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Now nearing the age of 20, I had hoped that my acne would have faded. My mum would always tell me it was just a teenage thing. Naturally I was growing up, my hormones were rife and ultimately I just hoped that I would have 'grown out' of my acne by now. Since being around the age of 12, I cannot remember what it feels like to have clear skin. I've always envied those girls who had a smooth makeup application, no bumps across their chin or forehead. Although my acne has never completely disappeared there are some products which do help to soothe any redness and maintain my acne to a minimum. Over the years I've tried countless products but I've realised the less I use the better. More products leads to blocked up pores and therefore more spots. Never a good idea.
A skincare brand which I've always been able to trust growing up is Simple. The kind to skin moisturising face wash does exactly what it says on the tin. Leaves my skin feeling super soft and refreshed and as the brand prides itself on using no nasty chemicals within its products, this face wash helps to soothe my acne without feeling harsh on my sensitive skin. On days when I'm in need of a pamper and some serious skin tlc, I always reach for a good 'ole Lush face mask and this one in Mask of Magnaminty is an absolute dream. Not only is this self preserving (aka it lasts longer and doesn't need to be kept in the fridge!) this mask can also be used on both face and body, helping to combat against both back and face acne. Although I typically have oily to combination skin it has been on the drier side recently which is what I love so much about Lush face masks. They leave my skin feeling super soft afterwards and I can almost instantly see my blemishes have reduced both in size and in terms of redness. For a quick pick me up once a week this mask is perfect, I also find its minty fragrance to be super refreshing too! An overnight mask favourite of mine has to be Sudocrem as not only does this add moisture to my skin but it works wonders with reducing any visible redness to my blemishes. Whenever I apply this I always see a clear reduction in blemishes the following morning. A recent addition to my skincare routine has been the Derma Group acne ultra clear moisturising cream*. I have been applying this twice a day each day for the past month as my current moisturiser and to see results in the fairest possible way I haven't been applying any spot treatments overnight in addition to this moisturiser. This blends seamlessly into my skin and unlike most spot treatments which contribute to dry patches across the skin whilst drying out the spots, the acne ultra clear features all natural, non-greasy ingredients for a smooth and soft finish. Featuring beeswax and coconut oil to unclog pores, maintain the skin's natural moisture and provide a silky soft finish. After using this for the past month, although my acne hasn't cleared up there has been definite improvements in the size of my blemishes. The product does contain a mild aroma so if you aren't too keen on scented moisturisers then this may not be for you, this is something you can usually seem to expect with all natural ingredient based products. The team have kindly offered my readers 10% off the acne ultra clear which you can claim here.
Moving onto beauty, although most people will advise that make-up isn't the best thing to be wearing when you're suffering with acne, for me personally it helps to boost my confidence and additionally dries out blemishes which ultimately contributes to them reducing in both size and redness. There are some beauty products however which are designed to contribute to fighting acne. The Dusty Girls Earth Cream, featuring nigella sativa oil and manuka tree leaf oil both known for their healing and restoring abilities. To see how the product applies to the skin you can read my full review here. Lastly, the Lush Jackie Oates colour supplement contains shea butter, honey and aloe vera to help hydrate and even out the skin tone. For a lightweight yet glowing coverage these two bases are definitely needed in any girl's makeup collection.