Over the years I have had wars with my skin. Up until a few years ago, my skin could have done with a good sand blast it was that bad. Time spent working in kitchens, bars and being majorly hormonal all made for me to suffer from horrendous acne until I hit my early 20’s.

I have seemingly tried everything under the sun to battle blotchy, weeping and sore skin. I have used some products that have benefited my skin and some that I wish never to touch again.

This list focuses solely on cleansers that have worked for my skin and situation. Toners, moisturizers, serums, lotions and potions are a whole other post.

If you’re looking for a way to battle acne, spots and skin that suffers from weather sensitivity, take a look at my tried and tested below. Maybe they could work for you…


Ultrabland from LUSH drastically transformed my face , and that is not an exaggeration. A balm combination of; rose water, honey and almond oil that left my skin radiant that is made to balance and calm angry or acne prone skin.

The cleanser was suggested to me a member of staff in Sheffield who I asked in desperation one winter. The cold made my spots angry and red which doubled them in size. Some spots scabbed whilst some remained painful lumps under the skin as my skin continued be greaser than a 3am garlic bread.

After using Ultrabland day and night for three weeks there was a noticeable change my skin’s appearance. The majority of sore spots had disappeared of reduced in size significantly and my former greasy mug became glowing and smooth with former oily areas becoming normal.

If you feel like you have tried everything else, give this a shot for a few weeks – you won’t be disappointed.

Garnier Micellar Water Oil Infused Facial Cleanser

There is something magical about Garnier’s oil infused water, it cuts through dirt and makeup with ease even when your foundation is 3 inches thick – Douse a cotton pad in the water and wipe away the sins of the day.

I found this when my drag makeup was making me break out in blackheads and sore, raised spots under the skin. Not only was this gentle on the skin, it also had a cooling effect on spots and seemingly reduced their appearance within a few hours.

This is the only cleanser I have used in recent years that has still managed to remove dirt from my face AFTER I have cleansed my face. That means either; I cant wash my face properly or this oil-water is witchcraft.

Within the Garnier micellar water range there are a few options to choose from; with oil and without. I have tried the water for combination skin and the blue oil cleanser for delicate skin and eyes but the best one by far is the orange oil for dry and sensitive skin.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanse

Feeling like your skin needs a pick me up? Bored of the same old cleanser? If you’re someone who suffers from dry skin or skin prone to blemishes and blackheads then this is for you.

The deep-cleansing cream was a gift from a friend and uses; cocoa butter chamomile and eucalyptus to balance skin and remove deep impurities in a soft and gentle way . It is ideal for those in the middle of an acne flare-up looking to give skin some TLC when spots were painful or angry.

This used to be one my ‘special’ products that I would use when I wanted an extra pick-me-up for my skin, especially on days after drag as the Hot Cloth Cleanser would remove the grime and excess makeup instantly and leave my skin visibly clearer and healthier

Plus, there’s nothing better than a hot cloth on the face during a cold winter month… Just me?

Breaking out? Keep a box of chamomile in the cupboard for such occasion and use as a warm compress on problem angry areas to ease redness and swelling.

Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Pads Normally around £6

Looking for a quick fix? These pads leave the face feeling clean, exfoliated and taught.

I stumbled across these during a stress related breakout – one of those where you feel them coming under the skin – and they promised visable results in 4 hours using Acceladerm technology.

Within hours of use my skin appeared luminous, glowing and balanced with acne reducing in size. The pads even managed to make scars look smaller, only slightly, but it’s noticeable.

Don’t use these as an everyday cleanser though. They contain alcohol which over time damages the skin’s protective layer which can make us look older.

That’s it for today my little skincare goblin’s.

Come back tomorrow and I’ll tell you the best moisturisers for acne prone skin in the winter.

What helps you in an emergency? Share your thoughts with me on Twitter (@Oxxy_Moron).