Battling Blemishes: a Skincare Guide

6 September 2015


As my skin's the clearest its been for a while, I thought I'd share what's helping me banish my blemishes. Having fought them off from the age of 13, I'd like to think I know what does and doesn't work for my skin by now. The tricky thing to blogging about skincare is that everyone's 'skin type' is unique, so FYI this is written from the perspective of a gal with blemish-prone, oily skin, who occasionally suffers from the odd dry patch around the eyes and upper lip area. This dryness normally rears its head in winter or when I've been using too harsh of a product - so look out for how I deal with that below. 

The Three Step Set: I was given La Roche-Posay's Effaclar '3-Step' Anti Blemish System for Christmas and I wanted to make sure that I gave it a proper trail before featuring it on here. This worked a treat in clearing up my skin, unclogging my pores and fading scars, but as I started using this new regime in winter, the chemicals within it proved too harsh to use it twice-daily. To give my skin a rest I started using the Clarifying Toner a lot less and have since repurchased the cleanser and cream seperately. The formula of the Purifying Foaming Gel leaves the skin feeling squeaky clean without stripping it of all its moisture. The cream (which I also wrote about here) is a holy grail product in my eyes as its the only effective treatment I've tried that reduces and fades scarring from previous spots as well as preventing and reducing the size and redness of existing blemishes. Overall the set is worth a whirl if your looking for an effective skincare regime, but I don't think I'll be repurchasing this set as a whole due to the toner's formula being a bit too harsh for my sometimes sensitive skin.

The Mask: I raved about the Super Facialist by Una Brennan's Salicylic Acid Anti Blemish Clay Mask not too long ago in this post, so I'll try not to babble on about this. When I first started using face masks, I was told that after using one, your impurities would be brought out of the skin and that my skin would get worse before getting better. This rule is completely defied by this miracle mask, as overnight I have found my blemishes have been dramatically reduced or disappear altogether. The formula, unlike most anti-blemish masks, is actually moisturising and rebalances the skin to reveal a clearer, refreshed looking complexion. I have also found this to be one of the most luxurious feeling formulas on the beauty high street.

The Gentle Toner: I actually wrote a full review of Lush's Tea Tree Water around this time last year and I have repurchased this a fair few times. Tea tree as an ingredient is antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiseptic, meaning that it keeps spot-causing bacteria at bay and the formula's combination is anti-inflammatory, and therefore helps to reduce the appearance of redness on the skin. This toner is so gentle on the skin and is still so effective in sweeping away excess oil and reducing the appearance of blemishes and red areas. Definitely one to try if you have sensitive skin. 

The Intense Treatment: For the stubborn spots that don't seem to budge when using the above, I find myself reaching for Clinique's Anti Blemish Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel as more of a targeted treatment. A little of this goes a long way and the formula is very drying and gel-like, so treats the spot without effecting the rest of the face. After application you can almost feel the stuff getting to work, and it definitely calms down any inflammation, or even pain, on the targeted blemish. This is also quite similar to Origins Super Spot Remover Blemish Treatment Gel. 

The Manual Scrub: When it comes to exfoliating the face, sometimes chemical exfoliators are not enough; enter Neutrogena's Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Daily Scrub. I love how small the micro-beads in this scrub are, and how they are effective in removing any flakes caused by spot-drying treatments without aggravating existing spots. The refreshing scent of grapefruit is so lovely and although this isn't the deepest of cleansers, it still works. In fact the whole grapefruit range is great, especially if you are on a tight budget - I love the Facial Wash and the Oil-Free Moisturiser. 

I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful if you are on the hunt for products that can give your blemishes the boot. What are your favourite anti-blemish products? Any recommendations?

