Weleda’s Aknedoron Purifying Lotion is basically a cocktail of everything your skin could ever need to take down a blemish. Its also completely natural which I think must mean its pretty much one of a kind – a super effective spot treatment without any chemicals like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. The ingredients list is long, so I thought I’d give a rundown of what they are and what they do (skip if you’re not interested, but I LOVE doing this with products because its like playing with potions!)
Jojoba Oil – a nourishing oil that’s really easily absorbed, so doesn’t leave the skin greasy
Chamomile – calms and soothes redness or irritation
Calendula – antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, promotes healing, protects skin
Echinacea – treats boils and abbesses
Sulphur – acne treatment, reduces redness, even painful bumps under the skin
Witch Hazel – calms, soothes, anti-inflammatory, mildly astringent
Thyme – kills the bacteria that causes acne
Sage – stimulates cell renewal
Pine – antioxidant and disinfectant
Lavender – helps healing, soothes and calms upset skin
Lemon – brightens and exfoliates
If you read all that you’ve probably got a good idea of what I’m about to say – its really, really effective. Without a doubt, Aknedoron Lotion is the most effective spot treatment I’ve ever used. Sulphur is one of those ingredients that is commonly used for those nasty, painful, under-the-skin spots that never come to a head and just create a whole load of discomfort. So really, I see no reason why it wouldn’t work on acne. But don’t take my word for it if you have full-on diagnosed acne – ask your doctor! For general oily, problem skin or the occasional spot, it is perfect. I get the odd spot, and a couple of nasty red bumps a month. So, here’s how I use it.
Wet a cotton pad with hot or warm water (I use really hot water because I feel like it softens a hard bump, and it opens the pores around a spot, but go for warm if you want to be gentle) and press it onto the area for about a minute. Stimulating the circulation before you apply Aknedoron Purifying Lotion just seems to make it work better, like opening the pores before washing your face.
Shake the bottle of Aknedoron, and when you take the lid off there’ll be a layer of product in the neck. Scoop it out with a cotton bud, and apply it on and just around the affected area. Rub it in with the bud, and clean off any excess with the other end.
If you get one of those horrible outbreaks where part of your face just goes to hell (my forehead likes to do this to me on occasion) this is also the perfect solution. Just cleanse and dry your skin like normal, then tip a bit out onto a dry cotton pad, and wipe it over the problem area. Moisturise the rest of your face like normal, but pay attention to how the problem area feels – remember that there’s jojoba oil in the Aknedoron so you might not need to use as much moisturiser there, if you need any at all.
Aknedoron Purifying Lotion is available on the Weleda website, as well as health foods shops and even Topshop on Oxford Street! They have a BeautyMART there, which is completely amazing and you must check it out if you’re ever in London.