Skin really is quite difficult to write about. Obviously, everyone's skin is different and what might work for me may not work for you, and may even make your skin condition worse. Seeing as I am by no means an expert when it comes to skincare, just an enthusiast, I always feel slightly tentative when I write about what's happening on my face.
Things are, however, slowly getting better, something I am very happy to report. The patch of spots on my left cheek that returned, having disappeared during the summer, is getting calmer and less irritated every day and the angry cysts underneath my skin (just the mental image you wanted, I know) are
beginning to disappear.
The reason for this? Well, it's kinda difficult to pinpoint it. As I said in my February Favourites post, I haven't had the easiest time lately, having moved back home somewhat unexpectedly after conceding defeat with my Uni course. Stress is definitely a big factor in bad skin for me, so the fact that all of this is now behind me is definitely a factor. Being away from London and all of its pollution and coffee shops is definitely another bonus for my complexion... But I can't really explain what's happened
without thanking a few products...
The standout hero product would have to be the oh-so-imfamous La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+. It. Is. Awesome. The reformulation of this cult classic is definitely for the better in my eyes. My post spot red marks are fading evening and more than they would do sans Duo+. It's also slightly more hydrating that it's original counterpart, something that I consider to be for the better. It's had the most noticeable effect on the lower half of my right cheek, which for the first time ever had been on the brink of a major breakout, where my old milia all seemed to become blemishes over night (the miraculous human body, ladies and gentlemen)! All the redness and nasty under-the-skin lumps vanished within a week from this area, and the scars are healing nicely. On my more troublesome right cheek, it's true that the area is far from clear, but it is definitely getting better. The end is in sight.
The downside of this wonder product? It is still kinda drying. Not as badly as before, but I find it to be too much when used on its own for an extended period of time. My solution? The Aurelia Miracle Cleanser. This was in my Favourites post for a reason! It's soooo good when your skin needs some relief from whatever is irritating it. It's moisturising without making you feel greasy, which is my biggest gripe about the much adored (and for good reasons, it is a brilliant cleanser) Emma Hardie Amazing Face Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm. In addition to this, I've been using the Kiehl's Skin Rescuer Stress-Minimising Daily Hydrator to layer on the moisture under my daily SPF. This creates a really nice anti-inflammatory base for my makeup and I really, really like it. A good dash of the Boots Botanics 100% Organic Facial Oil has not gone amiss as an overnight treatment either.
So there it is, my skin update. It's far from where I want it to be, but I'm a lot closer than I was just a couple of weeks ago, when things were looking very desperate.