Charlotte x

43 comments

  1. Heard so many great things about this range from La Roche Posay! Lovely post dear! xxxxx

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    1. This range is definitely worth the hype its got! Aw thank you, glad you enjoyed this :) xx

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  2. I don't have much blemish issue with my skin but when I do get some I like to use the Cucumber Gel Mask by Peter Thomas Roth, it's definitely a life saver! :)
    xo, Jessie | Bear and Berries

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    1. Ah that's so lucky, I wish blemishes weren't such an issue for me! I tend to react badly to skincare products with cucumber in but I've heard so many great things about Peter Roth Thomas Roth's products - I'm sure the mask is great :) x

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  3. This is definitely going on my save list for the next time I break out! I love LRP & una brennan but i've never tried this mask for some strange reason. Great post hun xxx

    Karan|| studentbeautyhack

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    1. Aw bless you - I'm glad you found this helpful! Ooh definitely try the mask out if you love other things by Una Brennan - the mask has seriously saved my skin and the price isn't bad either. Thanks Karan, that means a lot :) x

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  4. Great products! I am always dealing with acne so these are good recommendations.

    Melanie
    Aetherlily.net

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    1. I'd really recommend any of the above if you have blemish-prone skin! All of these are working for me at the moment, but out of them all I think my favourite is the mask :) x

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  5. I'm lucky enough not to suffer with blemishes too often but I have used Effeclar Duo+ in the past and quite enjoyed it during that time of the month as it helped keep my skin calm x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. Ah that is so lucky! I loved the formula of Effacer Duo+, and how it fades marks, unclogs pores and just generally leaves the skin feeling smoother. Glad its worked out well with your skin too :) x

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  6. Super interesting to read what works for different people when it comes to blemishes. Such an annoyance, useful post though!!!! :)

    Made In The 1990's.

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    1. Yes it definitely is annoying how different products work for different people! Glad you found this useful, and if you decide to pick any of these up, I hope they work for you :) x

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  7. I've always been a big fan of La Roche products; they're just a bit pricey but worth it.

    xo

    With Love, Banke | A Fashion Blog

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    1. Yeah it is a shame that La Roche Posay is on the pricier side of things! But I've honestly not had anything that's worked as well as this has before, so I definitely think its worth it :) x

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  8. I love the Origins On the Spot for targeted help with spots - pricey but worth it

    Hayley @ Tea Party Beauty

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    1. I've tried out a bit of my friend's Origins On the Spot and found the formula to be very similar to the Clinique! I think I will pick up a bottle of it though when my Clinique gel has run out :) x

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  9. Fantastic post dear! Hope you have a lovely day.

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  10. Checking out your blog after you left a lovely comment on my most recent post, and I just had to stop and say how similar our favourite skincare products are! I've used and loved ALL these products except the Clinique gel, which I didn't find particularly effective on my stubborn acne. I also couldn't get along with the Neutrogena scrub because of the scent - if they did it in another fragrance it'd be perfect!
    Rebecca | The Two Twenty Somethings
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    1. Aw bless you Rebecca thanks for stopping by!! Oh its a shame you didn't get on with the Clinique gel - I feel like sometimes it can be a bit hit or miss, but in general it tends to work with my blemishes. I tend to not use it too often though, as I don't want my skin to become immune to it. Ah I actually love the scent of the scrub - so I guess it's all down to personal preferences. Neutrogena have another Visibly Clear range that isn't grapefruit, so I think they may have a similar scrub in that range? I'm sure its worth checking out :) xx

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  11. la roche posay seems so lovely. have to try some products of them soon.


    loovelle.blogspot.com

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    1. I couldn't recommend the La Roche Posay products more! I can completely see why the Effacer Duo+ is such a hit with beauty bloggers as it really works. Thanks for reading :) x

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  12. Interesting. I have never tried la roche posay but literally as I am breaking out
    so it could be worth a try
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    Garland Girl

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    1. Oh I'd definitely give La Roche Posay a try if you haven't already! The brand is so worth the hype its hand on the blogosphere, as it really does wonders in clearing up breakouts :) x

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  13. I really want to try the tea tree range from the Body Shop, I've heard so many reviews about it! I also want to try the Grapefruit scrub, bet it smells gorgeous!!
    Becky Shannon xx - Life-by-Becky

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    1. I've heard good things about their tea tree targeting spot gel but otherwise not much else! I enjoyed using the Teat Tree BB Cream by them last year but I've gone off the formula a little bit. I love this Tea Tree Water from Lush though and this scrub is well worth a purchase, as it is so gentle and cheap yet so effective :) x

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  14. This was such a great post! I think I'm a fan of every product that you mentioned aha :)

    Blushhx

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    1. Thank you so much! Ah really? That's interesting to hear that all of these work for you too :) x

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  15. I love the petals you put in the photos, it really adds a nice touch! It was helpful reading your reviews, I have this odd dark patch that showed up on my cheek a few months ago, and I've been too lazy to do anything about it, but these seem like great products!

