Adult acne is particularly cruel. Just as you’re getting an age where you’re entertaining the idea of Botox, and finally using that night cream your mother got you, it doesn’t seem fair that you’ve got to start squeezing spots in the mirror, like you’re a teenager all over again.
The past year has seen a 200% rise in the number of adults seeking treatment for acne, according to figures released last month. Dermatology clinics claimed a 214% jump in those seeking treatment, with more than one in three sufferers found to be over the age of 35. Clinics also reported a 152% rise in those wanting acne scars removed, a cosmetic procedure not available on the NHS.
The Daily Mail seem keen to blame a nation of spotty grown up on poor diets, stress and pollution (of course they do) but sometimes, life just hits you with the shitty (or should that be spotty?) end of the stick.
I got my beating at the age of 24; I was in great shape, eating healthily, exercising regularly, relaxed – I was basically that girl that current fat me hates. Then one day, and it literally did seem to occur overnight, I woke up to discover my face had become bored of just needing a bit of foundation and a dab of concealer – it suddenly demanded industrial strength cover up and the kind of cosmetics reserved for special effects. Given that my makeup skills are, let’s say limited, I spent a good few months looking like a before shoot for a Clearasil ad but with an orange foundation tideline. Sexy.
I’ve tried a whole bunch of products; my trusted technique of applying a whole load of Sudocream before didn’t work (while fine for the odd spot, this can actually make acne worse!), face washes, exfoliating scrubs, microdermabrasion, Derma needle pens – you name it, I tried it. There was even a dark day when I considered the old wives tale that apparently a nappy filled with wee rubbed across your face can eliminate acne – I was that desperate.
Luckily, I was sent a bunch of Eucerin products to have a go with, keeping me away from raiding the bin for dirty nappies. Here are a few of my favourites that helped me get rid of my pizza face:
The world and his wife seems to be raving about the benefits of Micellar Fluid/Water. Given the fact I only really learnt what BB Cream is just a few months ago, I’m feeling pretty smug about the fact I’ve been onto this little gem for quite a while. Acting as both a cleanser, toner and makeup remover, I’m a big fan of anything that can cut down my routine and keep my bathroom shelf less cluttered. I got a weird kick out of looking at my cotton wool pad and seeing just how much dirt it got off my face – even after a day off the slap. Certainly my favourite product from the range.
Eucerin AtoControl Bath & Shower Oil
Not only do i suffer from adult acne, but psoriasis and eczema- form an orderly queue, boys and girls. Having a body plagued with scabs and rashes can not only knock your confidence but ruin bath time;No fun bath bombs, no relaxing oils and certainly no irritable bubble baths – just mundane prescription provided soaks for me. Eucerin’s Bath & Shower Oil is fragrance, colourant and preservative free and made with those with irritated skin in mind. The high oil content (containing over 50% Omega oils, fact fans) meant is soothed my itchy sore skin and helped calm it down during a bad flare up. The best part of it though? BUBBLES! You get bubbles in your bath from it – bath time doesn’t have to be so clinical all the time after all!
Eucerin AtoControl Face Care Cream
Packed with Primrose Oil, Licorice Extract and Grape Seed Oil, Eucerin’s face cream was a dream to wear when facing the day makeup free. I found it to be soothing and calmed down the redness of any angry spots. However, for me personally, it was a bit too greasy to apply makeup on smoothly afterwards so was solely used for days I braved the world without foundation. I do have fussy skin so that’s not to say this would be the case for anyone else – maybe I’m just a diva.
More products can be found on www.eucerin.co.uk Although the products were a gift, this is not a sponsored blog; nor was I under any obligation to post anything. I genuinely feel these three products are worth recommending for any suffering from skin problems like myself.
Of course, no matter how good a product is, you have to make a few lifestyle changes to get the best out of your skin (Boring but sadly true.) I swapped my beloved Diet Coke breaks for sparkling water, got into the wonders of juicing and ensured my burgers came with a side salad 😉
While currently battling the scars and blemishes left behind after a year of spots living rent free on my face, I’ve found Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate to show instant results. At £36.00, it’s not cheap, but it is worth every penny. Having exclusively bought my skin care products from Aldi or Home & Bargain in the past, walking in Kiehl’s and splurging felt like a Pretty Women moment. Without doubt, the best customer service I have ever received – and they fill your complimentary wash bag with samples and freebies for you to test.
The best things in life are free.
When my skin was at it’s very worse,my confidence took a severe knock and I had very low self esteem. Looking back now, although it was bad, stressing did little to improve the situation. If you’re suffering from adult acne, I ain’t going to lie – it sucks. Badly. But remember no one notices as much as you do. Get to the doctors, get a good skincare in place and if you can’t face the world without a layer (or six) of foundation,enlist the help of an MUA to cover up redness and blemishes. I’m lucky enough that one of my best friends is an award winning makeup artist (get me!) but if you’re not blessed to have one on speed dial, get to a counter at Boots and book yourself in for a tutorial. They’re normally free and you’ll pick up hints and tips about what coverage works best for your skin.
When all else failed, I wore low cut tops – no one was looking at my face then! #LifeHack