Many of us suffer from blemishes and congested skin, our first thought is to grab the concealer and cover it all up.

Here at B&U we believe in educating our customers to know the best products to tackle the problem head on. It can be embarrassing when redness and blocked pores are shining through your make-up, this is why we are here to guide you in the right direction and give you the confidence to be able to have a day off from the make-up and let your natural beauty bloom.

This top ten will hopefully give you a better understanding and one might even be the answer to all your imperfections.

Looking after your precious skin from blemishes and congestion starts with the perfect product

1. Burt’s Bees Anti-Blemish Purifying Daily Gel Cleanser

Anti-blemish cleansers work miracles and are easy to integrate into your daily routine morning and evening. Most of us cleanse our face in the morning to wake up the skin and feel refreshed, if you suffer from blemishes, then look no further than Burt’s Bees Anti-Blemish Purifying Daily Gel Cleanser! Its all natural and antibacterial ingredients work deep into the skin and minimise the appearance of blemishes. A word of advise, this is a gel consistency, it doesn’t foam too much!

Cleansers are generally used morning and evening to remove make up from the face, it is always important to do so, as not removing will increase the appearance of blocked pores. Use Daily Gel Cleanser by Burt’s Bees to remove all facial make up, and remember to avoid your eyes.

A delighted beauty lover says “I use this in the mornings, and I love how this cleanser does not leave a taut feeling after, unlike most other acne blemishing products. It does help in clearing up my skin, in which zits are less likely to pop up on a daily basis now. But of course the hormonal zits that come with my period still surfaces. Don’t think any products can solve that unless I ingest something internally”

2. Balance Me Congested Skin Serum

Balance Me are all about finding the balance of moisture and vitamins in the skin and they don’t disappoint in this handy little serum, which treats and minimises congested areas and blemishes.

Sometimes congested skin looks like a collection of blackheads, as they are similar in colour, however it needs to be treated and most definitely not squeezed, as this will increase the redness and damage the top layers of skin. Using this Skin Serum will calm the congested area, using essential oils. Apply to clean skin and let it absorb to reduce redness; with continual use it is sure to be a life changer.

Sarah from Saxmundham says “I first had a sample of this product and have used it daily as part of my normal cleanse routine and have noticed a great difference in my pores. They are smaller and much less congested. It also lasts really well, especially if you use it like me in only the T-zone!”

3. First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Purifying Mask With Red Clay

We love a face mask that peels, if you can get it off in one go you have a certain respect around the office. Well this Purifying Mask With Red Clay is a definite winner, as it really does pull off in one! As long as you have an even layer over the skin of course.

Red clay is a fantastic remedy to the skin and helps to soften the appearance of blemishes. Using this twice a week is more than enough and will make a huge difference to the texture of the skin, and if you peel it off in one. Bonus! We use these along side the rest of the skin rescue range for the ultimate skin perfection.

First Aid Beauty say “Skin Matters, Especially Yours. At First Aid Beauty, we understand that not all skin is created equal – that’s why we offer a wide variety of products that allow you to create a skincare routine that meets your personal needs. Because when you feel confident in your own skin, you can do anything. Now that’s a F A B-ulous thing”

4. Alpha H Balancing and Pore Refining Mask

Told you we love masks. Up next with another slightly different face mask we have Alpha H with their Balancing and Pore Refining Mask, not the peely type unfortunately but still a fantastic mask.

This mask will draw out embedded toxins and impurities without damaging the skin or leaving it dehydrated. We advise only using it once week for optimum results. It only takes 10 minutes to work and is easily removed with warm water. Meaning you don’t have to invest time to stay looking pore-less and de-congested. Even more amazingly this can be used to treat individual spots, simply apply before bed and it will draw out the congestion whilst you get your beauty sleep.

Stine from Denmark says “Very good cleansing mask. I feel that I really get a deep cleanse of the skin, when using this, and it does not dry out my skin”

5. Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm is a must have for everyone and our customers go crazy for it. We understand why, as we all own a Cleansing Balm too!

