8 April 2016

5 Ways to Deal with a Bad Skin Day

The ins-and-outs of my skincare and makeup routine when I'm breaking out.

I've been breaking out lately. After a horrific few years of adult acne thanks to a little thing I like to call contraception, this year it has really calmed down and I've enjoyed having blemish-free skin for the most part. Words cannot describe the relief and newfound confidence I've felt, which I'm sure many of you can understand. Of course, I still have the occasional hormonal breakout despite my best efforts. I also like chocolate. Go figure.

As I was halfway through my AM skincare routine the other day, I realised that I naturally alter what I put on my face when a few zits pop up. After all, the last thing I want to do it aggravate my sensitive skin further by layering on a zillion different products. My aim when I breakout is to stop breaking out (funny that) and reduce any scarring as much as possible, whilst also making them invisible to the naked eye. Nothing to see here, folks.

So, without further ado, here is how I deal with a bad skin day:

1. Gentle cleansing. My cleansing routine doesn't change, as I always use a gentle creamy cleanser like my personal favourites, the Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser or Lush 9 to 5 Cleanser. I cleanse after my workout in the morning and again before bed at nighttime, using a very light hand so as not to aggravate any blemishes. By putting any pressure on spots, you can make them a lot worse, so make sure you're delicate in those areas (or avoid touching them all together!).

2. Hydrate and moisturise. One of the best things you can do is to drink loads of water because chances are your skin is dehydrated as it battles the nasty zits. I also make sure I moisturise with the Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Dry twice a day to help balance oil levels and keep my skin glowing. Trust me when I say, moisturising does not cause pimples.

3. Antioxidants. Another skincare routine regular that stays put no matter how my skin is behaving is the Grown Alchemist Detox Serum Antioxidant +3. It not only protects your skin from anti ageing and environmental conditions, but also dietary factors that may be causing you to breakout. Oh, and you can do no wrong by adding berries, grapes, broccoli and green tea to the menu, all of which are rich in antioxidants. Hello glowing, youthful skin!

4. Masks and treatments. Once a breakout, I will do either a mask or spot treatment, being careful not to overdo it. My favourite is my twice weekly Alpha H Liquid Gold, which removes dead skin cells and thus is not only anti-ageing, but also helps to prevent pores clogging up and, you guessed it, blemishes. During a breakout, if I need to draw out a zit, I'll use a charcoal mask as a spot treatment like the Sanctuary 5-Minute Thermal Detox Mask or the new Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque. Post breakout, when my skin has finally calmed down and I want to diminish any remaining spots and scars, I use the Frank Body Coffee Scrub as a mask. Afterwards, your skin will not only feel super soft, but also beautifully nourished.

5. Correct skin tone. Finally, if I have to look somewhat presentable, then I'll distract you with bright eyes by using the Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream (cheeky, yet very smart). Then I mix the new Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Calming Skin Primer with a BB or CC cream, like my current go-to, the Dr. Jart+ Radiance BB Beauty Balm. While the coverage is very natural, the Primer and Beauty Balm corrects uneven skin tone and helps to hide any blemishes. And if that still isn't enough then I will very lightly dab on the IT Cosmetics CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder to my t-zone and affected areas (usually my chin, let's be honest). Just remember, your blemishes are far more noticeable to yourself, so the less makeup, the better.

PS. You can read about my usual AM skincare and PM skincare regimes here and here.



  1. This is such a helpful post! The calming skin primer sounds amazing I might have to give it a try. Thanks so much for sharing :) I'd love it if you'd comment back http://amyelizabethfashion.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/gluten-free-sugar-free-raw-nakd-bars.html xx

  2. I found this really interesting to read, especially because I'm currently suffering from a good 'ol hormonal breakout.

    When my skin breaks out I always try and use a light hand when cleansing as well, you don't realise how much more sensitive your face is when you're breaking out, sometimes just doing a simple cleanse can be painful.


  3. Hope in a Jar & Liquid Gold are absolute favourites for me! I also can't go past the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. That stuff works like craaaaaaaazy x

    Katina | www.katinalindaa.com

  4. I love the Clinque pepstart! Have you ever tried the Liz Earle polish cleanser? It really is the best for clearing out pores and avoiding breakouts and, oh my goodness does your skin feel soft afterwards!


  5. Such a great article Kiara! I absolutely hate getting a breakout! These are really useful tips.

    xx Jiawa

    Beige Renegade

  6. To me bad skin is my dry skin. So, to deal with this dry skin, I keep my moisturizer in my purse and wash my face every four hours in order to keep it cool and moisturized.

    melissa@Revitol anti aging moisturizing cream

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  8. Summer makes your skin dull and dark. It is important to maintain it with good skin products. We all want beautiful and glowing skin.

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