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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