I’ve had the acne spots/scarring and skin blemishes of a pubescent-teen a lot longer than being a pubescent-teen actually lasts…
Way before Covid, I remember being in Selfridges about to throw major £££ at a high-end brand to treat them, when a lady stopped me to recommend I go to Deciem’s The Ordinary instead.
In that exact moment, I felt so many things… Awkward for myself being in that position, sorry for the salesperson, but also thankful to lady who recommended The Ordinary.
You might be pleased to know that me and my purse left Selfridges (because I was too cringed out to stay in the building), heading to Oxford Street’s Top Shop (where The Ordinary had a stall). Honestly, that’s when my life (and face) changed, and my bank-balance breathed a sigh of relief! 😅
I’ve always heard of The Ordinary, but I didn’t realise it could work so well for me. The fact that its products are highly potent scared me a bit… All I could think about was “What if they cause my skin an adverse reaction!?” Well, thankfully they didn’t.
What did I buy?
Salicylic acid is gentle (and a must for those who suffer from skin blemishes). Even though it’s a charcoal mask, I’d still advise you to use it sparingly. My recommendation would be once or twice a week, as overusing can irritate the skin.
Niacinamide is a type of Vitamin B3 which combats acne, soothes inflammation and brightens the skin. With the addition of Zinc, this also helps regulate oil production, and getting rid of the excess.
This is a light, topical moisturiser which is packed with azelaic acid. In layman’s terms, azelaic acid is a kind of good bacteria that our bodies naturally produce. Its properties include: anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and even prevention of build-up in our pores.
As a squalane cleanser, this product is gentle but effective when it comes to removing makeup, pollution, dirt, and impurities. It also leaves the skin looking clean, clear and smooth to the touch – perfect for getting rid of skin blemishes.
Probably my favourite product, this peel is a deep-exfoliant which helps fight off skin blemishes and improves radiance. What’s more, is it helps the appearance of our skin’s texture, gradually reducing the look of fine lines. Pretty much an all-rounder!
Putting it bluntly, The Ordinary’s AHA 30% is a strong solution. So, a little goes a long way. I’d recommend using it no more than once a week.
As you’ll come to realise, your skin will start to dry out when practicing this regimen. I guarantee you’ll be reaching for the oils in no time. When you do, give The Ordinary’s soothing rosehip or nourishing squalane a try.
The thing I love about both of these is that they’re 100% organic… They’re raw and filled with nutrients. My preference? I’d say rosehip.
My beauty routine for clearing skin blemishes:
Below is my morning regimen:
Below is my evening regimen:
- Cleanse (Squalane)
- Retinoid serum (three times a week)
- Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% (optional)
- 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rosehip Oil or 100% Plant Derived Squalane
How this regimen improved my skin blemishes:
I don’t know what it is, but seeing %s and types of acids included on the label/packaging is always a major worry. Looking back, that was probably what put me off in the first place…
However, I was very pleasantly surprised by how gentle they were on the skin (when used carefully).
Honestly, they dried my skin out quite badly, but I suppose that’s what needs to happen for the acne to stop. I went from “OILS FOR DAYS!” to “dry skin AF”!
But, you get your skin under control, you’ll be able to move onto other product lines.
Have you tried The Ordinary? Let me know in the comments! ✨