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin'

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    1. Aw thank you! The background looked a bit boring on its own so I thought I'd throw some petals in as I've used them in other blog photos before. I'm so glad you found this post useful! I think the Effacer Duo+ cream would be most suited for your problem :) xx

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  16. Ooh I love the Grapefruit scrub! It's one of my all-time fave products. So gentle but effective, and it smells AMAZING.

    I've not tried the La Roche products yet but I keep seeing SO many people talk about it that I think it's going to have to go on my wishlist! I've also heard great things about the tea tree toner so I might have to pop in and pick that up one day this week :) xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

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    1. I agree, I love how small the micro-beads are, as they effectively work but don't aggravate existing spots! I'd really recommend giving La Roche Posay a go - the brand is definitely worth the hype its had on the blogosphere. And the toner is so nice to use too, as its so gentle but effective :) xx

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  17. Love the grapefruit scrub - one of my absolute favs I always come back to! Come next pay day I'm planning on trying one of the La Roche products - probably the cream!

    Hannah Rose

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    1. I'm the same I always come back to this scrub and I do love the facial wash too! Ooh definitely try some out if you haven't already. The Effaclar Duo+ cream is definitely my favourite product by La Roche Posay, so if you're buying just one product by them I would make it that :) x

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  18. What a nicely written post. I'll say my skin type is much like yours; oily, acne prone. I've been meaning to try the Lush Tea Tree toner for a while now because my skin gets sensitive, too, and oh, that mask sounds amazing!

    May | THE MAYDEN | Bloglovin'

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    1. Ah thank you so much May! Oh definitely try the toner then if your skin gets sensitive, it's what I turned to when the La Roche Posay toner got a bit too harsh for everyday use. The mask is definitely a miracle worker when it comes to clearing up my skin - I couldn't recommend it more :) x

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  19. Love Effaclar Duo. I'm about to buy my 3rd one. I just can't live without it. It's the only thing I've found to help me whenever I'm breaking out. Life saver. x

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    1. I think I'm on my third or fourth by now - I can't get enough of Effaclar Duo+! I can't imagine using any other moisturiser to deal with my spots after using it. Glad it works for you too :) x

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  20. I'm definitely getting the Clinique Anti Blemish Gel, I get tons of these kind of spots! Thanks for the recommendations, I've added a bunch of these products in my wishlist :)
    Love your blog, new follower! x

    alexandraabeauty.blogspot.com

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    1. I definitely recommend trying it out, and if not the Clinique try the Origins Super Spot Remover - with both of them you can really feel it getting to work and as you only need the tiniest bit, the product lasts ages so is definitely worth the investment. No problem, I'm glad you found this post useful. Aw bless you, thank you so much :) xx

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  21. I love LRP Effaclar Duo+ but the product that has made the biggest difference for me is the Pixi Glow Tonic. I would totally recommend it! xx

    Alexandra | Glam O’Clock

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    1. Oh I'm glad you like the Effaclar Duo+ too! That's really interesting, I've had the Glow Tonic on my wishlist for a while but I thought it only tackles dullness not spots too. I'll have to get my hands on it soon, thanks for stopping by and for the recommendation :) x

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  22. All these products sound really good, I have been looking for a new skincare regime to try out because I have been using the Liz Earle cleanse and polish for quite some time now! Thanks for the recommendation and great post :) xx

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    1. Aw thank you Lauren, I'm glad you enjoyed this post and if you ever go on to trying out any of these products I hope they work out for you! I've heard amazing things about the Cleanse and Polish but I can't really get my head around using a hot cloth cleanser - but I'm sure its something I need to try out :) x

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