I’m cutting it close to 30 and still have occasional breakouts. I typically get a least one bad one around my time of the month then random ones other times. It’s very frustrating and I’ve been dealing with this for along time now.
I have three products that I use regularly to treat my breakouts and I find that they work the best for me. I’d love to know what you use as I’m always looking for something better. Make sure to let me know in the comments below what you use.
Let’s get started…
e.l.f. Acne Fighting Gel
I have an entire blog post review on the e.l.f. Acne Fighting Gel if you are interested. I use this product most often, it is typically the first one I reach for. This is a fabulous product, I highly recommend it. It’s very inexpensive at only $2.00 for 6 ml.
Like I said this is the first product I use when I start to breakout. I’m never too concerned about where I place this product as it isn’t harsh, I just apply it all around the affected area a few times per day.
The one thing I don’t like about the e.l.f. Acne Fighting Gel is the packaging. It’s in this cheap plastic rollerball. It actually hurts to roll this over your breakouts. I also think that it’s unsanitary as you roll the product all over your breakouts. Wouldn’t it spread the bacteria around?
The way I use it is by rolling a bit onto my finger then I apply it directly on to my breakouts. I’d like to pour it into another container so I can apply it easily. Will get around to that one day.
The e.l.f. Acne Fighting Gel is one of my favourite acne fighting products and it’s a great product for any budget. Often times when I had bad breakouts I throw it into my purse so I can apply it on the go. I think I’ve been through 3 of these since my last review on it.
If you buy one of the three products in this blog post, try this one. For $2 you can’t go wrong. 🙂
The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil
The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil is another favourite of mine. It costs quite a bit more than the e.l.f. Acne Fighting Gel but is an essential for me when fighting breakouts. It retails for 10.00 USD on their website, $11.00 in Canada but you can usually get it at a discount. I buy mine on the base exchange in a gift box with a bunch of my other favourite products from The Body Shop so it ends up being very inexpensive that way. You only get 10 ml of product and I do notice it running out fairly quickly.
I don’t really have any routine to using this product. I pretty much just grab it if I think my skin needs it. It’s more potent than the e.l.f. product so I typically use it when I have a stubborn breakout.
I definitely notice a difference after I apply The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil. It really does helps soothe my skin and treat my breakouts.
If you want to try something different than the e.l.f. product, grab this one. I always have it on hand. I actually used it this morning because I have a stubborn spot and it looks better already. I think I’ve been through 6 bottles since discovering it.
Last but not least is…
100% tea tree oil
It doesn’t really matter what brand, I just grab mine at Walmart for under $10. Just make sure it is 100% pure tea tree oil.
Tea tree oil has been said to help treat acne because of it’s antibacterial properties so it’s a great product to keep in your vanity.
I use pure tea tree oil as a last resort. If I have a breakout that is raging I will use this. Or if I can tell early on that it is going to be a really bad one I just start right off the bat with 100% tea tree oil.
I use a q-tip to spot treat with tea tree oil and I make sure to only apply it to my breakouts. I don’t use this as an all over treatment. Tea tree oil can be very drying so you don’t want to spread it all over your face where it isn’t needed.
If you’ve never used tea tree oil before make sure to test it slowly. When I first used it I applied it like 3 times in a day for a few days in a row and my face ended up extremely dry. Now when I use it I just apply it morning and evening. My skins used to it now. You may even want to start out my diluting it with another oil.
Whenever I use 100% tea tree oil on my breakouts I notice an immediate different. Plus I find that it soothes my skin, which feels good when I’m broken out.
If you aren’t a fan of the scent of tea tree oil then you might want to stay clear of this. I enjoy the scent of tea tree oil and use a lot of products that contain it. All three of the products I mentioned contain tea tree oil.
I should also remind you about another favourite product I use once my breakouts have calmed down. It’s the Body Shop’s Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion. Such a wonderful product as well. If you want to know more about it, read my review.