If you read my blog or watch my YouTube videos regularly then you probably already know that acne has become the bane of my existence.
Extreme, you might think. But to anyone who suffers from a painful face it’s the truth.
I had clear skin for most of my teens with only the occasional spot here and there. I hit my mud twenties and my face went crazy. My acne is hormonal and is generally centred around the sides of my mouth and under my jaw. I have tried so many products and often find one that works great for one breakout only never to work again.
Here is a little video on my experience with acne and a little bit of information on a cream that is working for me at the moment… who know if the relief will last but I’m keeping my fingers crossed!
(apologies for the poor light quality, my camera was acting up)
What are your experiences with acne and acne creams?
I was sent a tub of acne cream called EMC2 a few months back. It sat in my skincare drawer for a number of weeks. To be honest I had forgotten about it.
Then the breakout from hell hit. Sore, cystic acne under my jaw (thank you hormones!) and on my chin. It was so painful. My usual approach – germoline and skin clearing wash completely failed me this time round. It was probably too much to expect from an over the counter antiseptic cream anyway.
So I searched the drawer for any potential acne solutions. I picked up the tub of EMC2 for sensitive skin (they also sell a stronger one for skin that is not sensitive) and start applying every night. I was afraid to apply it in the morning and evening in case my skin over reacted to the ingredients, which it usually does.
Here are a few things I noted:
The packaging is very simple
It’s aloe vera based so it’s soothes irritated skin and I have to say it brought down redness and swelling over night
It smells mildly of essential oils
A little goes a really long way
It didn’t clog my pores
It cleared my skin in 4 days
It didn’t cause any dryness or irritation
It feels like a light cream with Jojoba oil. It has a trademarked EMC oil listed in the ingredients but I suspect that Jojoba is involved somehow. It’s great for acne sufferers since it mimics the skins natural oils and helps reduce oil production.
This has worked a charm for me. So much so that I am using it every second night for maintenance. I’m afraid to try the full strength but I shall happily stick to the sensitive skin version. My skin looks clear and calm so basically my friggin’ delighted with myself.
It costs €12 from their website. They ship worldwide as far as I know. I heard that they recently changed the formula and I have the new version. I hope they don’t reformulate again.
Remember that there are many different causes of acne and breakouts. What works for one might not work for another. Sure that’s why I’ve tried every acne cream out there. Often when I find one that works it clears my skin for a while and then I seem to become resistant to it. Fingers crossed that this one works for life! I’ll keep you posted on any changes.