The Best Natural Skincare For Blemish-Prone Skin

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As a teen I assumed once I hit my twenties that my skin would naturally start to clear up and I’d no longer have to deal with spotty breakouts or those monthly mountainous cystic pimples that seemed to last forever and are impossible to hide.

It was a lie.

Only in fairytales or for those genetically blessed do you get magically clear skin once you’ve waved your teen years goodbye. A lot of factors come into play for “good” skin, such as diet, environment, genetics — and how many articles have we all read telling us to change our pillowcase nightly, clean your phone, wash your makeup off, buy a $200 silk pillowcase and do a headstand with one arm behind your back three times under a full moon?

I’m going to skip all that and just focus on skincare today, although I will note that while I do feel diet & gut health plays a huge role in the condition of my skin, I know how much difference good skincare has made, too.

These are my top tried-and-tested products that work for clearing acne, blemishes, congestion and also maintaining a clear, healthy and radiant complexion. I’ve used each of these products at one time or another — not all at once — so feel free to pick and choose what you need/are looking to add to your skincare routine.

If you have any questions or need a hand just leave a comment below!

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earth wise beauty green leaves & co facial oil

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I’ve used this product off and on for a few years now, and it’s still one of the greatest things to ever happen to my skin. This product has dozens of rave reviews from acne sufferers that have managed to clear their skin with this oil/balm.

I used it religiously for a year or so, then found my skin didn’t need it as much any more. I’ve only just recently begun using it again every 2nd-3rd night.

Green Leaves & Co clears, heals & prevents acne, blemishes, congestion. It also helps to balance oil production if you have oily skin. When I first began using this, Green Leaves & Co really made a huge difference to any blemishes and for preventing breakouts. Now that my skin is clear 90% of the time, I really notice how well it also works to clear pores, particularly on my nose.

When you first start to use this, you may notice that blackheads or spots become more prominent or pop up for a few days. This oil seems to work to soften clogged pores so that your skin can clear them out and afterwards skin is much clearer, more even and radiant.

Use sparingly, once or twice daily or less frequently as needed.
See full review here.

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Kypris Beauty Moonlight Catalyst

This serum is an herbal alternative to retinol, gently exfoliating and resurfacing the skin to clear pores, even skin tone, speed healing and cell regeneration, refine texture, reduce redness and plump skin. It also has anti-ageing benefits with long term use.

Run your fingertips over clean skin. If you can feel small bumps, roughness or little blackheads, then you could benefit from a retinol/retinol-type product. The Moonlight Catalyst in combination with the Green Leaves & Co above really helped to smooth my skin, clear congestion and result in clear, healthy skin.

This serum also helps to speed healing, fade red marks or pigmentation resulting from blemishes, firm and smooth.

See full review here.

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blissoma Fresh Mild Rice Cleanser

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A good cleanser is the basis to any skincare routine, even for those looking for the most simplified routine.
Blissoma’s Fresh Mild Rice Cleanser has been my staple for a few years. It is incredibly gentle, with a mild exfoliation from finely milled rice grains (feels almost like a powder through the cleanser it is so fine). This is kind of an oil-based cleanser, but feels more like a light lotion/milk and has no oily residue.

The Fresh Mild Rice Cleanser is pH balanced — essential for any skincare but even more so when dealing with blemish-prone skin —and thoroughly cleanses skin without leaving it feeling dry or stripped. The result is clearer, calmer skin.

See full review here.

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edible beauty Australia soothe me balm

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Deliciously cooling, the Edible Beauty Soothe Me Balm is deeply hydrating, calming and soothing for all skin types. It offers oil-free moisture, and is healing and anti-inflammatory for blemish-prone skin.

I use this for everything from a moisturiser to soothing insect bites/stings, grazes, sunburn, burns, rashes and more. I hate to travel without it as it’s such a great multi-tasker.

It is also incredibly lightweight and absorbs fully to leave skin feeling calm, hydrated and silky soft.


earthwise beauty resiliency serum

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This is another gel-like serum, cooling, lightweight and highly effective. The star ingredient of the Resiliency Serum is carrot seed oil, rich in vitamin A (similar results to retinol) and wonderful for clearing blemishes, evening the skin tone, fading hyperpigmentation and giving the skin a healthy glow!

This serum also features anti-inflammatory German blue chamomile and spearmint to reduce puffiness, irritation and redness, and helichrysum (Italian everlasting), for its regenerating & brightening properties. The aloe base also makes this very hydrating.

You can use it once or twice daily or even throughout the day as a spot treatment. I find once in the evening is enough now, however when my skin had more active breakouts I’d use it twice daily.

(I’ve used the stock image as I haven’t gotten around to photographing this yet!)

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Edible beauty australia belle frais cleansing milk

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This is my other favourite cleanser, and I alternate between this and the Blissoma cleanser mentioned above depending on my skin’s needs. I especially love this when my skin is feeling more dry, lacklustre or inflamed.

The Belle Frais Cleansing Milk transforms from a thick whipped cream to a milky consistency when you add water. This cleanser contains salicylic acid to keep pores clear, Apple Extract naturally brightens the skin, Strawberry Fruit enzymes boost the skin's natural radiance and Australian Wattle Seed supports skin elasticity and firmness.

It’s wonderful for blemish prone skin (I’ve even got my sister hooked on this line, and she’s not much into beauty products) but also dry, dehydrated, normal, oily — essentially all skin would benefit from this cleanser.

It removes makeup effortlessly and always leaves my skin feeling calm, nourished and soft as a baby’s bottom!

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Blissoma smooth a+ Correcting serum

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This is another serum with natural retinol-like properties, and high in vitamin A.

Vitamin A (retinol) is combined with 13 anti-inflammatory herbs to detoxify and purify blemished skin, effectively healing existing blemishes and preventing their development. I use this twice daily, and also throughout the day as a spot treatment if I can feel a pimple coming to nip it in the bud. It works wonderfully to smooth skin’s texture, keep skin calm, firm and blemishes at bay.

Blissoma’s Smooth A+ also contains Carrot Seed Oil although not as high concentration as the aforementioned Resiliency Serum.

See my full review here.

Have you tried any of these products, or have your own tried-and-true favourites for blemish-prone skin?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!