Saturday, 23 June 2012

Dealing with breakouts and acne scarring // Skin Care that is working for me!


Problematic skin is something I've always had to deal with. My skin hit an all-time low over a year ago and although I don’t get too many breakouts now, I was left with some confidence-wrenching pigmentation and scarring.

I started using the whole Avene Cleanance range just over a year ago, whilst my skin was at its worst. I can't praise the range enough, but there are a few products from the range that really stood out in regards to pulling my skin through, and I'm still using religiously. Alongside those, there are a few other products that I've used and have found to be helpful for my skin and the pigmentation. 

So this is me, without a scrap of make up on. The 'Before' picture was around 5-6 months ago. My skin was a lot worse than this over a year ago! The 'After' picture was taken this morning, (Oh god the courage this has taken), and I look incredibly pale stood in front of my window. Just a note, my skin tends to look worse when I'm tired at the end of the day or if I've had no sleep! 


Here, I share my experience with the main products I've used - But if you don't feel like watching a video, I've given a brief (or not so much) overview below too! 


No7 Anti-Dark Spot Facial Sun Protection SPF 50
Pigmentation is worsened and thus prolonged with UVA and UVB, so it’s essential to protect the skin from further harm. I only picked this No7 SPF 50 because I had a No7 voucher. I probably wouldn’t use it again purely because it’s said to last 20 uses with each application being a full finger length? Well, I’ve used it very sparingly around 5-6 times so far and there’s under half left already so this may be a little porky!


Avene Cleanance Cleanser
Not like other acne cleansers that make the skin feel tight and dry afterwards, instead creamy, smooth and very thorough! I don’t use it every day and night, just whilst I’m in the shower. I hate splashing my face; I can’t seem to be able to do this without flooding the bathroom and inadvertently washing my hair!

Liz Earle Spot-on
Perfect bag sized spot fighter packed with antiseptic ingredients, tea tree oil and vitamin E. I use this throughout the day on gigantic spots that seem to pop out of nowhere, just to dry them out and speed up the healing process.

Zineryt 
Made up of  Its Zinc Acetate (Anti-irritant/antioxidant), and erythromycin (Antibiotic)
When I first used this I was amazed by the swift results, but found that it stopped working after a couple of weeks. Then after my skin had a break and I got another bottle, it’d work again – So I guess you can say it provided temporary relief for me.  Amazing if you’re going on holiday or to an event I suppose! It smells incredibly strong though, and it dyes anything it comes into contact with whilst still wet. It’s worth it.

Avene TriAcneal
This is again something I slather over an active breakout, but at night instead. When I first started using this it tingled which, to me, always makes me feel like it’s working its magic right away, haha! It’s a light chemical exfoliator so shifts dead skin and works its way to smoother, clearer skin. I’m on my 3rd tube and swear by it.

Alpha-H Liquid Gold
I’ve only had this about a month, but have noticed quicker fading since then. Its £35 so pretty steep, but I’ll buy this again. This is also a chemical exfoliator, but definitely feels more intense than Triacneal, and now that my skin has improved slightly, I’ll stop using it every night – Eek!

Lancome Visionnaire
I actually tried to buy the full version of this but was told by the Lancome Consultant that my skin looked great, I was too young and she was therefore unwilling to sell it to me. She probably didn’t realise that underneath the max cover double wear foundation was a bit of an uneven mess. It smells gorgeous though and feels somewhere between a light serum and cream. It feels really nutritious on the skin, promotes radiance and gently soothes.

As mentioned in the past, this is a great treat, I tend to use this twice a week as it’s quite a heavy serum with Neroli and Vitamin E, both well known to reduce the redness of scarring and to promote skin integrity. I’ve been using this for ages and it lasts very well. I sometimes like to layer this up alongside a lighter serum and moisturiser sometimes for a real moisture kick. It sounds overpowering but my skin loves it! 


 I think the greatest ingredient for acne scarring, above all, is time. I've been so incredibly impatient with mine and its taken a couple of years to see improvement, but with the help of these products I've really found a regime that seems to work for me.  There have been a few along the way which really haven't agreed with me, or have just had no effect whatsoever (For example, Hiruscar)!


I really hope this has been helpful for some of you. Oh, and this morning I went shopping with just tinted moisturiser on. Achievement! Let me know what products you've really found helpful! 


S x

32 comments:

  1. its so nice that your confidence has shot up, and your skin looks lovely! I'm making a note of these products you've recommended and hope they can work their magic on me! xxx

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    1. Thank you! I still feel like I have a long way to go, but actually, its a lot better than it was and why strive for perfection every time? Being realistic, I'm happy-ish so far! I'd definitely recommend them all! x

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  2. I'm so happy for you that you've found a product that works so well for you, but I have to say, your "after" picture is amazing! Your skin looks evenly toned and you have barely any dark circles to speak of! It looks flawless and beautiful to me :) x

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    1. Ah thank you! I remember now that I did have a bit of illuminator under my eyes, oops!

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  3. your skin looks so much better! so glad you've found products that work for you my constant battle with acne still drives me mad so might try some of these too :) great post!

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  4. I think your skin looks so good in your after photo! My skin is more like the before photo, plus some lovely dark circles under my eyes ): I've added some of the products you mention to my wishlist, my current skincare routine (Good Things) has almost all been used up so I'll be buying a different one soon!

