For this instalment of my First Aid Skincare series I'm talking through the products I reach for when I'm breaking out to help get my skin clear again fast! Which is pretty apt, because the festive period did my skin no favours...
Cleanser: REN ClearCalm3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser | £19 | I love this cleanser - it's just so gentle for a product aimed at oily / spot-prone skin. It has a unique liquid-clay formula that cleanses and removes surface shine without stripping the skin, so can be used every day to maintain a clear complexion. It works perfectly when paired with my FOREO Luna Mini 2* | £119 | which is a cleansing device that helps to really work the product in. It has silicone bristles, meaning it's really hygienic and easy to clean (the last thing you want when you're a bit spotty is to spread germs all over your face!) and this just takes the cleanse to the next level.
Breakout-banishing ingredients include: Kaolin clay, Zinc, Salicilin, chamomile
Toner: La Roche-Posay Serozinc Spray | £10 | This is a refreshing face mist that has blemish-reducing properties without drying out my skin. I use it in place of a toner as it's so quick and easy to reach for. It instantly calms the skin and reduces that annoying surface shine.
Breakout-banishing ingredients include: Zinc Sulphate
Targeted Treatment: The Ordinary Salicylic 2% Solution | £3.90 (15ml) | Salicylic Acid is a BHA (acid exfoliant) so is a bit of a wonder ingredient when it comes to getting rid of spots and the scarring they can leave behind. This is a gel that I apply directly onto spots and it can be used under makeup or before bed. It not only helps get rid of active breakouts overnight but it also reduces the hyper-pigmentation that can mark the skin as a result.
Breakout-banishing ingredients include: Salicylic Acid
Moisturiser: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo + | £16 | This is a lovely product for combination and oily skin types, because it provides a level of hydration that isn't going to overwhelm your skin. It also calms the skin, helping the appearance of spots and takes away any of that surface shine without being drying. Over time, it can also help fade blemish scars.
Breakout-banishing ingredients include: Salicylic Acid, Zinc
Face Mask: The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask | £11 | This is an absolute miracle product that I reach for when my skin is breaking out like crazy! I usually use it in the evening for around 10 minutes (it has a really invigorating feeling on the skin) before rinsing - by the time I wake up the next morning, most smaller blemishes are gone and larger ones are considerably reduced and far less angry. It's a product I always know is going to do the job and leave my skin feeling fresh and looking clear.
Breakout-banishing ingredients include: tea tree oil
Which products do you use when your skin is breaking out?