Wednesday, February 5, 2014
How I: Prevent, Treat and Heal Acne
For regular readers of my blog, you probably know that my skin is temperamental and more often than not I have a few pimples here and there on my skin. For more than 10 years, I've struggled to keep my skin clear and at this point, I'm convinced I probably won't ever be completely rid of acne for good. But that doesn't stop me from hoping to find great skincare products to prevent, treat and heal the inevitable spots. The following four products have been very good to me and I am hoping they can help some of you who have acne prone skin like me.
Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask - This Korean clay cleansing mask is what I use on a weekly basis to deep clean my skin of impurities and keep my oily combination skin in check. When I have active break outs and cystic pimples under my skin, using this mask helps the spots go away faster without being harsh. There is no stinging sensation and no scent which makes it very non-irritating. I would repurchase this mask again, especially for the winter time. Sasa sells this for $16 which is still reasonable although it costs about $10 in Korea.
Avene TriAcnéal - This is essentially Avene's answer to La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo but I enjoy Avene's version a bit more because it never irritates my skin like the Effaclar Duo sometimes did. This product is supposed to reduce breakouts and prevent scarring while offering anti-aging benefits. I use this for mild acne and tend to cover a generous area that has small bumps, whiteheads and congested pores with the product. The formula is gentle enough to be used over a large surface of the skin. TriAcnéal helps keep larger pores clear as well and I tend to cover my nose with this after doing a pore strip so that I can tackle the bacteria and dirt within my pores. I bought this in City Pharma in Paris for only $12 but it retails for $60 on Dermstore which is a shame because this is a really good product.
Origins Super Spot Remover - You know that I love a beauty product if I repurchase it and I'm already halfway through my second tube of this concentrated acne tackler. I use this potent gel on particularly angry pimples that are below the surface of the skin, ones that are ready to burst (gross, I know) and ones that I have just popped. The formula is laced with alcohol which is usually a skin no-no but in this case, I feel that the alcohol is good for disinfecting the skin and cleaning the area. A little goes a long way and I'm happy to shell out $15 for this over and over.
Shiseido White Lucent Total Brightening Serum* - Even when my skin is pimple free, the scars of previous spots linger for what seems to be ages. Acne scarring is perhaps more frustrating than an active spot because they take much longer to fade and ruin one's complexion. I've tried a handful of brightening and dark spot correctors to little avail but the newly reformulated Shiseido White Lucent Serum surprised me. I was given a bottle of this serum at the Shiseido Spring Preview a few months ago but only started to use it mid-January. I had a dark mark under my left eye that was the result of a blemish and after two months, the mark was still visible under concealer, BB cream and powder. But only after a week of using the Shiseido serum at night time before bed, the scar was visibly reduced and can confidently say my overall skintone has become brighter. Shiseido claims that ProBright 4MR, an exclusive brightening complex, is responsible for the results. While I'm no scientist, I honestly can say that this serum has improved my skin in that my acne scars fade faster. The caveat is that a 30 ml bottle is $125, an exorbitant price for a single skincare product that will last only a few months with daily use. If you're looking for a spot corrector that actually works and money is not a problem, give this a go.
With these four products, my skin is by no means flawless but this combination has definitely prevented breakouts as well as sped up the recovery time of past breakouts. What products do you use to prevent, heal and treat acne?