(Contains previously gifted items and affiliate links. All items marked with a * are PR samples.) My skin has been a bit of a nightmare the past few months. So I thought I would share with you how I’m tackling breakouts right now to try to get back to clearer skin.
I’m not really sure why I’m having such a hard time with my skin at the moment, but I’m really struggling with breakouts. I never used to break out as often as I do now. Nowadays, I don’t even have a moment where I have clear skin, so it’s been a completely new challenge for me to try to deal with.
Using my trusty Sudo Crem
Whenever I have a breakout, I always reach for my trusty Sudo Crem. Sudo Crem has always been a go-to for me as I know that it really helps to manage my breakouts and aid with the healing process of spots. Its properties are like an antiseptic, so it can help soothe and heal painful and red spots.
I tend to use this at night, so I can sleep with it on and let it work its magic overnight, so by morning I always wake up with visibly reduced redness and the spots have decreased in size. I also find that it helps to almost dry up the spots and this contributes to the healing process as a whole.
Trying to double cleanse
I have only been introduced to double cleansing a few months ago but I can completely see how beneficial it can be. Sometimes cleansers don’t always remove every single piece of dirt, excess oil or makeup from the day, so going in with a double cleanser can thoroughly make sure your skin is deeply cleansed.
My favourite double cleansing combinations include the Dermalogica Pre-Cleanse* and the Dermalogica Cleansing Gel*. The Pre-Cleanse* is specially targetted at removing layers of oil, waterproof makeup and any stubborn dirt. Whilst the Cleansing Gel* helps to remove toxins and debris from the skin, leaving it smooth and clean. These two work really well together and always leave my skin looking and feeling fresh.
A recent duo that I have been loving is from Freshly Cosmetics. The first part of the cleansing process starts with the Fresh Green Micellar Water* which you can imagine is really refreshing and helps to detoxify the skin, whilst regenerating cells. I like to use this to remove any stubborn waterproof makeup.
Then I like to use the Rose Quartz cleanser* as the second part of the double cleanse as it really helps to work into the skin and remove any stubborn dirt or makeup. It’s also so light and gentle on the skin but still leaves you with freshly cleansed skin. Another cleanser I like to throw into the mix and switch up from time to time is the Clinique Take The Day Off Balm. It’s an amazing cleanser to ‘take the day off’ and leave you with hydrated, clean and radiant skin.
Going back to a minimalistic routine
My skin has always preferred a minimalistic routine over a super complicated in-depth one. I’ve tried to go back to just using a cleanser and then a moisturiser within my skincare routine. I always used to do just this and never had any trouble with my skin, so I’m trying to go back to this and give it a break almost.
I don’t really suffer from dry or oily skin, so I don’t really have any other requirements for my skin as it’s pretty normal, other than the breakouts I’ve been experiencing. I’m hoping that stripping back my skincare routine and going back to the basics will help prevent future breakouts.
Not picking those breakouts
At the start of the year, I set myself a beauty resolution of not picking my breakouts to try to aid the healing process of any spots that I had and prevent making them worse. I will admit I have picked a couple since the start of the year, but nowhere means as I used to and I have been good at letting angry and red spots heal on their own.
It’s such a bad habit to have, but one I know I can work on and do less of because it is important I just leave them be. If I keep picking at them, I know I’ll only make them worse, so it is best I just use alternative methods to help prevent and heal them.
Treating my skin often
Even though I’ve gone back to a minimalistic routine, I still like to treat my skin more often than not. This might mean doing a facial scrub once a week, doing a 10-minute face mask or applying an overnight mask. I think it’s important to keep this up as I know how beneficial it can be for my overall skin, not just those pesky breakouts.
I love being able to treat my skin to revitalise it, but also to remove any toxins and dirt. I’m loving keeping my skin hydrated at the moment, especially as it’s been winter recently, so I try to use my The Body Shop Vitamin E mask a couple of times a week to maintain that.
How do you tackle breakouts?