If you suffer from acne, I totally feel your pain. I’ve had acne for 10 years now! I’ve tried so many things to clear my skin, from using prescribed spot creams like Duac and Epiduo, using tea tree oil/toothpaste/perfume (yes perfume!)/drugstore spot creams for spots to trying lots of different skincare products.
I’m really excited because I’ve FINALLY found an acne facial treatment that cleared my skin in 3 months, my skin hasn’t looked this good since I was 14! I’m going to tell you about the skin treatment and the products that I use to get rid of clogged pores, but I’m going to tell you now, it isn’t cheap. So if you’re looking for an inexpensive and quick fix for your acne, this isn’t the blog post for you unfortunately.
My Acne Story
My acne started when I was 15, I would break out all over my face and I used to get large spots, especially on my cheeks and forehead. Its bad enough going through the awkward adolescent stage, but having acne, braces and glasses…well I was your textbook nerd.
I was prescribed Duac by the doctor, which worked a charm! But after a few years, my skin because immune to it and it stopped working. Since then I’ve tried a few other prescription spot treatments but nothing worked. I asked my doctor if I could see a dermatologist but they said that my skin wasn’t bad enough, I was a little annoyed because I had acne for so long and just couldn’t find a solution for it, but to be fair I had seen people with worse acne.
My doctor said that the next step for me was to either take antibiotics, the pill or roaccutane. I didn’t want to take any of these; antibiotics always cause another problem, I didn’t want the pill to mess with my hormones and roaccutane has some pretty dangerous side effects.
Over the past few years, I haven’t had huge breakouts, but my main problem has been whiteheads. I have lots of little whiteheads all over my face, mainly my cheeks and chin. When I wore foundation you could see little bumps all over my face and it just didn’t look good. Turns out I had clogged pores!
Nova Aesthetic Clinic
I booked an anti-ageing facial at Nova Aesthetic Clinic via Groupon. I felt like my skin had aged so much since Uni (this is what work does to you!). The Groupon offer came with a skin analysis where the skin clinician uses a machine to scan your face. She showed me all the skin damage from the sun and problem areas on my face…let’s just say I’m going to stay in the shade from now on, the skin damage was shocking!
The clinician told me I had clogged pores and recommended a Pumpkin Skin Peel along with some Dermaquest products.
Destination Skin Clinic
I had a free facial at Destination Skin (one of my favourite clinics) and decided to get a pumpkin peel there. I was prepared to pay for a 6 course skin peel treatment but it cost over £400 which I just couldn’t afford.
The best thing about this clinic is that they offer free skin consultations and you can buy a course for a skin treatment, but if you feel like the treatment isn’t working, you can change to another skin treatment at no extra cost!
For the first 2 treatments, I had the Pumpkin Peel, but I felt that it wasn’t getting rid of the whiteheads and spots. The clinician then recommended a Salicylic Acid Skin Peel which is stronger and it helps to get rid of the active acne. After my first Salicylic peel my skin was peeling like crazy for about 3-5 days, but the skin underneath the flaking skin felt amazing!
After my second Salicylic peel, most of the active acne had gone. I went back to the Pumpkin Skin Peel for the last 2 treatments and my skin has never looked better!
What does the skin peel feel like?
I’m not going to lie guys, it burns! The first time I had the pumpkin peel, I had it on for 5 minutes and thought it was unbearable, but as the treatment went on I got used to it. 2nd time I had the pumpkin peel I had it on for 7 minutes, 4th time for 5 minutes and the 6th time for 9 minutes. I had the Salicylic peel on for 5 minutes both times, this one’s a lot stronger so it burns more but the clinician fanned my skin to make it more bearable.
It’s totally worth the pain though!
Recommended Skin Products
These treatments don’t work unless you use the products the clinician recommends! If you have acne, use pharmaceutical products (usually found in skin clinics) rather than cosmeceutical products (the stuff you find in high street drugstores, e.g. Clearisil). Pharmaceutical products have a higher percentage of the ingredients you need for acne and they make SUCH a difference!
I was recommended these pharmanceutical products:
Dermaquest Essential Daily Cleanser – £29 (use every morning and night)
Dermaquest Peptide Glyco Cleanser – £30 (use 3 times a week)
Demaquest Dermaclear Pads – £30 (use once or twice a week)
Dermaquest SkinBrite Serum – £48 (use every other day)
SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Serum – £41.89 (use every morning and night)
SkinCeuticals Mineral Matter UV Defence SPF 30 – £29.85 (use every morning and throughout the day)
Pharmaceutical products aren’t cheap unfortunately, but they really work! The Hydrating B5 Serum and SkinBrite Serum have really helped to even out my skin tone and the B5 serum is ridiculously hydrating! I do invest a lot of money in skincare, but the better that you look after it whilst you’re young, the better it will age.
My skin isn’t perfect and I still have a few spots and blemishes, but I’m SO happy with the results! I can confidently go out without wearing foundation every day. Here’s what my skin looks like a week after I finished the 6 course treatment (not wearing foundation, just a little concealer on a few blemishes)
My skin still isn’t quite at the place that I want it to be, so I’m going to go for a few more skin peels, keep using the skin products and then have maintenance peels once a month.
I hope this post helps you if you have acne! I know that it can really knock your confidence, but if I found a treatment after 10 years of acne, I’m sure you can find something for you as well.
I’d definitely recommend a skin analysis at Destination Skin or Skin Clinic, it’s free at both clinics.
Something I found that also helped is to accept the way your skin is, easier said than done I know. There were days that I used to cry about my acne, but my sister-in-law told me to accept my skin and realise that it’s part of who I am, and that really helped! People think that acne is ‘gross’ but you can’t help the way your skin is.
Let me know of any other products/treatments that have helped you!
Lots of love,