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My adult acne nightmare! And the products that got me through

My adult acne nightmare! And the products that got me through

Realising I’m 25 and I have acne!

This is actually a topic I find quite hard to write about, but I think sharing this is important not only for myself but for others. Being very fair, my skin has always been prone to redness, it is also sensitive and as I’ve got older it has become more so. My skin has always been a bit hit and miss with breakouts since I was a teen. At 25 I realised that it was the worst it had ever been, and I couldn’t control it anymore! That was actually the hardest part, admitting to myself that it was that bad and that I couldn’t solve the problem myself! To some this might sound dramatic and if you’ve never suffered with acne or skin issues I understand.

Having ‘bad’ skin runs a lot deeper than vanity. It made me feel sad, embarrassed and not wanting to leave the house.

Admitting defeat!

After a lot of back and fourth I finally plucked up the courage to go to the doctors. I prepared myself to explain all my skin troubles, as I didn’t have the breakouts ‘typically’ associated with acne. But he took one look and said ” Yea, that’s acne”. I was prescribed a 6 month course of medication and cream. It actually felt like a relief, that a weight had been lifted! The process of the treatment was quite hard going, as the cream would bring everything to the surface, so it got a lot worse before it got better. I really found this hard, and I was often quite emotional about how bad I thought it looked. This is where I found that the face washes and moisturizers I was using just aggravated my skin even more. So I had to change things up a bit.

Changing things up!

I began searching for advice, I needed to find out from other suffers of acne what worked for them. Pinterest proved a great source of information, as it does for most things. I often find that face washes and creams for people with breakouts are for ‘oily skin types’, which never works for me and actually makes my breakouts worse as it dry’s everything.

Through my research and a bit of trial and error with other products, I found the cleanser and moisturizer that would be my skin saviour! I starting using Cetaphil products. There products are specifically for skin being treated with prescription skincare products, and are suitable for all skin types. Also they are really affordable, which is great. I still use the cleanser and moisturizer now.

Make up?!?

Not only did I find I needed to change my skincare routine, I also needed to change my makeup. Before I started the treatment, I was using Nars Sheer glow foundation, which is one of favourites. But as the prescription cream was bringing everything to the surface it didn’t have enough coverage. My skin was also extremely dry, to the point that it was flaking off at work…not Sexy!

I began using MAC studio sculptwhich helped keep my skin moisturized throughout the day and gave me a bit more coverage. I also used MAC Pro longwear concealer, it has amazing coverage but can be a little drying. Since finishing my treatment I no longer use it, as it doesn’t agree with my skin anymore.

The outcome!

After 6 months, there was a massive improvement to my skin and after a year it was still doing really well. My skin wasn’t completely blemish free but the overall appearance was so much better. It was so worth going through those difficult months and eventually I started to feel a lot more confident and would even venture out without make up (which is unheard of for me).


I would love to finish this post by saying that’s the end of my ‘skin story’ and its all under control. But this week I have just gone back onto the medication! My skin is not back to where it started, but heading that way, so I wanted to nip it in the bud before it gets completely out of control. I am thinking about doing a video about this topic and everything that has worked, and not worked for me…

It would be amazing to hear what products you swear by! If you have had acne how did you cope? And if you haven’t, what keeps your skin looking good?