I'm rather devastated that i'm even having to write this post. As a teenager I was one of those lucky girls who had flawless skin, I don't think I even ever had a spot. Ridiculous I know. Then I went to uni, drank myself into oblivion, lived a crazy lifestyle, but ... still no spots. Then I met my boyfriend (yes that's right, I'm about to blame him haha), and decided to go on the pill. Because I get migraines, I am on the pill cerezatte which is a progesterone pill (mini pill), which you take 24/7 with no breaks. I find the pill fine, i've been on it for nearly 4 years now, but the one thing it has absolutely done ... is DESTROY my skin.
For the first year or so (maybe even 2) my skin was perfectly fine and totally unaffected, but a couple of years in I started getting terrible hormonal spots on my chin and around my mouth area. The main cause for spots in this region is hormonal imbalance, and so I'm pretty much certain it's a side effect of the pill i'm on and is one thing that really gets me down. Over the last 2 months my skin has got much worse, I expect tied in with a not so ideal lifestyle (busy, stressed, and working hard, mixed with some partying & lot's of drinking).
Having reached the end of my tether the other weekend, I decided it was time I started embracing products for bad skin. I already live by Clinique's anti blemish range, which I truly think is perfect for spot prone skin. It really does do a very good job. But I decided that I needed that extra push, something else to help fight them away. After reading many a blog review on the product, I decided that Origins Super Spot Remover would be my investment of choice. At £13 for a mini pot, it's relatively expensive, however in the grand shceme of things, I wasn't bothered and deemed it a necessary purchase.
I've now been using this product for 2 weeks, and I'm still gauging my opinion. I have been suffering from very painful, deep under the skin, red spots - which in my opinion are the WORST. Now of the spots I had when I purchased this it has noticeably helped. It's tingly feeling when placed on the skin makes you instantly think it's doing good, so even if it's a placebo affect, I went with it as it made me feel better. Once dried it significantly reduces the pain that my spots inflict on me (the buggers), this is probably one of the biggest things I noticed. After a couple of days It actually had pretty much rid of most the uncomfortable symptoms of spots, but I still had a large red mark and a sort of lumpy feeling. This is probably where I should have stopped using it on those spots, I think I probably over used it and damaged the skin a little and since stopping, they've basically gone.
Now the only annoying thing is, since ridding those bad boys, I've had a plethora of new mother fuckers deciding to make base on my poor chin. Now I'm not sure if this is due to some bonkers hormonal shit going on inside me, or because I've spread germs when using this product. I'm not sure, but I've decided to stop using my finger to apply this and start using a cotton bud. Which I hope will avoid any spreading of germs and rid me of these bastards for good.
So my view - get it. If your suffering from spots or bad skin at the moment then I think this product does help. It's expensive, but worth it & I received a couple of tips from the origins lady which I think are useful to bare in mind:
1. Use a cotton bud to apply (I originally ignored this and regretted it)
2. Apply up to 3 x a day
3. (this is my own tip) once the spot has largely gone, stop using the product in case you begin scarring the skin
4. Keep moisturised as it dries out the skin
5. Keep it with you, as you can apply it over makeup (this didn't work quite so well for me as it made my makeup flake, but I am rubbish with makeup so this may be my own fault).
Anyway, that's it, a long read but I really hope some of you suffering from the same thing may get some comfort and useful information from this.
Have you tried Origins Spot Remover, or any other products? What's products do you recommend for bad skin - i'd really appreciate your tips.