Favourite Ingredients For Clear Skin – Acne, Clogged Pores, Even Skin Tone + More ✖  James Welsh
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Favourite Ingredients For Clear Skin – Acne, Clogged Pores, Even Skin Tone + More ✖ James Welsh


– Hello everybody. Welcome back to my channel, where we talk about skincare, grooming, and sometimes hair, so if
that sounds like a thing, make sure you are subscribed. Also, come and following me on Instagram where I post a lot of stuff you’re not gonna see here on YouTube. So I feel like I talk
about hyaluronic acid and niacinamide all the time. All the time. And they are amazing, and
they’ve done amazing things for my skin, but today, I
want to share some ingredients that I haven’t really talked about, but that have done great
things for my skin, as well. So I thought I’d share them ’cause maybe they could work for you too. Let’s start with sodium
copper chlorophyllin complex. Can you believe I actually said that? I got that right. So this is a semi-synthetic sodium copper derivative of chlorophyll. This has been proven to reverse
the effects of UV damage, as well as deliver a good punch
of antioxidants to the skin. This also antibacterial
and antiinflammatory, so very, very good for
acne and spot prone skin. It’s also rich in vitamin A, C, E and K. So it’s also a great
ingredient to look out for in your anti-aging products. There’s also various
studies that show that skin treated with chlorophyll
improved in a similar way to skin treated with tretinoin. Hmm, interesting. So it has all these amazing benefits that I feel like a lot
of us could benefit from. My favorite product
that include chlorophyll is, of course, the Enature
Squeeze Green Watery Gel Cream. This is one of my favorite moisturizers, if not the favorite
moisturizer of all time ever. I love this stuff. I go through it like it’s water. This is so beautifully
lightweight on the skin, but really nourishing and hydrating, and unlike other gel moisturizers, it doesn’t just disappear into your skin in a horrible drying way, it leaves you with a really nice glow and your skin looks so
hydrated from within. As well as chlorophyll complex, this product contains parsley and kale to help with blemishes
and deliver nutrients. This also contains these
little oil capsules that pop on the skin. They’re not in little plastic micro beads or anything like that, they’re
just little bits of oil, but again, they just glide on the skin, they disappear instantly and
they don’t leave your skin looking bogged down with grease. It’s extremely light. I love this so, so much, so, so much. If you follow me on Instagram, I’ve been posting about
this nonstop for months. And if you see this in stock, get it because it is always out of stock and for a very, very good reason. Azelaic acid. I had no idea what azelaic
acid was a year ago until everyone in my comments section started discussing it amongst yourselves, asking me for recommendations,
I had no idea. I guess I was a bit like, at first, this sounds like something I don’t need. I had already had so much
stuff I wanted to try and add in my routine and I was like, I can hold out on this one. But then I was reading
some of the comments and a lot of people said it really helped with their redness, the little bumps, the sort of little pustules,
and random breakouts, as well, and the overall texture of
the skin and I was like, that actually sounds
amazing, I need to try this. There’s a lot of research,
to put it very, very simply, that azelaic acid can almost pinpoint the exact area your skin needs help and kind of interrupt
any potential breakouts, any potential problems that
may be happening on your skin. It can also help reduce the
appearance of clogged pores, dark spots, blemishes, redness, overall texture of your skin, and improving overall skin tone. So it has really got a massive checklist of what it can do. As I mentioned, I wanted to use this for the redness on my cheeks and the little bumps under my cheeks, and this helped overnight. The product that I’m
gonna talk to you about helped overnight, no exaggeration. The product I was using was The Ordinary’s Azelaic Acid Suspension and I hate this product so much. I’m not gonna lie, it’s awful. It feels like a primer
mixed with craft glue. It feels horrible on your skin. It makes your skin feel tight and dry and it’s kind of got
this fake softness to it, but with The Ordinary, you’re
getting what you pay for. If you want fancy formulations, go for Paula’s Choice Azelaic Acid, but it really, really did help. So I’m kind of just
using this in the evening as a direct spot treatment, and also, when I get
flareups on my cheeks. I’m using it, it’s working, I hate the product I’m using, but the success of
azelaic acid has made me want to look more into
other azelaic acid products. So I’d love your recommendations. Aloe vera. I used to talk about aloe vera on a weekly basis on my channel, but today I wanna talk more about why I don’t use it direct from the plant. It’s an amazing ingredient
and I love using it, but not straight from the plant. One, it smells. I think it has a horrible
smell straight from the plant. I don’t know, it’s like a bad BO. Two, most importantly, there’s
a certain part of aloe vera that has a yellow-y, pungent smell. A yellow-y smell. What does yellow smell like? It’s yellow to look at. And this can be highly, highly irritating when applied directly to the skin. Plants can’t run away from danger, so they create their own protection, and you’ll notice that aloe vera has little spikes on it and it also has this smelly, yellow goo that tastes bitter, so when
an animal bites into it, it’s immediately put off
by this horrible taste. This is often referred
to as the plant’s latex and this contains a chemical called aloin and this can cause irritation and this does make my skin irritated. When you see your moisturizers and other skincare that contains aloe, this is a purified
version of aloe vera juice with any potential yellow
irritating goo taken out with preservatives in, which I think is really, really important. I’ve seen people cut up aloe vera and keep it in the fridge for a week and it’s just not for me. I personally use aloe vera to
hydrate and soothe my skin. If I’ve damaged it, I don’t know, maybe I’ve gone a bit
crazy on the actives, I use this to soothe
and also, in the summer, it’s a perfect moisturizer
for my oily skin. The Nature Republic Aloe
Vera Gel is a cult classic and very, very popular. And this is the product that actually got me into Korean skincare. It’s one of the first K-Beauty
products I ever tried. So as someone with really oily skin, this would be my moisturizer in the summer and then more into winter,
I’d use it as a serum. Finally, let’s talk about allantoin. Allantoin is an ingredient
I didn’t know I liked until recently because it’s in
one of my favorite sunscreens and it’s often used in sunscreens. So here’s my problem, it was a problem, but it’s not anymore. I like chemical sunscreens. Physical sunscreens, if they
don’t leave a white cast, they get caught in my
facial hair, my eyebrows, and leave often chalky lines everywhere. So a chemical sunscreen
is perfect for my skin, but sometimes they can sting and irritate, especially when I’ve already got areas of irritation on my skin. When I have particular vicious breakouts, then I got Krave Beauty’s The Beet Shield, which I’ve got on now, and I talk about this in the comments, it gives my skin a really
nice even looking glow. I don’t know why. I don’t think it’s even part
of the product, a feature. And it doesn’t irritate my skin if I’m wearing it for a
prolonged period of time and this could be potentially
because it contains allantoin. Allantoin is known for its soothing and
moisturizing properties. It’s often found in acne scar treatments and moisturizers because of its ability to give you smoother looking skin and it’s largely used
in sunscreens, as well, for that purpose to stop
any potential irritation. So there we go. There are a few more,
four more, ingredients that I really, really love that I don’t think I’ve talked
about much on this channel. Please share your favorite
ingredients down below in the comment section and let me know if you have any products that contain any of these ingredients
that you really love and think I should check out, as well, but that’s it for me now, guys. I will see you next time. (slow music)