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    1. They're seriously amazing, I'd really really recommend all of them! x

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  5. Your skin looks lovely, going to have a look out for some of these products, thanks for the post! :) x

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  6. Such a great post and really helpful! Your skin looks great! I'm currently on a dairy-free diet as I've heard a lot of people recommend it for acne/spots and when I don't eat any dairy at all my skin does clear up so much! I'm just so bad because I love chocolate! Definitely going to try some of the products you mentioned :) I also have a lot of scarring and I'm currently using Dr.Organic Vitamin E oil which is very oily but seems to help lighten them x
    Dreams and Dresses

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    1. Oh I've heard a few things like that too - Not sure how you can manage that though haha, chocolate is definitely the down fall - Couldn't give up milk either! x

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  7. Thanks so much for this post - I suffer from acne and this was really helpful! Your skin looks amazing (not just saying that!) so I'll definitely try some of these products :) x

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    1. Thank you so much! Let me know what you pick up! x

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  8. This was such a useful post! I don't suffer from acne but I do have spots here and there that make me feel horrible. I'm very unpatient and always try to get rid of them (the not so good way) so I'm now left with scars on my face. Can you recommend anything to reduce the appearance of these marks and scars?

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    1. Aha, of course! In fact the whole post is really focused towards fading acne scars. The Zineryt and Spot on as well as triacneal are all great during a breakout - Triacneal, Alpha H and the superskin concentrate are all great for scarring! xx

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  9. This is such a great post :) You're the only person I've found who uses Zineryt! I had a similar experience to you - it worked well to start with and then wasn't so good xx

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    1. I thought it was just me too - Nice to know I wasn't making up the 'stops working' thing - It really does haha! x

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  10. Great post! I've had to deal with bad skin too :( Thanks for sharing these products x

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  11. Great post; I love reading reviews with back stories! I had horrendous skin when I was 19-21 despite a porcelain complexion for most of my teens. I found the one single thing that made the most difference was vitamin C tablets; I still take them today!

    As usual you get massive man points for being a fashion/beauty blogger who isn't afraid to put up photos where you haven't been dolling yourself up for hours beforehand.

    Emily x
    www.incurablycurious.com

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  12. Ah I wish I was as confident as you infront of the camera, and I completely agree about the spf. I used to try and get my face as tanned as possible but if anything it just gave me a red nose to match my red pigmented cheeks!

    You're skin is looking great now though and you've had some awesome results, thanks for sharing : )

    xx

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    1. Oh I'm not! This 'after' picture I've realised kinda makes my skin look better than it is, probably because of all the light! - I've still got a way to go (and im having a breakout atm grr)! xx

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  13. This has been a really interesting read- my skin has been hellish for years and it's finally getting there thanks to more drugs but I had regularly had to re-evaluate the skincare I use over the years.

    The best products I've come across have been the No7 Beautiful Skin for normal to oily as they're all oil free and the moisturiser has SPF20 and 5* UVA protections- which for someone who has been basically unable to use suncream, is miraculous!

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    1. I've been using the beautiful skin stuff too, the same one! With the green lids? I do find them pretty light and nice to use, and they smell amazing, nom nom! x

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  14. I used to use a benzoyl peroxide cream which did not dye, but BLEACHED all my pillows and sheets! Bad times. It worked a treat for a bit but also stopped working after a while, and also stiiiiiiinks. I found that occasionally going in the sun/on the sunbed would help a bit but now my skins a lot better when i do get a wee bit spotty, as long as i moisturise first, a bit of light fake tan hides it well lol. Other than that, my foundation i wear every day is spf 12 and does a good job. I also swear by sudocreme(for everything)and superdrug teatree cleansing pads. They're scrubby on one side and smooth on the other. The body shop vitamin E moisture cream is thie best moisturiser in the universe.

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    1. Haha I used to use that stuff and yeah, a nightmare! Zineryt is WORSE though seriously, it touches something for a second and its gone haha. xx

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  15. Such an open and honest post. I think people really respond to real life experiences. Glad your skin is getting better :)
    Danielle x
    daniellecurio.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. Hi There, I just spent a little time reading through your posts, which I found entirely by mistake whilst researching one of my projects. Please continue to write more because it’s unusual that someone has something interesting to say about this. Will be waiting for more!

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  17. Just came across this post while looking for some other of your posts, I've had problems for what seems like ages now and it makes me so unhappy and self-conscious. Last year my skin got incredibly better but then around May it started breaking out and now my face went back to a stage it was 3 years ago - and that is not very good. (Btw I have used zineryt in the past - no results.) Now along with the old scars I have new very visible ones on my cheek and I am hopeless, I feel like the only way to get rid of them is laser treatment and that is fairly expensive in England.
    However my friend told me about Proactiv skin care, they sell a package of 4 things and promise wonderfully better skin so I think I may try that.
    Words cannot express how jealous I am of people with no skin problems.

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  18. i hv deal with acne and still strugling :( i have search so many review about acne and im glad find your blog :)
    nobody perfect but we still beautiful if we feel happy :)

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  19. Thank you for this post. I've just started using Proactive, and so far it's working quite well for me :-)
    Hopefully I can come off the acne medication soon, as I'm actually starting to feel clear skin could be within my grasp in the next year.

    Lucy x

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  21. This was a helpful post. I'm going to look into those products. It always embarrassed me when someone said I had lovely skin when I had used foundation, concealer and powder. One day I'd love to go out with no make-up on at all. I'm not quite ready yet though.

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  22. Thanks so much for this post - I suffer from acne and this was really helpful! Your skin looks amazing (not just saying that!) so I'll definitely try some of these products :) x
    Ruby

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