Because I have acne, people assume that I don’t look after my skin. Well, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In my early teens I concentrated on just cleansing and toning my skin, using brands like Clearasil and Clean & Clear. Once I had started using medication to treat my acne, my skin became extremely dry and sensitive so I started using natural skincare brand Liz Earle and discovered the importance of masks and moisturisers. When I was fifteen I enrolled in my local college to study beauty therapy and began my fifteen year career in the spa industry. The first professional brand I worked with was ESPA. From that point on I practiced healing only with the power of nature. A few years later I trained in Aromatherapy Associates and for seven years I used nothing else.
One of my favourite times of year was visiting the annual beauty trade show in London. It was hectic but I always hoped I would discover someone showcasing a new technology or product that could heal acne. Despite the craziness of the show, I was drawn to the Environ stand and loved watching their results driven treatments. For a time I used their Retinol products after a consultation with one of the therapists and saw noticeable results but eventually reverted back to aromatherapy.
Despite my education, I still fell into the trap of buying one or two ‘miracle products’ along the way regularly taking advice from my colleagues. But you guessed it…
Looking back I am really proud at myself for always being open to the abundance of recommendations that came my way. Like all acne suffers, the whole world and his wife wanted to recommend me ways to clear my acne but working in the beauty industry just added to that noise. There was so much contradicting advice from all angles; all of the time. In the industry, you are known by your skin type and called upon whenever someone needs you for a demonstration or assessment. My poor face has put up with such a lot. When my acne was at it’s worst it actually hurt to have facials but I lay there quietly, listening to everyone’s analysis of my skin. It didn’t matter how many times I went through this process, I felt emotionally drained and beyond humiliated.
Despite my extensive efforts to clear my skin with cosmetics, deep down I knew that the problem started from within. I blamed my irritable bowel syndrome but never really made any effort to heal my gut. I was relying far too much on skincare and always told myself that my skin would be much worse if I didn’t have such a good regime. When it came to my face, I couldn’t see past the pimples. Yet if I was giving someone else advice, I would always recommend the holistic approach and expect them to start seeing results by the twenty-eight days it takes our cells to regenerate.
Better late than never, in February 2018 I decided to change my whole skincare range to DermaQuest and worked on healing my gut simultaneously. I immediately noticed a change in my skin within twenty-four hours of using the products. I wanted to bang my head against the mirror that I hadn’t tried doing this sooner!
Like most people I was worried about wasting more money on skincare that didn’t work when in reality, it is only a waste of money if you are solely relying on your skincare. It only took me thirteen years to figure it out! If I wanted to clear my acne, I was going to have to understand where it came from in the first place!
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)