I’ve been dealing with incredibly acne prone skin now for around 6 years. During this time I’ve tried more skincare products than I ever care to properly count. Since creating my Instagram account I’ve become aware of some almost cult favourites amongst the acne community, some of which I’ve tried, and other’s I’d like to which will appear in a follow up post. Read on to find out more.
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ Moisturiser
I won’t write, yet again, all the reasons I love this product as I’ve done so before on countless occasions! For me it is my absolute holy grail of day moisturisers that I’ve been using for years. Every time I venture into a new day cream, which is very rarely, I come straight back to this. It’s gentle, hydrating, helps me so much with hyperpigmentation and more.
- Full Review Of La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+
- I’ve Had Acne For 6 Years – These Are My All Time Favourite Skincare Products
Cerave Hydrating Cleanser
I definitely wouldn’t have thought to try this if it weren’t for Instagram’s acne community but it’s been brilliant at helping me manage any drying side effects from acne prescriptions. It’s gentle, suitable for sensitive skin and good value for money. I would buy this again but have ventured into Cerave’s new Hydrating Cream To Foam cleanser to try next as I’m so used to foaming textures that I prefer them. My only complaint was that I found the bottle didn’t last as long as I’d expect but this is likely due to me using too much to compensate for the fact it didn’t foam! I didn’t notice any irritating flaky or tight skin from prescriptions at all after introducing this into my routine.
Pixi Glow Tonic
I’ve been using this now for about 4 weeks around 3 times a week in the mornings as I use prescription retinoids at night. So far I’ve experienced no irritation or purges and have noticed some improvement with congested pores. So far I’m really pleased with how this is going as usually I’m underwhelmed by toners and don’t really see any benefits or improvements.
Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions
Sorry to say that for me this was a big no. I found the range far too drying and strong for my skin. The toner in particular, which is heavily alcohol based, stung and was almost uncomfortable to use at times.
The Ordinary Niacinamide + Zinc Serum
It took me a long time to try this product as all the reviews I read seemed a bit like marmite – people either loved it for helped their skin or said it caused mass breakouts. I eventually took the plunge and I have to say within a month I was wowed. I’ve previously tried one other product from this brand and was very nonplussed. It didn’t really do anything for me and I didn’t rebuy. However; this has to be the only product I’ve ever tried in 6 years of having acne prone skin that has ever made a difference to the oiliness of my skin. My skin is combination but by 3pm no matter what I wear, be that mattifying skincare or make up my forehead always gets shiny. I’ve become more conscious of it seeing it on Zoom lately too! This product definitely helped to mattify my skin and stop me looking like my forehead was glistening by mid afternoon. It didn’t feel oily to the touch. I started using it just in the mornings and then upped to twice a week. It hasn’t helped for enlarged pores as it advertises but I can’t ignore that since using it my skin has been incredibly well behaved. I survived a few weeks of intense stress, eating more sugar than I want to admit and lack of sleep without any serious notable breakouts. I will 100% repurchase this and it is such good value for money. My bottle is about half empty after 4 weeks of use.