Pimples, spots, zits, blackheads, whiteheads; whatever you may call them they're a problem! Recent clinical studies suggest that a whopping 40-55% of adults in the UK suffer from some form of acne, with women being 5 times more likely to be sufferers than men! Pretty depressing stats hey?! But why are we more prone to breakouts than our male counterparts?
Well, hormonal fluctuations caused by pregnancy and menstrual cycles can often be the root cause, along with wearing makeup that can clog the skin. These coupled with everyday stresses and living in such a fast-paced era, with no time for down time can often leave our skin distressed and extremely prone to spots, breakouts and even acne.
As someone who has experienced frequent breakouts in the past, I went on somewhat of a quest for products that not only claimed to work, but did just that! Scouring cyberspace for reviews, countless beauty/skincare aisles and department stores, I’ve managed to find my dream team of spot busters!
These little beauties are in my humble opinion, absolute must haves when it comes to calming breakouts, clearing spots and leaving the skin all-round radiant. Check them out:
One of my absolute all time faves! As the name suggests- this product really does save the day and get you “out of trouble" when your skin is feeling a little oily and a bit yucky, causing those dreaded spots to surface. Think of it as your very own tubed superhero!
Boasting properties such as Zulphur and Zinc-Oxide which are both great for mattifying and the skin calming active ingredient Camphor, this product helps to control the amount of excess oil the skin produces, which can often be the root cause of breakouts. Use it as a 10-minute mask once a week or in real breakout emergencies, pop a bit on a spot or the affected area overnight and wake up to clearer and calmer skin.
Now I know what you're thinking, £16.50 for that?! but trust me ladies this little baby works. Specifically designed for oily, combination and problem prone skin, this clever gel soothes spots and decongests the skin, helping to calm breakouts and treat the affected area.
For optimum results, it’s best to use this product just before putting on your moisturiser in the morning and just before you go to sleep at night, so the product has time to work into your skin whilst you sleep.
As if that wasn’t good enough, Neal’s Yard products are all cruelty free, vegan and approved by the vegetarian society meaning no nasty surprises in the ingredients or the way the products are produced!
To be used twice daily, this product in all its foamy glory is perfect as a preventative method for spots.
When combined with warm water, the gel turns into a gorgeous, soft foam which can then be applied over the skin (avoiding contact with the eyes of course!) which helps to clear the skin as it cleanses.
As if this wasn't enough, this product can also be used on the body too! In a number of more severe acne cases, acne can spread to the back, shoulders and even the chest area so this is perfect for those who may suffer from more severe acne.
by Christine @cttbeauty
12th APR 2017
*Confession time* The only real reason I bought this product was simply because I saw so many of the bloggers using this and wanted to see for myself if it really worked! Everyone, and I mean everyone has been raving about this product and claiming it not only helped to reduce spots, but also cleared marks left on the skin from previous spots and breakouts. This for me was the deal breaker!
Admittedly it took me a little while to warm to this one as unlike the others mentioned, the results weren’t quite as immediate. However, once it began to work (about a week and a half after daily use) I really noticed the difference.
My skin was visibly clearer; the dark marks had faded considerably and my skin was glowing! I love the fact this product doesn’t dry out my skin and because it is simply a gel wash, I can use it as my make-up remover too!
This little beauty is a recent addition to my collection after a strong recommendation from a friend, and has been sitting pride and place in my bathroom ever since.
Consisting of ingredients such as super absorbent charcoal and antiseptic rosewood, Coalface makes light work of cleansing your skin whilst absorbing any excess oil.
Now, it's not just products that can help treat/avoid unwanted breakouts or pimples. making a few simple changes to your daily routine can really aid in your quest for silky smooth, spot free skin.
- Changing your pillowcases more often will help remove unwanted bacteria and makeup residue that can cause havoc with your skin overnight.
- Be sure to remove any and all makeup before you go to sleep, no matter how heavy or otherwise your application may be. Makeup can often be the prime suspect in clogging pores and it's this blockage that can cause inflammation, redness and pus to occur on the skin aka. SPOTS!
- Relax! Numerous studies have shown that breakouts after often linked to stress and anxiety. Take time out of your day/week and focus on you! Have a bubble bath, turn off your phone, read a book, go for a walk- whatever is your way to relax, do it and do it often!
- If you're at your wits' end and still can't seem to control the breakouts, it may be an idea to see a dermatologist as the issue may be deeper than a surface one. Continuous acne or breakouts could be the sign of a hormone imbalance, which may require a course of medication or specialist treatment.
Have you tried any of the products mentioned? How did you find them? Do you have any spot fighting must haves that aren’t in the list? Get involved and let us know on #CurlyHairMagSkinCare