Now, personally I don’t claim to be any skin expert, however, today I am speaking from experience. Over the past 10 years, I have lived with spot prone skin, so I’ve tried my share of ‘miracle’ products. Okay, so I didn’t have the worst acne in the world growing up, but I had enough to be self-conscious over. Especially considering I attended an all-girls school, with strict no makeup policies; literally we’re talking wet wipes at the assembly door.
As I grew up the acne did improve a lot, however even now at the age of twenty-three, I would still describe my skin as ‘spot prone’. To me this means I could not grab any old moisturiser and throw it on my face, nor would I be borrowing friends cleansers when staying over. I am always super conscious of any skin care I use on my face; nothing goes on without reading numerous reviews first. As it stands, my regime consists of products that I’ve tried and tested, and that work well for me. And as the old saying goes, if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. So with that in mind (and the fear of a break-out), I very rarely brave away from these for the new ‘on the scene’ product.
I understand that just because these products work for me, does not mean they will work for everyone with spot prone skin. Though I will say, if you have hit a brick wall with your skin care and nothing seems to be making any improvements, why not give these a try?
At the moment, there are only three cleansers I dare to wash my face with. I don’t know if you’ve experienced the same before, but I find if I use the same product for too long it becomes ineffective. So I rotate these when I feel one is not having the desired impact.
Liz Earle Clean & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
La Roche Posay Effaclar Gel Cleanser
Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser
Lush Tea Tree Water
Cetaphil sph30 Oil Control Moisturizer
Lush Grease Lightening Spot Treatment
Lush Mask of Management Face Mask
Of course, not something I use all the time. However, if my skin is lacking radiance, or I personally need a little refreshing boost (usually after one too many cocktails the night before), this is the mask i’ll turn to.
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo
(Used before moisturising)
Of course, lots of things play a part in why we get breakouts; stress, open pores, hormones, blocked pores, bacteria etc. So even with the best will in the world and doing everything correctly, you’re still not exempt from getting spots. I guess some people are just luckier than others. I believe that the skin gods are not on my side, so even using the above steps, sometimes getting spots is still a factor of my life. Aside from skin products though, I’m conscious of many other factors which may aggravate my skin further.
This is where other simple measures could be added to your routine for some extra help:
Changing your pillow case as often as possible.
Changing your muslin cloth very regularly (if you cleanse using one).
Washing your makeup brushes regularly.
Removing makeup well (I shiver just thinking about people who go to bed after using just a face wipe). I usually remove my makeup using cleansing water first, then followed by my cleanser. Though if I’m wearing lots of makeup (which truth be told is most days), I usually cleanse twice just to be safe.
I hope this helps you, if you too suffer with spot prone skin!