Friday, 1 July 2016

My new skincare routine for subclinical acne


Subclinical definition- relating to or denoting a disease which is not severe enough to present definite or readily observable symptoms.
So, recently, I have been diagnosed with 'subclinical acne', which is basically where you get spots which just form bumps but don't come to a head or scar. This is obviously better than 'normal' acne in some ways, however it is still noticeable and has made my forehead really sore, dry and itchy. Subclinical acne is often worsened by stress (thanks exam season) and a bad diet (which I don't have). Due to this, I have changed up my skincare routine slightly and have been using less oily products as this type of acne is often caused by excess oils from products which are used on your face, so I have been using more scrubs as well as products for oilier skin.







I don't always have as much time in the mornings, so usually just apply day cream, meaning that this is more of a night time skincare routine.
First of all, I will take off my makeup using my beloved Garnier Micellar Water, or use melted coconut oil on days where my skin is feeling dry from the breakouts. I then wash my face with a combination of the St Ives apricot face scrub and the Neutrogena grapefruit facewash. Once a week, I also use my Babyliss cleansing brush with the Superfacialist by Una Brennan rose cleanser, this helps remove dead skin and to clear my pores, which lessens the number of blemishes and bumps on my skin. All of the cleansing products I use on my skin are gentle and do not irritate or work harshly on the more damaged areas of my face.




After my face is thoroughly cleansed of makeup and dirt, I use my Body Shop seaweed day cream, which is for combination skin and is really gentle on the areas of my face where my skin is dry and has suffered a breakout. Although I also love the Bee Good moisturizer, I find that this cream doesn't make my skin itchier or sting the open, dry skin when applied. 
I then work the Dr Organic Vitamin E Oil into the dry areas of my forehead, as it helps the dry skin heal by adding more moisturizing, natural ingredients. 
Although I am only 18, I use the Body Shop Drops of Youth essence lotion, which is all natural, so doesn't cause damage, and is very moisturizing which, again, helps with my dry skin. This lotion also helps to smoothen out my skin, which is great as the subclinical acne makes my skin very bumpy and uneven; especially on my forehead. 
I have quite a few scars from blemishes, noticeably on my cheeks, so I use rose and lavender essential oils diluted with a drop of water to help them fade. This was recommended to me by a chiropractor, who is also a skincare expert and it has helped my skin so much! Lavender is good for promoting sleep as well, so using the essential oil on my skin often helps me to fall asleep quicker and to sleep for longer. 

If anyone else has ever had issues with subclinical acne, let me know what you found helpful in clearing your skin! 

Holly Olivia x

20 comments:

  1. I really loved the Neutrogena cleanser, i used it a few years ago. Micellar water is the best :)
    Nati xx
    www.simplyartdicted.com

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    1. I love the smell of the cleanser! x

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  2. Sorry to hear that! I used to get this kind of acne on my chin, it's cleared up now but still get the occasional outbreaks. It's really painful. Looks like you are doing a good routine.

    Gemma
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. I mainly have it on my forehead and cheeks, it isn't great but I am coping with my routine! x

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  3. I'm done with acne but now I have scars ... ughh!

    XoXo,

    Tamara - LoveofMode.com

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    1. I only ever usually have issues when I eat lots of sugar but I have been stressed at the moment, which has brought it on. Try lavender and rose oils for scarring! x

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  4. Sorry to hear about your skin but at least you got it diagnose and now taking proper steps to heal it. Try rose hip oil to fade the marks and scars, I swear by it.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. I need to buy some rosehip oil! I have been meaning to for a while but have never got round to it, thanks! x

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  5. I'm so sorry to hear about your skin problems. I suffer from severely sensitive and dry skin and the sensitivity means I suffer from a lot of breakouts and I know how awful it is. It can really affect my confidence so it is so important to try and find a skincare routine that works for you. It sounds like you have so that's really great and some of these products sound great. Thank you for sharing! Katie xx

    www.thestyleblossom.com

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    1. Fr dry skin I love the Doctor Organic olive oil range! It helps make it less painful and also helps it heal quicker x

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  6. I've never heard of subclinical acne before. Learned something new today, thanks to your post. Hehe. I'm curious about how the order of your skincare layering affects the effectiveness of the products. Does it have an effect at all?

    Jorj | Mad Cherry

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    1. I usually take off my makeup at around 8pm and then leave 15-20 minutes for each product to fully sink in before applying the next one to get the full effect! x

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  7. I have always wanted to try Body Shop products in my skincare routine but they are quite expensive so I'm wondering if it's worth just biting the bullet and trying it!

    www.teenytinythoughts.com

    xo

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    1. I find them reasonable compared to a lot of products I have tried, especially the seaweed range, which I adore! The staff are always so helpful in there as well, so I am sure they'd help you find the best products for your skin :) x

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  8. This was such a helpful post. I have struggled with acne, they have cleared up now a bit, but I still have outbreaks. You routine looks amazing and I love using Neutrogena products. I really liked your blog Holly and I've followed you on twitter. Love, Marina xx

    mylifeasmarinaa.blogspot.com

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  9. Constant use of essential oils will help you get rid of the scar marks, just make sure you use them all the time. I know how much this subclinical acne hurt, sometimes I get a few of them and it is really sore. I hope you will get rid of them soon.

    Ela BellaWorld

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    1. Thank you so much- it can be a right pain, can't it? x

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  10. I aslo have that Garnier Micellar water, it's so good and great post x

    www.beautiliciousd.blogspot.com

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    1. It is my favourite product for removing makeup- and it is so cheap too! x

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