A Spot of Bother

Post by CM

It’s been a while since we did a Beauty post, but a recent event has been staring me in the face for the past month so I thought I’d share my woes. I got my first spot breakout just before my Confirmation, at the age of 12. In all the photos I have a scowl on my face and watery eyes full of tears of rage – and that’s what you notice in the pictures, not the little spattering of red dots on my forehead. So be assured little ones, 9 times out of 10 that glaring monster growing roots on your face is barely noticeable to the rest of the world, caught up with their own hang-ups.

What a monster.

Saying that, still getting spots 18 years (what? WHAT?!) later is just not on. Yes, the breakouts have been less frequent and yes, my skincare and makeup routine has come on in leaps and bounds since Ponds Cold Cream and MaxFactor Pan Stick, but anyone who suffers from acne, mild or severe, adolescent or adult, can testify that it plays havoc with your self esteem, self-worth and confidence. Especially if you’ve got young children going out of the way to enquire whether you have a bad strain of chicken pox.

So that leads me to what to do when one of those blighters crops up after a hiatus, bringing along all its friends. I’m not talking about a full-blown acne breakout – if that’s your problem I urge you to see a dermatologist, something I wish I did years ago – but rather a small, inconvenient breakout, caused by stress, hormones or (shamefully, in my case) spreading one because you couldn’t resist poking it.

First things first: what didn’t work for me. This has been fawned over by plenty of consumers, over its price and quality – at €10 Vichy Hyaluspot is certainly a bargain. But it did literally nothing for me. Dutifully patting it on every morning and night after my cleansing regime and before my makeup, there was no difference after a week. In fact, my skin had gotten worse. Poor Country Mouse 😦

Vichy Hyaluspot
Vichy Normaderm Hyaluspot

So in the end I splashed out the further €4 for my old favourite and best thing ever, La Roche Posay Effaclar A.I Targeted Blemish Corrector. La Roche Posay is simply brilliant, and the only reason I replaced my Effaclar Duo + was because I had received a lovely sample of Dermalogica C-12 as a gift. Which, as it happens, didn’t do great things for my skin, except for the serum (Pure Bright) which was a delight, spread very nicely and I think definitely brightened my complexion.

Effaclar A.I
La Roche Posay Effaclar A.I.

Everyone’s skin is different and there are loads of different types of pimples, spots, cysts and sores, so without the help of a doctor it’s trial and error. My shitty skin is best left alone so my routine now consists of Simple Cleansing Wipes (I know, I know but again, it works for me!), serum and my Effaclar AI in the nighttime (and a thin layer of Sudacrem for healing spots that I may have picked by accident. It happens) and in the morning just serum, SPF and makeup.

2 for €5 in pharmacies nationwide? Yes please!

I would have done a before and after but the Effaclar cleared everything up, leading to the inspiration of this post so I have no ‘before’ to share! Next time I’ll brave the camera and oblige; but with this stuff at hand that next time won’t be any time soon. Hurray!

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