100 Comments

  • A C

    Ahaha, that's why mukbang youtubers can hardly swallow aloe. Like why would you.. I've tried an aloe drink before and it was so..different.

    I love using tea tree oil products for acne. The body shops anti imperfection daily solution and Lushs grease lightning. For me, my skin can tolerate tea tree products daily with no irritation. But i'm finding that it's starting to have less of an effect on my acne? Like it's used to it or something.

  • Poemi10304

    Damn, you make me want to try that Enature cream. Don’t see it on YesStyle….am I searching for the name correctly? Guess I’ll see about Sokoglam’s site.

  • legohouse Legoland

    Hey James thank you for this.. I really do needed this.. I wanted to try the enature cream but because of alcohol I can't my skin hates it. Want to add aloe too into my routine but my skin is being very choosy that it hates one of the easily available ingredients.. But atleast I'll get to check other products with the ingredients that will help with my sensitive skin 😊 love the video 😍

  • E Gosep

    I ❤ cosrx products too ( noticed them in the cabinet behind you ).. and I didn't hear of azealic acid ever before you mentioned in this vid : ) Thank you

  • night k

    So I have the neogen real ferment essence and I think it breaks me out. Aloe Vera straight from the plant on the other hand, I apply it over night and it gives me clear skin. Guess everybody does just have different skin.

