First off, happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing holiday season. My holidays were filled with lots of food, fun, and family activities, and unfortunately, a breakout that proved trying on my nerves and emotions. I’d struggled with acne for a few years in my late teens and early twenties, but have been lucky enough to have it under control for the past 5 years or so. In early November of last year, my skin went crazy. After changing all of my makeup, skincare, laundry detergent, even pillows, I finally came to the realization that it was likely a hormonal breakout (lucky me). Let’s face it (pun intended): acne is not fun, but the good news is that there are some amazing products out there that can help you treat, heal, and hide your breakouts. Today, I want to share with you 5 of the products that have helped me out these past few months; ones that I’m super happy to have found and will continue to use long after I’ve broken up with my breakout.
What I love about this scrub is that it’s gentle but effective. Naturally derived salicylic acid treats your breakout while also exfoliating by removing dirt, oil, and dead skin. When you have a breakout, you’ll want to resist the urge to use harsh, grainy exfoliants which will only irritate and inflame your skin. This cleanser leaves my skin feeling fresh, clean, and calm. Aside from a few ingredients to help maintain freshness, it is 93% naturally derived, meaning it won’t harm the environment on the way down the drain, either.
While you can use this product daily as an exfoliating cleanser, my preference is to use it as a mask (1-2 times per week). Clay, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid create a “peeling effect” on your skin to help with uneven texture, acne, dilated pores, and excess oil (results that last up to 3 days!). Simply apply the product to cleansed skin, leave on for 5 minutes, and then rinse with warm water, moving your fingertips in circular motions to help further exfoliate the skin. Oh, and don’t attempt to carry on any serious conversations during the 5 minute drying time: this mask seriously dries and hardens (which is actually really fun to experience). A soothing agent avoids any dryness or discomfort once the mask is removed, and it is hypoallergenic and safe for sensitive skin.
I was lucky enough to receive samples of this product during the most recent Spark Sessions blogger conference, and haven’t looked back since. Whether you have acne or not, this product is impressive (for all skin conditions). Hydrablur locks in moisture (thanks to Abyssinian Seed Oil), decreases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reduces the appearance of pores (courtesy of Mushroom Extract), mattifies, and enhances skin’s radiance (Wu-Zhu-Yu Fruit Extract boots microcirculation). Essentially, it creates a soft blurring effect on your skin helping to hide imperfections, while also helping skin look and feel moisturized throughout the day. You can pair this primer with your favourite foundation, or, thanks to micro-encapsulated tint, you can also wear it alone. It’s lightweight, non-greasy, and really does create the perfect canvas for makeup application. Because of all these amazing benefits, this product has proved especially helpful in covering up acne and other imperfections.
This foundation has become one of my all-time favourites. I went to Shoppers Drug Mart in search of a high-coverage foundation (my exact words: “I’d like the highest coverage humanly possible”), and was recommended this product by the Beauty Boutique representative. Note: new packaging means you might find it as Dermafinish instead of Dermablend. This foundation is extremely lightweight, but provides impressive, full coverage (so much so, that you might not even need a concealer). It boasts an impressive 16 hour wear, has SPF 30, and is non-drying. It’s hypoallergenic, allergy tested, and is safe for sensitive skin. I wear the shade 25 Nude and like to apply this product with my fingers. I apply a base coat first, and if needed, go over any visible imperfections with a second layer. Highly recommend!
Until recently when my breakout started, I wasn’t able to fully appreciate the coverage abilities of this product. It applies evenly, is non-drying (in fact it moisturizes the skin), and builds from medium to full coverage. I pair mine (in the shade “Custard”) over top of the foundation above, and they blend perfectly. This concealer is also effective at covering dark circles, hiding fine lines and wrinkles, and reducing redness. Perfect for all skin types and in a range of 10 shades, there’s a reason why it’s a blogger, vlogger, and makeup artist favourite!
Have you tried any of these products? Are there other must-have products that help you with breakouts? Let me know in the comments below!