How to Care for Acne Prone Skin | Guest Post by The Makeup By Beth

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In regards to ance, it is usually deemed as breakouts of spots that are hard to get rid of and can be painful to touch. But it is so much more than that, when I was 13/14 I had the worst acne of my life. I was so frustrated trying these products that were pushed to teens that were the same age as me but cost a fortune and didn’t work. In the end I had to go to the Dr to get some proper prescribed cream to clear it. Now I am in my twenties, I still suffer with the odd bout of spots and skin issues. So in this post I want to show you how to care for acne prone skin.

 

It is important to still follow the standard skincare routines so cleanse, moisturise, exfoliate and wear SPF, but when your skin is spot prone you have to do these things a little differently. Always pay attention to your skin and how it reacts to certain products too. As this will obviously be the indicator of what needs to be removed or replaced in your routine.

Cleansing

 

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You should alway start off daily skincare by cleansing. With cleansers they take away makeup residue, remove toxins and get rid of the build up of oil. Of course with oil and makeup residue, when they sit on the skin they clog the pores or even make your pores larger in size.  I like using foaming cleaners personally but here a list for you to take a look which one you may prefer! Remember it’s all about looking at what works for you. Another favourite cleanser of mine is a balm cleanser I use for double cleansing and that is Clean It Zero Balm. 

Moisturising

You need to moisturise obviously so your skin doesn’t dry out or become flaky. The best route to go down with moisturisers is to go for ones that are non-comedogenic (won’t sink into pores) and are oil free. One I would heavily recommend is Cetaphil Daily Defence with SPF. It’s a two in one product, you can get this product without SPF too. I have used both and recommend them. 

 

Exfoliating

This step IS NOT one that should be done daily, roughly 2-3 times a week works perfectly when it comes to exfoliation. Overdoing it will cause your skin to be stripped of it’s oils, it also becomes dehydrated and causes more acne. Aim to use one with salicylic acid as that ingredient is one used to treat breakouts. The one I recommend is Paula’s Choice Liquid Exfoliator or The Ordinary Peeling Solution.

 

Sunscreen

Sun protection is essential. Sun damage is no joke and causes a matter of issues from collagen damage (you’ll age harsher and quicker), dark spots and rough patches. When out in the sun you need to wear SPF and even SPF on the lips is advised. You can pick up cheap lip balms that will protect you in the sunshine. In regards to sunscreen, with acne prone skin it’s advised to go for creams that again are non-comedogenic. Cerave has a cream that is fragrance free and also oil free. This can be bought under £10 from superdrug!

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One word of warning with SPF, do NOT wear it if you are going to be doing any flash photography, you’ll look like Casper in the photos. Obviously sun creams are designed to reflect light away so of course you will get flashback in photos. It would be best to use a foundation with an SPF in. The one I use is the Maybelline Urban Cover. 

 

Other causes of acne

 

If you have a period then you’ll 100% experience an increase in spots. Because of the hormones, your glands produce more oil which causes clogging of pores and getting breakouts. Also, for teens it’s hormonal too. Once again their glands produce excess oil also. 

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Diet is also a contributor, personally if I eat rubbish, which I have been doing during lockdown, my breakouts are more frequent. Chocolate is a curse for my skin, but I do love to eat it. Make sure you’re staying hydrated, we all hear about how water clears up your skin but the reason behind it is because when our skin is dehydrated it will overproduce oils. Water helps with the build up of oil and gets rid of old skin cells. 

If it ever becomes unmanageable, feel free to see your Dr and see what they say. But firstly try to make changes where you can and see what happens. Perfect skin doesn’t happen overnight! 

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Blogmas Day 14|Winter Skincare Staples

My skin is naturally quite dry so this time of year is a nightmare for me because I have to work extra hard to keep my skin feeling soft and not like a snake skin. I try to keep my skincare routine as simple as possible so here’s what I’ve been loving this season.

 

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This one is no surprise if you’ve been reading my log for a while now. I am obsessed with the hot cloth cleaner from Lacura! Honestly, it is on par with Liz Earle’s cleanse and polish and always leaves my skin feeling so clean and soft. I use this everyday as it’s so gentle and doesn’t aggravate my skin.

 

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Face masks, face masks. I love a good sheet mask so always make sure I have a good stock pile to keep me going. I use these about once a week for a treat and to make sure my skin has extra hydration. My all time favourites are the Sephora ones.

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What are your winter skincare must haves?

-Hannah X

Holy Grail Beauty Products

Being a lover of anything beauty related, I think it is fair to say I have tried a lot of products in my time but there are always those that are my holy grails and items that I keep coming back to time and time again and today I thought I would share them with you.

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1. Lacura Hot Cloth Cleanser
If you have been a reader of my for a while, you would have seen this chestnut appear on multiple occasions because honestly I just love it so much. Aldi are known for their skin care range, Lacura and this is definitely a great representation of hot good the products are. It definitely gives Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish a run for its money and has worked wonders for my skin at a fraction of the cost.

