Breakouts, spots, zits... whatever you like to call them, we can all agree that they are a complete violation. A horrible trend from our teenage years that have come back to haunt us, just like low-rise jeans. However, despite a zillion cures for clearing acne and blemishes online, not all of them a created equally.
Whispers: put the toothpaste down, it’s time to evaluate your skincare routine.
To banish the breakouts, there are a few magical skincare ingredients to swot up (and we hope you are taking notes!)
First up, salicylic acid is your ride-or-die. This ingredient has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, whilst working as an exfoliant to slough away dead skin cells. Get an ingredient that does both, tbh. Next, lactic acid, which also helps to exfoliate skin, whilst lightening dark spots caused by acne. If you’re feeling fancy, you can’t go wrong with a microbiome-balancing complex which helps targets spot-causing bacteria and regulates sebum production.
But instead of trawling through the entirety of Boots for a whole new beauty stash, may we recommend Facetheory's Saliatica 2% BHA Toner T6 (£11.99) which has all the above and more, promising clear and smooth skin. Not only does the formula contain 2 per cent salicylic acid, but it's also packed with lactic acid, centella asiatica and microbiome. Plus, it's vegan and cruelty-free.
The best part? The mega-watt formula has already been rated an impressive five stars online.
One chuffed customer wrote, "Probably one of my favourite toners already. Been using it for about 2 weeks but it’s been great so far. It’s unscented and very gentle, which is lovely as I have sensitive skin. It doesn’t irritate when I use it with other products. My acne has gone down after daily use and improved texture. My skin feels plump and soft [sic]."
Another added: "I can see results after 1 or 2 weeks of use! My skin toner is much more even and my pores are much less congested. I suffer from large pores and an oily t-zone, this toner works wonders for me. I can even go out barefaced now if I want."
Skin so clear we feel confident to skip foundation altogether? What dreams are made of.
How to use Facetheory's Saliatica 2% BHA Toner T6:
After cleansing place a cotton pad over the top of the bottle and tip once quickly to dampen the pad. Gently apply over the entire face and neck avoiding the eye area. Do not rinse. Initially apply every other day and note skin’s response. Can be used up to twice daily.