I’ve battled acne for the longest time now. I can’t actually think of a time where I didn’t have a single spot. A few weeks back, I posted a before and after of my skin on Instagram, after finally nailing down a solid skin care routine. Yes, I still am getting breakouts here and there, but I’m so happy I’ve managed to find a routine that works for me and my skin type. My old skin care routine was simple and lazy, but wasn’t doing my skin that much good. So without going on too much, here’s my everyday skin care routine for acne prone skin.
The Every Day Routine
Step One – Dermalogica PreCleanse
I don’t think I’m ever going to change my makeup remover ever again after trying this.
I’d tried the Dermalogica Balm PreCleanse in the past, and whilst I did really like it, I found it didn’t remove my makeup as well as this one does.
The PreCleanse melts away all makeup, dirt and oils, but is super gentle and hydrating. It’s also safe to use on your eyes, so you don’t have to worry about using a separate eye makeup remover. Saying that, if I’ve packed on the mascara that day, I use a bit of the Simple Kind to Skin Eye Make Up Remover on a q-tip, and rub it gently along my lash line.
There’s so many different acne targeted face washes on the market, so finding one right for you can be tough.
You only have to use a tiny amount of the product which is a big plus considering the price. It’s not the most expensive face wash I’ve ever seen, but I can’t say I’m used to spending more than £10 on one. Also, I find the more product you use, the less it foams up, so if you’re someone like me who really likes foaming washes, keep this in mind.
Since using this, I’ve had such an incredible improvement on my skin. I adored the Bioré Foaming Cleanser (full review HERE), but now looking back on when I used it, I don’t think it did that much for my skin. Within days of using the Dermalogica wash, I noticed how calm my skin looked, and how quickly my breakout was clearing up.
Step Three – Simply Beautiful Collection Collagen Eye Cream
Admittedly, I was never one to really take care of the skin around my eyes. Yes, I had been told a million times that it’s better to prevent than to treat, but pretty much every eye cream I tried, I found never to do much. It just seemed like a pointless step for me to add into my skincare routine.
That was until I found this little beauty.
Firstly, I really like how lightweight the formula is. I know a lot of people prefer thick, heavy creams for the under eye, but since my skin is acne prone, I don’t like anything that has the powers to block even more of my pores.
Despite it being a thinner texture, it sure does pack-a-punch. I didn’t actually realise how tired my eyes felt before using it. Being a blogger, staring at a screen all day can really strain your eyes, so I love keep this close by for when my eyes are feeling the burn.
Step Four – Dermalogica Clear Start™ Oil Clearing Matte Moisturiser SPF 15 / Dermalogica UltraCalming™ Calm Water Gel Moisturiser
Every night, I always reach for my Dermalogica UltraCalming™ Calm Water Gel Moisturiser. It’s honestly one of the most unique formulas I have ever seen. The moisturiser comes out in a thick gel, but once you start to rub the product in-between your palms, it turns into a lightweight, watery consistency.
I like to change up my moisturiser depending on what I’m doing that day.
If I’m spending the day at home, or I know I’m not going to be outside that much, I tend to just use my Calm Water Gel Moisturiser.
However, If I know I’m going to be spending a lot of time outside or if I’m driving for a while, I’ll pick up my Oil Clearing Matte Moisturiser. Not only does it help to keep my oily skin at bay, but it also has SPF 15 in. In the summer, I’m really proactive at remembering to apply sunblock to my body, but I’m awful at remembering to apply SPF to my face. If only every moisturiser/base makeup product had SPF in…
The Every Other Day Routine
Chemical Exfoliant – Alpha-H Liquid Gold
I’d heard so many other people praising this, and my mum kindly brought me a bottle to try, so I wanted to see what the fuss was about. I don’t use this as much as I should do since you have to use this every other day, I can never remember if I used it the night before or not.
There is a definite tingling sensation (don’t use this if you’ve exfoliated before hand as it literally burns), but I’ve grown to enjoy the feeling.
Personally, on nights I use this, I don’t apply a moisturiser over the top like the brand suggests. If you have drier skin, you may find that you need to apply a moisturiser over the top, but since I have oily skin, I find I can get away with it.
Since I have a sieve memory, I haven’t been able to use this continuously for a few months, but I had to say whenever I’ve used this the night before, I notice such an improvement in my skin in the morning.
Physical Exfoliant – Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant
If I wasn’t using the Liquid Gold, I’d definitely slip this into my daily routine. One thing I don’t want to be doing is over exfoliating my skin.
With the Superfoliant, all you have to do is pour out a small amount of the powder on very wet hands, and massage for one minute into your wet face. Simples.
Even though this is placed under my ‘every other day’ heading, I tend to only use this once or twice a week max. Since a lot of my spot treatments I use contain alcohol, they really dry out my skin, so I feel like my skin needs a physical exfoliant to help shred flaky dry patches.
For Spots Under The Skin – Hydrocolloid Patches
These are a lot more easier to get hold of now, but when I first wanted to purchase them, it was bloody hard and expensive work.
I don’t know how these patches do it, but they’re bloody wonderful. As soon as I feel a spot under the skin, or not a spot that’s not ready to be popped (I know you shouldn’t pop them, but I can’t help it), I stick one of these patches on top. Once I’ve woken up in the morning, it’s either completely drawn out all the gunk, or the spot has come to a head, ready to be eliminated.
For Day Time Treating – Clean & Clear Advantage Spot Treatment Gel / Superdrug Calm Skin Rescue Gel
Like my moisturiser, it depends what I’m doing that day to what product I use.
If I’m wearing makeup, I use the Clean & Clear Gel underneath. Admittedly, this is one of the most skin drying treatments I use, but it’s worth it in my eyes.
However, if I’m bare faced, I’ll use the Superdrug Rescue Gel. Since this gel leaves a film on my skin, applying foundation on top leaves it looking patchy and bunched up. It’s definitely not as drying at the Clear & Clear gel, and it claims it helps the appearance of spots within an hour of applying. Whilst I do love it, I think it’s claims are a little high.
For Night Time Treating – Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
I’m pretty confident in saying that this is the BEST spot treatment. I know that when I put this on, my spot is going to shrink half its size at the very least.
I only use this at night due to the fact the pink solution dries down and flakes off. I’ve lost count of the amount of cuppa teas I’ve had to pour down the drain since it’s flaked off my skin and into my mug.
For When My Skin Is Feeling Dry – Pixi Rose Flash Balm
Multitasking products are some of my favourites. The Flash Balm is a moisturiser, mask and primer in one, making it a traveler’s best friend.
I can’t say I’ve ever used it as a primer before, but it does really help to hydrate my skin when it’s feeling and looking a bit under the weather.
For When My Skin Has Broken Out – Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleansing Mask
I’ve reviewed this mask and spoken about it a ridiculous amount of times already, so I’ll keep this short and sweet.
If you are someone who has acne breakouts, get yourself this clay mask and apple cider vinegar. You will not regret it.
For When I Need A Quick Fix Mask – Dead Sea Spa Magik Mud Mask
A face mask that detoxes and draws out imperfections in 1 to 5 minutes? I’m sold.
Surprisingly, I never see many people talking about this brand. As far as I’m aware, Dead Sea Spa Magik can only be purchased from Holland & Barrett, so next time you’re in town, definitely check the brand’s products.
The only thing I dislike about this mask is the fact it’s quite a task to remove. It gets everywhere when I remove it. It will be all over me, all over the sink, all over the walls… It’s just a bit of a faff. I also find that if I’ve applied this on a freshly squeezed spot, the mask seems to get ‘stuck’ in there.