The Reality of Acne

The Realities of AcnePIN IT

At least once a year I find a new range that I start using, my spots start disappearing and I declare that I’ve finally found “the one”; the one product line that my skin finally accepts as the treatment to submit to and I can finally start planning my make-up base routine around what sort of finish I’d like on my skin other than having to go for whatever delivers the absolute highest coverage.  It’s ridiculously unfair as I’m someone who really likes the natural look; I like skin and make-up to brighten my face and make me look healthy rather than heavily made-up, yet you can’t really get away with that look when you’re wearing a heavy base; it’s sod’s law!

One thing I’ve recently come to realise is that there will never be “the one” and there can only ever be “the one for right now” as I have recently realised that no matter how many amazing products I throw at my skin, it was always find a way to fight them; whether that’s within the first few days or a few months down the line, I will always be acne-prone and the quicker I learn to accept that, the easier it will be for me to plan accordingly.  Therefore, I need to put together a collection of ranges that I can circulate to keep my skin on its toes and, in theory, never allow it to build a tolerance as it has done.  By this I mean maybe 3-4 times a year I need to change-up my routine, but I need to try and stay within the product lines that my skin responds and reacts well to (mainly Jan Marini, Skinceuticals, Biologique Recherche, Elemis and currently La Roche Posay among a few others) and try to learn to spot the tell-all signs that my skin is preparing to revolt against the current routine.  In a few short months I’ve learned how to spot the very early signs that Teddy is tired so I can get him down for a nap before he reaches the overtired phase.  If I’m able to quickly learn these almost imperceptible signs in a baby then I hope I’ll be able to do the same with my skin.

The point I’m making is that I think spotty skin is always going to be spotty skin; it’s almost impossible to cure and instead can only ever really be controlled which is what I’m currently trying to do.  So if a skincare line works for you for a few months and then stops working, put it aside and get back to it at a later date (as long as it’s still usable) and hopefully this will keep your skin at bay whilst stopping you from wasting money on new products all the time like I have!



  • Ailyn
    March 18, 2014

    tried oral stuffs yet?

    • Sascha BG
      March 18, 2014

      No but to be honest I really don’t like the idea of it, although I realise that I’m shooting myself in the foot with that approach, but the idea of taking medication that could have other impacts on my health just makes me uneasy xx

  • Liz
    March 18, 2014

    Have you tried Alpha H? Nothing is ever perfect, but it’s the best I’ve found for my acne prone skin and the brand owner Michelle really understands her customers as she experienced years of being unhappy with her skin before she started using it xxx

  • Unevenlemming
    March 18, 2014

    If your skin was anything like mine after pregnancy it went nuts, it was like I was back to being a teenager again :S I think its the mixture of hormones/bad diet/lack of sleep. I also have found little stops them from coming now, just have to cover them and bear it.

  • Nancy
    March 23, 2014

    I had pretty bad acne after having my baby. I believe it is hormones, stress, diet and partly the obsessing over it. I hope you are able to find a regimen that works! A great read is Liz Wolfe’s The Skintervention Guide.

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