THE STRUGGLES OF TEEN SKIN

Being a teenager isn't the best job in the world. Constant mood swings and changes, growing up, becoming responsible for yourself, getting a job (urgh) and one of the worst parts, your skin. Your skin is the most temperamental thing during teenage years, one minute you think you have it all together and your only getting the odd spot, the next minute, you have about a million and your panicking because you have one of many parties to go to the next day (because we're all so popular).

Now, I'm no expert, but being a teenager myself, I've gone through A LOT of spot stages, tried every product under the sun and got nowhere. For me anyway, I feel that there is not one specific product on the market that caters towards every teenager and helps with spot prone and oily skin. There are some products that do this, but nothing specifically aimed towards teenagers and our skin struggles.

Like I said, I've tried every product under the sun, from charcoal, spot fighting face washes to spot/blemish gels and creams and most brands aswell, from L'Oreal to Clean & Clear, Freederm to Bulldog, and I can safely say, I have never been completely satisfied with a product, and it has never COMPLETELY cleaned up my skin. However, the routine that I'm using today, is slightly working for me, and has had the best results yet. So naturally, I thought I'd share...(I'll link all the products if you wanna have a browse)

Btw, this is not an ad or affiliate links (gotta get that in there).

Firstly, let's talk about the face wash that I have been re-purchasing for a little while now, and is doing the best job out of everyone I have tried.




This is the 'Clean & Clear Deep Action Cream Wash'. I've tried quite a few of the Clean & Clear face washes, like the exfoliating and spot control ones, and to be honest, they didn't do me any favours.

I use this during the shower, wet my face first, massage this all over and then wash off (obviously), and it leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean, and keeps a lot of my spots at bay. FYI, if your using this for the first time, it may sting ever so slightly while your applying it, but don't worry after a few uses that does go away.

It's not like your average face wash that's a gel or has exfoliating beads in it, as you can see, it just comes out as a cream, and doesn't have an off putting smell either, it's pretty pleasant. So, even though it's not 100% perfect, I would genuinely recommend this to anyone who is looking for a face wash that does actually help with removing and preventing spots.

Next up in my ever so thrilling skincare routine, I use a spot gel, which can I just say, is the best spot gel I have personally tried. There may be even better ones out there, but from the ones I've tried, this is the best.



This is the 'Freederm Fast Track' spot gel, and it claims to visibly reduce redness and spot size in 3 hours. I mean, I'm gonna be honest, I don't time it (who would), but whenever I look in the mirror, I do notice that my spots have reduced in size and redness, which is a definite 'hallelujah' moment, after spending so much time and money trying to find a product that will.

I'll use this immediately after I've washed my face and got out of the shower. You don't need to use a lot at all, just apply a thin layer to the area where you have spots already, or the area where they are about to come through. If you moisturise as well, after you've applied the spot gel, leave it for as long as possible before moisturising, so that the product can work effectively.

This product has now become an absolute staple for me, and would 100% recommend to anybody who is looking for an effective spot gel.

Finally, after washing my face and applying the spot gel, I moisturise. Like I said previously, after you've applied the spot gel, try and leave it for as long as possible before moisturising. I probably leave it for about 10 minutes, and that's fine for me personally. This moisturiser is a recent change for me, as I used to use a Bulldog moisturiser for quite a few months, then, well, decided to switch it up a bit.



This is the 'L'Oreal Pure Power Anti-Spot Moisturiser', and claims to help fight spots, reduce excess oil and hydrate for 24h. I have combination skin, so some parts can be really dry and some parts can be really oily, and I haven't noticed that much of a difference to how oily my face is. To be fair, I've only been using this a few weeks, but I still feel like I should have noticed some sort of difference by now.

I'll use this right at the end, after I've washed my face and applied the spot gel. I don't use too much, just a few little pumps around my face and down my neck, and it sinks in instantly. I wouldn't say this is the best moisturiser if you have spot prone, oily skin, as since I've been using it, I have noticed a few more spots pop up, but it all comes down to what works for your skin, everyone's different.

On a positive, it does leave my skin feeling moisturised and soft, doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy and doesn't feel very heavy either. So, for just over £8, would I recommend it, maybe not, but everyone's skin is different, it might work for some people, yet it might not work for others.

There we are, my ever so short and simple routine that I use for my skin. It's still not perfect, and I'm still on that gruelling hunt for the perfect products, but works for me for the moment. If you have any products you LOVE and you think I'd like, leave 'em in the comments, and I'll be sure the have a browse!

If you like the look of any of the products, I've linked 'em all, so go have a nosey...👀


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