If you're rocking the whole 'oil slick' thing, it can be tempting to reach for those Clean and Clear tubes and impart that tight feeling upon your skin. No, no, no, my love... Instead, reach for the REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser - an über acne fighting, spot busting, skin SWAT team pick. With French clay to deep clean pores, zinc gluconate to reduce sebum (I know, it's like a different language - oil) production, lactic acid for mild exfoliation, mayblossom to tone pores, and manuka extract to sooth and nourish, with first use, you'll already notice a difference.
Another necessity in your acne fighting routine? An exfoliating toner. Here, the REN Clarifying Toning Lotion is pictured (I do love REN skincare), but I've also tried the Clarins one and they're both very similar, so any exfoliating option will do. The purpose? Not only do exfoliating toners rid the top layer of skin and unclog pores, but they also increase cell turnover to help with scars and will also help blemishes heal more quickly. Most exfoliation toners contain acids (lactic, salycilic, glycolic, citric, tartaric, etc.) which raise the skin's pH levels. Translation? You want your skin to be more acidic to kill acne fighting bacteria and to keep it healthier overall.
Alas, we're onto the last two categories - treatments and moisturizers. Something I'd HIGHLY (italics just wouldn't do it here) for all skins is Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair. It doesn't work for everyone, but I've never heard of it breaking anyone out, so go grab yourself a sample. I'm not sure what's in here, but it helped my spots, scars, and general skin condition. It's ridiculously amazing stuff! With my experience in acne, the spots were a sign that my skin was unhappy. For me, that meant that my skin was incredibly thirsty. The Origins Make A Difference Plus + Rejuvenating Treatment hydrated my skin and, because of this, ended up helping with spots and scars, as well. I think that this product, in particular, can be a bit of a hit or miss, so, as always, pick yourself up a sample. As for moisturizers, I have one general rule - make sure they don't have mineral oil (paraffin liquidium). Don't listen to the sales assistant, use your own eyes and read the ingredients, babe.
So, I've debriefed the world's largest skin condition - acne. Ughhh, I hate that word. As usual, I'm not an expert, but count this as a diary of things that have helped my skin. Need recommendations? Have questions? Just leave them in the comments, shoot me an email, or ask via Twitter (@ParisianToBe) and I'll respond in no time! Avoir!