Sunday, 5 February 2017

How I Manage Breakouts...


Breakouts/spots are something most of us have experienced in our lifetime and those that haven’t, well you will have to convince me you are human ;) I thought I would share with you what I like to use to get my skin under control when it decides to be a pain in the arse!

Lemon Water:

I swear by this drink. The effects it has had on my skin are amazing and have found it has almost instant results in reducing inflammation and calming aggravated skin. If consistent with drinking 1 cup every morning I usually have clearer brighter skin within days and have very minimal issues going forward. It seems to speed up the healing process. Another benefit I have found is that I am not getting as bloated and my digestion has improved, it fights hunger pangs and cleanses your system.

The aim is to carry on with this and stick to it as I feel this is the 1 thing health wise that makes a difference to my overall health. Rich in vitamin C, B vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and fibre these little yellow things are amazing! This drink will continue to be in my daily routine for sure!

To make this I always squeeze the juice of half a fresh lemon (always use fresh) in a cup before adding hot water and sometimes I add a tiny bit of good quality honey to sweeten it up. It does have to be noted that the citric acid content can damage teeth’s enamel so I always drink this after brushing my teeth and I also gargle with plain water afterwards.

Bravura Salicylic Acid 30ml - £9.59 Bravura London

This handy dropper bottle is an essential part of my skincare collection. I use this to treat any spots or breakouts that pop up and find that it heals them quicker. Salicylic acid can be found in lots of acne preventing products so I was really excited to find it in a liquid form, especially at such a good price! I have reviewed this in a previous blog post link here...http://www.blushandsage.co.uk/2016/09/brand-discovery-bravura-london.html so wont blabber on too much but…

It is a fantastic multitasking product which can be used in different ways. My favourites are mixing a few drops into a mask of your choice or adding to your serum/moisturiser. In fact, I found doing this regularly helps prevent congestion. Another way I use this is to leave as an acid mask on the skin for around 5-10 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. This is perhaps best for people who have sensitive skin or for those that don’t wish for the SA to be applied all over their face. If you haven’t tried this product then I highly recommend it!

Loreal Pure Clay Detox Mask 50ml - £7.99 from Boots

This is another product I have already reviewed before, see link here http://www.blushandsage.co.uk/2016/10/clay-masks-im-loving.html, But I have to say this has been my favourite weekly clay mask for the past few months. It is exactly what I would want in a clay mask, purifies the skin without drying it out and doesn’t cost the earth! L’Oréal have made a gem here. The smell is a little like men’s products/aftershave but it doesn’t aggravate my skin and really does help heal any existing blemishes and prevent new ones from forming. I will definitely be repurchasing this! FYI this is currently on offer at Boots for £5.99! Bargain!

Tea tree oil

This is a well-known natural treatment for spots and I personally use this when I have been very naughty and picked at my skin :/ I am pleased to confirm that picking is more or less a thing of the past and if I want to get rid of a spot I will extract it properly. But having said that I still do this from time to time and if I do I get this little bottle out!

It is an antiseptic and instantly helps calm inflammation and prevent infection. I use a cotton bud to apply directly to the spot and hold it there for as long as I can. This usually dries up the weeping (sorry TMI) and heals the spot quicker. I wouldn’t necessarily use this on a large area of the skin but for those individual spots that pop up this stuff is amazing! Highly recommend keeping this in your medicine cabinet…

Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patches - £5.67 Amazon

Now these are the dogs b*****ks! I discovered them after Ruth Crilly from A Model Recommends did a blog post on them and so I immediately rushed to Amazon to purchase a pack! They include 24 patches of all different sizes depending on the area you want to cover. You use them on clean dry skin and although it says you can use them under makeup I personally prefer to use them at night when I won’t freak anyone out!



I have been using these particularly when I can feel a spot coming, I apply them after doing my nightly routine and they adhere to the skin very well even over oils and moisturisers etc. By morning the dreaded spot has either disappeared or reduced in size and redness. It will also bring any infected spots to a head allowing for easy extraction. I love them and will continue to repurchase forever and ever. Another bonus is they stop me from picking, so I like to apply if I am at home all day to speed up the healing process. You need to try these bad boys, especially as they are an amazing price!

How do you manage breakouts and do you have any tips I need to know?

Thanks for reading xx
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