can anyone recommend a good moisturiser for spotty skin?

(41 Posts)
gaggiagirl Wed 08-May-13 12:25:32

My pot of day cream has ran out and I doubt it was helping my spotty yet dry acne scarred sometimes sensitive skin (yip its that odd)
So can anyone suggest a good moisturiser that isn't going to make my spotty forehead greasy and more spotty? Thanks in advance.

Fuckitthatlldo Wed 08-May-13 12:30:54

You need to look for a moisturiser that is non comedogenic - ie it won't clog your pores.

Cetaphil moisturiser is good for acne sufferers.

Vichy Normaderm global hydrating anti imperfection care contains alpha and beta hydroxy acids, and so helps clear pores while it moisturises and hydrates.

Avene moisturisers are non comedogenic, even their rich ones that are aimed at dry skin. If dryness is an issue then you could try their rich compensating cream.


Fuckitthatlldo Wed 08-May-13 12:44:15

Also, I know this isn't what you asked, but if you're suffering with spots and acne scarring then you could try Avene's Triacneal.

It has retinaldehyde, which is a vitamin A derivative, and glycolic acid, and so deeply exfoliates the skin, clearing spots and reducing scarring.

It's potent stuff and can be irritating if you use too much too soon. Skin needs a chance to acclimatise to such active ingredients, particularly retinoids such as retinaldehyde. So I would start to use it (only at night as uv rays prevent it from working properly) just twice a week for a couple of weeks. Then try using it every other night for another couple of weeks. Slowly build up to using it every night as your skin tolerates it. You may experience some initial redness and tingling - this is temporary and is just your skin getting used to the product.

You can also experience an initial flare up of spots as the retinaldehyde draws clogs under the skins surface to the fore. But once those are out of the way you should see a huge improvement in your skin. Give it six - twelve weeks - the results are not immediate - but Triacneal really does work if you stick with it. Dermatologists often recommend it as the only over the counter product worth its salt for dealing with mild to moderate acne/break outs.

The most essential thing to remember when using it is that you need to use a sunscreen every day - retinoids make our skin more sensitive to the sun. And again, you'd need to find one that is non comedogenic so it does not cause clogged pores and breakouts. Peter Roth do good, non comedogenic sun screens. So do La Roche Posay.

gaggiagirl Wed 08-May-13 12:45:40

Is the cetaphil cream available at boots? The Vichy one sounds nice too thanks fuckit I'm going to hit the shops tomorrow.

Fuckitthatlldo Wed 08-May-13 12:47:00

Yes you can find all the moisturisers I recommended in Boots. None of them are particularly expensive either.

gaggiagirl Wed 08-May-13 12:48:59

Wow you really know your stuff that's amazing thank you would I best off hitting the internet for the avene products I'm willing to give anything a go.

Fuckitthatlldo Wed 08-May-13 12:50:54

Check your makeup if you use it too.

Lots of foundations, concealers, e.t.c. contain pore clogging ingredients like mineral oil.

Swapping to non comedogenic make-up may make a big difference to how your skin behaves. Although I realise replacing make-up can be an expensive business!

Fuckitthatlldo Wed 08-May-13 12:51:59

Don't worry, Boots stock Avene too. The larger stores tend to stock a more comprehensive range though.

gaggiagirl Wed 08-May-13 13:17:38

Ooh big boots shop for me I'm happy to replace all my make up if it will help my skin I turned 30 last year and my face has been ruined ever since so maybe its time for a big change.

Fuckitthatlldo Wed 08-May-13 13:37:27

I recently made all these changes myself.

I never suffered with loads of spots, but still I was prone to them and there always seemed to be something coming or going. If I had an important event coming up I would be praying that my skin would be clear for it, and at 37 I just got fed up with it all and decided my skin care regime needed a overhaul.

I did a lot of research over the net (Dr Sam Bunting's blog was particularly useful) and began to use Triacneal and only non comedogenic moisturisers and sunscreens.

I'm three weeks in now and already I can see a difference in how my skin looks - it is more smooth and even textured. Small areas of redness left behind by old spots have cleared quickly, and although I am still purging out the odd small blemish here and there, my skin looks really healthy and glowy.

