I’ve been having a bit of rethink when it comes to my skin of late. As a teenager, I struggled with severe acne complicated by another underlying skin condition. Roaccutane and several years later my acne is much improved, with nothing nasty or cystic making itself known since university. Since most of my formative years were spent desperately trying to dry out my spots and coating myself in Estee Lauder’s DoubleWear, adjusting to my skin post-Accutane has proved troublesome.
My skin concerns these days are primarily redness and dryness, coupled with the odd spot because I ate a full bag of Tangfastics. However, literally in the last six months, my skin has decided that I’m allergic to everything and I keep reacting to things. I’m awaiting my letter of referral to a dermatologist because this has been going on for too damn long. I finally found a doctor that would listen to me long enough to refer me, and I can’t wait to go and speak to someone that can hopefully provide some answers about what the hell is going on with my skin.
I thought I’d talk you through the non-prescription elements of my current skincare routine since there’s not much point telling you about the prescription stuff because it’s not like you would actually be able to buy it. If my skin is seriously going through a dry patch, usually on my cheeks, I’ll use the Nip & Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme for a few days, only on the areas of dryness. I’m very careful to keep these away from particularly sensitive areas, which for me is around my eyes and on my jaw and neck, all of which have contact dermatitis at the moment. They’re great for sorting out seriously dry patches but are hella irritating for sensitive skin, so it’s worth being careful with them.
I’m still using my faithful Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream and Ultra Facial Cleanser, which I’ve talked about many times before. when I took this photo there was barely a single use left in the pot of cream so I straight after work the next I popped out to buy a massive tub with the new added SPF 30, because you can never have enough SPF on your face.
I talked at length about The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid and Alpha Arbutin formulae last month, but I to cut things short I generally use the Hyaluronic Acid in the morning to boost my moisturiser’s general moistening properties even more and the Alpha Arbutin in the evenings to help with my generally pink face.
Lastly, La Roche Posay is becoming one of my favourite skincare brands and I definitely need to try more from them. Their Toleraine Ultra is the only thing that doesn’t irritate my poor sensitive eyelids and their Anthelios Fluide in SPF 50 is both powerful enough to keep me safe from my one true enemy, the sun, yet light enough that it sits easily underneath makeup. It was a life-changing moment when I first found it.
Those are the bits I’ve been using to try and keep my skin in check of late, combined with some pretty powerful hydrocortisone creams which, while helping with the dermatitis a little, gives me acne. For the acne I have a prescription gel that dries them up quickly but irritates my skin, leaving me caught in a vicious circle with nothing really getting better. Here’s hoping the dermatologist can bring me some relief and a solution!