  • Timothy P

    Matcha. I put organic matcha powder in a travel-friendly salt shaker with a lid and mix it in my hands with my toner and powdered vitamin C from TO.

  • Hassanal Iskandar

    Hey! Does anyone where to get Krave Beauty in the UK? I know from the website, they only ship it within South Korea and to the US. Was wondering if any stores in the UK sells them.

  • S Kael

    Um…You are supposed to drain the aloe vera before you use it. Just takes like 5 minutes; cut it and prop it upright. All goo removed.

  • Sophia Johansson

    Anyone here with experience of retinol? How high percentage to start with and over all experience feel free to share💁🏻‍♀️

  • Suerte Abad

    If you don't know yet, James has a twin brother who does makeup tips. He's on YouTube as well, if makeup's your thing go check him out ☺️

  • Julia Todd

    You should check out the ren aha toner! It has a leak acid in it as well as lactic and I believe glycolic. It's strong so I wouldn't recommend using it every single day even though it says daily. But you should try it and let us know what you think 🙂

  • Antonia G.

    I really need to try Azelaic Acid! One that’s been a total game changer for me is Pycnogenol 5% from The Ordinary. I have dehydrated oily skin too and Pycnogenol feels like it balances hydration in my skin and just makes it look healthy and glowy ♥️ I’d just need them to make it in a bigger size! Haha.

  • Lightning XIII

    I love it that most guys don’t take care of their faces/ skin cuz it makes me feel special. Plus, in 10+ years, most of them will look worse…

  • Sam Bissett

    The E Nature Water Cream looks amazing, but the SkinCarisma analysis freaks me out a bit! It doesn't look that good for oily skin?

  • Li-san

    This video actually came in a very handy moment. I recently tried the vitamin c 10% from Purito (I was to excited, used it twice and during the day…) it damaged my skin barrier 😑 so now I need to stock up on new products (less actives) with different ingredients that do the same. This helps.

  • Li-san

    Btw my skincare addict community: can a person be allergic to propolis? I mean I see a couple of ampoules that interest me but since I recently damaged my barrier I'm concerned…

  • ᴄʀʏs

    I just bought more ordinary because of you lol. Literally bought the azaleic suspension, the niacinimide + zinc and the hylauronic acid because of you hahaha. Already use the glycolic acid toner one to two times a week but I feel like this is gonna go beautifully along with it. Thank you for your insight!

  • estela arias

    I’ve sent Krave a DM mentioning they should formulate something with Chlorophyll & Spirulina a few months ago ! I hope they look into it

  • Kendra

    My newest FAVORITE product of this type is the Tula Acne Clearing & Tone Correcting gel😳😍 it's AMAZING!! SALICYLIC acid, Azelaic acid, niacinimide…the ingredient list is packed with great clearing and brightening ingredients. I will NEVER bge without it!!!

  • Denisa Alexandra Nastac

    Hii could you do a video on retin-a like what products/ingredients should be avoided while using it and what products you recommend while using it etc?😊

  • Sam Leiva

    I use 20%, prescribed azelaic (Skinoren) and it is like using glue. However, with a moisturiser on top it works just fine. Oh and btw, you and I have very similar skintypes.

  • Aditya Mehta

    Could you help me with the flow.
    Have bought serums like niacinamide, ha, from ordinary
    Retinol in squalene
    Glycolic acid from ordinary
    Vitamin c from inkey list

  • Liv Ward

    Can you please try out the Freck Foreclay mask and their moisturiser as I can’t work our whether they’re a gimmick or actually great 💛

  • glam_by _lydia

    Just found your brothers (Robert's) channel and I love it. Twins!!! One all about skincare and the other all about make-up!! 😍😍😍 My two favorite things together!!! 😍💖💖

  • Lora Avila

    I use Aloe Vera Gel at night. We got really humid weather here so i use it at night. Nonetheless it's so useful and has so many uses. Niacinamide also is so good for me. It brightens up dark spots.

