Weekend Reads | Bump Bump Bump!

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I get so many questions from you ladies about acne and as a fully fledged member of the acne club all of my recommendations are from personal experience. I’ve tried most things from Clean & Clear to facials and while some attempts have failed miserably some have worked like a charm. After experimenting I’ve learned what works for my skin and what doesn’t so here are what I’ve found to work for my acne and what hasn’t…

Thank God For Glycolic, Lactic & Salicylic

There’s skincare and then there’s skincare and by that I mean there’s the products that get the basic job of exfoliating, cleaning and moisturising done but then there’s the big guys glycolic, lactic and salicylic who blow the other skincare out of the water.

Product of the Month | Glytone KP Kit

Although this kit is designed to treat Keratosis Pilaris, it works on body acne too. I don’t have body acne myself but a lot of people love the Glytone KP Kit for pesky bacne.

Guaranteed Zit Zappers!

Whenever I get one of those humongous zits I pull out the big guns; SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense Serum* and the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion.

The Mixstress Workshop Charcoal & Manuka Honey Face Mask

When your skin’s congested and spotty make this simple face mask, a killer combo of Manuka honey, yoghurt and activated charcoal.

If You’re Prone to Acne Keep Away From This Oil!

The NUDE Replenishing Night Oil* broke my skin out in the worst way. Acne sufferers stay away!

I Bet You’re Using Something You’d Never Know Could Be Causing Your Acne..

Foaming face washes could be causing you to break out!

Product of the Month | Witch Blemish Gel

I’m not a believer in drug store products when it comes to treating acne but the Witch Blemish Gel* is an exception!

Guaranteed Zit Zappers!

My skin has been breaking out pretty badly for the past couple of months, it’s hormonal and affects my chin and jaw with the occasional forehead breakout which is depressing to say the least. The trick to curing a hormonal breakout for me is usually a diet in low GI foods and for some it’s taking the Pill, but I absolutely loathe it. It can leave you feeling either like an emotionless zombie or an anxious mess. Nothing to mess up mental health please!

Although products can only do so much for hormonal breakouts, I’ve found a great duo to combat those pesky spots and whiteheads. After I’ve properly cleansed and toned my skin I’ll dab the SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense Serum* onto spots and once it’s dried I’ll use a cotton stick to carefully apply the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion on top. What happens after is a tingling sensation which I quite like because you feel it’s working away and killing those evil little zits.

After applying the two I go to bed and I wake up to either significantly (and I mean significantly!) reduced spots or everything coming up to the surface. The combination is that potent it works overnight. That’s probably because of the calamine and salicylic acid in the Drying Lotion and  a wonderful list of things in the Blemish + Age Defense Serum:

2% Dioic Acid - Inhibits sebum production also prevents hyper-pigmentation caused by inflammation or UV exposure.
0.3% Capryloyl Salicylic Acid - Aids exfoliation to decongest clogged pores while providing anti-ageing benefits.
1.5% Salicylic Acid - Refines pores and helps reduce spots and blemishes.
3.5% Glycolic Acid & 0.5% Citric Acid - Accelerates exfoliation and hydrated the skin while reducing the appearance of the signs of ageing.

It’s definitely a combo for when you want to quickly get rid of a spot, but one thing I hate is how hard it is to remove the Drying Lotion  in the morning, it’s a bit of a chore!

Are These The Kinda Comments I’d Receive If I Went On TV?

I watch The Only Way is Essex which would probably come as a surprise to many but I love the show, it’s my guilty pleasure! I get myself cosy on the sofa with something to munch on and just get lost in the world of Essex which I never take too seriously until last night. I was watching the show and Little Chris’ girlfriend Taylor was introduced to the show. Now I won’t lie and say that the  first thing I noticed was her eyes or something because that’s not true. My eyes went straight to her acne and that’s fine, because I suffer from acne too and my acne has been exactly like Taylor’s lately. The spots around the chin and cheeks indicate that it’s hormonal so she could be suffering from an imbalance of hormones and it’s an absolute nightmare. I’ve had moments where I haven’t wanted to leave my house let alone go on a TV show being watched by millions. That’s where I take my hat off to Taylor!

After the show finished, I went on to Twitter and noticed some of the vilest tweets I’ve ever come across. I know that Twitter is full of trolls but some of these tweets were just shocking and I think that’s because those are the same things someone would say about me if I go on TV. My skin is covered in acne and going on TV will open me up to a tonne of abuse and that’s probably why I’m so shocked at the comments because they’re personal for me.

 

I applaud Taylor for going on a show where fake boobs, extensions and lip gloss are arguably the most important thing so you wouldn’t be wrong for assuming that all people would do is comment on her looks. What a shallow world we live in..

Product of the Month | Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask

It’s not very often that I’ll give a product the title of being my product of the month just a week after using it but, the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask* is well and truly deserving of the title.

Antipodes is a New Zealand based brand and I attended their UK launch to meet the founder of Antipodes, Elizabeth Barbalich and have a sneak peek at what they have to offer to us Brits. I sat down with Elizabeth to have a chat with her about Antipodes and whether she could recommend me any particular products for my skin concerns and she immediately offered me the face mask to try. She also gave me a routine to try out and it’s been wonderful so far. Elizabeth has a background in science therefore I can most definitely trust her judgement. She recommended me to use the mask by slathering it all over my face as though I’m icing a cake, leaving it on for 15 minutes then washing it off and apply no moisturiser, serum, nada. Just go to bed.

With regards to the condition of my skin, the last time I updated you, my skin was terrible. I’ve been having a cystic breakout across my chin for almost 2 months now and although it’s hormonal acne, the mask has helped my skin tremendously. I honestly have never come across a product that’s helped my skin so much. The first time I tried it, I had a few very painful cystic bumps and a few others that had some to a head. The next morning, those that had come to a head dried out and the ones that were taking ages to form, finally came to a head. No one product has been able to do that for my skin. None!

The mask claims to deeply cleanse the skin, soothe and hydrate with Manuka honey, draw moisture to the skin with ruby red pohutukawa bloom which is one of ‘natures finest antioxidants’. The mask also contains vanilla pod and mandarin, and they make the mask smell absolutely divine. Manuka honey has been quite a craze lately and every brand is jumping on the bandwagon to include manuka honey in their products but, this mask is full of the stuff:

Aqua (water), Leptospermum scoparium mel (manuka honey), Persea gratissima (avocado oil), Glycerine (vegetable), Cetearyl alcohol, Stearic acid (coconut derived), Glycerol stearate (coconut derived), Tocopherol acetate (Vitamin E), Vanilla planifolia (vanilla oil), Citrus reticulate (mandarin oil), Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Daucus carota sativa (carrot oil), Pohutuakawa (metrosideros excelsa) extract, Citrus grandis (grapefruit seed extract), Iodopropynyl butylcarbarnate.

The Manuka comes just second in the ingredients list. Second!! Most products have Manuka extract or it comes way further down in the list but if it comes second in the list to water, then it’s loaded with Manuka honey therefore making it a treat for blemishes and acne prone skin as it’s the most anti-bacterial honey around.

Now every time I try the mask I’m so eager to run to the mirror first thing in the morning to see what my skin looks like now!

 

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