Products That Helped Clear Up My Skin


This is a post that I've had in my drafts, ready to write for quite some time now. That's because for a while the condition of my skin was quite transient, it went from good to bad in a matter of days. I've always had combination skin that would only break out with a few spots here and there amongst the month, but then I experienced the wrath of extreme hormonal breakouts and I of course had to switch up my routine and find what would combat it. I still occasionally break out of course, but these four products have helped maintain skin that I'm happy with. 
First off, I avoided any harsh makeup removers that would irritate the skin such as face wipes, and opted for Micealler water on a cotton pad, or when I am able to get my hands on it, Liz Earles' hot cloth cleanser, which I reviewed here. These products really ensure that all my makeup is completely off in preparation for the next step.
Indeed Labs Facial Powdered Exfoliator*
Out of all the products I'm going to mention, this exfoliator by far has made the most significant improvement in the condition of my skin. I had received this as a PRgift and hadn't had any preconceived ideas about it, or the affect that it has. The moment I started to use this exfoliator, my skin sorted itself out very quickly and became a lot clearer, smoother and made my makeup apply a lot more seamlessly into the skin. It is basically a powder that you add water to and apply to your face dry, working it into the skin to create a foam consistency whilst it gently exfoliates. This product is the most integral step in my skincare routine and I would definitely recommend it if you are after a product that both exfoliates and cleanses; its a definite game changer.

Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2
After I've exfoliated I'll use a little bit of this clarifying lotion on the areas that are more prone to breakouts just to prevent any from reoccurring on the skin. I understand that this product is not a toner, but also a gentle exfoliant, so I only use a little bit of this on the skin after I've used the Indeed Labs exfoliator. Plus, it feels very refreshing on the skin.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo
After I've used the Clinique clarifying lotion which smooths the way for moisture, I use a tiny amount of Effaclar Duo on my problem areas, such as my cheeks and chin. The stigma surrounding this product has it for a reason, and that is, it very well might break you out in the first couple of weeks of usage, which makes it quite frightening to add into your routine. However, after the first few weeks it now keeps my spots at bay, whilst also preventing them from recurring. It is great once you get passed the initial break out phase. 

Decleor Nutridivine Nutriboost Soft Creme
I'm all for a hydrating, luxurious moisturiser that really sinks into the skin; and Decleors Nutridivine is exactly that. This one in particular is actually formulated for dry skin, which I don't actually have, but it works with my skin so well. I find that very thin moisturisers formulated for oily skin don't hydrate mine enough so I love to use this. My skin always looks hydrated and plump the next morning when I wake up. Not to mention it smells lovely! I can imagine if you have very oily skin you might want to steer clear of this product, but if your somewhere in the middle I'd definitely recommend this as a daily moisturiser. 

I hope this may all help you out in some way because finding the right routine can definitely  be hard! What have you all tried and tested that worked for your skin? I'm always looking for new products to try so let me know what has worked for you all in the comments! 

71 comments

  1. Great post, there definitely can't be enough advice out their for girls struggling with breakouts! I also tried the effaclar duo but found it did little to help my skin, really glad it works for you though! Maybe i should have pushed through with it for longer :)

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  2. Such a good post! I have been having problem skin at the moment and I'm really tempted by the Liz Earle stuff. I also love Clinique products but I haven't used this particular one yet... maybe I should give it a go!


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    Sarah xxx

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  3. Nice post and products! Haven't tried them but now I'm curious to

    Mel
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  4. I use Nutrogena Face Wash and Witch Stick for break-outs.

    Lizzie Dripping

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  5. I hate breakouts too, I love some of the lovely products you use I use the Clinique lotion too :D

    Serene xoxo


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  6. I really need to update my skincare routine!

    Great post!

    Tanya

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  7. I've used the Clinique clarifying lotion multiple times, it's definitely refreshing!


    Tina
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  8. Clinique products are great.. love that brand!


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  9. Oh my gosh - thank you for sharing this. You have NO idea what hell my skin is going through right now and I have no idea why! I am literally willing to spend anything to get it back to good condition... I look awful with these huge red splodges all over my face!!

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  10. The La Roche Posay effaclar duo is a holy grail product for me. I seriously cannot live without this stuff. I apply it to spots only and even my husband lends it from time to time. I never had a breakout due to it though. I use also some other La Roche Posay products in my routine. They are amazing. I always wanted to give the Liz Earl Cleanser a shot. I hope i can get my hands on it soon.

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  11. I want to get into trying some other La roche posay products out! I would imagine they'd be good! The liz earle cleasner is amazing! Definitely try it soon! x

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  12. These products are what worked for me so I hope you can find what will work for you as well! I know how hard and annoying it can be! I'm glad it has helped in some way :)

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  13. Yeah the brand has always worked for me in the past!!

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  14. Oh I feel you! It's so hard to get rid of!

