I wouldn’t say I have bad acne, especially not on my face. I’m not sure if it’s better or worse but my acne is focused mainly on my shoulders. For that reason, I find it so annoying trying to buy tops that aren’t a t-shirt style yet don’t reveal all of my back. They’re not terribly spotty, mainly scarred from previous spots but I still feel really self-conscious about them. Thankfully, my cousin recommended using Sudocrem and since doing so, my skin has cleared up so much. This blog post will outline why I use Sudocrem for acne, how and when.
What Is Sudocrem?
Sudocrem has been an effective treatment for over 80 years for soothing sore skin and for babies with nappy rash. (Nice.) However, its antiseptic formula is also great for treating minor cuts and burns, eczema and acne too.
“According to experts, this is thanks to the Benzyl alcohol, which has antiseptic properties and also acts as a local anaesthetic, reducing pain and discomfort associated with irritated, inflamed skin. If you hadn’t thought of this as one of the best acne treatments, start now.” – Women’s Health
What Has Sudocrem Done For My Skin?
From using Sudocrem, it’s meant the spotty areas on my skin have reduced in redness and the spot itself dries up and heals a lot quicker. There is still some scarring left on the affected areas, though by using the cream regularly I find that this is also gradually disappearing. My skin always gets worse during “hormonal periods” regardless of whether I use Sudocrem or not. Though continuing to use it during these periods does help my breakouts to heal quicker.
How I Apply Sudocrem:
1. On My Face
I simply place a blob of cream onto my individual spots and leave it so that it isn’t fully rubbed in. The longer you can sit with it like this, I find, the better. Otherwise, when I rub it into my skin I always put too much on and it seems to block my pores. It’s often I’ll leave the Sudocrem on my face overnight and tie my hair in a loose ponytail (with a scrunchie to limit damage to my hair), to keep it from getting in the cream. I sleep on my back which means I don’t ever get it on my pillows etc. However, if you sleep on your front it’s probably best you wash it off before you go to bed.
2. On My Shoulders
I have an old t-shirt which I use as my “Sudocrem top”. After applying the Sudocrem to my acne-prone areas, I allow it to rest for 30 minutes or so. Then I put my t-shirt on over the top. Obviously, the cream will be rubbing against the top hence I use an old one, but find that this way I can keep the cream on for longer (and don’t have to sit topless), to give it more time on my skin to work its magic. I only do this about once a week as it means washing my t-shirt each time. Still, just doing it every so often works wonders!
Good to know: It can block pores if you apply too much, making your acne worse. The success of using Sudocrem depends on the individual, so perhaps try using different amounts and in different places if you don’t find success on first use. I use more on my back/shoulders and apply it all over whereas on my face I put less on and in focused places.
How Often Should You Use Sudocrem for Acne?
I use Sudocrem for the spots on my face 3-4 times a week and for my back, 1-2 times a week. However, I often find myself falling short of time to use it, so my skin has a break from it every now and again. It never ruins my skin by becoming too dry or causing it to break out, though that could be due to me naturally taking time out from using it. When having the break, I find my skin stays in good condition providing I don’t wear makeup every day and cleanse my face each night. (I use this YourGoodSkin blemish clearing cleanser from Boots).
Not Recommended For
I have really oily skin so Sudocrem is amazing for me as even when it dries my spots out, they’re not overly dry. A few of my friends and family members with slightly drier skin found that after using Sudocrem as often as I do (3-4 days a week), it causes them to get really dry patches. This is dependent on the individual as in contrast to this, Sudocrem is known to be a good moisturiser.
Want To Try It?
I love Sudocrem and with using it so regularly, I always buy the 400g tub from Boots which costs £5.99. If you’re new to trying it and don’t want to “waste your money”, here’s a smaller tub for £2.00 from Tesco. Remember to comment below if it works for you!