As my first ever blog post (how exciting!!) I thought I'd tackle an issue which affects a lot of people including myself... sigh. I did some research for this post am pretty astonished by what I found out. Acne affects 80% of people between the ages of 11 and 30 and some people can even get it into their forties. So really there is no need to freak about breakouts... Ha, I know
I tend to use a scrub once every two or three days depending on how oily/clogged my skin is feeling. These are both great products and practically the same other than The Body Shop one is rich with vitamin C which helps brighten the skin, Soap&Glory Scrub Your Nose In It is cheaper. They have really fine beads which I find much more effective than chunkier scrubs as depending on how much pressure you use when massaging into your skin they can be gentle or harsh. These are both great at getting rid of dry skin and blackheads.
Effaclar Duo from La Roche-Posay has had so much hype which I generally agree with, I use this all over my face like you would a moisturiser rather than a specific spot treatment which I find pretty effective at keeping my skin clear along with exfoliating. It contains salicylic acid which works by keeping your pores unclogged through doesn't actually kill any bacteria. It's also good for fading acne scars but products like Bio Oil or things containing rosehip oil are much better for that.
For specific spot treatment I use Nelsons Pure&Clear Acne Treatment Gel and the Clinique Anti Blemish Solution which have a major price difference and also a majorly different ingredients list. The Nelsons one is a lot more natural, the main active ingredient being teatree oil. The Clinique gel contains salicylic acid though they both work equally as well. They sting a tiny bit. The Clinique one is fine to put makeup over but the Nelsons one isn't so I use it at night only. They both dry up blemishes very quickly, it helps that they both contain alcohol.
This is my holy grail anti acne fighting product! I don't think you can buy it in the UK other than on eBay for around £2 which is where I get what I expect will be a lifelong supply.. or until I stop needing it. As you can see it's just a white cream and the packaging isn't anything fancy. It smells pretty rank too but it works amazingly well. It contains three active ingredients; precipitated sulphur salicylic acid and benzoic acid. Benzoic acid/benzoyl peroxide works by destroying bacteria linked to the causes of acne so this really covers all bases though it does burn for quite a while. If you have sensitive skin you can mix it with Vaseline to stop this. It's almost like what I imagine a chemical peel to do, it removes your dead skin and dries up spots pretty instantly.. I only use it at night as it leave my skin really red. Sounds scary and even though it looks pretty dodgy I definitely recommend trying it for spots and blackheads.
I was also on Microgynon contraceptive pill which is said to help control breakouts though I didn't notice any effect and decided to come off it as it made me crazy hormonal! My doctor also gave me an antibiotic called Doxycycline which I decided to come off too it didn't work at all and a side effect makes skin sensitive to the sun which sucks!I hope this post will help anyone looking for a new and cheap way of controlling their acne.