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Monday, August 12, 2013

Products and Tips For Acne Prone Skin

Acne spots stink... As a still acne prone, 'teenage skinned' gal, I can check the whole skin condition off my list of natural, life experiences and move on. Oh - if only it was that easy. For some, the answer is easy - go to a dermatologist. Well, I did just that, except my experience was less than a good one. As soon as I started to get obsessed with skincare and researched the things the so-called-derm was telling me to put on my skin...let's just say that they went in the trash. Although they cost me nah-dah, I turned to the more expensive higher quality options that have given me the ridiculously high quality skin I'm rocking now - spot free.

If you're rocking the whole 'oil slick' thing, it can be tempting to reach for those Clean and Clear tubes and impart that tight feeling upon your skin. No, no, no, my love... Instead, reach for the REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser - an über acne fighting, spot busting, skin SWAT team pick. With French clay to deep clean pores, zinc gluconate to reduce sebum (I know, it's like a different language - oil) production, lactic acid for mild exfoliation, mayblossom to tone pores, and manuka extract to sooth and nourish, with first use, you'll already notice a difference.


Another necessity in your acne fighting routine? An exfoliating toner. Here, the REN Clarifying Toning Lotion is pictured (I do love REN skincare), but I've also tried the Clarins one and they're both very similar, so any exfoliating option will do. The purpose? Not only do exfoliating toners rid the top layer of skin and unclog pores, but they also increase cell turnover to help with scars and will also help blemishes heal more quickly. Most exfoliation toners contain acids (lactic, salycilic, glycolic, citric, tartaric, etc.) which raise the skin's pH levels. Translation? You want your skin to be more acidic to kill acne fighting bacteria and to keep it healthier overall.

Alas, we're onto the last two categories - treatments and moisturizers. Something I'd HIGHLY (italics just wouldn't do it here) for all skins is Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair. It doesn't work for everyone, but I've never heard of it breaking anyone out, so go grab yourself a sample. I'm not sure what's in here, but it helped my spots, scars, and general skin condition. It's ridiculously amazing stuff! With my experience in acne, the spots were a sign that my skin was unhappy. For me, that meant that my skin was incredibly thirsty. The Origins Make A Difference Plus + Rejuvenating Treatment hydrated my skin and, because of this, ended up helping with spots and scars, as well. I think that this product, in particular, can be a bit of a hit or miss, so, as always, pick yourself up a sample. As for moisturizers, I have one general rule - make sure they don't have mineral oil (paraffin liquidium). Don't listen to the sales assistant, use your own eyes and read the ingredients, babe.

So, I've debriefed the world's largest skin condition - acne. Ughhh, I hate that word. As usual, I'm not an expert, but count this as a diary of things that have helped my skin. Need recommendations? Have questions? Just leave them in the comments, shoot me an email, or ask via Twitter (@ParisianToBe) and I'll respond in no time! Avoir!

13 comments :

  1. I'm loving this post! I was suffering from a major breakout for months, I thought it was because I wasn't properly removing my makeup, or I was using the wrong skin care products. I visited a derm, but it didn't help. After I finally went to a traditional Chinese medical doctor, who prescribed me herbal medicine and acupuncture, I'm finally ditching the awful meds that derm prescribed and with the Estee Lauder serum, I'm glad to say my skin is finally clearing.

    I just realized that we have REN skincare here in Taiwan, so I'm definitely going to stop by their counter and check out the Clay Cleanser! Again, another great post, Lillian! xx

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  2. I'm so flattered you like it! I'm wondering - why is it that people seem to have such bad experiences with derms? I can't wait to try the reformulated Advanced Night Repair. And, yes - definitely check out the clay cleanser. Tell me how you like it!
    xo

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  3. I've heard so many great things about that REN cleanser! And I never knew the Advance night Repair would be good for spots, I'll definitely check it out! I'm 22 and suffered from bad acne as a teenager and still get the odd blemish, it's so annoying. So I'm always looking for the best products to help out with that, thanks for sharing yours! xx

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  4. I'm definitely going to have to get the REN cleanser. The Origins Make A Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating Treatment is one of my currently favourite skincare products. I couldn't recommend it enough!

    xx
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  5. I'm glad I could help! Yes - Advanced Night Repair is fantastic! Good for scarring, too.
    xo

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  6. Great minds think alike!
    xo

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  7. I've heard nothing but good things about the Origins make a difference treatment. Fortunately, I don't suffer with acne but when I break out... I really break out. So I'll be keeping this in mind!


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  8. You have such a beautiful blog, with stunning photo's! I would love to try the REN cleanser <3 xx

    Gemma | ♥ Miss Makeup Magpie ♥

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  9. Just found your blog and I love it - instant follow!
    Great post by the way - really want to try some REN things!

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  10. It's so lovely of you to say. Thank you! Yes - they're a 'must try' brand.
    xo

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  11. Thank you! You just made my day! Kiss, kiss.
    xo

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  12. Oh... Do you have dehydrated skin? If you do, then you should go pick it up. It does wonders for mine, which is the only reason it's helped with spots and the other bits. I'd say it's worth picking up a sample just to try - even if you don't have a breakout.
    xo

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