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Here's why Ultrabland from Lush is my favourite skincare product of all time

It’s especially helpful coming into the colder months.

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IN THE AUTUMN of 2016, I began to develop acne.

Needless to say, I was fairly distraught. I don’t wear makeup, so there was no hiding it at all. Although the acne itself bothered me quite a bit, I think I was actually more annoyed by the fact that I had to seriously cut back my skincare routine after I had spent a lot of money on products that my face had since become far too sensitive for.

Several oils from Kiehls, a full bottle of Glow Tonic, a salicylic cleanser and numerous other products were off the cards indefinitely. 

Two years later, my acne hasn’t completely disappeared, but it’s definitely under control. I won’t say I owe it all to Ultrabland from Lush, because I’ve been taking a prescription retinoid for the last year, which is definitely doing the vast majority of the work here.

However, when I was prescribed my acne medication, my dermatologist recommended I start using a cleanser like La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Cleansing Gel or a bar of Dove soap, which she uses on her own skin. Yes, a literal bar of scented Dove soap.

I could not think of anything I’d rather use less on my face than a bar of soap that makes my hands (which are not as sensitive as my face) really dry, but her skin was nice so I overlooked my skepticism and gave it a go. 

Unsurprisingly, it was a mistake. It’s hard to explain how tight and dry my face felt after washing my face with a bar of soap, but this photo of Dwight from The Office illustrates it better than I can with words.


I was sure to moisturise generously after each attempt with the bar of soap, but my face just could not deal with how drying the soap was, and ended up pumping out loads of oil to cope with it. My breakouts got even worse after this, and I held out for a little while thinking that maybe it had to get worse before it got better, but nothing changed. 

I tried again with the Effaclar Cleansing Gel, and had similar results. My skin clearly didn’t suit these very drying cleansers, so I decided to call it a day and revert back to my old cleanser, which was Ultrabland. 

Ultrabland is made of eight natural ingredients and two safe synthetic ingredients, which you can read about here. It’s not vegan because it contains honey and beeswax, but those ingredients alongside the almond oil (which makes it smell nice enough for you to be slightly tempted to taste it sometimes) seemed to bring my skin back to balance. 

Of course it’s a pretty oily balm, but it doesn’t leave your face greasy. If you wash it off with a hot cloth, you’ll probably forget that it was ever on your face within a few minutes. You should obviously moisturise after washing your face regardless of what cleanser you are using, but if you forget to do so after using Ultrabland, you’ll be grand. 

Other people I’ve met with acne have agreed that Ultrabland is their favourite product, and although I have never suffered with psoriasis, I’ve seen people affected by the condition recommend it too. It’s very reasonably priced with different sized pots ranging from about a tenner to €30 and it lasts a really long time. As testament to how long it actually lasts, I’m currently coming to the end of my 4th tub since 2016 and have been using it daily. 

Using Ultrabland along with my prescription for acne has improved my skin immensely. In fact, way more than I expected it to. As a result, I’m clearly very passionate about recommending it to people, and the majority of people I know who tried it were pretty happy with it. 

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