If there's one thing I can't stress enough though, it's go slow with the Triacneal. I started off over keen and just slapped it on every night. I ended up with red, irritated skin that felt sore and stung whenever I put anything on it. You really do need to allow your tolerance to it to build up gradually.

gaggiagirl Wed 08-May-13 13:45:55

Just ordered the triacneal from the good old boots click and collect it had great reviews but I'll certainly take it easy and maybe use it on Monday night after work (I'm off til the following friday)then if I break out I can hide in the house. I'm glad your skin is improving too I hope it does the same for me. I'm also going to get the Vichy stuff when I go to collect the avene.

Nagoo Wed 08-May-13 14:42:54

placemarking for payday smile

YourHandInMyHand Wed 08-May-13 17:56:26

Another vote for Cetaphil. Was recommended to me by my GP and I've since thrown out any other face creams and won't buy anything else.

gaggiagirl Wed 08-May-13 18:18:33

Yourhand have you used the cetaphil face wash I was wondering if that's worth a punt.

YourHandInMyHand Wed 08-May-13 19:58:29

No not tried it, am tempted though too.

cocolepew Wed 08-May-13 20:02:50

Marking place for payday too!

EverybodysStressyEyed Wed 08-May-13 20:20:34

i find the avene anti rouge face mask works well when i'm particularly red

i'm going to try the cetaphil now though!

Fuckitthatlldo Wed 08-May-13 20:20:59

Also gaggia, despite what some websites advise, don't just spot treat with the Triacneal. Clogs and blockages can be developing and becoming infected in the pores for weeks before they become noticeable as blemishes on the surface of the skin, so you really need to treat the whole face if you really want to get a handle on things.

Also retinoids are proven to be effective in anti aging as well, reducing fine lines and encouraging collagen production. And you want to enjoy the benefits of that all over your face.

QuinnFabray Wed 08-May-13 20:33:56

I have oily, congested spot prone skin, and have pretty much sorted it out now. Personally, my skin doesn't tolerate glycolic acid or retinol products. It either becomes more spotty or too red and dry. Salicylic acid works wonders for me, so I use products with that in. La Roche-Posay Efflaclar range is my favourite (also available from Boots! )

It's trial and error really. Took me a while to figure out what works. So if the first thing you try doesn't help, there are alternatives.

I also really like the Clarins Lotus oil as a night time moisturiser.

I use Cetaphil cleanser in the morning.

And gentle but double cleansing in the evening, then toning ( a further cleansing step really ) has really helped to sort my skin out. I use a cream hot cloth type cleanser, twice - once to get rid of make up, once to clean the skin, then a toner ( the la roche posay one has salicylic acid in ) to make sure all residue is off my face.

I use La Roche Posay Effaclar K cream as a daytime moisturiser, this has salicylic acid in it too.

I didn't like the Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser, it breaks me out. The soap and glory peachy one is good, and the clarins extra gentle cleansing cream.

QuinnFabray Wed 08-May-13 20:39:12

Sounds like your skin might be dehydrated and sensitive rather than oily though, reading your original post.

The La Roche Posay physiological soothing toner is really lovely too, for sensitive skin, and the Cicaplast Baume is amazing. Very healing and soothing.

Also, I still recommend the cream cleansers, and the Clarins facial oil.

Fuckitthatlldo Wed 08-May-13 20:40:58

Yes Quinn I like the Clarins Lotus Oil too. It feels like a real treat but doesn't clog the pores.

Out of interest, how long did you stick with the retinol? Becoming more spotty and being a little red and dry can be initial side effects that last for a few weeks, but things should get better once your skin acclimatises. Some people do have more of a reaction than others.

LaurenLaverne Wed 08-May-13 20:53:20

Your skin sounds similar to how mine used to be. has lots of ideas of products to try and how to use them. I think the real turning point for my skin was using a few drops of jojoba oil, as described on Its so much softer and spot free!

gaggiagirl Wed 08-May-13 21:08:25

I used to use the clarins oil when I was younger and had very dry skin QUINN Your right i may have sensitive skin I'm deathly pale (friends call me nosferatu)and that usually means sensitive skin i guess. I was a bit scared of using oils in case of further breakouts but I'll give anything a go.this week I've been using raw honey all over my face 20 mins a day no change yet though.

Fuckitthatlldo Wed 08-May-13 22:17:30

I think skin that is prone to breaking out is sensitive by its very nature anyway.

