For covering and helping to clear up breakouts…


Amazing Cosmetics Concealer Q: I'm 25 with PCOS, so as you can imagine my skin never looks healthy and glowing. I always have breakouts on my chin (and can’t remember the last time I didn’t have to use concealer.) I've now started getting breakouts occasionally on my forehead and cheeks. Please can you advise the best beauty regime for me. 

Also because I'm 25, should I be thinking of anti ageing products? If possible could you also recommend the best concealer to cover blemishes?

Alison: The best concealer to cover blemishes would be the Amazing Cosmetics Concealer. Apply over a primer, such as Smashbox Photo Finish, if you need it to go on smoothly. Also, the best way to cover spots is to layer. So, you should finish with a powder make-up that you then use all over the face from Laura Geller. This will help it to look more natural without showing the concealer underneath.

The good news is that you have been diagnosed. As you progress through treatment the skin will calm down. In the meantime make sure that you avoid exfoliating – you don't want to make your skin any more active than it already is.

Your skin is being driven to be overactive by a hormonal imbalance. So, don't do a lot of masks or a lot of steaming. If you do want to exfoliate or use a mask, I'd limit it to once a month, or twice maximum. Don't use dermabrasion, go for a gentle exfoliant instead.

On a daily basis, use Australian Body Care Skinwash in the shower as an antibacterial wash. You can still use a cleanser and toner or an all-in-one formula. 

Remember that on the chin area, much as you really don't want to, you should apply moisturiser every single morning and every single night. This should help it to balance out as the more you starve it of moisture or stimulate it, the more it won't balance. So anything light and hydrating would be great.

If you're worried about anti-ageing, use the Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream day and night all over the face and neck.


  1. shamsa October 23, 2009 at 1:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi my name is shamsa and i am asian age 26. Since age of 15 i had acne problems. when i came to this country 11 years ago i tried everything as other girls on the website said that they would work for couple of weeks( i wonder why) and then go back to the same skin problem. I actually tried everything from every advert i saw tried the product but nothing works permenantly. I also tried Dr Murad Clear skin product it worked for 2 weeks and then my skin gone back to oily, dried, uneven, and blemish. Although my skin is not dark my skin is fair but not clear.I don’t have big spots which i used to when i was 18 but now i have acne on chin forhead especially alot on jaw line left and right and they are very painful because of their position(on the jawline bone) please can you recommend any good product which really work please be honest with me i am not very rich person to afford expensive product i am working as a dental nurse. I would really really be gratefull.
    Thank You

  2. lucy May 5, 2010 at 9:15 pm -  Reply

    I am also 25 with pcos and i use liz earle cleanse and polish and skin tonic am and pm, in the mornings i also use elemis try-enzyme facial wash and moisturize am and pm with gatineau activ eclat. I also use the activ eclat enzyme exfoliator once a week and this has started to clear my skin up. I’m just stuck on the breakouts on my back and chest now.

  3. Diane H Smith February 11, 2011 at 8:59 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison, my name Diane I love watching qvc, drive my husband mad, love all the shows jewelery,fashion, beauty all of it,my problem is i am a 60 year old women always had nice skin,but because i,ve got health problems ie urostomy, infections, alot of stress and anxiety problems,my skin has suffered everyone says it looks nice but i don,t feel right in my makeup. I use Liz Earles c/polish, i have also tryed elemis and decleor but still go back to liz earles products, could you recommend a make up range for my age group i have tried bare essentials and bobbi brown, but it just does not look right, i have lost that glow and dewy look,guess i just don,t like getting old, i have very dark brown eyes but there again i used to love eye makeup lilac & plummy colours but i have crapeness and don,t want to draw attention to that,and creams just crease sorry to go on hope you don,t mind me asking for your advice.
    Regards Diane

  4. Rahima August 14, 2011 at 7:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I recently purchased Perricone Cold Plasma Cream 30ml and Perricone Advanced Face Firming Activator 59ml, and I am already using other moisturisers with my acne, could you advise me on whether I should continue using them and if I can do I apply it before or after the Perricone products?
    and, I also bought Clarisonic Sonic Facial System with 2 Additional Heads & Cleanser Collection, can I use the cleanser I use for my acne, and If I can, how long for?

  5. elaine massey November 12, 2013 at 5:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi alison my name is elaine,im 41 years old ,i hope you can help me .i have dry skin and lines on my cheeks and around my eyes.recently i have been having breakouts on my cheeks and gp said it was acne roseacia ,could you please advise me what skincare and makeup i could use that wont irritate my skin.thankyou elaine

  6. Fiona Hodgetts March 21, 2014 at 2:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi, I love bare minerals, it’s the only makeup brand I wear, but I’m having trouble with the concealers. I suffer from breakouts but all the concealers are to dark for my foundation shade (golden fair). I’ve tried the lightest bisque, well rested, and correcting concealer in light 2, and they are All too dark for the foundation and I end up with patchy skin! The blemish remedy doesn’t cover the redness of blemishes well enough, either. Please help. :-(

  7. Sandra roy June 19, 2014 at 11:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi alison
    Have menopausal sweats and side effects from medication forbreast cancer. Face brokenout and won’t clear. User liz earle not helping. Also taking swimming lessons and I look contagious in pool. Help to heal and cover up when in pool..
    Help help help :)

  8. Isabel Cardoso July 21, 2014 at 5:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I am 30 and suffer from PCOS also which causes aggressive breakouts on my jaw and forehead. I tweet asking for your advice about cleanser & toner and appropriate moisturiser.
    Your advice has helped but I have also included using Alpha H Liquid Gold 3x a week and Alpha H Balancing pore mask, Liquid Gold mask and Decleor Phytopeel Exfoliating Cream each once a week on different days which has reduced my spots a lot.
    However I wanted to check if this is suitable to continue? As you mention above that using a lot of exfoliants is not recommended for PCOS skin
    Also is their a concealer, primer and foundation that you could recommend for PCOS skin types?
    Thank You! Please let me know what you think! Appreciate the help : )

  9. jean fawcett August 11, 2014 at 3:21 pm -  Reply

    my granddaughter has severe excema all over, mostly breaking out on her face, shes only 5 years old. she has aveeno cream but her eyes get very scaly and very sore. can you recommend anything.she gets steroid cream now and again, but cant have it too often. most grateful for any advice

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