How to Get Over a Breakout



Sod's Law says I'm going to wake up with a dozen new spots tomorrow after saying this, but I think the milk-related breakout I've been dealing with lately is on its way out. I haven't had any new spots pop up for a few days and things seem to be getting back to normal, but my skin still isn't quite itself - I have a few cystic nasties sitting under the surface, a few pimples that are still in the process of healing and a bit of general redness going on. Now that I've eliminated the cause of the problem, my focus is on pampering my skin until the last of it passes.

Despite everything I know about skin now, the advice I absorbed from magazines as a teenager is still ingrained somewhere in my brain and I keep feeling tempted to try to treat spots with a super deep clean and some really strong treatments, but logically I know that won't work. In cases like this where spots are a problem coming from deeper in your skin, any non-prescription topical treatments aren't actually going to penetrate enough to make much difference (apart from potentially irritating your skin even more). If you keep the top layers of skin properly nourished while you wait it out, though, you'll help heal things much faster and prevent scarring once they reach the surface.

What I find works best in these situations is to keep my skin clean and stick to a simple, gentle routine. In the morning I use just water and a flannel to wash, then spray a liberal misting of La Roche Posay's Serozinc over my face to bring down inflammation. I follow with a gentle hydrating moisturiser and leave it at that - I don't wear base make-up when my skin is playing up, I prefer to use minimal products until things start improving. I also always carry some antibacterial hand gel with me (I have a terrible habit of touching my face a lot if I have spots, which definitely doesn't help matters) and do a few more blasts of Serozinc throughout the day if and when I remember.

In the evening, I wash my face with a cream cleanser and then give it a wipe with a salicylic acid pad to help clear out pores and prevent any surface issues (I'm using up the last of my First Aid Beauty Blemish Patrol pads at the moment, but Stridex is a much cheaper and equally effective option). I put on a hydrating sheet mask after that - My Beauty Diary's Aloe Soothing Masks are excellent on sensitive skin. I finish up by dabbing a little tea tree oil onto any active spots I have and then use virgin argan oil instead of a cream to keep my skin moisturised overnight.

Finally, the red wine and the fancy candle are totally necessary. My face is covered in blemishes and I can't wear make-up, and I'm sulking over all the cheese I can't eat; a little indulgence is justified (plus, Mathilde Thomas thought Bordeaux grapes were so great that she based the whole Caudalie brand around them; there must be some of those polyphenols left in my glass of fermented ones, right?). Dehydration is never a good look though, so drink an extra glass of water if you imbibe.

If anyone has any other tips on dealing with angry skin, I'd love to hear them!
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21 comments:

  1. You've mentioned some really great tips and products here! Thanks for sharing :) x

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

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    1. Hope it's of use - the Serozinc especially is a godsend :) X

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  2. you are so right, I really try to do what works the best for my skin, it is so important! Great tips, thanks for sharing :)

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    Tamara xxx

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  3. Serozinc is so lovely and sensitive, I completely adore it! I've found that my bad skin comes from when it's dehydrated and reacts by giving me loads of spots, so I make sure I keep my skin really moisturised when it's playing up. It seems really counter-intuitive to be putting moisturiser on a spotty face, but it's the best thing for it! Thanks for some great tips!

    Chloe x
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    1. Definitely! I think so much of the advice years ago was to try to "dry out" spots that it feels weird keeping things hydrated now - even when we know it works! X

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  4. I always struggle with a white, milky spots or red patches on my skin, thank you for the help though in this great post:)

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    1. You're welcome :) I think being kind to your skin is always the best way to go with any kind of struggle you're having with it. X

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  5. This is a fantastic post! I want all of it, wouldn't it be great if you could order skincare from a site and include a bottle of wine and cheese in the parcel.

    Chelsey | www.chelseythornton.com

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    1. Thanks! And yes, definite gap in the market there - someone should start a beauty box that includes them :) X

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  6. Lovely post, the Aloe soothing mask sounds great :) xx
    Chasing Belle 23

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    1. Thanks! And yeah, really hydrating and totally lovely on skin that's in any way irritated :) x

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  7. Great advice, I recently got some breakouts and not sure how to deal with them. I think the main cause is that I touch my face all the time x Ania

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    1. Yeah, it definitely doesn't help things, but it's so easy to do without noticing! I think the hand sanitiser is a good compromise - I figure at least if my hands are always totally clean it's not *so* bad! X

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  8. Great post! I suffer from random break outs and always struggle to get them to budge. I'm intrigued to try the La Roche Posay Serozinc! My favourite cleanser is Clear Days Ahead by Philosophy, can't recommend it enough for helping prevent break outs :)

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation! I've not tried much from Philosophy but I keep hearing really good things so I might check that out :)
      And yeah, Serozinc is great (and only like £6), the zinc just works wonders on bringing down redness and regulating oil/sebum! X

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  9. Serozinc is such a must have, so calming on blemishes :) I need to try the FAB Blemish Pads, I haven't heard of them before but I love the Radiance version xx

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  10. I love the Radiance ones too - some glycolic products dry me out, but these just brighten up my skin perfectly :) The Blemish Patrol ones work just as well, in a slightly different way! X

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  11. La roshe posay is the best cosmetic for skin I ever used. I have a very problematic skin and it is the only thing that helps me.

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    1. It's a fantastic brand - always the one I turn to when I'm having any problems :)

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  12. That was interesting. i think that it will be better if you'll add here more information about the other topics. Like about the various face cleaners.

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