Monday 4 April 2016

Skincare for hormonal acne

Sometimes I really cannot be bothered with skincare and I feel like it only makes matters worse. That's usually when it turns out my skincare isn't working for me anymore and is just breaking me out. As I'm getting older, my skin is becoming increasingly sensitive and if you thought acne was only for teenagers nuh uh uh... think again. Most girls I know actually developed some form of mild hormonal acne in their mid twenties. That being said, I feel like these four products are some that I can rely on to make things a little bit less lumpy bumpy and inflamed.

When I first moved over to Melbourne I basically got hives and it has been coming and going. So I went into Aesop (which is from here so it's cheaper, wahoo!) and asked for some recommendations. The guy in the store recommended the Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque to help calm the situation down. It's full of lovely oils and smells really herby. I do find that this helps makes my skin chill the f out when it's looking pretty angry and it also makes me skin feel less itchy.

Another favourite (I'm trying to spell like a British person again!) is the SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic (Combination antioxidant treatment containing l-ascorbic acid, alpha tocopherol, and ferulic acid) - I have no idea what any of this means by the way but maybe you do? It's an orange liquid that dispensed through a little pipette and on the back it says it 'Combines proven antioxidant vitamins C+E with ferulic acid to maximize antioxidant performance. This synergistic formulation enhances protection against damaging UVA/UVB rays to better prevent premature signs of aging, while simulating collagen production to help diminish the appearance of photodamage.' All I can say is that I like to apply it in the morning before my SPF because it makes my face feel a hell of a lot smoother. But I'm warning you, it's pricey...

If my skin is a bit dry I wear the Vichy Normaderm Daily Anti-Acne Hydrating Lotion which contains salicylic acid. If you have acne prone skin this is pretty good because it hydrates your skin without being too heavy or clogging up your pores. And salicylic acid is supposed to be good for blemishes.

The last product is the SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5 which is a cream you can use by itself as a night cream or mixed in with your usual night cream. I swear by retinol when my skin is really congested and it is supposed to help combat signs of aging so it's a win win product. Some people find that retinol is too strong for their skin so you can use creams with a lower strength of retinol in it and then build it up as your skin becomes more tolerant.

I hope this is helpful if you're having hormonal acne/similar sensitive skin issues!

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  1. My skin has gone a bit haywire recently, super dry and prone to blemishes so I'm not really sure what to do with it. The Aesop mask sounds wonderful, might have to invest! x

  2. I love Aesop as a brand. Have started to solely use Aesop and Antipodes after learning more about how natural and gentle they are to sensitive skin :) Would love to try the Aesop mask but aiks why is it in a pot?! Nooooo~

    Real Life Nerd

  3. I have the same problem and I also get cystic acne sometimes (I'm 32 - why oh why?!). Last month I gave Zelens resurfacing pads a go and they've made such a difference. Most things end up aggravating my skin but this didn't. My skin is a lot clearer and smoother, not 100% clear but I've noticed a whopping improvement. Thanks for your Aesop tip - I haven't tried their skincare but their hand wash is divine!
    Katie x


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