How To: Clear Up Blemishes.

Origins Zero Oil Cleanser – £16
REN Glycolactic Mask – £30*
REN Invisible Pores Detox Mask – £18
Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti Blemish Masque – £33
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair – £41
 Malin+Goetz Acne Treatment – £16.50*

I’ve suffered from blemishes for as long as I can remember, it comes and goes as it pleases but mostly I struggle with my bad skin! Overall, my complexion isn’t too bad, but around my cheeks and chin, I’m prone to under the skin nasties which are painful and leave marks.
This is a more specific version of my Evening Skincare Routine with a few products added in, and the products I’ve been reaching for recently as my skin hasn’t been the best. Note: I’m really unsure what causes the blemishes, perhaps I’ll never know!

I’ve been using the Origins Zero Oil cleanser for about a month now and my skin seems to like this. It’s natural and refreshing and doesn’t leave my skin tight and try after use (always a good sign) and I feel it’s quite gentle yet effective. I occasionally use this with my Clarisonic as it creates a lovely lather and leaves my skin looking clear and healthy.

After cleansing, I usually apply a REN mask, of which I have two. The Invisible Pores Detox mask (full review here) is one I reach for when my skin is breaking out, the clay brings everything to the skin whilst also removing dead skin cells and helping to control oil. I find that this mask usually helps to clear blemishes pretty quickly, and prevents more breakouts. It’s a great mask and I use it once a week and notice a big difference in my skin.

When my blemishes are starting to clear, but the red marks and scarring are still there, I reach for my all time favourite mask – the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask (full review here), this contains fruit acids to give a gentle exfoliation, it helps blemishes, blemish scarring and clogged pores. I find this helps my skin so much. It gives a slight tingling sensation (which I always think means it’s working) and my skin looks healthier and more radiant after use. Over time, this does help my blemishes but of course it takes a while to help the scarring – hopefully it won’t be long until this really helps!
The Caudalie Beauty Elixir (full review here) is something that everyone is raving about. It’s a serum and toner in one and helps to soothe and calm skin. It’s great for helping clear skin and it gives so much to the skin, it’s really one of those miracle products. I spray this over my face day and night to help clear blemishes and take away redness.

After this, I apply my favourite serum – Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair. This is such a glorious product and my skin looks so much clearer upon waking up, after applying this at night. I use this to feed my skin and also help to keep blemishes at bay. I’m also hoping over time it will help to clear scarring on my cheeks and chin. I can’t recommend this product enough, my skin seems to love it.

Finally, for spot treatments I have two absolute favourites. Firstly, Aesop Anti Blemish Masque is a lovely product to soothe blemishes and calm redness. I usually dot this on blemishes overnight and they are significantly reduced in the morning, as well as a lot less noticeable as the redness is gone.
It’s a rather expensive little product but one I know works and I would highly recommend.

My all time favourite spot treatment is Malin+Goetz Acne Treatment (full review here), a sulphur based product which draws out impurities and clears up blemishes overnight. I absolutely adore this product and out of all the products I’ve tried to help my skin, this is the one I see the most results from. I’m on my second bottle, and I’ve been using it for well over a year now. It’s incredible. I apply it on my blemishes one by one at night and leave it to do its magic. By morning, the spots are barely noticeable. It works wonders on whiteheads but also helps the painful under the skin blemishes too.

I absolutely recommend this spot treatment, I’ve tried many in my time but nothing beats this.
What are your favourite blemish fighting treatments?

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  • I’m so glad you wrote this, iv been needing a new direction with trying to sort my skin out and a couple of these things have now made their way onto my shopping list! X

  • Great post! My favourite is still Sudocrem for getting rid of spots. Cheap too! x

  • I’ve heard Origins Spot treatment is really good! I need to pick up the Estee Lauder serum up soon! x

  • Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair is amazeballs! I used to suffer from really bad blemishes and as a result, got really bad scarring and this has been a godsend. I’ve received a few compliments on my skin now and I think this product is one of the reasons why.

    One of my favourite products to use for clearing up blemishes is Peter Thomas Roth’s Spot Area and Acne Treatment. It smells pretty awful, but you get used to it. I swear, my blemishes basically disappear overnight using this!

    I’m so eager to try the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. It sounds so perfect.

