Sunday, 14 September 2014

Skin Solutions

It's all starting to look very medicinal in my skincare cabinet right now which, as a beauty blogger, saddens me inside (but does make my skin very happy). To cut a long story short, my skin went from being pretty great and only breaking out once in a blue moon, to getting a seemingly never-ending barrage of spots that turned into some minor acne across my whole face. I dealt with acne in my teens, but at 25 years old it's not something I thought I'd be having to face (ha ha) again. I'm not entirely sure what caused such a drastic change but I'm guessing it's a combination of stress and trying out too many different products at once. I don't think I can pin-point one that caused the breakouts, but I will definitely only be using and reviewing non-comedogenic (non-pore clogging) skincare in future as clearly my skin does not agree with anything else.

As it worked for me so well in the past, I'm following the steps of my "How To: Cure Acne" post and using the retinoid cream Differin, which you can now get precribed online on the Boots Pharmacy website! I was so happy I could pick this up at the click of a mouse without having to book a day off work to see a doctor. Differin works by promoting skin cell turnover, unclogging pores and preventing them from becoming blocked in future. My skin has never been nicer than when I used it religiously in my teens, and even after a week of use I'm seeing a difference already!

The downside to Differin is that it can seriously irritate skin. Only applying a pea-size amount and building up to daily use by applying every third day, then every other day, can help avoid the nasty side effects (redness, peeling skin). To help with these, I've enlisted the pH-balanced and non-comedogenic power of Cetaphil's cleanser & moisturiser. I've heard these recommended by countless models during fashion weeks, and I can confirm they are absolutely brilliant and perfect for soothing sensitive and spot-prone skin.
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