Problem Skin; Our top products for problematic skin

Friday 20th Nov 2020 |

We can’t all be blessed with smooth, even toned, blemish free skin. I’m certainly not. Dry patches, acne, eczema and psoriasis can all affect our confidence.

With that in mind, we have listed our favourite products for problem skin so no matter what your particular issue is, there should be something to sooth your woes.

iS Warming Honey Cleanser

This rich, luxurious treatment cleanser with the purest raw honey, royal jelly, warms on application and imparts an extraordinary sensory experience, while effectively cleansing and gently exfoliating the skin. It leaves skin ultra-hydrated and moisturised while helping to re‑balance problematic skin types. Specially formulated with papaya enzymes and green tea extracts to further exfoliate and nourish, helping to leave the skin looking and feeling velvety smooth. Paraben Free. RRP: £36

Elixseri’s Opening Act Serum

Elixseri, the Swiss skincare experts, create micro-biotic formulas that are intelligent, targeted, clinically tested and scientifically proven, using nature to reprogram our skin to its optimal performance. Green biotech formulas harness the power of nature through ground-breaking science and state of the art technology.

A pillar in the Elixseri range, Opening Act works while you sleep to remove dead cells, cellular debris and product build-up, helping all other skincare products to work more effectively.

Packed with natural yet powerful resurfacing actives including AHAs, derived from tropical fruit ferments, and lactic acid, skin is exfoliated, clarified and detoxed. Complexion is left luminous, more uniform, with diminished pigmentation and redness.

It is recommended for acne prone skins (teenagers and adults alike) and/ or those seeking pigmentation and scarring reduction. It also works wonders for women who are suffering adult-onset acne due to hormone fluctuations (periods, menopause).

Silver & Birch Exfoliating Wash

Detoxification and exfoliation are two key factors for tackling acne. In Russia, Birch Bark is widely used as an effective skin detoxifier and exfoliate for treating acne. NEW Silver & Birch Exfoliating Wash, by UK acne skincare brand Clarol, contains Birch Bark plus a basket of other naturally active targeted ingredients to treat acne-prone skin. Clarol Silver & Birch Exfoliating Wash has a 4-way action to help clear and smooth uneven acne-prone skin.


Award-winning and affordable expert-standard skincare brand, Cetaphil, are specialists in sensitive skin care, recommended by dermatologists as the go-to for sensitive skin. Their famously gentle approach having helped care for people’s skin around the world for over 70 years.

STEP ONE: Cleanse morning and night with the award-winning, expert recommended Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser (RRP £8.99). This miscellar-action gel-lotion is hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, and non- comedogenic (non-pore blocking) so is incredibly gentle on the skin. The skin pH-friendly cleanser effectively removes impurities, including make-up, without stripping and drying the skin, so won’t disrupt or weaken the skin barrier. If oiliness and spot-prone skin are the main problem, the Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser (RRP £8.99) is another face wash that can help.

STEP TWO: Hydrate the skin in the A.M. with the brand-new Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Moisturiser (RRP £8.99). With a light gel texture and hyaluronic acid, this moisturiser is non-comedogenic and specially formulated to deliver immediate and long-lasting hydration to dry, dull, and dehydrated skin.

STEP THREE: While we sleep, the skin’s renewal and repair is at its most active. The, non-comedogenic Cetaphil Rich Night Cream (RRP £7.99) with no added fragrance is a rich-feeling moisturiser that supports overnight replenishment of the skin’s barrier, with a 24-hour moisture lock-in to help protect and strengthen the skin.

The Cetaphil and Cetaphil PRO Redness skincare collections are clinically proven to provide effective, gentle skincare to help sensitive skin look and feel its best with products for everyone including those who experience dryness, redness-prone and oily, break-out prone skin.

PCA Skin

For oily/problem skin:

A gentle cleanser that removes makeup, oil, dirt and environmental impurities in breakout-prone skin.

  • Gentle exfoliation
  • Contains a unique blend of ingredients that soothe and protect the skin
  • Cleansing blend that purifies the skin and minimizes breakouts

A gentle cleanser that provides a daily solution to remove makeup, oil, dirt and environmental impurities in oily and breakout-prone skin.

For normal to sensitive skin:

A gentle cleanser that removes makeup, oil, dirt and environmental impurities.

  • Hydrates and exfoliates the skin while cleansing
  • Provides skin soothing properties
  • Does not leave skin tight or dry after cleansing

A gentle cleanser for normal to sensitive skin that removes makeup, oil, dirt and environmental impurities.

Clinisoothe+ Skin Purifier

Clinisoothe+ Skin Purifier is a powerful cleansing antimicrobial solution that reduces redness, soothes skin, combats breakouts, actively protects the skin from irritation.

Clinisoothe+ is gender-neutral and suited for all skin types, popular amongst men as a grab and go product to have in their gym bags. You don’t need a skin routine or knowledge to use Clinisoothe+ and it still does wonders for the skin. As well as this, it’s 100% recyclable, vegan and cruelty-free.

Vegan Skincare from FAACE

In their own words, FAACE is ‘here to switch up the conversation, giving consumers a new way to shop for skincare and provide a solution to skin that’s been disrupted by life.’  Launching with a capsule collection of face masks that provide effective solutions to the most common skin problems, from hormonal spots to dehydrated complexions, all FAACE products are completely vegan and packaged in recyclable packaging, without the need for extra boxes or cellophane. For when blemishes rear their ugly head, choose Period Faace – £22.50 (100ml), specifically designed to rebalance temperamental skin and prevent potential breakouts. From soothing green tea and antiseptic lavender, to hydrating hyaluronic acid and sebum-controlling zinc, this potent mask packs a powerful punch.

Tropic Pure Lagoon Blemish Prevention Serum, £42

Tropic’s Pure Lagoon Blemish Prevention Serum offers transformative results for spot-prone skin with a new approach to blemish-busting. This new-age serum steps in as a preventative measure throughout a spot’s early lifecycle to leave skin feeling cool and calm, while showing blemish-causing bacteria the door. Bioflavonoids have been proven to reduce visible blackheads by 41%, and visible whiteheads by 36% over 84 days. Their addition alongside prebiotics help boost the skin’s natural flora with healthy bacteria, to break the spot-forming cycle. Meanwhile, blue spirulina and malachite crystal extract, which give the serum its soft blue hue, are rich in copper and possess powerful anti-inflammatory properties. This not only reduces redness of existing blemishes, but helps to maintain a calmer and clarified complexion over time.

Dr. Hauschka Intensive Treatment for Menopausal Skin, £69

Give your menopausal skin the special care it needs with Dr. Hauschka Intensive Treatment for Menopausal Skin. During the 28-day treatment period, your skin will benefit from a boost of balancing and strengthening stimuli. Our Intensive Treatment for Menopausal Skin can counterbalance the skin’s decreasing vitality. The Intensive Treatment for Menopausal Skin balances hormonally related skin changes while supporting your skin’s natural processes of renewal. The appearance of blotchiness and spots is diminished for a calm, even complexion. Rhythmitised dilutions of daisy and rose work with gemstones argentite, ruby powder and black cohosh to revitalise dull, lifeless skin and reduce the appearance of redness and irregular pigmentation.

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