While my swashbuckle with spots is nowhere near concluded my fighting skills have improved and I think I have a better handle on what’s needed to treat and heal the blighties.
And that is just it I’ve realised.
Accepting there is no “cure” for my acne at the moment and the causes are systemic and hormonal is the first step.
I just need to ride the wave and do all I can to emerge eventually on the other side with clearer skin when my body starts to play nice.
So while I wait patiently for that day to come I’m detoxing like a good thing and supercharging my nutrition with the right spot-fighting and hormone regulating ingredients;
- Herbal teas (Qi Organic Detox Tea is the fav at the mo)
- Dry body brushing and steam rooms a few times a week
- Detox supplements including shots of apple cider vinegar, chlorophyll + supergreens (spirulina, chlorella, barley grass, wheat grass) + a herbal tonic (nettle, milk thistle, dandelion and other foul tasting delights my naturpath has concocted)
- Nutrition: I’m eating all the leafy greens I can get my greedy mitts on, scoffing down zinc in the form of pumpkin, sunflower and chia seeds, almonds and tahini in my home-made houmus and taking my essential fatty acids in the form of avocados, salmon and tuna, DHA and fish oil supplements and flaxseed oil drizzled on and stirred into anything that moves (after cooking- not heat stable)
- Hormone regulating: By way of Vitex (Agnus Chaste) supplements and Black Cohosh and Licorice in my herbal tonic and also avoiding the disruptive hormones found in cow’s milk dairy and non-organic meat
- Skin routine: As always I’m being pedantic with keeping my face clean but with gentle soothing products and steaming, saunas and clay masks and the likes.
All of this effort will pay off eventually when things come back to a balance.
Step One: Acceptance. I’m there now!
Step Two: Keep it calm and carry the fight on…
Aside from my morning and evening cleansing rituals I realised that there was a whole window of opportunity to treat and heal during the daytime.
This spot-fighting tag team helps me to do just that:
Mario Badescu Drying Cream
Drying Cream is a cross between a clay mask and a spot treatment cream but it is also healing and soothing and camouflaging.
- Treating: It treats active spots with anti-bacterial, antiseptic and astringent zinc oxide and slows down the pore’s oil production and breaks down dead skin build up and decongests with collodial sulfur. (you can certainly smell the sulfur!)
- Healing & soothing: The aloe vera base of this cream helps to calm, heal and soothe the skin and stop it getting over-sensitized.
- Camouflage: The mineral aspect of this cream makes it almost clay-mask like. It is off-whiteish in colour which when used sparingly on troubled-areas masks redness really well. Too much and you may get a chalky look so use sparingly.
Its perfect to sit over your moisturiser and under your make up all day, where it will get to work treating pores and blemishes,while also masking them and absorbing oil and preventing cells from building up and clogging pores further.
I’ve decanted some into a mini pot I keep in my make-up bag for pre-make-up application and I also have some in my bathroom cabinet for night time treating.
My only gripe it’s in a pot which is not the most hygenic and also the pot has a dome-shaped bottom inside so you think you have loads left, then you see the bottom of the container much sooner than expected.
Mario B I’m on to you, you Sneaky Pete!
Dermalogica Concealing Spot Treatment
This tinted treatment cream gets mixed reviews. On the negative people say it doesn’t conceal properly on the positive it’s won multiple awards such as Best Spot Treatment in the Beauty Heaven 2011 Glosscars and InStyle magazine’s 101 Best Beauty Buy awards 2010.
For me it works a treat. Firstly I don’t rely on it as a concealer, to me that’s just an added feature bonus. If you bought this as a concealer you probably would be disappointed. It only offers a light tint of coverage and helps to tone down redness but it won’t mask a spot fully for you. Not on me anyway.
It is however such a great product to keep in your handbag, the tube is tiny and slim so it lives in my gym bag pocket and I whip it out in the afternoon to boost my spot-fighting and healing activity throughout the day.
I use it particularly after I notice I’ve had my hand on my chin unconsciously while at my desk or sometimes I have the habit of rubbing my spotty areas while on the phone etc.
Dermalogica Concealing Spot Treatment feels and smells really anti-bacterial and gives me peace of mind to know I am keeping this area clean until I wash the day off my face in the evening.
It smells really astringent due to the witch-hazel and camphor and contains my favourite spot-fighter salicylic acid and more of the same active ingredients from the Mario Badescu Drying Cream ; sulfur and zinc-oxide.
I find these ingredients seem to work for me and don’t make my skin flaky, irritated or get too dry like benzyl peroxide can.
Have you tried either product?
What spot-fighting weapons work for you.
Sneaky dome based containers- does that shit you as much as it does me?
Do you feed you skin and skin problems?
Dermalogica Concealing Spot Treatment was provided for review