Today’s post is about spots, just in case you haven’t already guessed! I know not the most glamorous of subjects but it’s something that lots of us have to deal with and something that I’ve had to put up with over the past few years. As much as I love magazines; 1. the beauty content is NEVER enough and 2. the subject of spots is always glazed over or you’re given the usual advice- use toothpaste etc. So I thought that I would write a little post on some tips and stuff that I’ve picked up from dealing with bad skin!
Now I’ve had bad skin since I was about 11/12 ish and my Mum always told me that you should never put up with bad skin, as there is stuff out there that can help your skin. My Mum took me to the doctors where I was prescribed over my teenage years different oral pills and different lotions, nothing was ever enough though and nothing ever completely cleared my skin up. When I was 15, the doctors put me on ‘the pill’ to help my skin. I was put on one called Dianette which is the best one for your skin, and boy it worked a treat! However this pill apparently puts you at the most risk of having a blood clot so I was eventually taken off this and put onto another pill called Yasmin which is the second best pill when it comes to clearing your skin. I’ve been on this for almost a year now and to be honest my skin has cleared up, so if you want to investigate into looking into these then I would recommend either of these pills as they’re the only tablets I’ve taken that have cleared my skin up. Talk to your doctor though but these are the two that have worked the best for me. I know that I’m probably sharing too much information but it might help someone out there! Also don’t let some doctor fob you off that your skin ‘isn’t bad enough’ for treatment. I have seen so many doctors who have clearly never had a spot in their life and would say ‘your skin isn’t bad’ or ‘ well you wouldn’t have so many spots if you didn’t wear so much make up’ to which I’d reply ‘ well I wouldn’t be wearing make up if you gave me something to clear my skin up.’ Ask about these pills or ask for their opinion.
Now there are umpteen products out on the market, but obviously not all of them work. Now I just want to say now before I launch into what has worked for me, please be aware that just because these have worked for me doesn’t mean they will work for you, and just because something hasn’t worked for me doesn’t mean it won’t for you. Okay phew important bit over. So I used to be a make up wipe kinda girl, a lazy cleanser as I like to call myself. You see when I’m tired at night, the very last thing I want to do is spend twenty minutes in front of the mirror applying different lotions and potions. However I changed my ways after discovering Liz Earle’s cleanse and polish, now I’ve posted about this before so I won’t bore you too much. But using this means my skin is left make up free which I honestly think has helped my skin so, so much. I love the Liz Earle products and would thoroughly recommend them. I also love The Body Shop tea tree/seaweed range, I love the seaweed clay mask for a treat as it clears everything off your skin and your skin feels lovely and refreshed afterwards.
Now I’m sure we’ve all been in that situation when a massive spot appears the day before or even on the day of an important event when you want to look your best, a party, a date or even just a night out. There’s the panic of ‘how do I make this go down in time?’ Well like most people, I have probably used every single quick fix product out on the market. About 95% of them doesn’t work and I’ve always just had to go out with a lot of concealer on! Though I have found a couple of products that do actually work. So what are these products? Well probably ones that you’ve heard of many times but for me the miracle workers are Sudocrem and Tea Tree Oil. Sudocrem works for me when used over night, I find that it works better when you don’t rub it in too much and tea tree oil is great for during the day as it helps reduce the size of the spot! These are both cheap and effective and they’ve worked better than anything else I’ve ever used.
- Drink water. I know a very common tip but I have found my skin has got better since I ditched the fizzy pop. All I used to drink was coke and now all I drink is water and I feel a little dirty when I drink coke now ( I know, I’m a little weirdo)
- Try to not drink too much alcohol- It always surprises me how much rubbish is in alcohol, because I am probably the world’s most boring student, I rarely drink as whenever I go out and get really drunk, I usually end my night being sick which isn’t very enjoyable. I have noticed my skin is a lot better now than it was in my first year when I was going out a few nights a week. I used to be so hardcore 😉
- Try to not worry/stress too much, stress and worry does cause spots. I always break out when I’ve been a bit stressy. Try to relax, my favourite ways of relaxing is having a bubble bath with a face mask or shutting the curtains, lighting the candles and watching a favourite programme (currently mine is TOWIE!)
So there we go, I hope this has helped if you also suffer with bad skin. I hope you all have a lovely Saturday, I’m now off to give the flat a massive clean, what an exciting life I lead!
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