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basic routine Dublin make-up artist reveals two bargain skincare products that helped clear her acne

Hazel Ward, 28, from Tallaght, developed adult acne at the beginning of lockdown last year.

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Hazel Ward, 28, from Tallaght, developed adult acne at the beginning of lockdown last year.

Hazel Ward, 28, from Tallaght, developed adult acne at the beginning of lockdown last year.

Hazel Ward, 28, from Tallaght, developed adult acne at the beginning of lockdown last year.

A Dublin makeup artist whose acne left her feeling ‘embarrassed’ and ‘ugly’ has praised two bargain-basement skincare products for helping to clear her skin.

Hazel Ward, 28, from Tallaght, developed adult acne at the beginning of lockdown last year.

At the height of the breakout the talented makeup artist refused to leave her house, as every inch of her face was covered in painful red, irritated bumps.

“I have never suffered with bad skin bar the usual hormonal break-out or the odd spot after a weekend of not taking care of myself. However, during the first lockdown around April last year my skin changed dramatically. My skin broke out in huge red angry spots and I didn’t know where to turn.”

Desperate to treat her problem skin, the bridal makeup artist who bravely shared her story on her Instagram page @hazelwardmua., explained:

“I bought every product that had the word acne written on it or anything I saw that was recommended by beauty bloggers and nothing worked.

“If anything, I was aggravating my skin and stripping it of all natural oils causing my skin to be red, inflamed, sore to touch and so unsightly.

"I had no idea the knock it would have on my confidence, I felt embarrassed and couldn’t even look at my boyfriend without makeup on, I didn't even want to leave the house to go to the shops."

With her skin condition worsening, Hazel had no other option but to seek professional help.

“I went to a dermatologist and he said he had no idea why all of a sudden I had presented with such bad skin and put it down to stress. I expected to leave the doctor’s office with a list the length of my arm of skincare products and an in-depth regime but instead I was sent off with a prescription for the pill, a two-week antibiotic and the most basic skincare I had ever used.

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“I was told to use Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleaner Gentle skin Cleanser (€15.00) morning and night and elave Sensitive Intensive Cream (€5.00) once a day to hydrate my skin. Both of these are available in most pharmacies and they are so affordable.”

Within weeks, Hazel could see a dramatic change in her skin.

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“I stuck to the regime and I couldn’t believe the difference in my skin. Within a matter of weeks it had completely cleared. I truly believe going back to basics and giving my skin the chance to heal itself instead of using heavy duty products saved my skin.

“In this day and age no one should be suffering with severe acne so go and see your doctor and get to the root of the problem, sometimes it is the most basic skincare products that will make all the difference.”




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