Acne solution?

A couple of months ago I blogged about a dilemma I am 39 years old and I have acne. I’ve had it since I was 12. It’s not TERRIBLE acne – it wouldn’t look too awful on a teenager – but it’s pretty bad for a woman in her 30s. Or even a woman in her 20s. I don’t know anyone else with acne.

This is me clean, spotty and au naturel

Anyway, my dilemma – should I take some strong drugs from the hospital? The positive – it would cure it. The negative – I would get VERY DRY skin. I already suffer from painful eczema (although only on my hands), so the prospect of very dry skin was pretty scary. But the prospect of clear skin was pretty excting.

It’s hard to take a photo of your own hand, but this is my eczema. Sometimes it bleeds in up to 30 places, but it’s not so bad here

So I blogged about it. When I wrote it, I thought I would probably go for the drugs. But I’m glad I blogged because:

a) a reader told me she’d used it and it made her skin so dry even her EYEBALLS were dry (yuk) and a few months after coming off it, her acne came back


b) I was contacted by a reader with a solution.

This reader is a nice lady I’ve tweeted a few times. I knew nothing about her other than that she was a nice lady to tweet to. It turns out that she does PR for a rather exclusive product that could be the answer to my skin’s prayers.

This is none of your crap. SQOOM is so exclusive, the only place it is available in the UK is Harrods Pharmacy, no less. Get me!

It is marketed as an anti-ageing product, but it also apparently works wonders on acne AND eczema.

I am going to do test out the SQOOM for six weeks – for acne, eczema and, as a special treat to me, anti-ageing. I think I look OK for 39, but who is going to turn down the chance to look a few years younger? Not me.

I’ve been advised to use the SQOOM every other day. I was also advised to come off my current medication. This would be ideal, but I admit I’m nervous, particularly as my skin is likely to get better before it gets worse. So I’m not going to come off it just yet. I really hope my skin has started to get better again before the six weeks’ trial is up.

It looks good, doesn’t it? Let’s hope it works

Currently I’m on Lymecycline (tablets) for my acne and use Zineryt lotion – both on prescription from the doctor. For my eczema I use Mometasone (steroid) cream and wash in Dermol lotion, which I also use as a moisturiser. These are both from the GP too.

If things go well with the SQOOM, I would like to cut down on the prescribed medication – particularly the Lymecycline and the Mometasone.

I’m going to have a good read through of the instruction booklet and then I’m going to give it a go! I’ll keep you posted about how I get on.

I was lent a SQOOM unit and given gels for acne, eczema and anti-ageing to help my skin and for the purposes of this blog. I am not receiving payment for the reviews and all opinions are my own.

Currently SQOOM is only available from Harrods Pharmacy or online at The starter pack costs £529 for the device and two gels. Gels retail at £79 and last approximately two months.


Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Good luck Sarah – stick with it and I’m sure you will be impressed with the results. And the best bit … it’s 100% natural … no drugs, no medication, no steroids.

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  2. I still get spots, I’m not sure it’s acne but sometimes it’s quite bad and it can get me down some days, so I can go half way to understanding why you faced such a dilemma. I hope this product works, I will be really interested to hear more. Good luck with it and you definitely look pretty damn good for your age. x

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  3. I still get spots – not really acne, but enough to be irritating. I kind of thought the spots would disappear when I hit my 20s and certainly didn’t expect to get any in my 40s.
    Hope this new treatment works for you.

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  4. Thanks very much, everyone! Kind of glad to hear I’m not the only one to get spots, but wouldn’t wish them on anyone at the same time. I am never spot-free – the medication just keeps them down to a bearable level. That photo is typical – sometimes I have less, sometimes I have more.
    Thanks, Puffindiaries, I appreciate that! That’s me with no moisturiser and hair back. I think I look slightly better in real life! x

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  5. This is brill – the wonders of twitter eh?! Great to be able to ‘review’ something that you actually need and get the product for free (especially when it costs that much!) I do hope it works for you.

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  6. It certainly is! Thanks very much. I thought it would be a hassle, but it’s been no bother so far. Obviously no results yet, but watch this space…

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  7. I’m so sorry to hear about your acne problems and the dilemma it brought you. Unfortunately, with so many external factors out there, acne can strike anyone at any age these days. I’m glad that someone has recommended a product that can help you battle acne. Looking forward to hearing your progress!

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  8. When you have eczema, you really need to consult with your doctor on what cream to use. There are creams that might not be suitable for your condition and may have adverse effects. You have to make sure that the one you’ll be using will not just cure it, but it will keep your skin smooth and healthy at the same time.

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  9. Thanks very much, everyone. There will definitely be an update, Marc!
    Shavonda, I’ve had eczema since I was 8 and I’m 39 now, I have consulted the doctor many times over the years and have used a wide variety of creams in that time. In recent years I’ve relied on steroid creams in the winter months, which I know will do long-term damage, but are necessary in the short-term. I am willing to give anything a try and if it doesn’t work, I will stop. Thanks for the advice.

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  10. You’ve been suffering from eczema since you were eight years old? Oh, it must’ve have been difficult for you. I hope you’ll really find the right treatment for you. For now, you just have to endure it and use what works best for you. At least, you have something there that will help you ease your condition.

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  11. Yes, eczema since I was 8! Hopefully this will work for me and if it doesn’t I will go back to the steroid creams. I only use them in winter, so it’s not the end of the world. Thank you very much for commenting.

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  12. HI Bex I’ve got more posts on this on my blog and I intend to post a final post on it soon.

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  13. Hi Sarah,I feel you with that very annoying disease. I have tried many eczema product treatments but this one works best for me I totally agree with this product as I was totally free from eczema in less than two weeks. I hope this one can also help you in any way possible. Thank you very much for posting this blog. Good luck with that Sarah and please keep us updated.

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  14. I’m reading this late in the year (Dec). I have found a link between a wheat sensitivity and several other issues (back pain, acne and eczema). It took almost 2 years to ween myself off of wheat. Back pain is better, acne is better and eczema is better. My period is back to what it was like in my 20’s (now 43). I’m afraid to use chemicals/drugs as I am sensitive to many synthetics. I’m not a celiac nor did a stomach biopsy show any sensitivity. I found my own results by journaling what I was eating for about a year or so. I hope this helps.

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  15. How did you get on with this? I used to sell Mary Kay, a friend of mine at the time suffered with very red angry skin and finally her young son asked her if she had chicken pox, she felt it was time to find a solution, she started using products, her skin cleared up and she has always looked beautifully blemish free since, it was a few years ago so exactly which products I would have to contact if u are interested.

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  16. Thanks very much! I’ve done a few more posts on it since. It seemed to get a bit better, then a whole lot worse and a bit better again. It was good to try it out, but it didn’t really make a difference in the end, which was a shame. I’m sure it would work for some people, but sadly not me!

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  17. You are not on your own! I am 37 and go through peeks and troughs with acne. I have had GP prescribed medication but I hate tablets. I just live with it now and only take antibiotics if it gets sore. My skin is dry too but if I use any type of moisturiser it flairs up.
    I would love to say ‘ tell me how the new stuff goes’ but there is no way I could afford to get it!
    Spots for me for life!
    Enjoying the blog:)

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  18. Thanks very much, Prudence. Glad you’re enjoying the blog and glad I’m not alone. I’ve completed the experiment now – there are other posts on the blog. It was up and down, the same as always really. I couldn’t say that it particularly made it any better, sadly. So I’ll just carry on living with it, the same as I have since I was 12!

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