My skin has been a bit of a mess ever since I came off the pill in 2013. The pill was obviously masking the symptoms of whatever is causing my skin to be so unhappy, and I’m having to treat it very gently until I get to the bottom of it.
I have basically ended up having to completely cut down my skincare routine to a few key products, in an attempt to soothe things, and I’ve found a system which I feel works quite well for me, and keeps further breakouts at bay. I still seem to get some wonderful cystic areas, but there’s not a whole lot that can be done about those with products, and on the whole, things are basically otherwise under control at the moment!
Most of the products I use are very natural, with my hero products being the Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Cream, which is, as the name suggests, very soothing, and the Weleda Aknedoron Purifying Lotion.
The Almond cream is what I use as my main moisturiser, and it is extremely extremely gentle on the skin. Wonderful when your entire face hurts, and also great because it’s so gentle that it’s unlikely to break you out if you have sensitive skin.
The Aknedoron lotion is becoming something of a cult classic, because it is just SO good. It basically sorts breakouts out, without the horrible drying peeling side effects of creams I’ve had from the dermatologist. Pop this on your trouble areas and I promise you the next day things will be looking a whole lot better.
For my cleanser, at the moment I am using the Soap & Glory Ultimelt hot cloth cleanser which I did a full review on a while ago here but it is basically a poor man’s Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish (which I also love, and use when I can afford to stock up – review of that here).
Then a couple of times a week I will pop on Lush Mask of Magnaminty, which is my favourite face mask of all time. I actually went for the full size tub the last time I bought it because I go through it like crazy. This bad boy will dry out breakups and leave skin feeling wonderful and smooth, and you can also scrub it to exfoliate as you’re washing it off! The great thing with this, is you can also use it on your body.