There are countless articles, blog posts and videos across the internet suggesting ways you can get rid of your acne (you can trust me on this, I’ve probably read/watched them all – fellow acne sufferers may relate). At age 11, not even out of primary school yet, acne chose me as a victim *insert pity here*. Nine years later, after a great deal of trial and error, I finally have my acne under control. Now, I’m imparting my newfound wisdom onto you:
Go to a doctor or dermatologist
I have placed this step at the top of my post as, aptly, it is the first thing you must do. Have a doctor or dermatologist take a look at your skin, they will be able to advise you on what products they think you should use, whether or not you’ll need medication, and any lifestyle changes you can make that may help to reduce your acne. I cannot stress this point enough – it took me so long to actually go see my GP about my acne. If I had gone earlier it would have saved me a great deal of insecurity, time, and money.
Depending on the type of acne you have, the doctor/GP/derm may prescribe medication to treat your acne. People who have hormonal acne may opt to take birth control, usually a combined-pill, to reduce hormone related breakouts. Others may be prescribed antibiotics, which can be oral or topical. For more severe cases Roaccutane, also known as Isotretinoin, can be used. Personally, I used Epiduo Gel (topical antibiotic) for 3 months, and Lymecycline (oral antibiotic) for 6 months. If you’re prescribed any medication for your acne, please please don’t panic or be disheartened if you don’t see immediate results! Sometimes the meds take while to work (in some cases the acne gets worse before it gets better – so frustrating but so worth it), or you may need to try something else. There will be a product out there that will work for you.
No one spends as much money on skincare products as someone with acne does, no one. I’ve tried and tested an uncountable number of face washes, exfoliators, scrubs, moisturisers, serums, oils, you name it; I’m sure so many of you have done the same. Here’s what has actually worked for me, I’ve included links if you want to try out any products yourself:
- Cetaphil Cleanser and Moisturiser – I’ve been using the Cetaphil cleanser for years (check out this old blog post if you don’t believe me) to remove makeup. It doesn’t irritate the skin, and it leaves your face super soft. I no longer use the moisturiser, but found it was a Godsend when my skin was drier.
- Sun Cream – This one’s frustrating as it does tend to break me out, but in the long run it definitely improves the appearance of my skin. It is so so important to protect your skin from the sun. I use Nivea anti-age face sun cream. This also features on that skincare post from 2016.
- Dermol 500 Lotion – This lotion was recommended to me by a GP. You can buy it or get it on prescription. Very similar to the Cetaphil cleanser, except much more hydrating, it’s great for removing makeup. I use the lotion as my daily moisturiser as it doesn’t break me out and it’s super soothing if your acne is ever itchy or sore.
- Super Facialist Salicylic Acid Purifying Cleansing Wash – This is another product recommended to me by a GP. As the cleansing wash contains salicylic acid, I don’t use it everyday, just a few times a week. My skin honestly looks healthier every time I use it. The Super Facialist blog is worth taking a look at.
- Super Facialist Vitamin C Glow Boost Skin Serum – Yet another product recommended by a GP! If you have scarring then this skin serum is such a blessing. I use it at night so that I wake up looking glowy and healthy #wokeuplikedis.
Please remember that these are products that have worked for me personally, they may not work for everyone! Stick to what works best for you.
Most of the time, little lifestyle changes can’t completely cure acne, but they can definitely improve the situation. Even if they don’t most of the tips on the list will keep you healthy and happy in other ways: Drink lots of water! Get your beauty sleep! Do daily exercise! Change pillowcases regularly! Avoid touching your face! DO NOT pick spots! Thou shalt moisturise! Always remove your makeup! Eat your fruit and veggies! Reduce stress and anxiety! Avoid foods that break you out! Never over wash! Remind yourself you’re beautiful no matter what!
Disclaimer: I am obviously not a medical professional, this information comes from my personal experience with acne. Products listed are the ones that worked for me – this does not mean they will work for everyone.
I’d love to know what’s worked (and what hasn’t) for you! Tell me what products are your ride-or-dies, and which ones you loathe.
If you want to know about my personal experience with a particular product/medication, please feel free to ask down below!
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