A Skincare Routine For Spot Prone Skin

Is there anything that quite knocks your confidence like a face full of spots? No matter what you wear or how sassy your hair, blemishes can make you feel horrible.

Being a beauty blogger I get to try (or perhaps even have to try) so many different products. Which is amazing, but it does mean my skin has to adjust to different lotions and potions quite regularly. This has never really caused me too many issues until recently…

Annoyingly I can’t even tell you what caused it (because I legit don’t know, not because I don’t want to say), but a few weeks back I had the worst break out of my life. If I were brave enough I’d show you the photos, but as Halloween has been and gone, i’ll leave the scary stuff out of this post. To give you an idea, I looked like I had the chicken pox and couple that with a dodgy eyebrow tint (that’s another story), I spent more than one evening wailing to the BF about how hideous I’d become. However in-between feeling rather sorry for myself, I decided to seriously up my skincare game and here’s how:

Cleanse before bed

I’ve said this before, but I am guilty of avoiding a proper evening cleanse, instead opting for makeup wipes. I know they’re bad for your skin, but they’re just so damn convenient. However, I have officially swapped out my makeup wipes for the dreamy Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser and have since been spending a good few minutes each night thoroughly cleansing my face. Not only is my skin less dry, but it also feels softer and 100x cleaner than it ever has done! Dare I say I’m converted?

Exfoliate Gently

When your skin turns to crap, there’s a temptation to attack it with a harsh exfoliator and scrub away those blasted blemishes. As much as I wish it worked, you’re actually just going to make matters worse. Using a gentle face cleanser such as Botanics Purifying Face Scrub* will buff away oil and dirt, without leaving your skin red and irritated.

Use Salicylic Acid

Upping your overall skincare regime will of course help to fight the battle against blemishes, but sometimes you need to call in the big guns. Salicylic Acid is the ultimate spot fighting treatment. Just a dab of this magical acid will help to immediately start the healing process.  Although just to warn you, it will look worse, before it starts to look better.

When you first apply the acid you’ll experience some slight stinging and then after a few hours you may notice that your skin has begun to peel/dry out. It will also look redder than it did before, but this just means it’s starting to work. The good news is, overtime your skin will become more accustomed to it and the side effects will lessen. The bad news is, you might want to hibernate for the first application (and maybe the second). My two recommendations are the Origins Super Spot Remover or the slightly more intense (but more affordable) The Ordinary Salicylic Acid Solution.

 Rehydrate Your Skin

The steps above are great at reducing acne, but they will also lead to your skin becoming quite dry. This is why it’s important to rehydrate where possible. Think of it like this, when your skin is hydrated it’s healthy and healthy skin can fight breakouts and heel faster. I am currently using a few drops of The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid morning and night, but when it comes to this step, use a tried and tested product that you know works well for you.


Within just a few days of following the above steps I had started to see a difference and a week and half later, they’ve almost disappeared.

What are your go-to blemish control products?


  • I LOVE salycic acid by The Ordinary – it is a absolute life saver and I’ve stocked up on it because I love it that much!


  • I would love to try the salycic acid for my spots but I’m scared that it would not match my sensitive skin!

    Sarah | What Sarah Writes

  • The Sunday Mode

    For me I love using salicylic acid products on my spots as well, but my fav is the Mario Badescu drying lotion because it’s got the calamine with it so it’s a lot more gentle I’ve found.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  • I started using the Salycilic Acid from The Ordinary about 8 days ago, when my forehead was full of small annoying spots. My skin has gone clear in 2 days!! I’m still using it and hope it will help my nose pores, which is my only real skin concern since forever. :)
    Oh and I’m OBSESSED with both The Ordinary foundations, great great brand x

    Caterina | caterinasosso.com

  • Thank you so much for sharing this, I have sensitive skin and will try this if I find it!

    My Vogue Style | http://www.myvoguestyle.com

  • Thank you for sharing this post lovely! Just what I needed xx


  • Fantastic post lovely!! I have always have been and probably always will be spot prone. I have found however, the botanics range is working fabulous on my spot prone skin!!
    a life of a charlotte


  • Great routine! Especially the exfoliating! I should pay more attention to my skin too, but I’m kind of lazy I guess :p

    Marije | thegfguide.com

  • This is such a helpful routine, thanks so much for sharing products! I’m definitely on the hunt for something new for my skin, so this post came at the perfect time!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

  • Love this post! The use of Salicylic Acid sounds cool – need to give this a go! x


  • Great skin care routine ! Thanks for sharing!


  • totally love this routine


    style frontier

  • Such a great detailed post, thank you so much for sharing!

    Ana x

  • this face scrub seems amazing, I have to try it!
    Miki x

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  • Bernadette

    I’m a massive fan of the ordinary. They have such incredible products, especially that Hyaluronic acid. x


  • I am sorry to hear about your chicken pox. As long as you apply the right cream and prescribed ointment it will be fine.

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