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  15. When I first started using the clinique toner it transformed my skin as well, definitely give some of the others a try if you have similar skin! :)

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  16. Oh it is both Interesting and amazing! it works so well with my skin :)

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  17. Liz earle really does do good skincare so give it a try :) Thanks for reading Sarah.

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  18. It really just depends on the person doesn't it. Trial and error at the end of the day as well! Thanks for reading Devon :)

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  19. That exfoliator sounds amazing! The fact that it's also a powder sounds like it isn't too harsh on the skin. I've been using St. Ives scrubs on my face and while I enjoy them, I've heard they're supposedly too harsh and damages the skin!

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  20. I need a skincare product for that time of the month, because I always have a breakout during those period and they are usually painful. Love that we have similar type of sin issues, would try to get some of these that I can find.

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  21. These all sound like amazing products! I wish I could use the Clinque lotion but I tried Clinque a few years ago and it didn't work for me :( The exfoliator sounds amazing!! x

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  22. I love the Clinique clarifying lotion too! Although I actually do treat it as a toner. Sometimes it feels pretty drying though and can have a bit of a strong smell (of alcohol) but overall it works pretty great :)

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  23. Yeah I've heard the same thing about st.ives as well but the indeeds one is very gently and fine for every day use!

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  24. Yeah definitely! those hormonal breakouts are the worst!

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  25. Yeah it doesn't work for everyone! The exfoliator is definitely great!

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  26. Yeah if can be sometimes, but does work well :)

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  27. Ooo, I have never read any reviews on Indeed Lab exfoliator, only read about their famous Hydraluron. Will have to check that out, it sounds lovely!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  28. I really want to try that exfoliator because it sounds amazing! I love the clarifying lotion too!
    -Sisi
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  29. Yous skin sounds very similar to mine! The exfoliator sounds amazing - great post :) x

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  30. Great products, I love Clinque clarifying lotion!
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  31. I've still yet to try Hydraluron as well! But their exfoliator is lovely!!

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  32. it really is, you should try it! :)

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  33. Oh it i really is that good! Thanks so much :)

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  34. Its very refreshing indeed! thanks for reading :)

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  35. I really really want to try that Indeed Labs Powder Exfoliator. I swear by the Clinique lotion.

    Maria // Fox and Arrow

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  36. It's always good when you can settle on a routine that works for your skin. That exfoliator sounds similar to the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant which I really like.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  37. ok first of all, your blog photos are always so stunning, like omg how??? so talented haha! :D

    anyway, loved this post, definitely will have to try out some of these products!

    x

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  38. I have heard good things about Clinique but have yet to try any of their products out. By the way your photos are beautiful!

    Jessica
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  39. I'm currently in the breakout stage of Effaclar Duo and it's torture but I'm hoping it will be worth it in the end haha. Great post lady! x

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  40. I love this! I have the Clinique Acne set, but I haven't had a chance to use it. Now I probably will!

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  41. I found this post so helpful.. thank you x

    em // emandhan xo

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  42. Yeah I've heard its very similar to the Dermalogica one! Some people have said its better!

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  43. Thanks girl! I know its the worst, hopefully it works for you!

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  44. Oh get on it girl! Thanks for reading :)

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  45. I'm glad it has helped in some way! :) x

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  46. These are greta products, I've struggled with acne in the past as well, & the Clinique toner has deff helped! xo

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  47. You take the most beautiful photographs! I have combination skin and have regular flare ups. I get on well with the Clinique Take The Day Off balm followed by No7 hot cloth cleanser x

    Hannah x | hannatalks

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  48. Great post and great products, I am all for Clinique when it comes to acne and oily skin. It's my holy grail, so to say.
    xox
    Lenya
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  49. Rebecca Beardsley22 February 2015 at 12:09

    Beautiful photos! I would like to try the Indeed exfoliator, that sounds really good and my skin is breaking out at the moment and I don't know why! :( xx


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  50. Loved reading this post! Thanks so much for your advice! x

    Jana
    Life of Jana

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  51. I've been hearing amazing things about these brands! Great post and pictures! =)

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    xoxo,
    Jessica

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  52. Amazing! Thank you for this post. I'm having an awful time at the moment with my skin so definitely going to give some of these products a go
    Reinventing Neesha ♥

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  53. It's always great to find products that sooth the skin! At 31 I still suffer with break outs. I love experiementing with different skincare :) www.shehearts.net

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  54. I have wanted to try that clinique lotion for ages! Now i definitely will!

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  55. I have been looking for some new face products to keep my skin lovely and healthy, I will be trying these out for sure!

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  56. It definitely is a great product!

    :)

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  57. Thank you hannah! Oh I really want to try cliniques take the day off balm! Heard such good things :)

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  58. Thank you Rebecca! It really is a great product! x

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  59. Hope you find something that works for you girl!

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  60. After just having had another baby my skin isn't quite the same. Great to read about those recommendations.

    xo Sheree
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  61. I love post like this. I would try the Clinique, because All I had experienced from it, worked more than well.
    Have a special day,

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