The Ordinary Cleared Up My Skin Blemishes

The Ordinary Cleared Up My Skin Blemishes

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.

The Ordinary Cleared Up My Skin Blemishes

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.

The Ordinary Cleared Up My Skin Blemishes

What did I buy?

🌟 Salicylic Acid 2% Masque

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 10% + Zinc 1%

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.

🌟 Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%

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.

🌟 Retinol 1% in Squalane

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.

🌟 AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

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.

🌟 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rosehip Oil or 100% Plant Derived Squalane

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.

The Ordinary Cleared Up My Skin Blemishes

My beauty routine for clearing skin blemishes:

Below is my morning regimen:

  • Cleanse (Squalane)
  • Salicylic Acid 2% Solution
  • Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
  • Suncream (I use Kheils)

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
The Ordinary Cleared Up My Skin Blemishes

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!

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Acne Blemishes Breakout Remedies During Lockdown

blemishes

COVID-19 (or should I say COVID-20)… I don’t about you, but I’m already struggling to keep track of the days/months… Therefore, a little referring to the year we’re actually in never hurt nobody!

Unfortunately, dermatologists and beauty parlours are closed… So, getting a much needed facial or prescribed/specially medicated blemish-combatting lotion isn’t easy. Instead, I’ve been resorting to other ways of treating my acne!

It’s gotta be said that I’ve been battling with acne blemishes for years… Weirdly, it seems to have gotten worse during lockdown – which has made me realise that it’s actually stress and hormone-related more than anything else… A change of lifestyle/routine has thrown me off kilter and taken its toll on my skin.

As my acne blemishes appear in cyst-form across my jawline, it’s hard for me to take photos at the right angle to show you what I’ve been dealing with… Also, highly doubt you’d want to see that!

How I treated my acne blemishes

In desperation, I looked online and discovered that drinking two or three glasses of Aloe Vera juice a day for one week (stocked in supermarkets, Holland & Barrett among other pharmacies / whole food stores) clears up the skin nicely!

I did go one step further, though… I’ve been applying Aloe Vera gel on my face & neck twice a day too!

Yeah, I know… There is so much Vera going on in my life right now that I might as well change my name to it by deed-poll.

Side note: I’m also missing my workplace Aloe Vera plant – whom I’ve affectionately called ‘Sebastian’. Shout out to you, Sebass! Come to think of it, I might even dedicate this post to you my ‘bastypoo!

Video shows a vlogger taking the Aloe Vera Juice Challenge to clear up her acne

Alternative ways to treat acne blemishes

Positives… Let’s focus on the positives! Such as: I did have acne scars which have noticeably been fading – although I can’t confirm if that’s because of the Aloe Vera or The Ordinary’s peel.

Another positive: I’m 100% certain no-one (except for me) will be panic-buying Aloe Vera juice. It’ll be stocked in bulk at your local stores for a very long time to come!

As I mentioned above, I even tried The Ordinary’s acne range, which I’m sure works for most people, but sadly hasn’t worked in clearing it up completely for me. I was still getting fresh breakouts, even though I’d been giving it a go for a month! Once this breakout clears up, I’ll try using the range for maintenance.

To be honest, not even Kiehl’s and Liz Earle (which I’ve sworn by previously) helped this time around… I seem to have had some bionic invincible Coronavirus ZITS!

*DISCLAIMER: my skin was NOT made worse after using Kiehls, The Ordinary OR Liz Earle products, they just didn’t seem to clear them up either*

Final words on treating acne blemisheS

Aloe Vera juice (and aloe vera gel), however, has proven to be great, so much so that I’m planning to carry on with it as there are so many benefits to drinking Aloe Vera juice, such as: cleansing of the digestive system. The disadvantage? Taste. Don’t even get me started!

To summarise, ‘Coronavirus invincible bionic mutant ZITS’ can be cleared with patience… Aloe Vera juice & gel.

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