After a recent treatment at EF MEDI SPA I decided to take my therapist’s advice and invest in a new skincare range.
It is probably one of the most talked about subjects on my acne support group.
What skincare do you use?
Most of us are desperately seeking that one product that will clear our beautifully blemished skin! After recently changing my entire skincare regime to DermaQuest, I cannot begin to explain the instant change I saw in my acne. But if you haven’t worked it out by now, just because something works for one person, doesn’t mean it is going to work for you.
Your journey to clear skin is your own. But that doesn’t mean you have to do it alone!
If there is anything the blemished community hate more than wasting money on skincare that doesn’t work, it’s listening to the false claims from people who sell acne products. Especially when the person selling the product has never had acne!
What’s that sound? Money down the drain? It feels like it doesn’t it?! Well, it doesn’t have to be a waste of money. Instead you could do what I did and invest in your skin. Forget trialling loads of different products on a whim. DO YOUR RESEARCH, avoid products with all-singing-all-dancing advertisements and find your local stockist.
Once you’ve found somewhere; book in for a facial. I know if you’re on a budget a facial can seem totally out of the question but think about all that money you’re saving from not buying every product on the shelf that says ‘CLEAR’ or ‘BLACKHEADS’.
If you are completely tapped out and literally can only afford to buy a few products then ask that stockist if you could have a free consultation and for a therapist to analyse your skin because you are thinking of investing in some skincare.
If you are like me, you will buy EVERYTHING and ANYTHING that comes highly recommended. But if you are more of a sensible Susan (well done you!) you may prefer to just get the essentials before committing to the whole range. But remember, by going for the ‘safe’ option you have also opted for slower and less effective results.
Think of it like a pension scheme. You can choose how you invest your money, in a low risk scheme with less reward or a high risk scheme with a chance of paying off your mortgage and moving to Miami.
Your minimum skincare should look something like this:
- Cleansing wash
You’re looking for something with antibacterial properties that is hydrating at the same time.
A lot of people make the mistake of skipping this one out. A toner will remove the excess cleanser and also hydrate and refine your pores. Don’t buy one that contains alcohol. You are not looking to strip your skin. It will make your acne worse in the long run.
Not the physical kind! You are looking for something containing Salicylic Acid or Glycolic Acid.
- On the spot treatment
Something you can put directly on the spot when its angry and inflamed. Do not apply tea-tree oil straight onto the skin! This is another common mistake. In it’s pure for it burns the skin and will create scars and pigmentation. It’s fine to have tea-tree as an additional ingredient- but not used straight up on its own. I have found pure lavender great for taking down swelling and clearing the infection. Lavender is the only pure essential oil that can be used directly on the skin. If you are looking for something more cosmeceutical; DermaQuest do a great on the spot treatment. What really impressed me was their large application pads which you can put on hard to reach places like your back.
Another common mistake is to miss this step out because you already feel too oily. A good moisturiser gives you much needed protection from environmental stresses but also regulates your sebum production. Try and find one with Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate and enhance the performance of your skincare.
It has taken me a long time to start using an SPF because in the past I have found that they clog my pores. But after using DermaQuest’s I have finally found one that is so light and non-oily; that I don’t even know it is there. Most importantly sun exposure turns the pigment in our acne darker; making them harder to shift.
So for good results you are looking to buy six products and I always say, if you’re not seeing results after four weeks, it’s not working for you or there are internal factors you may need to look at; whether it be your diet, hormones or gut health.
If you want to maximise your results, invest in a hydrating serum and a face mask!
Ok so you’ve got the products; now what do you do with them? Use them sparingly because they were so expensive? Finish using your old products and start the new products as the old ones run out?
If you want to get the most out of your investment you need to do two things:
- Use them exactly as your therapist or as the manufacturer recommends (that’s likely to be every morning and evening)
- Completely stop using what you were using before. Your new skincare could be brilliant but your old skincare is blocking the results.
Remember why you were looking to get new skincare in the first place… because your old skincare wasn’t working for you! If you keep using it; it’s like bringing the baggage from a previous relationship into a new one. It’s never gonna end well!
MY SKINCARE ROUTINE
DermaClear BHA Cleanser
This pore refining cleanser irrigates the follicle, reducing acne causing congestion.
I use this 2-3 evenings per week, on the evenings that I’m not using the DermaClear Serum. I have never used a product before that noticeably decongests and smooths my skin. Bye bye black heads!
- Salicylic Acid (BHA)
- Citric Acid
This gently exfoliates and refines the skin while inhibiting blackheads.
This cleanser is ideal for all stages of acne helping to calm irritated blemishes for faster healing. I use this cleanser every morning and every evening that I am not using the BHA Cleanser.
- Mandelic Acid (AHA)
- Tea Tree Oil
- Retinol (Vitamin A)
This serum dissolves oil, smooths skin and prevents future breakouts by reducing dead skin buildup!
This anti-acne serum helps to control my breakouts without drying my skin. Using Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids it purifies my skin through exfoliation reducing clogged pores. Over time I have been able to increase how much I use this serum. I now use it every night that I am not using the BHA cleanser.
- AHA and BHA blend (Glycolic, Lactic and Salicylic Acids)
- Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
Essential B5 Serum
Essential B5 Hydration Serum is a drink of water for your skin! This unique hydrating serum helps to attract and retain moisture in the skin, enhancing skin firmness, softness and elasticity preventing aging and dehydration.
When you have acne, it is not all about stripping and tackling those nasty spots; you have to put back the good stuff! This serum helps to hydrate my skin; replenishing it with much needed moisture.
- Vitamin B5 (Panthenol)
- Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium Hyaluronate)
- Arnica (Arnica Montana Extract)
- Ferulic Acid (Antioxidant)
Skin Brite Cream
SkinBrite Cream is hydrating and brightening making it an ideal antioxidant cream for drier skin types.
This was recommend to me to help with the dark pigmentation that having spots can leave you with. In addition to even my skin tone it also hydrates and calm my irritated skin.
- BV-OSC (Vitamin C)
- Emblica (Brightening Antioxidant)
- Madonna Lily Plant Stem Cell
- Bakuchiol (Retinol-like ingredient)
Sheer Zinc SPF 30
Protects the elastin protein from UV damage and skin proteins from being broken down, while Iron oxides provide a natural tint.
When using products like the BHA cleanser and the DermaClear Serum it is even more important to use an SPF. This one is perfect for sensitised skins and absorbs really well with no shiny residue.
- Zinc Oxide (Physical sunscreen)
- Elix-IR (Antioxidant and Anti-Aging)
- Renovage (Anti-Aging)