I've struggled with blemishes for many years but for the past year, it has been reasonably under control. I can't really control my hormones, but I can certainly be conscious of what I eat and drink, and what I use on my skin.
Toners are new to my skincare routine and there are two that have really helped with my blemishes. When blemishes are bad, the Caudalie Beauty Elixir really helps. Ingredients like bitter orange, peppermint, and rosemary help to battle blemishes and refresh the skin. It's quite a pricey product so for a more affordable option that I can use daily, I reach for the LUSH Tea Tree Water. I use this morning and night to help calm my blemishes and deal with oil.
Another product I use daily to control blemishes and oil is the LUSH Dark Angels. This recent addition is a great daily exfoliator with charcoal to soak up excess oil. It's not too harsh on my slightly sensitive, combination/oily skin but if you have super sensitive or dry skin, I would stay far away from this. My skin has been much softer since using this product and I've definitely noticed less oil even during the day.
The exfoliator isn't the only skincare product with charcoal in it that I use. The Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask is also a great option for me. This clay mask really sucks the oil out of my skin and takes down blemishes but it's quite stripping so I tend to only use this once a week on my T-zone area. A more effective and less drying option is the Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque. It's quite expensive and hard to find in Canada but it was worth every penny and all the effort. A tiny amount of this product will do the trick and it's gentle enough to use all over the skin. I absolutely love this mask and cannot recommend it enough!
What do you use to take down blemishes?