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The Skincare Routine I Use To Battle My Acne Scarring

I've had really bad acne for around 4 years now. Some days it's worse than others, some months you can't see my skin since my face is that covered. It covers my shoulders, my back, my stomach, my face - pretty much everywhere. I've been on and off medication and I'm now on Doxycycline which has helped tremendously. But now I'm left with the scars.

When you have acne it's so hard not to squeeze the spots and pick at your uneven face. Now my acne has cleared up a bit, what is making my skins appearance bad is the scars that I've caused. I've gone through so many skincare routines to reduce the number of scars and none of them worked until now.

I'm not going to lie to you and say that this one product has changed my life forever, I use several different products so to distinguish which one is having the best effect is pretty much impossible - I do have a strong idea though.

What I'll be doing in this post is running you through my skincare routine that I carry out every morning and night including the products that I use. Not all of them help reduce scarring but they are just as important.

** I'd just like to point out that since writing this post, I have been trying out a new product to battle my acne scars and so I'll have a new post up about that soon. This was my routine and I do still stick to this routine - just minus a few of the products. **

Morning routine

Every morning, I wake up and my skincare routine always simple because who want's to pile a load of product onto your skin before even applying your makeup?

The first product I use is from The Body Shop and it's their Drops of Youth Day Cream. When I went into the store, I asked about their products that would help best with scarring and this is what they suggested since it helps even out the tones in your skin. Basically reducing redness and uneven tones which my skin is the worst for. At £23 I was a bit apprehensive but I bought it regardless and I'm now in need of some more.

A small amount of this moisturiser goes a long way, it's very oily and takes a while to sink into your skin but that's okay, it gives me time to log onto my laptop and load up Netflix to watch during my makeup routine.

Since using this product, I have seen a noticeable difference in my skin tones. After using it, my face does go redder than usual (don't worry, this isn't any kind of reaction for me - it's normal whenever I moisturise) but after a while my face calms down and evens out. I've also noticed a massive improvement in my acne scarring since using this which is why I'm planning on buying more.

The second (and last) product I use in my morning skincare routine is a sun lotion. Only recently have I realised the long-term benefits of using a sun lotion in your skincare routine. It reduces wrinkles, prevents skin cancer and protects your skin from UV damage. It's always important to get a high SPF into your skincare routine (no - a foundation with SPF 15 isn't enough).

I use this SPF 50 Sun Lotion from Wilko's all over my face and body every morning. On hot days, I'll take it with me and reapply it to my body in the day. You're meant to do the same on the face but I'm not re-doing my makeup, I have an SPF 15 foundation so that alongside the lotion should be enough.

This product soaks into the skin quickly and smells really nice. Some days I like to use the lotion and wear no make up since it gives me glowy skin.

After that, I start applying my make up and I don't do anything else until my nighttime routine.

Night time routine

I have a shower every night and in the shower I make sure to use the Garnier Pure Active Sensitive Anti Blemish Soap Free Wash all over my shoulders, chest and face. It cleans off any left over makeup that the warm water hasn't, which isn't often, and leaves my skin feeling fresh and hydrated after my shower.

It has purifying Zinc, which removes impurities and purifies the skin without drying the skin out; witch hazel that soothes and refreshes; and a hypoallergenic and pH neutral formula for optimum tolerance. I love this wash and it's perfect for my sensitive skin.

When I'm out of the shower, I then use Sueprdrug's Vitamin E Micellar Water to remove any makeup residue like mascara, foundation that's still in my pores, eyebrow product, etc. It's a really gentle formula and a small amount goes a long way. It removes makeup instantly which is great.

After cleaning of my makeup, I use the Calypso After Sun which protects my skin, helps towards dryness and cools the skin after a hot day. It has a moisturising formula that leaves the skin soft and smooth. I use this on my face and the rest of my body.

I'm currently really obsessed with sun care since my medication makes me very sensitive to sunlight. I noticed that the skin on my arms was becoming dry, thin and sore (even when the sun wasn't out) which I why I started using the sun lotion and after sun. Since using these products, the dryness and soreness has drastically improved.

After the After Sun, I put on a night time moisturiser - which ever one is available to me. Often it's a really cheap one from Poundland or Aldi. They're both still very good.

When I'm waiting for my moisturiser to sink into my skin, I use The Body Shop's Vitamin E Eye Cube which I have been using religiously for a couple of years now. I love it. It soothes and hydrates the skin around my eyes and improves my dark circles.

Once the moisturiser has sunken into my skin, I use my final product which is Bio-Oil. This is most likely the product that is helping my acne scars reduce significantly. I apply this all over my face using cotton wool, all over my shoulders and recently on my back. It takes it's time to sink into the skin so I usually watch TV for an hour or so, by which time I'm ready to go to sleep (and it's still not fully sunken in). It has had enough time to have taken some kind of effect though so I sleep in peace and wake up with lovely skin.

Do you have any tips to reduce scarring?

Until next time...

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  1. This is really nice and helpful also. Thanks a lot for sharing the post.


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