One thing that upsets and actually disappoints me is the lack of advice out there for people with acne prone skin. If you've been reading SSL for a while, you may remember that I first started having skin issues when I was eight years old. Madness I know, however most likely not too unfamiliar these days. I didn't develop a proper skincare regime until I was about 16/17, and spent many years before that applying harsh chemicals to my delicate, young skin and constantly squeezing and spot of blocked pore I could find. It's taken some years of understanding my skin, however, and coming to terms with the fact that hormonal imbalance plays a large part in my skin issues, and my diet too. However, it's also taken some time to try out skincare that really works for my skin.
I have rather oily, acne prone, often dehydrated, hormonal skin. Quite the combination, but I'm confident I'm not the only one who deals with these issues, similar or otherwise. A lot of the skincare out there suggests that you should be using mattifying products, and quite harsh treatments that, if used consistently, will simply dry out your skin or cause excess production of sebum (one of the contributing factors of acne). What I've learnt is that oily skin and acne prone skin is best treated with simple, gentle products. Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish is a fantastic starting point for all skin types, but it was really the product that made me realise foaming 'washes' are not suitable for my skin at all, and really, balm or oil based cleansers are the way forward. My current skincare regime has, quite literally, been saving my skin recently. Even when I've
Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel - Whilst I don't get along with classic gel, foaming cleansers (my skin never feels clean afterwards, just me?), this isn't really a gel cleanser. I'd say it's really a balm cleanser, which once warmed by your fingers, it transforms into an oil which removes make-up and dirt. I use this as my second cleanse (after removing make up with an oil), and also in the morning. Although £28 sounds a lot, I've been using it twice daily and purchased it back in August/September, so it's lasting me well. This is very gentle, but really nourishes your skin and leaves it feeling healthy, soft and glowing.
Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Correction Pads - I've tried several exfoliating pads over the years, but these are hands down the best I've used. I use this once I've cleansed my skin every two-three days. Most pads contain just AHAs but these also contain BHAs. BHAs (better known as salicylic acid) penetrate through the skins oils much deeper, and therefore really works away any dirt in pores, which is essential if your skin is oily and acne prone. The pads work to smooth out the skins surface, and if you have ageing skin I'd really recommend these too as BHAs help with fine lines. Snip each pad in half too if you want to make these last longer! My skin has really benefited from using these, and I've noticed my pores appear much smaller since using these too - yay!
Aesop Oil Free Facial Hydrating Serum - Firstly, this is a humungous bottle, and I've barely made a dent in it, despite using it daily for the past two months or so now! I was a little apprehensive as to how effective this would be but I've noticed a huge difference since treating my skin with this. My skin really drinks this up, and my make up has been going on much better since incorporating this into my nighttime skincare regime. Although oils aren't at all bad for oily skins, the oils used in the majority of hydrating oils can be a little too rich, hence why this oil-free version is brilliant. 100% a must-have for anyone who suffers from a bit of dehydration, all the while having oily, acne prone skin.
Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil - Rosehip oil is a must have, regardless of your skin type, as it helps to reduce scarring, fine lines, UV damage, and in my instance, reduce the appearance of old blemish marks. The smell is rather off putting, but just three drops daily has marked quite the improvement on my skin. I even find that blemishes don't 'last' as long which I'm sure is down to this wonder product. I'm just over halfway through this bottle of magic, and I purchased earlier in the year so despite the initial £22 price tag, you get a heck of a lot for your penny's worth!
Aurelia ProBitoic Cell Revitalise Day Moisturiser - I was a little reluctant about using this initially, as it's a rather rich formula but my skin loves this. I'm convinced that as this is infused with probiotics, which moderate the skin's cellular renewal and encourage better 'communication' and balance of the body's immuno-response, the probiotics have worked wonders upon my skin. Probiotics, whether taken topically or digested, encourages the production of good bacteria which therefore helps those with acne prone skin. Only a tiny amount is needed, and although it feels thick at first, it's actually rather lightweight and really hydrates the skin without blocking pores or affecting blemishes.
Have you tried any of these skincare products before? What's an essential in your skincare regime? If you have skin similar to mine, what products do you recommend?