Caring For Blemish Prone Skin

I've been suffering with blemish-prone skin for the majority of my teenage years (baring in mind I'm 19 now!) and although it's not something that most bloggers tend to admit, it's had a massive impact on the way I've felt about myself while growing up. I was diagnosed with mild/moderate acne a few years ago now and for a long time relied upon lotions and potions prescribed by my doctor to ease the problem - which admittedly for me it did. When I turned 19 a couple of months ago I decided to stop using the treatment to see if my skin had cleared up as I got older, but it hasn't. Whilst I know how easy it would be to go back to the doctors and start taking the antibiotics again I hate the thought of relying on drugs to keep my skin clear in the long run so I started experimenting with various products that wouldn't be as damaging to my body but would hopefully have the same effect and (I think) I've finally found a skincare routine that works for me. Obviously saying that it works for me doesn't mean it'll work for everyone; I have normal/combination skin with some dry patches here and there, hence me steering clear of products like Clearasil which are more aimed at tackling the oiliness more commonly associated with teenage skin.

Bioderma - £11 for 500ml from this eBay seller
Skinetica - £9.99 for 100ml (inc. p+p)
Rescue Oil - £1 for 40ml

Step One: Bioderma - You can find a full review of this here but I definitely felt like I had to include this on the list too! Bioderma H2O Solution is a product I'm sure you've all heard of/own yourselves but I really can't rave about it enough. I use this as I would use any cleanser; applying it with a cotton wool pad and smoothing it over my face morning and night to keep my skin clean, fresh and free from any products or oils which may clog pores and worsen bad skin. As a make up remover I find it to be really effective and it's the only product that's really worked at snapping me out of the wet wipe make up removal habit! This feels as if it's really dissolving any impurites and removing them fully as opposed to just picking them up and dragging them further across my skin. Since using this I've noticed a definite improvement in the general appearance of my skin and although it may not directly target blemishes it does a damn good job of targeting some of their main causes. I've never found myself to have a bad reaction with this and it's perfect for those with sensitive skin; especially those who find that their skin breaks out in a bad reaction to certain products.

Step Two: Skinetica - I first became aware of this when it was sampled in last months Glossybox and I haven't gone a day without it since. Like Bioderma, I apply this to my skin with a cotton wool pad both morning and night and once it's dry make up can be applied over the top of it without any problems; Skinetica will just continue to work underneath. It says on the packaging to use it on areas that need it but I cover my entire face just to be on the safe side! Skinetica has three main aims: to soothe, calm and clear blemish-prone skin and results are supposedly visible within a matter of just 2-3 days. For me it took a little longer than this to make my mind up about whether this product was having any real effect on my skin (around a fortnight I'd say) but I was sceptical about it being able to work as quickly as it said anyway so I wasn't expecting miracles! Before I used this I was going through a pretty bad break out and although I wouldn't say that this has made a huge difference to the blemishes already there, it did soothe and calm my skin and any new pimples stopped coming up almost instantly. I use this to keep any future blemishes at bay and find that it works really well at preventing them; which is excellent for me as I know that once my current blemishes have fully cleared up I wont have to worry about any fresh ones replacing them! One of the few hang ups I have about this is that it smells quite 'chemically', but even that isn't enough to put me off using it. It's also a little pricey considering a bottle of this doesn't last very long at all - especially as you really need to make your face wet with product each time to see it's full effect. I'd suggest buying a sample pot from eBay or something first and seeing if this really makes a difference before going for the full size option.

Step Three: Rescue Oil - This is a much cheaper version of the well known 'Bio Oil' which I picked up from a local chemist a few weeks ago, although as far as I know you can also get hold of it in most Poundland stores (for a pound, obviously). I've tried both this and Bio Oil over the past year in an attempt to help reduce the minimal acne scarring I have and I can't really see much difference in effectiveness between the two. I've been relatively good over the past few years at leaving any blemishes to heal themselves so my scarring really isn't too bad, but I do have the odd red scars here and there which this has definitely helped reduce the appearance of over time. I apply this every night before bed as I find it too oily to be worn under make up during the day, but find that a tiny amount really does go a long way. I massage the oil into the areas  that need it and let it do it's magic while I sleep, it's as easy as that really. You do have to be persistent with something like this as you're unlikely to start noticing a difference right away but for me the results are 100% worth it in the long run.

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser

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