Hello and welcome to another blog post!
This post is going to be all about my current skincare routine that I’ve found works well with my PCOS acne that I get.
Firstly I want to start off by telling you about my skin. I have dry skin, that rarely get oily, I get hormonal acne around my chin, cheeks and neck. I very rarely breakout on my forehead and top of cheeks. I have a lot of scarring as I tend to pick all my pimples and acne. I also have slightly sensitive skin.
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So for everything I’m going to go in order of my routine. For some categories I go between a few different products.
For cleansing I go between a few different products. I also like to double cleanser as I found that cleans my skin better and helps with my acne.
Angels On Bare Skin is a super gentle cleanser made up of ground almonds, kaolin, lavender oil and rose absolute. It’s based off a formula that has been used for centuries. It’s 100% natural as well! I love using this as my first cleanser.
Let the Good Times Roll smells so amazing that you wish you could eat it. It’s made up of maize flour, polenta and cinnamon powder. I like to use this as my second cleanser as I find it’s more scrubby and leaves my skin feeling soft, clean and looking revived.
I bought this cleansing brush when I found out that my old Clarisonic wasn’t cruelty free. I actually prefer this brush over the Clarisonic. I use this with my first cleanser to help scrub my skin and give my pores a deep cleansing and exfoliation. It’s super soft and doesn’t hurt the skin. It’s made out of recycled plastic which is awesome! It’s also the perfect size for travel too.
I received this cleanser for free in a Flora & Fauna order and I’m so happy I did because I really enjoy this cleanser. It’s suitable for all skin types and is sensitive skin friendly. It’s a moisturising, nourishing cleanser made up of betaine, olive oil and olive leaf extract. It is hypoallergenic and sulphate free, it is pH balanced and can be used on problematic skin like psoriasis and eczema.
This mask is awesome because it’s a 2 in 1. You can use it as a normal exfoliate to help get rid of dead skin cells or you can use it as a exfoliating mask. It’s made up of jojoba spheres to exfoliate rather than microbeads. It also has a blend of oat bran, Australian bentonite clay, rice flour, quandong and olive squalane. The mask does say it’s suitable for all skin types but I only use it as a exfoliator as it can be a bit too strong to leave on sensitive skin. This mask is perfect for tired and dull skin.
There is quite a few face masks listed below and I just wanted to say I don’t use these all at once. I use them for different effects.
Rosy Cheeks is a super gentle face mask that is made up of kaolin, Turkish rose oil and calamine which leaves your skin feeling soft and cleansed. It’s great for sensitive skin as it is super gentle and there are no ingredients in it that will irritate the skin. I use this mask when my skin is being super sensitive or if I have lots of sore acne.
Cupcake is a amazing smelling mask that you want to it. It’s made up of rhassoul mud, cocoa powder, linseed, cocoa butter and fresh mint. It’s a deep cleansing mask that stimulates the skin and helps draw out dirt and impurities. I use this mask when I’m on my period and my acne and break outs are at their worst. I find when I use this it helps them go away quicker and get all the nasty stuff out of them.
Oatifix is such an amazing mask that I feel is often overlooked because it doesn’t look “exciting”. It contains oatmeal, ground almonds, kaolin, fresh bananas and illipe butter. It’s a super hydrating face mask that mildly exfoliates to leave your skin super soft and nourished. I find it leaves my skin with a nice glowly look to it. I use this when my skin is feeling super dry or dull.
This radiant rose mask is a intense moisturising mask. It contains olive oil, crambe absynnica, bertaine and has a gorgeous rose geranium scent. I use this about two times a week to add moisture to my skin and leave it feeling soft. I find this mask is super gentle as well so if my skin is sore it helps calm the skin. You can also leave the mask on overnight!
I’ve been using the tea tree toner for years and It’s always been a favourite. Tea tree is anti fungal, antimicrobial and antibacterial so it helps to keep away the bacteria that can cause spots. It also contains grapefruit and juniperberry. I use this to remover makeup and before I apply moisturiser to my skin as toners prepare the skin for moisture.
I’m on my second bottle of this gorgeous night cream and I find it works really well with their rosehip oil. It’s certified organic and nourishes and hydrates the skin. It contain organic cold pressed rosehip oil, cocoa seed butter, jojoba seed oil and shea butter. It locks in moisture and hydration. It improves skin elasticity, texture, fine lines and wrinkles.
I use this day cream when I actually remember to put it on so a few days a week. It helps with hydration, wrinkles, lines and pigmentation. I find it’s not too heavy for the day time which is great. It contains rosehip oil, chamomile, avocado and rose geranium.
SERUMS AND OILS
This rosehip oil is a holy grail skincare product of mine. I’ve gone through over 5 bottles of it and I don’t think I will ever not use it. It’s helped with my acne scarring so much and the pigmentation I have on my skin. It contains organic cold pressed oil which is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin C. It hydrates the skin and repairs it for a even-tones, plumped and soft skin finish.
Full of Grace is another holy grail skincare product that I’ve been using for awhile. At Lush we call this a hero product because it has so many different uses. You can use it as a facial serum and before face masks to help draw in the ingredients of the face mask deeper into the skin. It contains Portobello mushrooms, chamomile blue oil and calamine powder which helps calm the skin, restore and protect the skin. I use this after the Rosehip night cream, then I apply the rosehip oil over the full of grace and I have found this has made the rosehip oil work even better for my skin.
PIMPLE CREAM/SPOT TREATMENTS
I go between two spot treatments depending on what my skin needs. If I have just casual breakouts I use Grease Lightning to help get rid of them. It contains rosemary, thyme, tea tree, grape juice and witch hazel. This spot treatment is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and helps soothe any redness.
This acne cream is a new addition to my skincare routine. I use this when I have really bad and angry acne. It doesn’t dry out acne at all which is great as a lot of spot treatments do. This acne cream absorbs excess oil and impurities, it’s non-abrasive and non-drying and reduces inflammation and redness. When I use this it gets rid of any redness that may be present around the acne, it also helps it go away so I’m not left with the same recurring acne spots.
So basically here is a shorter version of how I use everything:
I start off with Botanic Soothing Cleanser or Angels on Bare Skin then followed by Let the Good Times Roll or the Botani 2 in 1 Exfoliating mask. For masks I use the Botani Radiant Rose mask twice a week, when my skin needs more moisture I use Oatifix. When my skin is breaking out badly I will use Cupcake and when my skin is super sensitive I use Rosy Cheeks. Each night I start off with the Tea Tree water toner, Rosehip Night cream, Full of Grace serum and Rosehip oil. I use grease lighting on light pimples and the rescue acne cream during the day or before I start my night skincare routine.
All of these used as a routine has helped my skin so much. It has reduced the amount of acne and small pimples I usually get and has helped with scarring.
Thanks for reading!
Let me know what you think of this blog post and if you have tried any of these?!?! Do you have any products that work great for acne?! Let me know.