How I’ve healed my blemished skin

How I’ve healed my blemished skin

The products that have rescued my skin

Hi everyone,

This weeks blog post is all about skincare products that I feel has changed the appearance of my skin dramatically over the past few weeks. These are The Ordinary Buffet, The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% and the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion.

These products have been a complete game-changer for me. Lately, my skin has not liked anything that I’ve put on it and I’ve had the worst skin similar to that of when in high school. I was still doing my regular skincare routine and I wasn’t wearing a patch of makeup on my face. I just couldn’t understand why it was reacting in such a bad way. In particular, I got large bumps and spots under my skin on one side of my face, which looked angrier day by day.

I was at a complete loss and desperate for a quick fix, even though I know that doesn’t happen when it comes to skincare. Unfortunately, my impatient nature would have to take a back seat and I would have to play the long game with my skin.

So why did I choose these products?
The Ordinary ‘Buffet’

This serum is a product which has become something that I just can’t live without. It has changed the way my skin looks as it has reduced the number of blemishes I get and even when they do appear the serum seems to make them dry out and look smaller which is fantastic! This serum is an all-in-one treatment which targets ageing, which features hyaluronic acid and Matrxyl 3000. These two magic ingredients; hydrates, plumps fine lines and stimulates collagen in your face. Bet you are now realising why this has become a staple for me. You can put this serum on morning and night, but you only need a few drops as a little goes a long way with this product.

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion

Up until now, I didn’t have any retinol products in my skincare routine at all. I know! What was I thinking! Since the first day of using this product, I can see why it is hyped so much and why it’s always sold out. I got lucky and just as I was shopping online this became available. I thought I might as well try it to see what all the fuss was about. Well, this product is a miracle worker! I can not rave about this product enough. It has changed the appearance of my skin’s texture by making it smoother and soft. I used to have a lot of little bumps all over my face but they are starting to disappear. It has helped my skin massively with the problem area on my cheek, as it has reduced the amount of redness that was there and has started to make the spots disappear. The product contains hydroxypinacolone retinoate and pure retinol which targets pigmentation, uneven skin tone, loss of elasticity and fine lines. This product only needs a few drops to start working on your face and has to be applied at night due to it making your skin more sensitive to UVA and UVB exposure. Make sure that in the morning you do your regular skin routine and then put some sunscreen on straight after to protect your face.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

This spot treatment has been the best I’ve ever bought. I know a strong statement! But this product is amazing! At the moment I’ve had a lot of spots to deal with that have been painful and very red. But with a small amount of this popped on each spot in the evening, by morning my blemishes are reduced in size, less painful and dried out. Tip: I use a cotton bud as a way of getting this product out of the jar as it’s not the water solution you need to apply to your skin but it’s the pink powder at the bottom. Also, make sure that you don’t shake the bottle, the powder and solution are not meant to mix.

Results on my skin

Just underneath is a picture of what my skin looked like before using the products and what it looks like now. As you can see the first picture has a lot more angry spots and is redder whereas the second picture, the spots have started to calm down and it’s less red. Both pictures have been left unedited so you can see the actual results. I want to be completely transparent with you all.


You can’t tell through the pictures but my skin is a lot smoother than it was and is starting to feel normal again. I still have a long way to go but in just a few short weeks I’ve already seen visible improvements and fewer breakouts. I am just happy that my skin is responding well to the products I’ve been using and my confidence with my skin has improved so much. I’ve even been less heavy with my makeup as I don’t feel like I have to hide my skin anymore. Even though these are small changes, I’m thrilled that I’m seeing these improvements so early on. I will keep you updated about my skin journey and let you know about any further progress I have.

Love, Shannon Leigh xx

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