Last time I talked about my dealings with acne was back in February 2015, you can read that update here. Back then I would say my skin was at its best. The redness was better and I wasn’t getting as much active spots, but unfortunately some things are not meant to last.
Last month, I suffered from a slight outbreak due to using the wrong products, serves me right for wanting to try new beauty products. Also with the change of medication, I was getting more active spots and then it got better and my skin was calmer but then I got more spots and the redness returned (the dreaded cycle).
I’m convinced the redness or inflammation makes everything look 10x worse that probably what it really is. But I guess for those who suffer from acne, will know that the journey is not always plain sailing. I wish it really was.
Recently I’ve been thinking, what is the point of taking medication. I’ve been taking it for 2 years now, and although my skin has got a lot better, its still not ‘clear’. I still get spots, I still have scars, I still have redness. Maybe its time to stop and just let acne runs it course, maybe I’ll be like my sister when she hit 30 (which was last year), she no longer got spots and have been spot free since. But 2 years is a long wait, and plus there no guarantee that will happen to me. Hit 30 and the spots will go away. But then I think, I’ve come so far, it will be a waste of all my time, effort and money to just stop taking medication and let my skin go back to the way it was 2 years ago. I have to stay focus and remember that it won’t be forever.
Now, my mum always tells me off for trying new products. Granted, suffering from acne its probably not the best type of skin to have and to try out new products. But then I think, why shouldn’t I try new products that may be able to help with my acne. As long as I do my research and make sure the product doesn’t contain any highly comedogenic or comedogenic ingredients then it should be okay. Though I like to add, even if the product doesn’t contain any highly comedogenic or comedogenic ingredients you may still react to the product. So it is always best to get some samples.
I’ve recently been trying out the Nude Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly, the product is really nice. It comes out like a thick gel, and I rub it onto dry skin and then add a little bit of water to emulsify the ‘jelly and then wash off with a white flannel. I use the product as an evening/second cleanse when I’ve worn makeup. It leaves me skin feeling clean and soft – no dry tight feeling! Good news is after using it for a week straight as I managed to get a sample, I haven’t had any reaction or breakouts to it.
After using up the Nude cleanser sample, I went on to try the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel as I’ve heard its the same as the Nude one and its been raved a lot on the blog’sphere. I also got my hands on First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads, I read reviews that this is a very mild acid toner. I’m an active reader of Caroline Hirons blog and she mentions a lot about acid toner and how we all should include an exfoliating toner, as a step in our skincare routine.
I’m not sure if it is product related, as I’ve been using both the Oskia and First Aid Beauty for the last 5 days, and I have noticed that my redness has got more red (if thats a way to describe it). Whilst the First Aid Beauty pads doesn’t contain any comedogenic ingredients, however it does contain some plant based irritants, so not sure if it could be those that are irritating my skin. It’s always hard to tell, as i do suffer from redness. But I definitely do think my redness has got slightly worse. So I have fired off an email to BeautyBay to see if anything can be done. as I hate it when I try something new (since you can’t get samples for this product) and it ends up not being right.
So I’m going to let my skin calm down first and return back to using my trust worthy skincare products, before trying anything new. As next on my list is Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion – which is an alcohol free exfoliating toner containing salicylic acid. But since Clinique is widely available in the UK, I will try and get a sample of this!
Are you battling with acne? Can you recommend any products that is suitable for acne prone skin?