There will be very few people that haven’t experienced acne at some point during their life. For the lucky ones it may only be the odd blemish or mild outbreak but for others it can be very severe, causing embarrassment, discomfort and upset. But whatever type of acne you experience equipping yourself with the right knowledge is the first step in tackling the problem and this is why Dr Nick Lowe, Consultant Dermatologist, and Dr Philippa Lowe have written Perfectly Clear; The Perfect Guide to Clear Skin*.
Speak to people about their skin concerns and most people will cite acne and blemishes. The skincare experts at The Derma Group know all too well how spots can knock a person’s confidence so they created Acne Ultra Clear, an all-natural face cream proven to conquer uncomfortable and embarrassing blemishes, leaving your skin clear, smooth and healthy.
Proactiv+ is a skincare brand founded in 1995 by Doctors Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields, who met whilst training as Dermatologists at Stanford University. Their area of particular interest is acne and blemishes, and they have dedicated their professional lives to researching and fighting the causes of breakouts, in turn helping people overcome the stigma associated with these skin conditions.
Proactiv+ is an easy to use three-step system which treats blemishes and helps prevent new ones from forming. Simply by cleansing with the Skin Smoothing Exfoliator, targeting and treating skin using the Pore Targeting Treatment, and finally hydrating with the Complexion Perfecting Hydrator the system offers those with spot-prone skin a clearer, healthier complexion or your money back!
For most of the year, other than the odd hormonal breakout, my skin is fairly well-behaved, but when Summer arrives I seem to get more blemishes as my skin adjusts to the heat. Switching to a lighter moisturiser helps, but what about when a spot strikes or you feel that familiar tingling under the skin? Is there anything that can prevent that spot from emerging, or if it does speed up the healing?
I was contacted recently and asked if I would trial the FaceB4 system and feature the results on my blog. Knowing how much of a concern spots and blemishes can be, even to those who have left their teenage years quite some time ago, I was definitely interested in seeing how the system faired and reviewing it for my readers.
FaceB4 is manufactured by Medichem; the people behind a number of well known brands including the very successful Makeup Revolution line. I knew my skin therefore was in safe hands, but what about the claims FaceB4 make about reducing spots, blemishes and redness?
A few weeks ago a lovely Irish company on Twitter noticed I was suffering with breakouts and offered to send me their product, Dream Dots*, for review. I’ve never particularly had much trouble with bad skin but every now and then, particularly around that time of the month I get spots, so still searching for that illusive miracle product I was happy to accept their kind offer!
Today I’m rather excited as I have a brand new product range to introduce to you that will be launching on 2nd August on QVC UK.
This completely new to market British brand – Facacia – is aimed at spot-prone skin, which couldn’t have come at a better time as my skin is currently under attack and looking at my Twitter feed I know I’m not alone!
Once upon a time I used Decleor Ylang-Ylang Aromessence Oil (now called Super Serum) and Ylang-Ylang Night Balm religiously; its scent is divine and it did wonders for balancing my spot prone complexion and controlling my oily skin. Admittedly though I have a tendency to chop and change skincare; regularly being tempted by new launches or brands offering Gift With Purchases, so when I my skin improved I stopped using the Ylang-Ylang range. The last few weeks however I’ve been suffering from breakouts again. I’m not sure why other than perhaps the warmer weather, but it’s very annoying and not at all what I expect in my thirties!
I’m quite wary about a lot of popular anti-spot ranges out there as I find the formulas can often feel very astringent, as if they’re stripping the skin. I can see why people may like them as they do leave your skin feeling very clean and free from oil and, as someone with an oiler skin, I really appreciate how a greasy face can make you feel grubby and self conscious. But I also know that a degree of oil is good for the skin, acting as a natural moisturiser, and it has been said that oilier skins age better. In addition I believe that if you strip your skin of its natural oils then the sebaceous glands’ knee-jerk reaction is to compensate by producing more oil, creating a vicious cycle. Consequently I reached once again for my Decleor and it’s effective, yet gentle Ylang-Ylang range. Straight away I was reminded why I loved the products.