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22 March, 2014


Skincare Saviours For Problem Skin, La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo [+] , Micro Exfoliate from Dermalogica, ARK Clearing Skin Response Serum

I thought I put my blemish prone skin behind me in my twenties but to no avail, my skin still remains incredibly stubborn during that time of the month for us girls. My pores appear even more larger around my T-zone and I find spots easily pop up - not a good look at all. So when my skin does go a bit haywire, I amp up the skin clearing treatments, in particular these 3 have helped restore a sense of calmness.

I have combination skin and don't want to aggravate it with harsh scrubs so this Micro Exfoliate from Dermalogica works a treat. It has active ingredients of Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes to slough away dead skin cells, revealing a brighter complexion. This rice-based exfoliating powder activates upon contact with water to create a creamy paste. You shake out half a teaspoon of the white rice powder onto your wet hand and rub together, before massaging gently over your face for 1 minute then rinse off. I can feel the very fine rice powder grains polishing my skin without stripping anything away. When I rinse the product off, my skin felt squeaky clean but not drying, there is barely any scent and doesn't cause any irritation. It's gentle enough to use everyday but I use it 2-3 times a week so not to over stress my skin. This is a welcome addition when my skin freaks out.
To keep my skin matt and smooth, I've been using this ARK Clearing Skin Response Serum* most nights for the last 3-4 weeks. This light weight pore refining serum claims to banish bacteria, tighten pores and eliminate shine, with antibacterial ingredients such as margosa leaf extract and nettle. Since using this serum it has calmed down my skin during any flare ups, but I'm not sure if my pores will ever be refined or tightened by any serum. I use 2-3 drops and it sinks in nicely leaving a matt base, I use this before the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate and it's a good pairing for replenishing and keeping my skin clear. I like that it doesn't feel heavy or clog my pores but leaves an smooth texture without any greasiness.

How can I not mention La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo [+] when it comes to keeping my skin clear? I've repurchased the original formula countless times, always making sure I had a back up bottle so I wouldn't run out suddenly in a skin emergency! The improved formula claims to target blemish prone skin, unclog pores, refine skin texture and controls the appearance of shine and fights appearance of marks. I love using this before my day moisturiser as it calms down redness and blemishes, and leaves skin shine free with it's light weight formula. I do feel a slight tingling when I use it over any blemishes but nothing that stings or cause irritation. I used to use this morning and night but found my skin felt a little dry so now I only use it in the mornings and that seems to be working really well.

*PR sample.

What do you use for problem skin?

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