Skincare is my main love, and after sharing 5 essential products for all skin types, I wanted to shout out to my fellow blemished/acne-prone skin types with 5 (okay maybe 6) products you need in your arsenal to soothe and heal any breakouts you’ve got past, present, and future.

They’re all cruelty-free and vegan, some more suitable for sensitive skins and others a bit more active for those who can take it, but I can guarantee there’s a way to make each one work for you, and to see a huge difference too…

Pai Geranium and Thistle Rebalancing Day Cream* is a very gentle option for skin that hydrates enough to feel comfortable all day long without clogging the pores or sinking in too quick. It’s very light, sealing in all the products I’ve used in the morning, and the formula helps balance oil production so you don’t gave to worry about an overly greasy t-zone 6 hours later!

The key to keeping spots at bay is always exfoliation, and the Pai Copaiba Deep Cleanse AHA Mask* does just that and more – the light fruit extracts help to delicately exfoliate the skin whilst the clay also draws out and cleanses the pores of sebum and gunk, it’s a true double threat for spots.

A new addition I’ve been trying and had heard good things about is Glossier Pure Serum, one of the few Glossier products that is vegan and aims to get you that dream Glossier girl skin. It’s an extremely watery and light serum that’s best applied directly to the skin (I use 4 drops, one on each cheek, the forehead, and chin) and contains zinc which is a well-known spot killer. I’ve been using a few weeks now and I like it….but I don’t love it. I’d say it’s definitely good at calming redness, and I haven’t had any proper spots come up, it’s just not cleared up those under-skin ones that linger around for months. If you get more ‘poppable’ spots, this may work a trick, but I’d also highly suggest Pai Copaiba and Zinc Serum* which has more natural ingredients and really does add clarity and clears up skin!

Speaking of redness, Sunday Riley Luna is a godsend at calming skin and clearing up spots and scarring pronto. I’ve raved about this loads, and although pricey it seriously works miracles. The added retinol helps clear up scarring and take down redness, protects form pollutants that clog pores, plus it helps skin renew faster which is always a plus when you need a spot to disappear pronto 😉

If pronto is your thing, then Sunday Riley Saturn* is one to try – a high sulphur based mask that shrinks spots, reduces sebum, and prevents further breakouts. My pores always feel cleared out after using this, and those big under-skin nasties I was talking about? Shrunk and calm again! Definitely a quick long-lasting fix for breakouts.

Okay, so I’m cheating on the 5 products here, but I had to give a little nod to Indie Lee Blemish Mask. Indie Lee is a fab natural brand and their clay mask is a great topical treatment that works at calming breakouts and clearing out the pores whilst also mildly exfoliating. It’s not as active as Saturn, but it’s a lot better than whacking on Sudocreme and hoping a spot will vanish. Expect your blackheads to be tiny by morning!


Some products in this post may have been sent for review or gifted, and will be marked with a * or c/o. All opinions are mine are not influenced by brands or companies. Please see my full disclaimer for more.

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