Q: I have dry, flaky skin on my face but I also suffer from the odd breakout of spots. I would probably say that I have combination skin. I was wondering if you could recommend a suitable skincare routine for me. I have limited time and budget now as I have just recently had a baby.
Alison: Many congratulations on the baby!
It sounds like you have dehydrated/sensitive skin because you have two conflicting skin concerns – dry, flaky skin and breakouts. This is a sign of unbalanced skin, which is, unfortunately, quite normal through hormonal changes.
I would like you to try a sensitive, balancing skincare regime. A quick and easy choice for you is Elemis Cleanser & Toner for sensitive skin combined with Decleor Hydrafloral moisturiser, as this will counteract any dryness or dehydration that's causing flakiness, but won't raise any spots or breakouts.
The products I've suggested would be a great first step for you. However, if you can stretch to a third product, I would recommend using Decleor Aromessence Neroli Face Oil morning and night.
Much as you may want to exfoliate, I would be very careful as it could bring you out in more breakouts. So, your skin would benefit from more of a calming period. If you do still wish to use an exfoliator, maybe just use Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator once every 10 days as this contains gentle grains, can be used in the shower and shouldn't flare your skin up too much.