When I Get Spots, This Is the Only Product That Works


Amy Lawrenson

I'd be lying if I said I had perfect skin. I've been plagued by sporadic and hormonal spots since my teens and was dealt a heavy adult acne blow in my 20s. Nowadays, my skin is generally pretty good, but it still has moments when it goes rogue. However, I have finally realised that one product will quickly get my complexion back to its glowing best and does a pretty good job about keeping it clear (most of the time). IS Clinical Active Serum (£66) is my go-to when my skin is acting up.

My skin hates oils and loves serums packed with actives. Most days, I'll layer up two or three serums after I've cleansed (but before SPF and makeup). I'll lean on the IS Clinical serum around my period (a few days before, during and after), as that's when my hormonal spots rear their ugly heads. Sometimes my blemishes aren't hormone-related—they just pop up out of the blue and can be quite menacing.

When that happens, I strip back my skincare completely. I just cleanse and apply this serum. It contains sugarcane extract (a type of glycolic acid) as well as bilberry extract (a lactic acid), which work to exfoliate the surface layer of the skin by speeding up the life of existing spots and preventing pores from becoming clogged. It also contains glycerin (among other active ingredients), which keeps the skin hydrated and calm.

Need more convincing? Well, I also tend to break out when I'm on holiday, as sun creams are prone to clogging pores. On a recent trip, I opted for Avène Tinted Mineral Fluid SPF 50 (£18), which is formulated for the face. In the mornings and evenings (after cleansing), I applied a layer of IS Clinical's serum. The best part? For the first time ever, I didn't get a single breakout during or after my holiday, which was a small miracle.

If you're prone to frustrating breakouts, then I urge you to try stripping your skincare routine back and giving this a try.