As you all know from my odd little rants here and there, I have pretty bad acne. It's always been bad, right from when I first came in to my teenage years. I always thought it would clear up as I got older and for a short while it did. It used to be all over my face, mainly my cheeks and forehead, but it looked so bad that people would come up to me at school and make this sympathetic face as they touched it and asked if it hurt!... Yes, that did really happen!
As I got older, I started on the pill and my skin cleared up dramatically. I always had the odd few spots but nothing I couldn't cope with. But then, as my endometriosis got worse, I had to start on hormone treatments and of course, my skin reacted straight away.
Over time it got gradually worse and a few years ago, when it was at it's worst and I was crying every day with the way it looked and the pain it was causing me (I think I mentioned before about how it would wake me up in the night with the pain from brushing on my pillowcase), I went to the doctors. The doctor had suffered with severe acne herself so she sympathised with how I was feeling. She advised me to stay clear of any products with Panthenol in them (which I still do to this day) and gave me some PanOxyl 10 Acnegel to use twice a day after I had washed my face.
I used it as the doctor has directed and my spots did clear up a lot but my skin completely dried out from the gel and it looked awful from that alone. I used it until the tube ran out and then went back to the pharmacy for more. By chance, the assistant gave me the wrong gel and not realising until I got home, I didn't have a chance to change it. Instead of the Acnegel she had given me PanOxyl 10 Aquagel which is the same as the Acnegel but water based instead of alcohol based. This worked much better for my skin as it wasn't as harsh but kept the spots at bay while not drying out my skin completely.
As my acne was all because of my hormones, and not really a factor I had any control over, no treatments have ever really worked. I stopped using the Aquagel every day when I had my coil fitted as my skin, for the first time ever, became almost completely clear. But since I've had my coil removed, my skin has gone back to it's old ways and I'm about at my wits end with it again. I may go back to the doctors again but I don't want to take tablets for it so I'm not sure what else they can do for it.
I have tried almost every lotion and potion on the shelves - apart from anything expensive because I just cannot afford it. I'd give anything for a Clarisonic Mia but I can't see me ever spending over £100 on something for my skin... Or ever being able to! I think my skin just gets used to things and recently I've found myself going back to my old mixed up routines to try and get my skin looking a little better.
Some of my current favourite skin products...
|PanOxyl Aquagel - £3.83 for 50ml - available from most chemists (behind the counter).|
|Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream - £2.25 for 125g / £5.69 for 400g - available from most retailers.|
|Bio-Oil - £8.99 for 60ml / £14.99 for 125ml - available from most retailers.|
Lush Tea Tree Toner Water - £3.95 for 100g / £7.25 for 250g - available from Lush.
I used Tea Tree Water to tone my skin and to get rid of any oily residue left over from the cleanser I used when taking my make up off in the evening - either spritzing directly on to the skin and then wiping off, or applying to a cotton wool pad and then wiping gently over the skin. I only used this for about 2 months and I loved it. It's got a lovely smell to it, and it makes your skin feel beautiful. I didn't really notice any improvement to my skin but it did feel very clean and fresh after using it. I was slightly concerned about the fact it still contained Parabens but, if you're not bothered about this then I would recommend it. I haven't repurchased it for the simple fact that my nearest Lush store is Leicester so I cannot get there myself at the moment.
Re-Gen Cream - £3.99 for 125ml - available on line or from Home Bargains.
I purchased a tub of Re-Gen Cream after Zoe did a post about it on her blog, Zoella. It basically does the same job as Bio-Oil but in a cream formulation. It's so soothing and I've almost come to the end of my first pot now. It doesn't tend to keep the spots away, but it helps with any redness and scarring from spots and blemishes and moisturises your skin thoroughly. It's also an excellent moisturiser if you've been out in the sun too long or have a sore face from the wind. The boy uses this all the time and it sinks in to his skin beautifully without leaving any greasy residue. I also love the smell of this product - it smells clean and fresh. I will definitely be re-purchasing this again when I have finished this pot.
My daily routine...
|Avene Cleanance K - £10.50 for 40ml - available on line or from Boots.|
|Johnson's Baby Gentle Cleansing wipes - £1.00 for 56 wipes - available from most retailers.|
|Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser - £8.99 for 236ml - available on line or from Boots.|
|Vichy Normaderm Micellar Solution - £10.50 for 200ml - available from Boots.|
|Clearasil Ultra Overnight Lotion - £1.00 for 40ml - available on line or from Poundland.|
|Clearasil Ultra Overnight Serum - £1.00 for 15ml - available on line or from Poundland.|
So, there you have it... Have you tried any of these products? Do you have any favourite products that you could recommend for acne prone skin? Please feel free to leave some comments - I'm always on the lookout for new acne treatments!