Cleansing of an evening with this product is a fast and effective process, swiftly and without vigorous scrubbing. It even comes with a micro fibre cloth which grips hold of dirt and even the most stubborn make up.

You only need the smallest amount, no bigger than a hazelnut meaning it can last up to 4 months! It is oil based, so don’t be afraid to pop it in the fridge during high temperatures and just to make the this product even harder to resist, it doubles up as a soothing facial moisturiser.

Ellen from New Hampshire says “This balm is amazing. Holy grail for sure. I use it as my first cleanse at night and it cuts through all my face makeup, eye makeup, and sunscreen. I just take a little blob and warm it up on my fingers and massage onto my face an neck. Then use a warm damp washcloth and wipe all the makeup off. It is so moisturising and doesn’t cause my breakouts at all. Best cleanser I’ve ever used, hands down”

Our brands work hard to create the prefect anti blemish and congestion for individual skin types

6. The Konjac Sponge Company Facial Puff With French Green Clay

If you haven’t heard of The Konjac Sponge Company yet, then please read our Konjac blog, as they really are the most amazing brand.

Their French Clay sponge in particular, is the perfect facial sponge for combination and oily t-zone skin: This sponge with Green French Clay tightens pores, tones the complexion and revitalises damaged skin cells. By using this sponge on a daily basis to cleanse and hydrate the skin, with or without the use of an additional cleanser has proven to shown visible results after just a week of use! Amazing.

It is important to remember that this all natural sponge can be used everyday for up to 3 months, but needs as much care as your precious skin. Keep this sponge clean and allow to fully dry out after every use to prevent breakage and holes appearing.

Did you know? Your sponge can go on to feed your plants so don’t just throw it out. Remember to keep the cycle going. Simply half fill a pot with soil, add the Konjac Sponge, add the plant, fill in the gaps with soil and help your plant live a happy and healthy life.

7. Australian Bodycare Tea Tree Oil Blemish Stick

This little number is prefect for a quick blemish fix and will really treat and soothe the redness and any breakouts.

Tea tree is a well known go to for treating skin, due to its high concentration of witch hazel which fights bacteria and speeds up the healing of blemishes. Due to its compact size it is great for all those breakout emergencies and fits perfectly in your hand bag.

Did you know? – Tea Tree Oil has antimicrobial properties that destroy the bacteria on your skin that causes body odour.

8. Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick

Burt’s Bees have entered the blemish stick competition and including some very unique differences. Burt’s Bees are commonly known as  using bees wax in their products, but with this Herbal Blemish Stick, they opted for natural antiseptic qualities from tea tree and juniper, meaning this blemish busting beauty is suitable for vegans!

Winning awards for the best SOS product, this is sure to banish embarrassing blemishes, One of the girls in the office swears by Burt’s Bees product and this one certainly doesn’t let the side down.

Emily from Colchester says “The only thing that comes close to healing my spots. My sister & friends swear by it too!”

9. Ren ClearCalm Clay Cleanser

A purifying, antibacterial cleanser formulated to combat and help prevent breakouts and blemishes.

Ren’s ClearCalm3 system combats the three key causes of breakouts and blemishes: excess sebum; build up of dead skin cells and blemish-causing bacteria, without harshness.

The antibacterial properties of salicilin work with French clay to purify the surface of the skin and gently exfoliate, whilst absorbing excess oil, as zinc gluconate reduces the production of sebum.

Did you know? REN uses only 100% plant and mineral derived actives and is free from skin-unfriendly synthetic ingredients.

10. Evolve Rainforest Rescue Blemish Serum

Created for oily and congestion prone skin at any age, this powerful rescue treatment helps to decrease sebum levels and reduce the appearance of blemishes and open pores. Skin is left clear, calm and matte for a smooth and healthy looking complexion.

Did you know? The size of your pores can be affected by genetics, age, ethnic background, and whether or not you smoke or have sun damage.

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