  • I really want to try some REN skincare products now after hearing you talk about the micro polish cleanser in one of your videos x x

  • you’re definitely making me want to try some REN skincare! saw your video where you talk about them too! xxxx

  • REN detox mask sounds fab! might have to give it a whirl

  • I get so fustrated having spots on my cheeks, I seem to have the all the time! I really want to try the Caudalie Beauty Elixir now, it sounds so good! And the Acne treatment, so tempting!

  • Thanks for this, I’m definitely after the origins cleanser and the last product you mentioned. I’m an origins virgin and have heard nothing but great stuff!

    I’ve got a lot of scarring – Have you tried Alpha-H Liquid Gold? I’ve used it twice and am already amazed. KEEP GOING LITTLE BOTTLE, I want clear skin, gah! Also, Avene’s triacneal is amazing! xx

  • The Caudalie Beauty Elixir sounds soo good. I never used to suffer from blemishes, but these days they just pop up everywhere!

    There was a free sample of that Estee Lauder stuff in a magazine once, and I remember putting it on a spot that I had, and the next morning it was gone! Amazing! 🙂

  • this post is literally like the secret tips i’ve been after FOREVER. Because of my pill (I never ever had spots before) every month I get a few very very painful deep spots on my chin and in between my eyebrows (gross i know). They are literally SOOO painful that it’s horrid.Having read this it seriously sounds like I need to try out the Malin & Goetz stuff – seems like a miracle treatment.

    mel x

  • I am using Avene TriAcneal every day and I do not suffer from spots anymore 😉

  • This is really honest and helpful of you to post all your favourites. Most beauty bloggers seem to have rather normal/seemingly perfect skin or even dry skin. It’s great to hear your recommendations, as you do always look great in your photos. I’ll definitely be picking up the Malin and Goetz- do you get it off a website?

  • I have to say I rely on the Origins super spot remover for active blemishes yet have heard so much about the Aesop mask that I am keen to get my hands on some. As for REN products that mask is on my wish list at the moment, however I am finding that using the Chanel Pureté facial wash is helping keep oiliness at bay used nightly although I do find it incredibly frothy, but I actually quite like that as it works well with the Clarisonic.


    I love Lauren Conrads style its so effortless and put together whereas Frankie has a slightly edgier look. Both gorgeous but so so different.


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  • I am so happy I recently discovered your blog! Finally a blogger with problematic skin like mine… So nice reading about products that could potentially help me. Xoxoxo

  • I’m so happy I recently discovered your blog. Finally a blogger that has problematic skin like mine. Excellent suggestions xoxoxo

  • When my skins acting up I use the REN ClearCalm 3 Mask, works really well at getting rid of spots.
    Love the Gloycolatic Mask as well x

  • Really pleased I discovered this! I have been suffering from bad skin lately and feel like I’ve tried everything (however, I haven’t as of yet tried the products in this post). Although I don’t have many spots, I have red blotchy skin that I can’t get to the bottom of. I think it might be down to sensitive skin. Do you suffer from sensitive skin or do these products work well with all skin types? x

  • Estee Lauder AND is amazing, such a good product and not to drying! Really want to try the Caudalie spray – everyone is OBSESSED! x

  • Great post and very useful as well 🙂 xx

  • will have to try these!

  • I don’t think anything beats a wee dab of sudocream. Whats amazing about it is that it dries the spot out but because it is also used to treat eczema etc it doesn’t leave the spot and surrounding area all flakey! 🙂 x

  • Great post! I’ve been really suffering with my skin since I came off the contraceptive injection Depo, my skin has been breaking out like mad on my chin, either side of my chin and on my jaw line I’ve heard good things about the Avene Triacneal and everyone recommends sudocrem. xx

  • The two REN masks you have work great together according to ren!, orange on day 1 then green the following day for super detoxed skin!
    I’ve just bought them both so can’t wait to try this method out 🙂

  • As for me, I usually do not apply skin care products that have no reviews so I guess will definitely try this product and let see how it goes on my skin.

    Jona (

  • I’ll have to give some of these a try! I’ve been using Neutrogena’s Visibly Clear range which also seems to work really well,best thing about Neutrogena’s range is that their best-selling products can now be picked up for a £1 here in the UK! Check out my blog post to find out where to buy and my opinions on the products! 🙂

    Shannonleigh_c x


  • brooklynD

    You should use try Citrus Clears Grapefruit Spot Treatment – treat 2 or 3 times a day and the blemish disappears in a couple days! you can even spot treat when you feel one coming to the surface and it catches it before you see it. it’s got 5% salycylic acid so its not harsh.