The Perfect Skincare for Acne and Blackheads

I have finally found the best skincare for acne and blackheads and it only took 25 years…

That’s not even the best news. It isn’t going to cost you 2 arms and several sofas. There is a moment in every girls life where she looks in the mirror, zooms in on her chin and/or nose and realises that it probably ain’t going to get that much better than that (without surgical assistance). I am turning 26 this year and I know that is still young in the grand scheme of things but I still feel the oldest I have ever been. It has taken me over 25 years to find a beauty routine that gives me the best skincare for acne and blackheads and I am finally ready to share it with the world.

I hate my blackheads. When I first met my other half, he didn’t know what a blackhead was. Ever since I have shown him, he doesn’t just see his own but he also sees mine. Being the perfect gentleman, he never comments. Until I ask him to look at them and he says ‘I never even noticed them till you showed me.’ That was my first mistake. My second mistake was getting to the age of around 24 before realising that I really should take my make-up off before bed, regardless of how drunk I am or how much ‘I could probably get away with another day of this mascara.’ Blackheads are creepy and unnecessary and all the dodgy tools of Amazon will not take them away. However there are a few things you can do to sook those little bad boys out.

Tea Tree Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser

Body Shop £6

Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser

What a huge steal. I bought this product when it was 40% off as I was on my ever-lasting hunt for the best skincare for acne and blackheads. Some of the previous cleansers I have bought have cost around £40 and I am not living for that. The Body Shop wasn’t somewhere I had really shopped before except for when I was in need of a body butter because let’s be serious, The Body Shop is the king of body butters. However, when I started using this cleanser I was pleasantly surprised. At £6, I was also chuffed with my little bargain.

As you can see in the below photo, it looks a little bit like shaving foam but it is definitely less heavy on the skin than shaving foam and although it isn’t recommended to use it for shaving, it worked on my beard… That was a joke, please, just don’t. The main ingredient in this fab foam is tea tree. The smell of it takes me back to my teens when I used to use cheap and nasty supermarket products. The smell isn’t nasty but the quality of those products definitely was. The Body Shop use tea tree from the foothills of Mount Kenya. I don’t mind if it came from a back alley in Liverpool, providing it does the job.

How To Apply

Simply splash warm water on your face to open your pores and rub this little baby in. Wash it off with your hands or a facecloth, using warm water. In the morning, I usually splash my face with cold water at the end as it supposedly closes your pores (and wakes you the hell up). I dry my face quite roughly afterwards because my skin is fairly oily and the combination of the cleanser and a rough scrub gives me soft skin but don’t do this if you have dry or sensitive skin. I use my foaming cleanser first thing in the morning and last thing at night. It is the only cleanser I use and I swear by it.

The Body Shop often has deals on which definitely sweetens the deal. It isn’t only great skincare for acne but it is also great for reducing blackheads. Don’t believe me, just check out the reviews!

Grease Lightning Spot Treatment

Lush £6.95

Low and behold, it has FINALLY happened. It is time to say goodbye to bum cream, sudocrem, germolene or toothpaste. No more stinging, painful, heavy or useless acne solutions. No disrespect to those whom this has worked for. My granny has a face like a babies bottom and she is 75. However it has just never worked for me.

On a day where I felt less sassy and more scarecrow, Grease Lightning was another one of my experimental trial runs. The wonder worker is made from thyme, rosemary and tea tree infusion along with organic aloe vera gel and witch hazel extract. Grease Lightning worked almost overnight. Within a couple of days, I noticed my blackheads had somewhat moved out. This new fresh faced wifey looking back at me in the mirror was a treat. It comes in a cute wee bottle with a jelly like consistency and it lasts for ages! I have used it everyday for nearly 5 weeks and the bottle is still half full.

How to Apply

After cleansing your face with the Tea Tree Foaming Cleanser, rub a small amount of Grease Lightning on to your ‘problem areas.’ I use it most specifically on my chin and my nose as that is where most of my blackheads live. If you have any spots making an appearance, pop a little bit onto those as well as the antibacterial and antiseptic ingredients will not only reduce inflammation but it should help the spot ‘come to a head.’ The treatment will dry within a few seconds and can be left on under make-up although I personally choose to use this when I am not wearing make-up to avoid a flaking face. Overall this spot treatment is the perfect skincare for acne and blackheads. You’re welcome.

Vanishing Cream Moisturiser

Lush £18.95

This is the most expensive product in my skincare suggestions however it is absolutely worth the price. I thought initially when I seen such a little tub for a fairly steep price that this stuff wouldn’t last a week, never mind any longer. It is made from lavender, neroli and geranium oils along with grapeseed  oil and rose water, amongst others.

However you only need to use the tiniest little finger dips worth each time you moisturise. It has such a light texture and vanishes almost as soon as you put it on your skin. Most moisturisers I have used just add to my blackheads and breakouts or make my skin more oily. I never thought my moisturiser of choice would come from Lush. Not because I didn’t expect quality from Lush but because I was used to paying over the hilt from beauty counters for skincare for acne to no real avail.

How to Apply

Easy peasy. I put the tiniest amount of vanishing cream on after Grease Lightning has dried and I use it both in the morning and in the evening if I am not using a night mask. It sits very well under make-up and primer and is perfect for a refresh during the day. Avoid using too much of this at a time, as it goes very far and is quite pricey.

Skincare for acne and blackheads

It may have taken over 25 years and A LOT of wasted cash but I have eventually found a skincare routine which is excellent for diminishing acne and blackheads before they take over the world. I do use the occasional face mask along with these treatments. One of which is a Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Night Mask from The Body Shop and the other is a Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask, also from The Body Shop. I only really use these once a week but will be doing separate write ups on these as they are for a variety of skin types. In the meantime, I hope those of you suffering with acne or 800 blackheads try out my methods as this has genuinely taken years of research.

‘Inner beauty is great but a little skincare never hurt’ 

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