Category Archives: My Acne Diary

Laidbare Spot The Difference Treatment Cream Review

Laidbare Spot The Difference Skin Problem Treatment Cream Review

One of the most wonderful things about natural skincare is that you can come across very unpretentious brands and products that turn out to make wonders to your skin. Laidbare Spot The Difference Problem Skin Treatment Cream is definitely one of them! Laidbare is a lovely British brand that creates natural skincare at affordable prices with some exciting ingredients that one would expect in more luxurious products…Star Anis oil, Fennel extract or Japanese Seaweed extract all sound really appealing to me! And all their products come in fun, simple yet colourful packaging too.

I’ve tried quite of few Laidbare products before but for some reason Laidbare Spot The Difference Cream did not looking catch my eye. Because in my mind full of prejudice a product priced at £6.95 for 30ml cannot do much for someone fighting facial acne. Well, I was wrong…

Laidbare Spot The Difference Cream is a white thick cream that has very mild herbal scent. It blends very easily with skin and most importantly, it absorbs really well and doesn’t leave any greasy residue! To be honest, I was a bit surprised that the face cream with such thick texture doesn’t make my skin oily during the day, I would even say that it’s quite mattifying. Therefore, it is fine to use as part of the morning or evening routine. And I love the ingredients too, Spot The Difference Cream is formulated with anti-oxidant rich Caffeine, soothing Horse Chestnut Oil, calming Fennel extract and skin toning Chrysanthemum. It also contains Zinc that is one of the most well-known ingredients to help with acne.

So how does this cream actually helps with acne and blemishes? I should say that I am very impressed with its effectiveness as I didn’t have very high expectations to start with. I think Laidbare Spot The Difference Cream is best suited to treat small multiple blemishes, the ones that make the whole face look kind of red. It will not get rid of big painful zists overnight, but from my own experience nothing will. But it is perfect when it comes to treating small numerous blemishes. It is not drying as many other anti-acne products can be and it is perfect to use as an everyday moisturiser too.

I don’t personally use it everyday, but rather when my skin needs. I usually apply Laidbare Spot The Difference Cream morning and evening straight after cleansing/toning skin and skip the serum as I consider this cream as a treatment on its own due to its powerful healing properties. I use it when my skin is covered with small red bumps that I get before my period or when my diet is not as great as it should be. This cream will help to sooth my skin pretty much overnight! I feel like it is very calming product and definitely helps to get rid of redness as well as blemishes.

So in general, this cream is perfect for small red bumps all over the face that you cannot really treat with blemish gel as this is too large area to cover with such drying products. It can also be used as an everyday moisturiser for anyone with acne prone skin as it is very healing and doesn’t make skin greasy. I think Laidbare Spot Difference Cream is great treatment for small blemishes and red skin on its own, but you can additionally use spot blemish treatments to heal painful and inflamed zits and pimples. Overall, a very handy products if you think that it costs just £6.95 and small amount goes a long way too!

Top 5 Acne Banishing Skincare 2016

Top 5 Acne Banishing Skincare 2016Everyone 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 Review

  1. 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.
  2. 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 Review
  3. 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 Propolis Ampoule
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

How I Got Rid of Acne with Changes in Diet

How I got rid of acne with changes in diet

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!