Zoe Sugg on how she cleared up her adult acne

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Zoe Sugg on how she cleared up her adult acne
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Dealing with acne at any age is the actual worst, but escaping your teenage years blemish-free, only to suffer with continuous hormonal breakouts in your adult years, does seem especially cruel.

After experiencing this exact problem, Zoe Sugg took to Instagram stories to share her experience with spots with her 9.6 million followers. Revealing the steps she took to achieve the clear skin she has now.

"It was the end of 2014 when my skin started flaring up," she explained. "Up until this point I'd never had spots in excess. Only the occasional hormonal spot on my chin. Even as a teenager my skin was fairly clear."

As anyone who's suffered with acne will know, it can have a direct impact on your self esteem and mental health, which is something Zoe also struggled with. "I knew my skin wasn't the worst and was always so aware that there were other people struggling with much more severe acne, but my confidence was so low and I hated my face without makeup because every spot would leave a mark," she explained.

Despite constantly trying new products, Zoe saw no improvement in her skin. "I didn't change anything in 2014, my eating habits were the same as they'd always been, I hadn't been put on any medication and wasn't on a contraceptive pill, so just couldn't work out why it was happening. I'd tried every skincare product in the world for years and nothing was helping! I actually think the excessive use of varying product made it so much worse."

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Eventually, she sought professional help, " I decided to go and see a dermatologist and see what could be done because although it wasn't always so bad, or affecting my confidence daily, when it did flare up it was so sore and I just thought 'why am I just settling for this?'"

"The dermatologist gave me a cream and prescribed me with a short course of antibiotics. I want to stress here that I don't want to really want to share the exact antibiotic I was prescribed because I think it's important that people seek their own medical advice and everyone's circumstance is different, so I don't want to influence that based on the advice I was given by a professional. But, I will say, seeking professional advice is a must."

As well as visiting a dermatologist, Zoe shared the tips she also implemented to improve her skin, which, luckily for her did not involve cutting down on sweets or dairy.


  • Double cleanse every night, without fail
  • Stop using makeup wipes
  • Drink more water
  • Strip back your skincare routine
  • Look after yourself more
  • Discuss contraceptive pill options with your GP

Explaining how much happier she is with her skin now, Zoe revealed, "although I get the occasional hormonal breakout on my chin, or between my eyebrows, generally my skin is much more clear and I feel so much more confident without makeup."