Decode Your Skin

Decode your skin

As a sufferer from imperfect skin, I have been interested to learn about what sorts of things affect my outbreaks as there are so many myths out there that it is due to diet and exercise (two things I don’t do very well, ok at all if I am honest).

I have gathered all the information I have read historically, and hope the below offers some useful info and tips to you.


Face (all over)

  • Due to: Clogged pores, mainly due to lack of make up removal or even holding mobile phone close
  • Tips: Thoroughly cleanse skin before bed and first thing in the morning (& keep your mobile clean!)


  • Due to: Toxins (top = bladder, middle = digestion and lower = liver)
  • Tips: Toxin drawing products (i.e. masks) and plenty of water


  • Due to: Irregularities of the skin (especially if you suffer from colds, asthma etc)
  • Tips: Gentle scrub, salicylic acid, moisturise


  • Due to: Too much products (i.e. over use of lipbalm or lipstick)
  • Tips: Sudocrem, vaseline (which is non pore clogging yet offers moisture)


  • Due to: Changes in hormones
  • Tips: Lavendar oil, simple skincare


  • Due to: Adrenaline and stress related
  • Tips: Salicylic acid, tea tree cream/gel


  • Due to: Severe breakouts can be due to genetic problems
  • Tips: Baby talc, calendula cream, ibuprofen gel, don’t scrub


  • Due to: Sweating, exercising and not showering immediately (or if on shoulder, due to handbag rubbing)
  • Tips: Tea tree oil, spot busting washes


  • Due to: Lack of exfoliating and moisturising
  • Tips: Scrub, moisturise, treat with sudocrem


  • Due to: Overproduction of dead cells and poor circulation
  • Tips: Salicylic acid, moisturise


  • Due to: Damaged hair follicles and shaving
  • Tips: Bathe in tea tree, try other hair removal methods such as waxing

I hope you find this useful, but please do add your tips in the comments box below x

3 Comments on Decode Your Skin

  1. Eimear
    January 28, 2014 at 6:40 pm (5 years ago)

    I’ll try the tea tree oil at the weekend. Thanks :-)

  2. Eimear
    January 27, 2014 at 10:51 pm (5 years ago)

    Thanks a million for the tips! I follow you on Instagram too. I wanted to ask your advice – I’m going on honeymoon in June and suffer terribly with ingrown hairs :-( I really want to get rid or reduce before then. I get them no matter what type of hair removal method I use. Any advice??? Thanks :-)

    • Sarah Louise Stevenson
      January 28, 2014 at 12:14 pm (5 years ago)

      Hi – thank you for your comment :) Although I don’t really suffer with ingrown hairs that often, I have had the odd one or two on my legs and it is annoying and unsightly isn’t it?! Manual exfoliation is the best place to start. I recommend a scrub by Yu-Be, which you can buy online, and rub it over the area in a hot bath. Also, when shaving make sure to shave in the direction of hair growth and do it in the bath too. If that fails, apply an antiseptic cream like Germoline or tea tree oil on an evening to ease the soreness and help the hair pop out! Hope this helps x


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