  • Manuel Serú

    I love the Porebright N10 serum from The Facetheory 😍 10% Niacinamide + azelaic acid and some salicylic acid, Hyaluronic acid and aloe extract
    I swear this product is so amazing!!!

  • Tom Lee

    The Ordinary Azeliac Acid seems to be out of stock everywhere… the power of Mr Welsh? 🤔 Grrr I need some for the redness on my cheeks! In Australia you can get it at 15% concentration over the counter at pharmacys. Same with Differin Adapelene in the US. Come on UK, get to know!

  • Tiki80

    I have the worst skin type.. I have combo skin AND dehydrated skin on entire face and acne.. but luckily my pores are not so big.. but I easily get clogged pores.. while Im shiny I do feel tight n dry on the face.. such a struggle to find a balance

  • Amber Snelders

    You look kind of shiny.. I want something to put on after my Ordinary niacinamide which makes me look glossy and i dont want that finish

  • Ema Mikutė

    If you are looking for products with azelaic acid, I could recommend you to try something from company Sesderma and their line Azelac 😊

  • Patricia Dominguez

    Hey James! Have you ever heard of Altilis beauty? A youtuber named Kenna apparently created it and she’s a biochemist. They have a 3 step skincare line (the serum seems interesting) and I’m SUPER curious about it! I’m just a chicken when it comes to trying new products 😭

  • Deanna Peterson

    I appreciate this video! And I appreciate you talking about chemical sunscreen. I know it isn't the "preferred" choice for many, but I am actually allergic to mineral sunscreen so I love hearing about the options!

  • Bush P

    Please suggest me a good moisturiser for combination acne prone sensitive skin.. it’s already winter here and I’m starting to break out 😣

  • Abbey Gonzales

    I’ve had a mind blowing realisation today, I was scrolling through youtube then I saw a video of a MUA reacting to Bella Thorne’s Makeup Routine and I thought “oh James is a MUA?”. I watched it and in the middle of the video I was like this doesn’t seem to be James Welsh! Boom yes it wasn’t you, I was watching Robert Welsh. I’ve been watching you for a year now and I didn’t know you have a twin 🥺

  • Mariella Nina

    Its hard to have like clear skin all the time for a female mainly bec of our hormones or every PMS. But with good diet and good skin care it really does make a difference. Love using honey mask for break outs. Its def a must and a rice mask tooo omg clears or lightens my spots. Thanks james!!

  • Hina Shah

    This is my first comment and please tell me the skincare routine for an 9 and 12 year old girls. They got so much acne on forehead and nose and upper lips area. I am not sure if they can use any of the adult products. Thank so much

  • youandme.vegan ♥

    I had the same experience with the azelaic acid from The Ordinary. Absolutely hated the feel of the product, absolutely loved the result. My skin texture was the best in YEARS. Dark spots fading at the speed of light. Small zits completely disappearing overnight. I ended up mixing it with my face oil in my palms to make the application more bearable, it still seemed to work. Gosh, it's gross but I think I'm rebuying it.

  • Claire Kilpatrick

    How can you say lavender oil is an irritant I’m so confused 😫😫😫 it is literally the only oil you can put on a BABYS skin NEAT! It’s a healing oil! Have you not heard of the way lavender oil was found to be a healing oil? It literally clears up any spot acne that I’ve picked at. I’m so confuseddddd 😫😫

  • 23armies

    So far I’ve been a massive fan of
    guaiazulene found in Klairs Midnight Blue Calming cream and NeoGen Sur Medic’s Azulene Soothing Cream. Love using these creams after physical/chemical exfoliating, shaving my face, or using a higher concentration of glycolic acid like the Ordinary’s Glycolic toner. It basically tells my skin to calm TF down and heal it overnight

  • Khanda Hussein

    Clear skin requires patience:
    1. Drink lots of water
    2. Take zinc supplements
    3. Use SPF, sunscreen
    4. Face mask: potato and lemon juice
    5. Exfoliate and moisturize
    6. Exercise
    7. Eat healthy- you are what you eat

  • Clarissa Rendon

    I totally agree with you on the ordinary azelaic acid! But it is the only thing I have tried that gives me results overnight. I saw an azelaic acid on amazon by Cos de baha and I was curious to know if you’ve ever tried it or anything from the brand. It’s formulated with niacinamide too!

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