Having battled with hormonal acne for the best part of my twenties, I’m no stranger to the struggle that comes with trying to finding the best products for acne scars and acne. Over the last six years, I’ve spent a small fortune on acne products, with many claiming that they could transform my skin, only to be repeatedly let down when my spots wouldn’t budge (or in some cases, got worse!)
So, if you’re feeling frustrated with your skin, we want you to know that you’re not alone! Acne is a minefield, and with so many products to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start when it comes to skincare.
To make life a little easier, I’m going to talk you through the products that have worked most consistently for me. While none of them eliminated my spots instantly, over time they helped to significantly calm my acne and reduce inflammation. Without further ado, these are my favourite vegan skincare products for acne-prone skin…
Finding a good cleanser can be an exhausting (and expensive) process. Personally, I got through numerous high-end products before I bought Aqua Marina on a whim and never looked back. Made up of mainly natural ingredients, it’s suitable for all skin types and contains organic aloe vera gel, sea salt and mineral-rich nori seaweed, all of which are extremely nourishing and calming, making them ideal for inflamed skin.
One of the biggest myths about acne is that to banish your spots, you’re supposed to dry them out, when in actual fact, this will only make them worse and can cause sensitive skin. To deeply hydrate and moisturise my skin, I apply Bybi’s topical CBD oil overnight. Aside from the fact that it’s a powerful antioxidant, one of the best things about CBD oil is that it has a comedogenic rating of 0, which means that it won’t cause further spots by clogging your pores.
The Ordinary’s salicylic acid is an effective, fast-working spot treatment that can be applied directly onto your blemishes to help reduce inflammation. It works to exfoliate your skin at the top layer, drying out spots and making them disappear quickly. It’s a clear substance which means it can be worn day or night, however, salicylic acid can make your skin more prone to sun damage, so remember to apply SPF if you’re using it in the daytime to avoid fine lines appearing.
This £10 sponge is one of my most surprising skincare finds. When I bought it, I had no expectations whatsoever; I just thought it would be a more luxurious way to apply my cleanser. But after a week or so, I began to notice a real change in my skin. The blackheads on my
forehead (which often lead to cysts) were dwindling and my complexion was glowing. Infused with detoxing charcoal, this gentle exfoliating bamboo sponge is a great way to break down dead skin cells and keep your skin looking fresh, without causing dryness – I can’t recommend it enough!