@kimstapleton Yeah I agree with Tina, check what is in your Vitamin E cream - depending on formulation it may be too rich, but if you already know it works for you keep going with it
Hmm ok - so the thing about skin (to simplify this a lot) is that your skin cells turn over every… 28 days or so. Which means you probably can’t do a whole lot in a week that will dramatically improve things. Sorry, but if I told you anything else it would be dishonest!
My actual top tip:
Keep going with your skin routine as long as you’re sure it’s not the origin of the breakouts.
Resist the temptation to pick all week (which you may not do in the first place, but if you’re like me you get stressed about the zits being there and you end up prodding… ha!), and your skin may be textured underneath the foundation but it will be a LOT easier to hide than dry & patchy skin from using high strength products.
Foundation & concealer will always looks best on skin that is healed - so focus on keeping your skin hydrated this week even if I shipped you something same-day today, I don’t think it would be better than your skin’s natural healing process, because I don’t know how your skin will react this week and I’m not going to tempt fate
You’re already using Liquid Gold so that’s great! It actually makes me hesitant to suggest something else on top of this, because you’re already using something that will help boost skin turnover.
My next suggestion would be Salicylic Acid… but to not start this week, start sometime in the future. This is a common ingredient in a lot of those ‘spot treatment’ type products, but you can get The Ordinary’s version that will help with the inflammation, and clearing pores. I would be careful using it in conjunction with Liquid Gold - both are chemical exfoliants and can lead to dry skin (which, honestly, is HARDER to conceal with foundation). https://www.adorebeauty.com.au/the-ordinary/the-ordinary-salicylic-acid-2-solution.html
The only downside with the salicylic acid is that it really is pretty dang strong especially in conjunction with the Liquid Gold.
I spoke to @alexandraraymond about what you could do and what products, if any, you might like to try - the Medik8 Blemish Control Pads also contain Salicylic Acid at the same strength as The Ordinary’s, but the formula is much more gentle. https://www.adorebeauty.com.au/medik8/medik8-blemish-control-pads.html