My Clear Skin ‘Secret’

CLEAR SKIN TIPSI’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been asked about my skincare routine on youtube when I show my bare skin in a video but honestly I’m the WORST at keeping to a routine of any kind! My skin is oily and spot prone but it’s not what I’d call ‘problem’ or sensitive. If I don’t moisturise for a week nothing happens but occasionally my skin does feel like it needs the extra hydration and then I use my trusty Origins Drink Me Up mask. My secrets are minimal but they’re the most effective for my skin.

If I’m breaking out it’s usually for one of two reasons, 1. HORMONES, I don’t have periods because I have a contraceptive coil fitted and for me that’s a welcome side effect but I don’t have any idea when my time of the month would be. I still get sore boobs and mood swings so I should probably start tracking those symptoms to see if I notice a pattern (or maybe I’m just an irritable bitch that needs to stop sleeping on her chest) but as is I’m just guessing. Actually I’ve thought of another reason, 2. HAIR REMOVAL, I have a fair bit of facial hair on my chin and upper lip and most of the time I can get away with plucking unscathed but occasionally I get pimples in those areas.. a pimple moustache is my least favourite kind. 3. FACE WIPES, I’m not about to lecture you here, I love face wipes or micellar water when I’m feeling lazy but if I use them a few days in a row I WILL break out. They don’t cleanse my skin thoroughly enough and I pay for my lethargy later. CLEAR SKIN SECRETSThe number one treatment/prevention of breakouts for me is cleansing. I prefer balms, massage them all over my face (and jaw.. another area spots like to pop up on the regular) and remove with the hottest water I can stand on a black flannel (the black flannel is a REVELATION!! No more makeup stains!). I’m certain you’ve tried some variation of hot cloth cleansing by this point but if you haven’t it is seriously the cleanest your skin will ever feel. If I do that every night before bed I can pretty much avoid breakouts altogether.. but the lazy in me sneaks out when my skin is good and says ‘just take off your makeup in bed with a wipe, b’r8!’ IT WILL NOT B R8!

When I do suffer breakouts I step up the cleansing to twice (if I’m home, 3 times) a day and use a treatment that has worked for me for more than 15 years. Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturiser is about three quid and an absolutely miracle worker. I don’t use it as a moisturiser (it would dry up my face so fast) but I will dollop it on the areas I want to clear up and within a couple of hours they’ve reduced. It’s easier to do this round the house during the day because it doesn’t set on the skin but however you use it.. its fab. To date it’s the only thing that consistently works to reduce breakouts for me, it has salicylic acid which I know my skin responds well to but as I’ve said so many times before what’s right for me could be very wrong for you so try it out somewhere out of sight first to be sure you’re not going to have an adverse reaction and burn your face off.

So my number one, super basic tip is CLEANSE! If you have more sensitive skin I’d highly recommend TalontedLex as she blogs alot about skincare for more dry, irritated skin which I can’t really cover. If you are oily/normal/spot prone get cleansing PROPERLY at least once a day and I think you’ll be shocked at the difference it makes!



  1. 5 July, 2016 / 11:21 am

    I’ve been switching out dairy in my diet at the moment to go dairy free and the detox has produced the worst breakout of mine in months (ironically dairy is one of the things that causes my breakouts normally!). For a few weeks now I’ve been struggling and my skin is only just starting to settle down. Hopefully starting to do a proper cleanse in the evening will help even more!

    Steph –

    • missbudgetbeauty
      5 July, 2016 / 12:26 pm

      I’ve tried cutting things out and nothing has made more of a difference than cleansing properly

  2. 5 July, 2016 / 12:04 pm

    I too am the absolute worst at keeping my skin healthy! I occasionally will use my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish but otherwise I lazily stick to micellar waters… oppsss. I will have to try some of these products though, they sound amazing, especially the Clean & Clear moisturiser. Thank you for the recommendations <3
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    • missbudgetbeauty
      5 July, 2016 / 12:28 pm

      I think if your skin is good then who cares but if you start to see breakouts/dryness and want to improve it there are really simple ways!

  3. philippa sutton
    5 July, 2016 / 5:40 pm

    I always make sure to cleanse properly too! I always remove makeup first and then go in with a different cleanser. My favourite at the moment is the oskia cleansing gel!
    Philippa x

  4. 5 July, 2016 / 6:13 pm

    I too don’t get periods as a lovely side effect of contraceptive injection, but it does mean that you have no idea when the hormonal breakouts and mood swings occur!! I’ve concluded that I too, am a miserable bitch all month round haha! xx

  5. Lisa Jane
    6 July, 2016 / 8:35 pm

    I completely agree the best thing for your skin is to cleanse properley. I have also noticed a big difference when i exfoliate regularly, my skin feels less congested and blemishes seem to clear up quicker. I have also followed your advice of using clean and clear moisturiser as a spot treatment, Best thing ever!

  6. Esme Beauty
    7 July, 2016 / 10:43 pm

    I bought the clean and clear moisturiser on your recommendation ( I buy a lot on your recommendation hehe ) and it didn’t work great for reducing my spots but I found it works well as an all over moisturiserr, the best thing for my spots has to be the Deep Action, Anti-Blemish Gel, from Superdrug. So cheap defiantly worth a try.

  7. Joyce Chitwood
    9 July, 2016 / 4:37 pm

    I have the same problem with cleansing. I get tiny little white heads in the crease of my chin under my lip. I have tried a few things with salcylic acid but haven’t been that great at putting it on everyday. I want to try that clean and clear moisturizer. I have been looking for a good drug store one and live to find one that does all that and helps control oil? I was just reading on IG about a girl who uses strides pads and helped clear up her bumps under the skin which I have on my cheeks and around a little. I don’t have to worry about monthly periods for several yrs now. I quit having them after having a lot of Cancer treatment. Been fighting off and on for 13hlaf yrs now. Good right now. Treatable not curable. Had bone marrow transplant and radiation on each side of my groin it’s a type slow growing NHL. So there r some nice things that come out of it. Any more suggestions on an oil controller let me know. Thanks so much.

  8. Rebecca Widnall
    26 July, 2016 / 11:39 am

    I am on the contraceptive implant and its been one long period for 5 months (tmi) my skin is just awful. So im goona try the clean and clear stuff. Fingers crossed.

    • missbudgetbeauty
      27 July, 2016 / 4:36 pm

      you should go back to your doctor! They may be able to prescribe you something to keep on top of that since it’s your contraception causing the imbalance

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