I recently posted a skincare routine here on some of my favourite products that I reach to time and time again, and in the irony of it is that I ended up with a huge breakout the following weekend.
The culprit? Coconut oil! Everyone and their granny is slathering coconut from head to toe and as it is a natural and organic product, I thought I would try it out myself and see what all the fuss is about. I am a huge fan of DIY, natural and affordable beauty hacks, so this seemed like a dream product. As a hair mask it is fantastic but my skin is still recovery one month later from applying it to my face.
A majority of people experience gorgeous soft and glowing skin from using coconut oil as a DIY makeup remover or as an intense moisturiser, for me it is just too heavy and it completely blocked my pores. My chin suffered the most, however I did experience spots around my face, in places I usually wouldn’t. Not only was my skin breaking out for days and days, it was also sore. It may sound really superficial, but at 28 I felt so self-conscious having such teenager skin that avoided heading out whenever possible. Every morning when waking up I would have a feeling of dread, as without touching my face or looking in the mirror, I could feel the weight of one or two new spots on my chin and they were getting bigger and more painful.
I had also applied Coconut Oil on my boyfriend’s face and it didn’t agree with him either. He didn’t experience a break out, but it did irritate his dermatitis, which was obviously the opposite of what I wanted to achieve!
Ok so I know this isn’t the worst picture in the world but I am TOTALLY CAKED and you can still see a couple of big spots. I am wearing my HD foundation from Inglot and Naked concealer from Urban Decay and they both did a great job at disguising the spots, but couldn’t totally hide them. Underneath all of that foundation was really red and sore skin. The oily nature of breakouts means that my foundation wouldn’t last as long as normal and the red blemished would be visible after a few short hours.
The lesson! skin is different for everyone, so even though Coconut Oil has been a miracle product for loads of people, it may not be for you, it certainly wasn’t for me!
My skin was congested and I needed to products to cleanse, and unclog my pores gently while also taking down existing spots. I quick-stepped to boots to buy everything and anything that could help, and I found three fabulous products.
As mentioned, I wanted to gently cleanse my skin, and try to restore the balance, which is exactly what this product promises to do. I hadn’t paid too much attention to this cleanser until the Blog Beauties wrote a review a few months ago. Amanda and Doireann both have fabulous skin, so when they revealed this was one of their secrets I jumped on the bandwagon, and I am delighted I did.
Many people with oily or spot prone skin can stay clear of oil products like this, but in actual fact apply oils like this to the skin can prevent the overproduction of natural oils. When the skin produces a lot of oil, it is because it thinks it needs it, but when you give oils in your routine, then it will feel satisfied and produce less oil, which will lead to less spots.
This is a really simple product to introduce to your routine, as it is really low maintenance. I usually cleanse with micellar water and follow with this (however this will take off your makeup too). Apply two or three pumps to dry skin and massage with fingertips, then rinse with warm water. Your skin will feel cleansed, but not in that squeaky clean way that feel like your skin has been stripped of all its goodness. It does feel quite luxurious on your skin, and it a nice step to have in your routine as you treat your face to a quick massage.
This product is so gentle it can be used both morning and evenings, although if I am in a rush in the morning I can sometimes skip this step and rely purely on micellar water.
I am really happy with this product and it is currently my second step, after micellar water for cleansing my skin.
Quick Fix Exfoliating Scrub Mask for Blackheads and Blocked Pores
The coconut oil had totally blocked my pores, and although I was using many of my masks which are designed to clear skin, I wanted to try something new.
This is a scrub which you need to gently massage into the skin. I usually keep it on my skin for about 10 minutes before jumping in the shower, and try to continuously massage, but I usually get distracted every couple of minutes. If you have sensitive skin be careful massaging the exfoliator mask as it could be rough on the skin.
I applied this to my skin about twice a week and noticed the redness around my breakout was going down and the skin did feel less sensitive.
The science behind this scrub is:
Pink Rose Clay – helps to deep cleanse and decongest the skin
Glycolic Acid – extremely effective at balancing out uneven skin tone
Pomegranate extract – packed with incredible antioxidant and anti-aging properties to encourage radiant skin.
This tube promises 10 facials, and it so affordable perfect for a quick fix (does exactly what it says on the tin)!
I have a full blog post on my favourite masks which you can read here, but I will be adding this to my routine when my skin feels clogged and blocked.
This is probably one of the handiest products I have ever used! A double ended wand: one side for day and the other night, which fights spots whether they are just in the making or fully formed.
Usually my spot treatments happen at night, but this is a really great product that can be applied before makeup, so spots will have reduced by the time to take your makeup off in the evening.
You can feel a tingle when this product is applied to your skin, which I love as it makes me feel like it is getting straight to work. I usually give the product five minutes or so to dry and settle into the skin before I apply makeup.
I noticed straightaway that it was working, spots were drying up within hours, and red skin which was threatening to become a bump quickly disappeared.
The day product is clear, while the night one is a thicker with slight green tint.
This is a really great product and I recommend it to everyone who experiences regular breakouts or the sporadic spot. It is very affordable and neat enough to carry in your bag!
Although my skin has still to recover completely, all three of these products have helped to get my face back to normal. I no longer experience painful breakouts and the couple of spots I do experience are much smaller than they were last month, with fewer popping up.
If you have any spot fighting products you can’t live without, let me know in the products below!
Until next time,