effeclar Duo
I had heard amazing things about La Roche-Posays effeclar range. I chose to buy this one because I had read about this online from a models blog. I like quick treatments that don't require me to do a whole huge routine. I just add this to where I feel the spot coming up and it instantly helps reduce it.
This product is pretty expensive considering it's size, so I was hesitant. What if it didn't work? Or made my skin red and irritated?
I'm not going to lie, I love this product. It dries clear and because I'm normally not wearing foundation every day, I can keep it in my bag. It gets to work quickly and the tiniest bit goes a long way.
This product is without a doubt my ultimate holy grail for acne treatment. It is phenomenal. I first heard about this from GossMakeUpArtist on youtube and I was pretty wary. I bought it in the pharmacy and make sure you get just a cream or gel one. I'm not a fan of the washes personally. This product dries up any oils and spots before they even start. Trust me, when I say this is drying I mean it is dryer than the Sahara.
TWISP TIP: slather yourself in moisturizer after it dries in. I would use this pretty much anywhere I get spots at night and add a thick layer of moisturiser on top. My skin wakes up feeling so smooth. If you have oily skin I recommend using an oil-free moisturiser.
Other products I recommend are the Boots Charcoal Mask which you can read about here
and the DIY Gelatin and Milk Mask here -> http://www.dairetwisp.com/blog/diy-facemask
Please note that all these products work for my skin type and if you're struggling with acne don't stress about it. Stress will just make it worse and acne is a totally normal part of life. If you're experiencing severe or cystic acne you should consult a doctor and see your options.
Let me know your tips and tricks below and I hope this can help you!
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