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My Acne Diary – Quick Fixes

My Acne Diary Quick Fixes
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.

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Elde Cosmetics & Isa’s Restoratives Review

Hi, Everyone!

Here is another video from my YouTube channel, that I totally forgot to publish. There is a full review of absolutely amazing Elde Cosmetics Balancing Moisture Cream that is perfect for my acne-prone skin. It gives enough moisture, really helps to prevent blemishes and improves skin tone! This is my biggest skincare love so far!

I also review Isa’s Restoratives Elixir I Soothe in this video. Very helpful product to calm any inflammation and to promote healthy skin appearance.

Another briefly mentioned products include Pure Thoughts Whipped Shea Butter, EpicBlend Hemp Banana Lip Balm and Noyah Vanilla Lip Balm. These are perfect winter time products to avoid chapped lips or dry skin patches!

I am working on the new videos at the moment. I was struggling with the lighting set up, but it looks like I’ve finally figured it out. So more videos to come soon!

My Acne Diary – Introduction Part2

My acne diary - how to treat acne

I thought that in this second part of “My Acne Diary” I should share some more details of my acne history. I think it’s very important to talk more about what treatments I’ve done so far and my thoughts on them.

So a bit of the background story, I’ve had different forms of acne since my early teens. Sometimes my skin would get better, sometimes it would be really our of control.  I started to have a lot of whiteheads on my forehead when I was around 12-13 years old, really bad pimples followed shortly after. By the time I was 14, my cheeks were completely covered with horrible red breakouts. This was the first time when I had a course of antibiotics, after that I took probiotics to support my digestive system and I was acne-free for a while. After just a couple of months all went downhill again. And it was a roller-coaster ride since then. I’d had really-really bad acne since I was 15 until I was almost 25. 10 years of self disappointment and unhappiness…Anyway, in that time I’d been on 3 types of antibiotics, 2 types of contraception pills and accutane (though I’d never finished my accutane treatment as I kind of freaked out and gave up taking it very quickly). In addition, I used a countless number of topical treatments, peels, different facials and even done colon cleansing.

Some of these treatments didn’t help at all. Some of them delivered only short-lived results. Colon cleansing gave a good result, but it had lasted for a few months only. The best result was from taking contraception pills. I’d been taking them for around 3 years and for two of those years my acne wasn’t so bad. I cannot say that my skin looked nice, no-no, it was just tolerable…I still had acne, it wasn’t just so bad. On the other hand, I had lots of unpleasant side effects, but that’s already another story. When I was in my last year at the university, pills stopped helping and after exams I had ended up with one of the worst outbreaks of acne in my life!

Nothing would help at that time, it was so bad. I took antibiotics prescribed by my doctor, but it looked like my body stopped fighting and all the crap came out on the surface of my skin…I couldn’t look in the mirror, it was so horrible. I would wake up crying because I didn’t want to get up and see myself with such disgusting face. It was very really difficult time for as it had been a challenging time in my life in general and my acne caused me to be even more depressed. I also think that taking antibiotics damaged my digestive system quite badly and the doctors I visited were not helpful at all (I would even say they were very ignorant!). After a year of this horror, I gave up and I thought that I would just have to live with this kind of skin. Though I couldn’t feel good about myself.

Then in May 2013, when I was 23 I went to see an allergist with totally holistic approach regarding my constantly running nose (this was not acne related visit at all). We were talking about my diet and lifestyle. He mentioned that there are certain types of food that I might want to avoid and by the way it could help with my acne too. This time was a turning point for me. I’ve already been switching to natural skincare and now I started to look more into what I eat. His advise of avoiding just sugar and dairy didn’t particularly help, but it was a very important turning point for me. In the next two and a half years I’ve achieved such a huge progress of understanding the need of my skin and body. My skin is getting better and better, it’s been looking fine for more than a year now and I don’t even need to avoid any foods any more. I can safely say that it was a huge journey for me and I’ve learn so much! I will share all the diet alterations I’ve made in the future posts to come. I think they should be the most interesting and not only for acne-sufferers!

In the next post in the “My acne diary” I am planning to share some quick fixes for blemishes that gave me some immediate results while I was on the long-run mission of finding piece with my body! I really hope that it might be of some use for many!

Read my first post in the series where you can find the before and after pictures of my progress.