CoffeePleaseSir Wed 08-May-13 22:21:11

I have really sensitive skin am marking my place fantastic advice on here, thank you smile

gaggiagirl Thu 09-May-13 10:33:45

Hey ladies Cetaphil products are on a 3 for 2 at boots at the moment don't know how long it will last for perhaps we should stock up.

LaurenLaverne Thu 09-May-13 14:42:15

I thought that re oil too, but its just a couple of drops mixed in to an ordinary moisturiser. Im also very pale! smile

gaggiagirl Thu 09-May-13 15:03:06

Lauren that sounds like a good way to apply it I never thought of adding oil to my moisturizer great tip thanks there have been some amazing tips on this thread.

gaggiagirl Mon 13-May-13 20:02:12

Triacneal has been applied! It feels comfortable and absorbed very quickly I used it sparingly.cant wait to see how it goes.

Nagoo Mon 13-May-13 22:23:41

I've applied it a couple of times, no terrible reaction so far smile

Springforward Mon 13-May-13 22:37:44

Your skin sounds like mine TBH. I have given up even trying anything other than Critique dramatically different gel, everything else hurts or feels like I've smeared chip fat over my face within an hour. CDDG is worth the money IMVHO.

Springforward Mon 13-May-13 22:38:52

Of course I meant Clinique blush

Fuckitthatlldo Tue 14-May-13 09:51:48

If you're going to have a reaction to Triacneal, it usually occurs after a few days to a week of using it. So don't make the mistake of thinking, I've used it once or twice, I'm fine, so it's probably safe to use every day now.

That's what I did and my skin didn't thank me much. It's best to err on the side of caution I think smile

I've been using it for four weeks now. Skin is clear as crystal, aside from a few residual marks that are fading noticeably. I'm really pleased. I think it's a fantastically effective product.

I'm so impressed with the French pharmacy skin care brands - they're not hideously expensive and they make products that actually work. The skin recovery cream also by Avene is wonderfully soothing, non comedogenic, and I found this the best thing for calming my irritated skin when I inadvertently went a bit overboard with the Triacneal.

Nagoo Tue 14-May-13 10:08:32

Thanks for the warning fuckit I'm sticking with a couple of times a week for now then! smile

gaggiagirl Tue 14-May-13 11:34:26

I didn't need to use my green corrector this morning I wonder if that's thanks to triacneal either way happy so far.

LizGreen Tue 14-May-13 14:09:50

I really love the Norwegian formulation one. It can be a little greasy but doesn't seem to clog my pores.

It's really good.

LITTLEGEEK Tue 14-May-13 14:17:53

Another vote for Cetaphil.

gaggiagirl Wed 15-May-13 20:31:44

My face feels smooth as a babies bottom it has never felt this lovely I hope its thanks to triacneal raw honey and cetaphil which I went with in the end after seeing its great reviews. The advice on this thread has been worth its weight in gold I would love to hear more of peoples 'un spotty' stories.
Fuckit still no redness yet from triacneal but my spots are getting flakey.

Fuckitthatlldo Thu 16-May-13 01:02:30

So glad things are working out well gaggia smile

Sure a bit of flakeyness can be a minor side effect of the Triacneal and will dissipate as soon as your skin becomes more used to it.

If it gets worse to the point where it bothers you then you can scale back the Triacneal and very gradually build it up again, or if it is not that bad you can just use a muslin cloth to remove your cleanser and gently buff away any minor flakes with that.

Certainly stick with the cetaphil - moisturiser is a really important part of the support system when using active ingredients like retinoids. It helps combat dryness (obvs) and so helps mitigate and control the worst of the side effects.

Most importantly, stick with it. Dr Sam Bunting reckons you need to give it at least six weeks, and probably more like twelve, before you start seeing real noticeable results from retinoid use. However, my personal experience (and a lot of other anecdotal evidence seems to second it) is that you actually begin to see small, but still noticeable results before that. Sounds like perhaps you already are!

Samu2 Thu 16-May-13 08:52:14

I had adult acne, it was awful.

I got a prescription for Duac and switched to La Rose Posay for make up remover, moisturiser and cleansing lotion. Within 4 weeks my skin was 90% clearer.

Saffirose Thu 28-Aug-14 00:20:09

Hey, I have similar problems use the tea tree stuff from body shop for your spots and look around boots and body shop for your favourite moisteriser, I tend to find my choises are better than recommendations because you know your skin best, try a few online quizzes about it too. Do what ever takes your fancy. Hope this helps. smile

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