• Ivana Finch

Bad skin day? Never heard of her

Image credit: Ivana Finch

We all have those days when we look in the mirror and examine our skin in extreme detail - every single little bump, every little dry patch. After having acne throughout my teen life, there is nothing more frustrating to me than a breakout. Sometimes, the breakouts can be pretty painful too and puts a downer on your day.

However, throughout the years, and especially with help from Skincare by Hyram, I have definitely improved my skin game. So, if you suffer with skin blemishes or acne and not sure what to buy, you might want to give these five cheap and affordable products a shot.

CERAVE SA SMOOTHING CLEANSER - £12 at feelunique.com

SA, an abbreviation of salicylic acid, is known to help and reduce the appearance of red spots. CeraVe is a great, cheap brand with no fragrance and contains ingredients that will not harm your skin.

THE ORDINARY NIACINAMIDE 10% + ZINC 1% - £5 at The Ordinary

A God tier product. The Ordinary have pulled through with this skin altering product, which targets pores by regulating your skin's natural oils, leaving you with a brighter complexion.

THE ORDINARY AHA 30% + BHA 2% PEELING SOLUTION - £6.30 at The Ordinary

Warning: please be careful with this product as some of ints ingredients can cause a burning sensation. The peeling solution has been hyped up by celebrities all over TikTok recently, but hardly comes with a warning. This peeling solution is super strong, however it is great for reducing the appearance of acne scars and will overall brighten your complexion.


Super moisturising and light to use, rose hip seed oil is always recommended by many. Also great for acne scars, it with fight acne by reducing inflammation on the skin - perfect for your PM routine.

THE ORDINARY 0.5% RETINOL - £4.90 at The Ordinary

Retinol is the go-to product that is mentioned by nearly every single dermatologist. Retinol targets and tackles blemishes to overall even out your skin tone, whilst also helping to remove any bumpy textures on your skin. Retinol can be pretty harsh on your skin though, so be careful when using and make sure the strength of the retinol does not react with your skin.

Please, finally, don’t forget to drink water, wear your SPF and do your research before buying any new products and always do a patch test. Here's to more good skin days!

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