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2. No. 7 Stay Perfect Foundation
Is anyone able to count the different foundations they have tried in order to find the right one because honestly I lost count after maybe number 10 but I think I may have found it in the for of the Stay Perfect Foundation by No. 7. I have been loving and repurchasing this foundation for years, I even wrote a blog post on it and I have a feeling this is going to me by favourite for the rest of my life haha.

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3. Palmers Cocoa Butter Lip Balm
I suffer from dry lips and this time of year is a nightmare for me. I have tried so many lip balm but they just don’t seem to do the job for me and sometimes make them feel worse. Well say hello to my little miracle, from Palmers. The cocoa butter leaves my lips feeling so moisturised and soft for so long and I can’t imagine not having this in my handbag.

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4. Vitamin E Night Cream
I love the idea of night creams and giving your skin that much needed moisture before bed but I always found that because they are quite thick, my skin would break out and in the morning I would have about 5 new friends. Well I found one that doesn’t do that and it is from the Vitamin E collection from Superdrug. It is a lot thicker than the day cream but it leaves my face feeling incredible!

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What are your holy grail beauty products?

-Hannah X

Snail Slime Moisturiser

Yes, you read that correctly, I put snail slime on my face.

While I was on holiday, I came across this aloe vera moisturiser which is also combined with purified snail slime. At first, I pointed it out to my friend, Zoe and I was so shocked and to be honest a little grossed out but she told me that actually, the slime has a lot of benefits and is great for your skin.

The cream itself not only has SPF in it, which I love but it also claims to even out skin tone, has anti ageing properties and hydrates your skin – which just sounds like my kind of miracle cream. The 100ml pot was only €5 so I thought why not give it a go and see what it’s like. Oh my goodness; why didn’t I know about this before?

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I have been using this cream for just over a month now and I have noticed such a difference in my skin. I can’t really tell if the elasticity has improved but my skin is definitely more hydrated and even and it makes my makeup stay on for longer which is always an added bonus.

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As I bought in in Tenerife, I was worried about being able to re-purchase when I run out but there are actually a few places in the UK that sell similar products and you can also buy it online thankfully.

What’s the strangest skin care product you’ve used and would you ever use snail slime?

– Hannah X

Current Skincare Routine

My skin is so unpredictable so when I find a skincare routine/products that I love, I usually stick with it for a ridiculously long time; especially now that the weather is warmer and my face needs a little extra tlc.

My current routine is one that I have been using for a few weeks and I feel like it has improved the texture of my skin and it doesn’t look as dull or lifeless as it used too.

First step is to go in with everyones love; micellar water. I honestly can’t remember what I used to do without this little gem in my life; well I do, I used makeup wipes, which just makes me cringe internally. I get a couple of cotton pads and gently wipe away all my make up and then go in with a second round to make sure I get as much off as possible.

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The next step is my faaaavourite; cleanser. Now as you all know, because I bang on about it enough, my favourite cleaner is the hot cloth one from Aldi. I love how clean is makes my skin feel and it always surprises me how much make up comes off on the muslin cloth where the micellar water missed it. Some cleansers can be quite harsh for me as I have sensitive skin but I find that hot cloth ones are great as you only need a small amount and they are always full of such natural ingredients.

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Once I have removed the cleanser, I then apply a generous layer of toner. If you read my April Favourites post, you will know that I have been loving the Eau Roma Water toner from Lush as it has rose water and lavender in it, which I think is just so soothing on the skin and leaves me feeling so calm and refreshed.

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Lastly, the most important step, moisturiser. This is usually where I start having trouble because they either don’t moisturise my face enough and it still looks dry or it’s too heavy and makes me skin look oily and start to break out. The one I have been loving the most is actually from Boots’ own range and it is the cucumber daily moisturiser. I find that the cucumber really soothes my skin and I can always add more if I want more intense hydration which I usually do during the night.

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What is you current skincare routine and what products have you been loving?

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– Hannah X

Lush Jelly Face Masks

I’ve been a little MIA for the past couple of weeks, for a number of different reasons but I’m so ready to get back into the blogging world because I have honestly missed it so much.

Recently, Lush released their new Jelly face masks so being the face mask advocate I am, I had to try them out. I picked up ‘Bunny Moon’ because it contains honey and camomile which is known for leaving your skin really soft and calm.

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I didn’t really know what to expect as most of the face masks I use are charcoal ones but I was really excited to see what the jelly like consistency would be like. As soon as I opened the pot, I knew I’d love it; it smelt so fresh and sweet and had little gold flexes of glitter on the top.

The consistency really wasn’t what I expected at all, I thought it would be more like a runny gloop but the best way to describe it is like a chocolate mousse; which was a lot better because it made applying it a lot easier. Like with all Lush products, a little goes a long way; which is great because it means it’s going to last a lot longer and I usually apply my face masks after I have come out of the shower so my face is still a little damp as it makes it easier to spread around.

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Washing the mask off was a little bit of a pain because I found that it sometimes clumps together but the end results are well worth the extra little bit of time. The mask always leaves my skin feeling so soft and super clean and I’m so desperate to give the others a try because I’m sure I will love them just as much as Bunny Moon.

Have you tried any other the Lush Jelly Face Masks?

-Hannah X