My Skin Issue- The Culprit and The Saviors

I have been blessed with pretty nice skin that doesn’t have any major problems. I do have a little bit of redness around my nose and on my cheeks (nothing that can’t be covered with a foundation or concealer) and I do get occasional pimples on my chin. I am also very self-conscious about my forehead mimic wrinkles but overall, I am rather happy with my skin.

Blue (8 of 21)A few months ago I decided to buy a La Roche Possay Effaclar sampler kit that I could use when I do get those occasional pimples. I did try a fair amount of La Roche products in the past and I have always been happy with them. The said kit consists of three products- a medicated gel cleanser, a clarifying solution and an acne treatment cream. The gel and the solution both contain 2% and 0.5% concentration of salicylic acid respectively. Salycilic acid is well known for use in skincare products to battle acne, dermatitis and psoriasis. The Effaclar Duo cream contains 5.5% benzoyl peroxide, also known for treating acne.

Each product contains a warning on the packaging that initial use may cause skin irritation and redness. I started using all three products at the same time and after the first night, I woke up with severe redness on my skin. As it was expected, I continued using the trio for a few more days only to find out that the area on my chin, above my lips and around my nose started looking worse and worse and became covered in little blisters looking like a shell. After that, in the state of slight panic, I stopped using all three products immediately. The redness wasn’t going away, my skin was burning and extremely itchy.

First, I applied some cortizone cream on the inflamed areas. That calmed down my skin a little bit but soon enough my skin became extremely dry and although applying foundation did cover the redness, it emphasized the dryness and the tiny blisters on my skin even more. I was really unhappy and desperate and, to be honest, my skin never looked worse. I knew I had to quickly change something in my skin care routine and add some products that would help me battle the problem. But then, I was worried that using products that I had not previously tried could deteriorate the look of my skin even further.

Blue (9 of 21)That’s where two savior products came to rescue. Nude Skincare Omega Cleansing Jelly and Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer. *Drumroll, please*

H&M NewYears 2014 (13 of 18)The first one, Nude Omega Cleansing Jelly was not an entirely new product for me because I did try a generous size sample of it earlier on and I loved it. It made my skin extremely smooth and clear and after I ran out of the sample, I asked for a full size tube of it for Christmas. The jelly contains omaga 6 and 9 acids derived from sunflower seeds that are supposed to hydrate the skin, bitter orange known for its soothing and clarifying benefits and annatto seed (also known as achiote) extract that’s supposed to purify the skin.

Blue (10 of 21)The jelly is a very interesting product in itself. When squeezed out of a tube it does have a form of a yellowish jelly. Once combined with water it turns into a white, slightly pasty, milk-like consistency. I use it by massaging it into my skin using my Clarisonic Mia 2 brush after I already removed my makeup. Then rinse it off with water. My skin becomes really soft and smooth right away and over time it really helped to clear out my skin, it improved its texture and made my skin supple.

The Nude Skincare Omega Cleansing Jelly is a little pricey as it costs $38 but it does contain 100 ml of the product and after using it for over a month, I still have plenty of it left. It’s also supposed to remove makeup but honestly I haven’t tried it as such as my Garnier Cleansing Oil does the job perfectly.

The second savior was suggested to me by lovely Tracy from Beauty Reflections. I actually asked on Twitter for some dry skin moisturizer recommendations and she mentioned Aveeno Ultra- Calming Daily Moisturizer. I bought it right away since Aveeno is known for products meant for sensitive skin. It claims to “calm and soothe irritated and sensitive skin.” The main ingredient in this cream is feverfew, a plant from Chamomile family known for its use to reduce fever (hence its name) and prevent migraines. It’s also clinically proven to reduce skin redness and irritation, improve skin roughness and texture and it’s also used as an after sunburn or razor burn treatment (source-skincare-news.com). After first application I could feel the difference almost right away. My skin felt extremely smooth and calmed. And after using it in the morning and in the evening in less than a week the redness was gone, the crusty blisters were completely cleared out and my skin was visibly more hydrated. I have continued using it twice a day till now and I am so glad I tried this moisturizer. Tracy, thanks once again!

For the time being I am trying to stick to my current skincare routine and not add any new products. Of course, I do use a few other ones that I had used before to remove my makeup, to tone my skin and exfoliate it. However, I don’t even remember the time when my skin looked as good as it does now. After being at its worst, with a help of two new products added to my skincare routine, I was able to achieve great looking, hydrated, smooth and radiant skin.

Thank you for sticking with me till the end (if you did, kudos to you, I know it was a long post!). If you have any questions about the products I mentioned, please let me know. Do you have any experience using La Roche Effaclar series? Did you have problems like me with irritated, red and dry skin at first? What products are your skin saviors? Any dry skin remedies?

Agata,
the founder and editor of Her and Makeup.