My Little Anti-Blemish Arsenal

In the universal order of things, blemishes probably don’t have much importance, but on a personal level they can be pretty damn annoying. That’s why today I thought I’d share with you what I do to keep my skin as spot-free as possible.

Let’s jump right into it!


I guess we all know it by now: to have clear, healthy skin, cleansing properly is essential. On a daily basis, I use the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm to remove my makeup at night and one of my beloved mud cleansers in the morning, but once a week I like to give my skin a deep cleanse by using the fabtastic Pixi Glow Mud Mask. Because it’s easy to remove, non-drying and comes in a squeezy tube, this has definitely become my all-time favorite clay mask.


Every morning after cleansing, I use the Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant. As the name suggests, it contains 2% Salicylic Acid, which is great at exfoliating deep inside the pores and keeping them unclogged.


Like I said in my post about The Ordinary, the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum managed to get rid of some pretty nasty breakouts I had around my jawline, so now I don’t want to stop using it! Refer back to my previous post for more details.

Although I believe in skincare routines rather than single miraculous products, if I had to point out a single ingredient as the one that’s had the most beneficial effects on my skin, I’d definitely choose retinol. I’ve been using it for the past year in various forms (I started with the SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3, then moved on to the Paula’s Choice Resist 1% Retinol Booster, and now I’m using The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%) and by looking at old pictures I can clearly see that these days I get way less blemishes and my skin looks a lot more even.

I currently use The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2% every other night straight after cleansing and either just leave it work its magic on its own or follow with a face oil.

If you want to know more about retinol, I highly recommend watching this very informative video by my friend Anne.


No matter how much I take care of my skin, a few of those little suckers sometimes like to come back anyway, and in those cases I always take out my trusty targeted spot treatments.

I’ve been using the La Roche-Posay Effaclar A.I. for years as, even though it’s by no means a miraculous product, I feel like it does help speeding up the healing process. It contains niacinamide and salicylic acid and it’s meant to be used only on blemishes (not all over your face). I like that it sinks in quickly and I can use it before makeup.

I think the Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion is the strongest and most effective blemish treatment I’ve ever tried. It doesn’t absorb fully and leaves a bit of a white residue on the skin, so I can only use it at night, but if I put it on a bump as soon as it starts raising, it usually makes it disappear overnight. Check out this post for more details and my method of application.


That’s all, folks! I hope you found this post helpful if you’re struggling to keep blemishes at bay, and please let me know what products you use for a spot-free complexion.

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  • Reply
    April 22, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    The Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2%BHA Liquid Exfoliant sounds really lovely, but the product which impresses me the most in this post is the Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion! I’ve never heard of anything which gets rid of bumps overnight, I must try it!

    • Reply
      Carol in a
      April 22, 2017 at 10:22 pm

      You gotta have perfect timing with it, but if you do, the Buffering Lotion is really effective. You know those times when you don’t really have a fully formed spot yet, but you can feel that in a matter of hours one is going to come out? If you get to you use the Buffering Lotion right at that time, it usually makes it go away completely.

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    Shireen L. Platt
    April 23, 2017 at 6:43 am

    I use Neostrata 2% Salicylic Cleansing Gel whenever I’m having a little breakout party on my skin and it works great at helping to clear out the spots. I love my Oxy10 but I know it’s not easily available.

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    Candice Petersen
    April 23, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Thanks for sharing this! My skin has been really messed up lately and honestly I do not spend enough time on my skin as I should I think I definitely need to be exfoliating more.

    Beauty Candy Loves

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    April 23, 2017 at 9:57 am

    We use almost exactly the same products! Ha! The only one missing for me is the Pixi mask-I think I’ll have to rectify that!

    Beekeyper – Latest: Makeup Geek Foiled Shadows -Worth the Hype?

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    April 23, 2017 at 10:11 am

    I need to know more about retinol so I definitely watching the video. I knew I had to order the Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2% when I placed my order but I didn’t, definitely next time!


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    Clare Whittaker
    April 23, 2017 at 11:10 am

    I love the pixi mud mask! I really want to try some bits from the ordinary too 🙂

  • Reply
    April 23, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Retinol, salicylic acid and double cleansing have made dramatic changes in my skin, but I still struggle with the occasional hormonal deep set one, and I am going to try Mario Badescu for that now.
    Thank you for linking my video, Carol.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    Heather Noire
    April 23, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    It’s definitely important to exfoliate the face. Taking care of your skin is important. I love these products you named! The mud mask looks intriguing ❤️

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    Fashionably Idu
    April 25, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    I’m not one to take great care of my face shame on me. But I’m saving this post so I can get some of these amazing products. So thank you girl!

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    April 27, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Ugh I’m suffering some breakouts along my jaw line too! Is it time to make an order from The Ordinary?? I’m going to have to try the pixi mud mask, I can use a 15 minute facial! 😀

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    April 28, 2017 at 12:56 am

    I am ordering The Ordinary while typing this comment. This post couldn’t come at more perfect timing and I couldn’t have been happier to be back to Carol in a Page 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing your favourites and HOW and WHEN you used them, which I found very helpful. Also, I have never heard of Paula’s Choice before so that was a lovely new discovery.
    xox Nadia

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    The Sunday Mode
    May 4, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    The Mario Badescu drying lotion is my lifesaver when it comes to spots, as long as I don’t apply too much! I find if I apply too much it really dries out my skin.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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    Jenny S.
    June 11, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Hi Carol,
    I agree with everything that you said about the Mario Badescu Buffering lotion, that product is amazing! I came to use it as an emergency treatment last year when I got a bad case of breakouts and had to attend to an event the day after. That there is a real lifesaver. Thanks for sharing!

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