Skin Care | Acne & Combination Skin

 (Clockwise order: Cosmetic Warrior, Kora, Simple, Tea Tree Stick, L'occitane

I'll put an obvious fact out there for you, I ain't no dermatologist.. But I have suffered with acne for a depressingly long time. I'm 17 at the mo (18 in 2 weeks eeeek!) and I've suffered from acne since I was about 13/14 *heavy sigh* It's something I've grown to kind of accept, my skin's just an awkward shit that doesn't want to heal or calm down (sorry for the swearing haha) My problem areas are my chin and forehead, which I guess are the common places really. I'd loose count if I counted everyone with acne in my school to be honest. It's an inevitable occurrence. But boy, does it get you down. If I took a make-up free photo of me right now, head on, you'd probably not think it's too bad. But at the end of the day, I'm a girl and anything that isn't perfect, is a problem. So I think I've sold my point and feel I have enough experience with acne to be able to share my ways of tackling it.. without medicine from the doctor (I've tried those too.. no joy)

My main thing to try if your suffering with Acne is WATER, believe me I've been that girl that rolls her eyes when someone says 'drink more water, it really works!!!!' but I cannot stress enough, try your best to drink 2 litres a day and you'll definitely and I mean definitely see a difference. Before, I used to drink no water at all, after all why would I want to drink something so tasteless?! but seriously, since I've begun drinking 2 litres a day: My skins become softer, my problem areas aren't nearly as red as they used to be and your skin evens out SO much. I'd seriously tell 14 year old Lisa to drink more water (litre bottles of water aren't nearly as big as you'd imagine!) After all the times I've stepped out the shower and cried at the state of my skin or the times I've been embarrassed by my face because it's so red and blotchy. Water has literally saved my skin (No exaggeration necessary)  

Since my skin has cleared up considerably (there's obviously still the odd spot, but I can live with that) I've wanted to keep my skin looking good. Above (past all that writing!) are a few skin care products that have helped me and I rely on. If I wear foundation, I make sure to take it all off with a cotton pad and Simple light moisturiser. As make up wipes are seriously bad for your skin, all they basically do is remove a little bit and smear the rest all over your skin.. not good. Also if I do have the bulging spot I dab a little Superdrug Tea Tree spot stick on to calm it, as the tea tree gets absorb by the skin and calms the area down, making it less red. I try (emphasis on the try) to wash my whole face once or twice a week to get rid of any dirt that might have clogged the pores. Therefore I either opt for the  Lush 'Cosmetic Warrior' or the Kora 'Clay Purifying Mask' to clean deep down into the skin and have a fresh base for the coming week. Both products have organic ingredients, which is perfect as they won't harm or irritate the skin. The Lush product I've literally mentioned about 3 trillion times on this blog, but the garlic and whatever other wacky ingredients they put in it seriously combats those pesky spots. Finally, I tend to get dry skin in the space between the eyebrows.. above the nose area.. you know the place I'm on about, right? Well when I get a little dry skin I just pop on a little L'occitane 'Precious Cream' and I kid you not, the dry skin disappears within a day!

I know this is a bit of a rambly post and thank you for reading if you made it this far! All I have stated here is my honest opinion as I have literally suffered terribly with acne for years. If you take even a little bit of advice or a tip, then I'll be happy.. as acne is one of the worse skin disorder that a person has to cope with. My skin is far from perfect but with these items and of course water, I'm slowly on my way to feeling comfortable with my skin.


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