For a good portion of my adolescence, I battled with severe acne which had from time to time, given rise to the impression that the Battle of Trafalgar was waging on my skin.
However, with extreme OCD-like upkeep when it comes to skincare, I have managed to dial the Vesuvius factor of my face down a notch.
Here are the products that I use, in the order that I use them at least twice everyday:
- Clinique Liquid Facial Soap (Mild)
I love the squeaky clean and bubbly feel this soap gives, as well as the nice scent it gives. It’s the (non-narcotic) Mary Jane of facial washes. Kind, gentle, all-American, and no-frills cleaning action. Previously in my acne’s hey-ohbloodyshit-days, I’d regularly use the Clinique Anti Blemish facial wash, but this agitated my oil glands.
- Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
If there ever was one of those oh-so-cliched HG products, this was it. Holiest of Grails. Contains salicylic acid which keeps bacteria at bay.
- Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector
This serum is intended for the leftover freckles and scars on my face. Frankly, I don’t think it is effective in that sense, but it keeps my face soft and moisturised at night, and I am keeping my fingers crossed that it’s actually doing some yet-visible magic on my spots.
- DUAC Once Daily gel
Prescription topical gel for when I do have blemishes. Very drying, but highly effective because of its active ingredient, benzoyl peroxide. A little goes a very long way.
- Clinique Anti Blemish Clearing Treatment
Favourite light moisturiser. I find myself constantly replenishing my stock.
As you can see, I am loyal to Clinique to a fault; there have been products by them I’ve used which have been terrible to my skin, but I’m willing to forgive them for having released those incredible products listed above. Very pricey in Australia, but if you are living in the U.S., all’s good, since the prices appear to be twice as cheap up there.
If you have incredibly reactive and oily skin like I do, avoid using harsh products such as the Anti-Blemish Solutions Clarifying Lotion and the Exfoliating Scrub, all by Clinique. These are marketed for oily skin, but if yours is the kind that will produce more oil upon being stripped of some, then yes – heed my warning.
That’s not to say my skin is now perfect. Oh, it is far, far from being perfect. But I truly am thankful for whatever improvement I note. In recent years, I’m feeling more at home when conducting interviews or being interviewed. I’m also finally allowing (but not welcoming) those pesky cheek squishes! If anybody has a recommendation on which products to use to effectively control oiliness and remove dark spots from one’s face, I’m all ears.
Finally and if possible, avoid touching your skin. In my case however, it is a lost ideal. I report that those surrounding me have an inexplicable desire for wanting to and succeeding in squeezing my cheeks.
Dem’s the baby fat, darls.
That’s all from me. This is all my opinion, based entirely on two years of experimentation on my highly sensitive, and once acne-riddled skin. I am no fan of product placement as much as the next girl, but I also know that nothing will ruin a morning quite like the sight of a new garden of blemishes on your pretty face, so I hope this article would have helped somebody in their battles against the ever-Ubiquitous, unsightly acne.
Until the next time!
*nb. in Australian dollars