Category Archives: My Acne Diary
Everyone has a different story to tell about their 2016, for me this passing year was a game changer in terms of how my skin looks and how few blemishes I’ve had. If you follow my blog, you might have seen some of my before and after acne pictures. So now I am sharing a list of my top 5 blemish banishing natural skincare products to get rid of pimples or that help to heal skin afterwards. All of these products were either discovered by me in 2016 or late 2015 and became my trusted companions on the way to clear skin.
- Indie Lee Blemish Lotion, £24.45. Indie Lee is one of the top natural brands for me and their Blemish Lotion is one of this easy and quick fixes to tackle all sorts of pimples. It should be used overnight unless you don’t mind walking around with pink spots on your skin during the day This product is very effective and helps to heal even the most painful and inflamed blemishes and it’s very economical too, you get quite a significant amount of product yet only little is required per application.
- Elde Balancing Moisture Cream (changed to Balancing Treatment), $59. I got this cream late in 2015 and it was my absolutely favourite product for the morning routine. I usually struggle with face creams, fluids or creamy lotions as they make my skin extremely oily and break me even more. However, this Elde Balancing Cream is completely different and very enjoyable to use for acne-prone skin. It helps to sooth skin thanks to its cocktail of anti-inflammatory ingredients and keeps skin radiant and smooth throughout the day without any sign of oiliness. It helps to heal blemishes faster and definitely does not cause any new ones. My only concern is that now Elde has done a rebranding and I haven’t tried their new version, I really hope I won’t be disappointed!
- Madara Clarifying Toner, £12. Toners are often overlooked in skincare routines but for me it’s one of the most crucial steps that makes a huge difference to how my skin looks. Madara has got a fantastic selection of toners suitable for different skin types and concerns and Clarifying Toner is definitely worth checking for anyone who’s got blemishes. It contains Salicylic acid that gently exfoliates skin, it soothes thanks to the cucumber extract and it further purifies skin diminishing the appearance of whiteheads and blackheads. It’s also not so strong and not drying at all like other toners for acne-prone skin that contain with salicylic acid.
- Lee Jiham Vita Propolis Ampoule, £26.90. If the other three products on my list are created for acne-prone skin, it is not the case with this serum. As a huge fan of K-beauty I couldn’t resist to include one of the Korean skincare products. I am also convinced that it is not necessary to use only products for acne to have clear skin but it is important to use skincare that makes skin happy. Repairing serum is a must in my skincare routine, I’ve a got a few strong favourites and as I discovered Lee Jiham in 2016 I think it should be on this list. It is not 100% natural brand, but I still love their formulas and they are much cleaner than many brands that claim to be natural and organic. This serum is great for brightening, repairing and plumping skin. I usually use it overnight and I always wake up with glowing skin the next morning. It definitely helps to fade some of post-acne brown spots and even skin tone. It also has very pleasant texture that will work well for oily and combination skin types.
- Evolve Organic Beauty Fresh Face Facial Wash, £14. I decided to finish my list with a good cleanser, as this is such an important step in any skincare routine. Lightly foaming gel cleansers were my preference in 2016 and Evolve Facial Wash was repurchased far more often than others. This wash feels very luxurious yet with much smaller price tag that you would expect to pay for a high end natural cleanser. I love Evolve Organic Beauty a lot as all there products are hand made using very high quality ingredients and produced locally in the UK. Fresh Face Wash is designed for oily and combination skin types, it’s a really pleasant gel that produces just enough lather, has nice fresh scent that is not overpowering, doesn’t leave any residue and cleanses skin really well. And what is the most important thing is that it is very gentle and doesn’t ruin skin balance causing it to break out. Love it!
So this is my list of favourites for 2016. Last year it was all about soothing my skin and keeping up with the progress of previous year. 2017 is the time to tackle some of the post-acne scarring I have and to achieve even and smooth complexion, so stay tuned!
One of the key changes that helped me to get rid of acne is the adjustment I made to my everyday eating habits. It wasn’t a very easy jorney and it took me more than a year to see any results. I went through a long period of trial and error and learnt quite a lot about my skin and my digestive system. So now that my skin is more or less clear of blemishes I feel that I am finally ready to share what worked for me.
First I though I would put together a series of blog posts, but then I realised that there is just too much information to share. So I made a video where I talk about what changes in diet helped to get rid of acne and improve my skin. It came out a bit long, but I hope my readers who have skin issues might find it useful. This video also features before and after pictures of my skin.
Please remember, that everything I say in this video is not a medical advice but only my own experience in dealing with pimples. It might not work for everyone, but I will be very happy if it encourages other people to fight for healthy and clear skin!
Though I am a strong believer that the main reason for acne is inside our body, sometimes the quick fix to tackle that annoying pimple is so necessary. So in this post I am sharing the most effective natural anti-blemish products that I’ve come across. All products that I list below are my favourites. They all have natural ingredients and give good results. They have powerful anti-inflammotary and antibacterial properties. They reduce redness as well as the size of pimple and help to prevent scarring and dark post-acne marks.
- Nelsons Pure & Clear Acne Treatment Gel (£4.76 per 30g). This is THE best topical treatment for blemishes that I’ve ever tried. It heals and reduces pimples so fast and it works the same way on all types of breakouts too. There is really not much more to say apart from the fact that I find it to be extremely effective product. A must-have for me and very affordable compare to my other favourite treatments!
- This Works In Transit First Aid (£16 per 10ml). This one is a blend of oils that comes in a roll and it has very strong anti-inflammotary properties. I use for both blemishes and small wounds. It is especially useful for the embarrassing moments when I pick my face and instead of small pimple end up with a huge bloody wound on my face. But this product is really great at healing, it kind of seals the wound, dries it and makes it disappear in one day. It also works wonders when applied on top of blemish gel…for especially fast results.
- Indie Lee Blemish Stick (£22.45 per 10ml). This amazing product is the only one I’ve found that can be applied underneath the makeup. Most of the topical acne products are either gels or thick cream, so when applied before makeup they can cause a foundation disaster! However Indie Lee Blemish stick is very convenient to apply, it doesn’t make the foundation cake or curd and helps to heal blemishes even under makeup. It’s a bit pricey, but very effective thanks to zinc, salicylic acid and witch hazel.
- Trilogy Blemish Cotrol Gel (£12.50 per 20ml). I like this blemish gel a lot, it’s one of the mildest products I’ve tried. The best thing about it is that it heals the pimple fast without drying or tightening the skin around. And it never gives a tingling sensation even when applied on top of “open” or bleeding blemish.
I will add one more product in this “blemish emergency” list of mine. It’s Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti Blemish Masque and I’ve done a full review of this product before on the blog. It’s not the most natural beauty product but it helped me so much when I had very bad acne. It’s so-so effective to reduce blemishes. I actually never use clay or mud based products as they cause my skin to breakout like crazy, but this mask is very gentle and really makes a huge difference to how my skin looks. Another great point is that it can be used as a face mask or as a topical blemish treatment overnight as well!
All of the products mentioned above have helped me so much in my worst days of acne and I really hope that they might help someone else too! In the next posts of “My Acne Diary” I think I will finally start talking about nutrition and foods I try to avoid, so stay tuned!
P.S. I forgot to mention that I always have at least two anti-blemish treatments and use them simultaneously. This way my skin doesn’t get used to the product hence I get much better results.