Tackling hormonal breakouts

Since turning 30 a few years ago, my skin has become a little bit hormonally unhappy – something I’ve since learned happens to quite a few people. Skin which is averagely troublesome in your teens and no real problem in your twenties can suddenly become rather prone to breakouts in your thirties – and generally tends to do this due to hormones, either general cycle-y ones or stress related ones. I regularly had both – popping up along my jawline either as spots which went quickly and scarred for ages, or as under the skin bumps which took forever to disappear, only to be immediately replaced by a new one. I couldn’t really seem to find anything which would stop either type, but I am now happy to say that they have all disappeared, and while I do get the odd individual spot when I’m particularly run down it is very much a one-off and the the vast majority of time my skin is happy and smooth. I think there are a few things in my routine which have added up to make this happen, so I wanted to share those in case they help anyone else!

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Jade facial roller – This was the final piece of the puzzle, and the thing which has banished the under-skin lumps completely – it feels like I’ve ironed them out, but I think it’s more to do with the impact on circulation and the massage sending lots of nice red blood cells to the surface of my skin. My review of this is here.

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum – Vitamin C all the way – using this was the first thing which started to have an impact on clearing things up (at first review here I thought it was solving everything, but I think it was somehow only really tackling the stress breakouts – good, but not solving things 100%).

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo – I was a bit nervous about this one, as when I’d tried the facewash from the Effaclar range it really upset my skin so I was worried that this would do the same. I am so glad I took the risk as this really has done everything it’s said to (it’s supposed to clear congested skin and fight scarring). I mix a tiny bit of the Ole Henriksen Pure Truth oil in with it in the morning and the two together smell wonderful, feel fabulous and leave a perfect base for makeup.

Nip & Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme – I loved these already (review here), but used in conjunction with everything else they are even better – once the other products have got rid of the breakouts, these are the things which clear up uneven texture and tone. Ignore what the packet says and use nightly – they make such a difference.

So for now, this is working, and hopefully will continue to do so! Next to tackle pigmentation… I’d love to hear if anyone else has had the same problem and how they’ve dealt with it.

Jade Facial roller – £20-£43 from Cult Beauty

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster 30ml – £47 from LookFantastic

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ – £15.50 from FeelUnique

Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme – £14.95 from Superdrug (currently sold out in most Superdrug and Boots stores due to a really good product review from Caroline Hirons while they were on half price last month!)

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