This post on my Skincare Picks for Troublesome Skin is way overdue, I have already finished both the cleanser and SPF! From time to time my skin acts up, whether it’s during my period, when I have picked at it, or when I am stressed out. During those times I have a few products, or types of products that I rely on to get my skin under control again.
I like a light, non-drying gel-type cleanser to leave my skin feeling cleansed but not stripped. The REN Mayblossom T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel does a good job cleansing my skin, and my skin is left feeling balanced and less congested. This range is now called Clarimatte, and is suited to combination skin types.
I love a good exfoliation and when my skin is being annoying I use The Solution Pads from Arcona twice a week at night to resurface, unclog and refine my skin. These pads, formulated with glycolic acid amongst other things, leave my skin feeling exfoliated, but not stripped and I sometimes get a tingle around my nose if the barrier of my skin is compromised. I don’t think this would work for dry or sensitive skin types though, as it could be too drying or irritating.
The aftermath of troublesome skin is even worse, since I am prone to pigmentation! So, I try to speed up the healing process and minimise the risk of scarring, by using the *Avene D-Pigment Light serum at night. It is a highly active dark spot correcter which reduces dark marks, as well as prevents new dark marks from forming, so it is perfect after a breakout. It contains Melanyde, a pigment busting active, Retinaldehyde a Vitamin A derivative, as well as anti-oxidants and the famous Thermal Spring Water to soothe. If you have sensitive skin or are not a regular actives user, you should start using this every other night, and once your skin acclimates, you can use it nightly. You should already be using SPF every day, but if not, it is important to use SPF with this product as it increases your skins sensitivity to the sun.
A light, non-fussy moisturiser that adds surface hydration is my favourite type of moisturiser when my skin is acting up. The Natural Moisturising Factors + HA from The Ordinary is just that, a perfectly bland moisturiser, in the best way possible. It does not interfere with any serums you use underneath, does not pill, can be used day and night, and is affordable! I already have a back-up!
As I mentioned above, SPF is so important all of the time, but especially when you are using active ingredients and want to prevent pigmentation. The Anti-Shine Cream from the Vichy UV Protect Range is one of my favourite sun protection products, it has the most amazing texture, doesn’t pill, is affordable, and sits well under makeup. I have already finished this one, but I have a back-up!
You know that feeling you have just before a spot comes out, you can’t see it, but you can feel it and you know it is inevitable? Well, as soon as I have that feeling I reach for the Salicylic Acid 2% Solution from The Ordinary. Salicylic Acid is a Beta Hydroxy Acid, it works well to unclog pores, reduce blackheads, deeply exfoliate the skin, reduce sebum production as well as assist in reducing inflammation. The texture of this can be a bit weird, as it has a bit of a slimy, sticky texture until it dries. Don’t use too much though, else it never dries and anything you put on top will be a disaster. This can be used to spot treat, or on the full face.
My final saviour is the *Anti-Imperfection Night Mask from The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Range. I love an overnight mask, because you just slap it on and go to bed! This mask has a cooling effect when applied, and it definitely leaves my skin looking and feeling clogged by morning. I love that it doesn’t dry out my skin, doesn’t stain my pillow and absorbs fully.
Do you have any Skincare Picks for Troublesome Skin?