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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Break up with Breakouts

I write this post just after doing a mini facial massage on myself and apr├Ęs face-masking as well. Feels so good!

Speaking of feeling good, I've seen an emergence of some zits on my face in the last few days. From the looks of it, they are still at the initial stages and have no signs of turning into those horrible (and painful might I add) cystic ones! Either way, I found myself vigilantly reaching for a few trusted products to discourage pesky acne from lingering and typically have a routine I go by:

Step 1: Prevent
I use the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (French/European Version) which is marketed as a skin corrector that unclogs the skin and frees it of impurities. It's gentle enough for daily use and I apply this liberally around the problematic spot and surrounding areas. I always try to get a backup or two when I'm visiting Europe, or ask someone who is traveling there :) Most days when my skin is behaving properly, I completely omit this product from my daily skincare routine.

Note that this product is quite difficult to get a hold of since they sell a different version in the US, which I tried and personally did not like. It's much stronger and less kind to the skin. To be fair, the US version is advertised for spot treating acne so just bear this in mind if you do intend to try it out.

Step 2: It's here, now what?
Masks - I mask the hell out of my skin whenever I get breakouts (or in general when it's dry or whatever). I have combination skin (leaning dry in winter, leaning oily in the hotter months). My favorite mask for breakouts is the Origins Out of Trouble Face Mask. I really enjoy this as I find that it doesn't dry out my skin and is never harsh. Best of all I actually notice a difference even after just one go with it. I do NOT use this mask two days in a row. I would, however, complement this with some sort of moisturizing mask the next day or so.

Cleansers - I swear by the Cetaphil Daily Cleanser or the Shu Uemura Ultimate Sublime Cleansing Oil (great for people with combo/dry skin). I use either of these daily no matter what my skin condition is. If I'm having a super problematic week then I'll reach for Glamglow SUPERCLEANSE Clearing Cream-to-Foam Cleanser

Spot Treatment - Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, this product needs no introduction. What can I say, it's simply effective. I hear the Kate Sommerville Drying lotion is very similar if not better, I haven't had the chance to sample that version though! For cystic ones the only thing that works is Mario Badescu Anti-Acne Serum. Trust me on this, I've tried them all.

Step 3: Riding the storm
Sometimes, even though you've changed your sheets and have done all the above steps the pesky zits just won't budge. It might be worth reviewing your make up stash and see if there's something that may be clogging your pores. Sometimes your skin just needs to breathe also, so go easy on that base make up! Hey, if you can't help it then go ahead and reach for your most reliable concealer, I would personally recommend the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer. Make sure you find the right color so it's undetectable :)

I know sometimes getting zits can be such a damper but take it easy and be kind to yourself. Give your skin time and let it heal itself. As a side note, apparently taking in less dairy helps some people.

And that my friends is how I break up with breakouts! Hope you enjoyed this post!

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