Top tips for clearer skin

People always ask me how my skin is so clear and what I do to keep it that way and frustratingly as soon as I decided to write this post I have come up in more spots than I have in years! But that is beside the point as I’m hoping they disappear soon!

img_0454As a teenager my skin used to be really bad my face, neck and back were covered in spots that made me feel self conscious and stopped me wearing things like strappy tops because I was afraid people would make fun of my skin. I tried many medications and creams from the doctors but none of these helped. They eventually put me on Roaccutane a few years ago, this was a steroid medication that I took over a period of 1 year which dramatically improved the appearance of my skin. It was taken in the form of tablets and meant that I had to attend the hospital on a monthly basis to get the medication and to check that I was not pregnant as this medication would be very harmful to an unborn child. This was the best thing that I’ve ever done for my skin. My back and some parts of my face have scarred from previous spots however I get spots less as a result of the medication. If you’d like more information on this, the timescales, risks and side effects then ask me or visit your GP as mine were very helpful.

I drink a lot of water, I try to drink 3 litres of water a day and even more if I’m going to the gym as I know I am going to sweat it out. The more hydrated you are the easier it is for your skin to flush out the bad stuff!

I use micellar water twice a day to cleanse my skin, which is perfect for cleansing and removing makeup both on the go and at home (read my review here). I love the stuff and since using it my skin has stayed really clear and is no where near as dry as it used to be, this is one of the side effects of roaccutane. I can happily say that I won’t go back to using regular face wash every day as I haven’t found one that doesn’t irriatate my skin or keep it as clear as micellar water. For around £6 it is such a good product and you get 100’s of uses so it is definitely worth the money.

I’ve always loved facemasks and use these once a fortnight, the 7th heaven ones that you can get from your local supermarket are my favourite and are priced between 70p and £1 depending on where you shop. I find you can usually get a couple of uses out of each one.

The final thing that I think is really good for helping my skin is making sure to keep it moisturised, my skin is combination and I have found that the Simple Oil Free moisturiser is really good for this. It is oil free and hydrates whilst not making my skin oily which is perfect!

These are all the things that I do to help keep my skin clear, I hope that these ideas help you if you are struggling with your skin. Try not to worry too much though because we all have times where our skin isn’t perfect, I find that whenever it’s my ‘time of the month’ my skin gets oilier and more spotty and this is normal. Just make sure to eat a balanced diet, stay hydrated and cleanse your skin morning and evening. Using harsh products such as face scrubs every day can aggravate the skin and lead to more breakouts rather than preventing them.

Thank you for reading!

Love Saff x



  1. colourthoselips
    July 28, 2017 / 7:55 am

    Amazing tips!! Will try these over the next week 🙂

    Would love for you to check out my latest blog post xx

    • July 30, 2017 / 9:06 am

      Aww thank you! It really helps doesn’t it!

  2. July 29, 2017 / 12:20 am

    I’ve been trying to search for something new to clear up my face a bit more – I’ve seen a lot of people refer to the Micellar Water as a makeup remover, though I know it works as both a cleanser & makeup remover! I was going to test it out but was worried that it’s supposed to technically be used as a makeup remover & the cleanser was a bit of a bonus – but after reading this I’ll have to go and test it out after I finish the cleanser I’m currently using!


  3. July 30, 2017 / 9:06 am

    I definitely would give it a go, it has helped me so much! X

    • August 2, 2017 / 4:37 pm

      Aww thank you! It’s so much easier to keep up when you know what works for you 🙂 x

  4. August 4, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    I loved this post and definitely think that Simple products are some of the best for your skin. I was going to ask my GP to refer me to a dermatologist so that I could request to be put on roaccutaine but I’m nervous as I’ve been told it makes your skin worse before it gets better. Also I highly reccomend the Simple Triple Action face wash, it’s super gentle on the skin and has really helped to clear up some of my blemishes.
    Meg x

    • saffydixon
      August 6, 2017 / 3:27 pm

      Aww thank you! They are just nice and not too harsh aren’t they 😊 it does make it worse before better as it dries it out but my skin has been SO much clearer ever since! Oooh I’ll have to look into that, thank you! X

  5. charlies wonderland
    August 22, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    I’ve heard of Roaccutane an I’ve heard really good things about the medication itself. I do like the Garnier Micellar water but I can find it drying, I like to use the basic simple light moisturiser to replenish my skin afterwards.

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