I have been suffering with acne for almost 2 years now, I have tried everything under the sun from high end products to drugstore products. My skin, touch wood, is the best it has been is so long, so I thought I would share with you what I have been doing to try and keep it clear.

I have definitely found that the more basic a product the more effective it can be for sensitive skin. I have tried so many high end, complex, acne products that have ended up either drying my skin out completely, or making the acne worse. At the moment I have been using Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, I would definitely put down my clearer skin to this. It is so light, gentle and cleanses the skin really well. This is essentially a product that is perfect for any type of skin, from sensitive to oily to dry. I use this every morning and night, I just use one pump, sometimes two if I have more make up on, and cleanse my face. I don't tend to wear base products so I can't comment on how well it really removes them, but I find it removes eye make up well. It is £14.99, so not the cheapest, but mine has lasted me ages and I will definitely be re-purchasing this when it runs out. You can purchase here. I did purchase the matching moisturiser, however I found this too heavy for my oily skin.

One of my favourite moisturisers is this one from Garnier, it is the Garnier Pure Active Matte Control. This is such a light product, really good for oily skin, it absorbs really quickly and contains salicylic acids, which helps control breakouts. I use this every morning, after cleansing. I used to use this moisturiser at night, I find it is heavy enough to keep my skin moisturised, whilst still being light enough for oily skin. You can buy it here for £6.99. However at the moment I am using the Antipodes Divine Face Oil at night. My skin scars so easily, so suffering with acne has not helped with this. I have heard that this oil is really good for acne scars, as well as acne itself. I was definitely reluctant to use this, as someone with oily skin anyway I thought the idea of adding in more oil would not be good. However I have found that this has not affected my skin at all in terms of oilyness. I haven't been using it for too long, however I have really likes the results so far. You can buy it here for £19.99.

I have also been using La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo, I tend to use this after moisturising, I originally found this quite difficult to get on with, as it irritated the skin around my nose, however more recently, with persistent use, I have been enjoying using this. I have found that this has also been something I have come to rely on to help clear up both scars and acne. I would definitely recommend this product, you can buy it here for £15.50.

In terms of exfoliation this varies, I really enjoy the St Ives Gentle Apricot Scrub. Again this is another product ideal for sensitive skin. This keeps my skin really supple and soft, helping to remove dead skin cells. You can buy it here for £2.79. I also have been really enjoying using my Rio Sonicleanse, this is a dupe for the Clarisonic, which I would love to have, but this one works just as well and is a fraction of the price. I use this with the Cetaphil cleanser, and I use the softer head for sensitive skin. It makes my skin feel so clean and fresh, and leaves it looking glowing. You can buy it here for £49.99.

This is my, fairly basic, skin care routine. I would like to add more products however I am very wary in adding new products incase they have an adverse affect on my skin. I would love to know what products are in your skin care routine.

Allie x


  1. I have not used any of these products yet. I have been looking for a new moisturiser and that Garnier sounds really nice. Will definitely check it out :)

    1. I swear by Garnier skincare, I think it's amazing! xx