I didnâ€™t get spotsÂ at all until I was around 25. Donâ€™t hate me, but teenage acne never plagued me, and as result when spotsÂ did start to frequently visit me fiveÂ years ago I didnâ€™t know what to do.
Now, with a little help from my favourite internet-based expertsÂ and application of a little more attention to my face, Iâ€™ve found some products (and one process) which doesnâ€™t keep me spot-free exactly, but does mean I can much more easily handle them when they do pop up.
Before I get to the products though (and without wanting to sound patronising), the first place to start is with a proper cleanse. Iâ€™ve written an entire ode to cleaning your face properly with a flannel, so I wonâ€™t repeat myself here, save to say that making sure youâ€™re giving your face a really good clean at the end of the day is the essential starting point for reducing spots.
I donâ€™t think I actually saw this recommended anywhere, but I was looking for a budget product with some salicylic acid in it and I stumbled across this one. It feels pretty harsh on the skin, so I donâ€™t spread it all over my face. Rather, after a good clean (and yes, sometimes a squeeze) I will put some onto a cotton bud and apply it directly to the spots. It stops the spots from developing further and I think it helps to speed up their disappearance. Itâ€™s pretty cheap to begin with but is often on offer in Boots and Superdrug if you want even more of a bargain.
This was definitely something I saw on a few different blogs – itâ€™s a treatment thatÂ works to correct the appearance of spots, control shine and reduce the appearance of marks left on your skin by blemishes. I love this stuff: I’ve re-purchased it twice and have recently taken custody of a bottle that Rachel didnâ€™t want. I mention that last bit in the spirit of honesty – RachelÂ wasnâ€™t blown away by it in the way that I am, so I donâ€™t think this is for everyone; it really does depend on your skin type. Since my skin moved from â€˜nothing to report here’ – by which I mean no dryness, oiliness or anything that needed special attention – to what I would probably term â€˜blemish-proneâ€™ with a typically oily T-zone, this has become a core product for me. It is another â€˜layerâ€™ youâ€™re putting on your skin, but I find that if youâ€™re using a serum anyway you can skip the moisturiser part unless you have particularly parched skin.
Probably the most-recommended face mask of all time – I canâ€™t count the number of times Iâ€™ve read rave reviews about this product. So when I saw that an Aesop concession had appeared in the Manchester branch of Selfridges, I couldnâ€™t resist having a chat with the lovely woman who worked there about whether this would work for me. She really sold it to me – and, while it is a bit pricey, I can confirm that it is absolutely worth the money (plus, you only need a thin layer for each application so it last for ages). It gives your skin a very thorough deep cleanse without leaving it feeling stripped. Also, itâ€™s gentle enough to use more than once a week if youâ€™re having a really rough time with your skin.
Do you suffer with spots? What are your saviour products? Let me know by leaving a comment below.