My AM and PM routine for congested skin

When I was teen, I had THE WORST skin. We’re talking hormonal, cystic acne which left crater-like scars across my cheeks and made me want to try and hide beneath layers of heavy foundation. Thankfully, once I started taking the pill, my skin cleared up and for the last ten years, I’ve been blessed with near perfect skin, the occasional outbreak aside. 

That was until 4 months ago, when all of a sudden, I got what at first I thought was a rash around my chin/mouth and nose area. Initially I thought it was the result of a new skincare product I’d received for Christmas which I immediately cut out. Unfortunately though, the rash just got worse, spreading up my nose and around my temple, and looking angry and sore. 

I was feeling pretty miserable and honestly wanted to cry when I looked in the mirror every morning to see that my prayers had in fact not been answered over night and that my skin still looked awful.

After a bit of googling and consulting some experts, a.k.a the girls at work, the diagnosis was serious skin congestion and I was recommended a series of products from The Ordinary to try and unclog my pores and make me feel pretty again. 

It took a couple of weeks, but after regular use, my skin cleared up nicely and I feel so much happier when I look in the mirror. Take a look below to see some of the products I’ve been using in the AM and PM which have helped transform my skin.



Cleanser – Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

Toner – Pixi Glow Tonic

Serum – The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% or The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (I alternate these products daily as using them together can actually cancel each other out)

Moisturiser – Glossier Priming Moisturiser

Sun Cream – Beauty Pie Ultralight UVA/UVB SPF25



Cleanser – ESPA Optimal Skin ProCleanser 3-in-1

Toner – Pixi Glow Tonic

Acid – The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA

Serum – Beauty Pie Triple Hyaluronic Acid or ESPA Optimal Skin ProSerum (Again, I like to alternate between the two)

Moisturiser – Glossier Priming Moisturiser Rich


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Found a product that has helped clear up your congested skin? Let me know!



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