One thing I think we can all agree on is this: adult acne sucks.
I’ve been dealing with it, on and off, since I was 20 and it’s taken a lot of trial and error to figure out what does and doesn’t work.
It can be difficult to pinpoint what makes you break out but my skin seems to be responding well to the changes and products below, which is a relief after years of wishing the bumps on my forehead and chin would Just. Bugger. Off.
Last time I wrote a post about adult acne my skin was in a better state than it had been for a while, but it was still recovering. Since then, I’ve started using more natural beauty products, stopped eating meat and fish, and switched prescription creams. (I now use one called Acnecide, which sounds a bit like the name of a superhero.) I also took a course of antibiotics, which worked wonders.
Now my skin finally seems to be stable — it’s normally pretty clear, aside from the odd pigmentation scar — so I thought I’d share an updated skincare routine with you. These products aren’t a miracle cure, but they’ve helped me maintain a clear complexion and that’s all I ask for.
I like to keep things simple when I wake up — I don’t want to overload my skin but I’m also not a morning person at all, so the fewer steps the better!
I wash my face with Sukin Oil Balancing + Charcoal Purifying Cleanser* (v), which cleans the skin without stripping it of moisture and calms down any oily patches. It’s a gel formula and it foams up a lot, thankfully without sulphates, and is also free from parabens, preservatives, mineral oils, artificial colours, synthetic fragrances, and propylene glycol *breathes*
An old favourite of mine is Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream*, which reduces the appearance of dark circles and hydrates the eye area but isn’t too heavy. I’ve had this pot for nine months or so now, despite using it practically every day, which is something to keep in mind if you’re umm-ing and aah-ing over whether or not to invest! Antipodes are one of my favourite skincare brands because their products always feel like a real treat to use and they work.
My final step is to use Sukin Facial Moisturiser (v). I was so impressed when I tried their cleansers that I went and bought this; I’m glad I did! It’s light, nourishing, and non-oily, and contains two of my favourite natural ingredients: rose hip and avocado oil. Plus the pump bottle is more hygienic than a tub.
Lush Ultrabland Facial Cleanser will always be my favourite make-up remover. This solid balm melts down into an oil that gets rid of even the most heavy make-up, but it has a simple ingredients list and calms skin down if it’s looking stressed. I follow this with a little bit of Sukin’s oil balancing cleanser.
If I haven’t worn any make-up that day then I prefer Sukin Cream Cleanser* (v), which is gentle and soothing, and much like the moisturiser contains rose hip and avocado oils. I always find my skin looks a little brighter and healthier after use, too. (You can use it to remove make-up but I find Ultrabland to be a little more ruthless with mascara.)
Another cult product I can’t get enough of is Pixi Glow Tonic. This blogger favourite contains glycolic acid, which gets rid of dead skin cells and brightens the complexion — it’s a favourite for a reason. Glycolic acid can increase sun sensitivity so I always use Glow Tonic in the evening and wear SPF during the day, but that’s literally the only drawback; one bottle lasts forever.
I apply a light layer of the Antipodes eye cream and then the final step is an oil. Contrary to popular belief, oils can be beneficial for oily and combination skin types and I’ve certainly noticed a difference since I started using them; my skin looks much more alive.
My current oil is Skin & Tonic London Naked Beauty Oil* (v). This blend of rose hip oil, apricot oil, pumpkin oil, and raspberry seed oil is especially calming and hydrating and provides that extra injection of moisture I like my evening skincare products to have. It’s also scent-free, so there’s no irritation — I imagine it would work well if your skin is particularly sensitive. And the dropper makes it easy to distribute the right amount of oil, so there’s no mess. I’ll be buying another bottle when this one runs out.
What is your skincare routine like at the moment? Do you have any favourite ingredients? Let me know in the comments!
(v) = vegan
This post contains affiliate links. Products with an asterisk (*) were sent to me for consideration of review. As always, all words and opinions are my own.
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Beth, 25, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travel, gin, and the Oxford comma.
I write about cruelty-free beauty, vegan & veggie food, and trying to lead a less wasteful life. I throw the odd think piece in there, too.