Currently I'm in a second wave of under-skin breakouts, those annoying ones that just sit there not doing anything unless you touch them and they go as red as the Comic Relief noses, and it's safe to say I'm not feeling it. Because it's all a bit sensitive I'm easing back into my face mask routine, which in the last month worked wonders - honestly, my skin felt super soft and clear enough without a trip to the dermatologist (although I'm constantly dreaming of the mico-dermabrasion machine that sucks out all the gunk, so fresh and so clean clean.)
As I said, I've got a face mask routine pretty much down now and it's really made a difference in my complexion overall - after cleansing, I take a chemical exfoliant like REN Glycolactic Radience Renewal Mask to remove the dead skin cells and flaking dry patches, and also because the acids go deep into the pores and remove the build up of congestion; imagine your blackheads are a test tube - when you pop the head out, you're only removing a top layer of gunk, which will then be pushed up from the bottom and making that pore look full again (this is why it's key to use acids and clarifying masks in conjunction to really remove as much congestion as possible!)
Speaking of congestion, one of my favourites for clearing pores is Vichy Pore Purifying Mask* which keeps skin hydrated whilst pulling everything out and keeping it calm. My skin looks a lot clearer and pores tighter afterwards, but if I need something a bit more calming I usually go for Elemis Herbal Lavender Mask to reduce redness and treat more sensitive spots - both work a charm when mixed together also, so you can cure two birds with one stone ;)
With all the stripping and pulling, I like to give my skin some life back with lots of moisture and hydration - for a more moisturising effect, I like Antipodes Aura Mask* but the one I find gives the best renewed hydration, glow, and overall softness is the Laneige Firming Sleeping Pack. Probably my favourite Korean purchase, it does a serious miracle of plumping and adding water back into the skin, and for a real treat I like to apply two layers to really boost that J-Lo glow - after all those previous masks it gets my skin feeling and looking baby soft again *insert all the heart eye emojis*
Whether you use these products or others similar, keeping skin exfoliated and pores cleansed with lots of moisture to rebalance it all does do the skin a world of good - somebody warn the red noses, I've got a generous application of clay mask with their name on it...
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