A trio of skincare products for acne skin

A review of acne fighting products for sensitive skin

I’ve suffered with moderate acne throughout my 20’s, ironically in my teens my skin was pretty good I would just have the odd few angry spots around that time of the month. However, now I’m 26 and I get painful cystic acne on my cheeks and forehead but more so around my jawline and chin which is known to be typical hormonal acne. My sister is 29 and still suffers with cystic acne so we are always on the lookout for beauty products that have been created specifically to treat oily and acne skin.

When HelloSkin got in contact with me to pick any three complimentary products from their online store for a review, I was pleased to find that their products are listed under four of the most common skin problems: Acne, Dry Skin, Eczema and Psoriasis. So, it was easy to search through the 30 or so products suitable for my skin type without having to scroll past the products that would be no good for me.

To narrow down the product listing I selected from the ‘Symptoms’ list Comedones and oily skin which then presented a list of the most suitable products of all to treat my face. I purposely selected three products that I had never used before based on the customer reviews and positive thing’s I’ve read from other beauty bloggers in the past.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser for dry, sensitive skin

The Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is a product I have wanted to try for some time as I’ve seen so many people rave about it. It’s also suitable for those with dry sensitive skin so I thought it was worth a try because my skin can become flaky and red if I’ve used a facial wash that’s too harsh and doesn’t agree with my skin type.

Another reason for picking the Cetaphil cleanser is because it’s ingredients are Non-comedogenic, meaning the ingredients are not known to block pores which is what someone with my skin type needs to use so the problem doesn’t get worse.

Firstly, the Cetaphil cleanser has a semi clear liquid consistency that doesn’t lather up. Every morning and night, I always double cleanse to ensure every trace of makeup is removed. However, I feel that even with two washes my face doesn’t feel clean enough using this when I’m removing a days’ worth of makeup, oil and dirt, so I did have to use micellar water before doing a double cleanse with Cetaphil just to make sure all the dirt had been removed.

However, when I use the Clinique liquid facial soap it lathers up well with lots of bubbles and removes every trace of makeup with two washes without having to use micellar water beforehand. So, for my night time wash I have stuck with my usual Clinique liquid soap as it removes makeup brilliantly but does slightly dry out my face, and then for in the morning I use Cetaphil as this doesn’t dry out my skin. I’ve found that the combination of the two has been working well for me so my skin doesn’t feel so tight or sensitive.

In terms of reducing acne Cetaphil has been ok, I’ve not had any new prominent black heads arrive which is good and I’ve just had a few blemishes here and there, nothing major. However, when it comes to that time of the month it’s not helped to reduce my angry hormonal breakout. Overall, I do like the Cetaphil cleanser, when washed away with water Cetaphil does not leave any residue on the skin, so I do believe that it doesn’t clog pores like some products can.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Clarifying Lotion for blemish-prone skin

For the past few months I’ve been in love with the Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3 which is a micro exfoliant and toner. It works brilliantly at removing flaky skin, however as my face is sensitive it can sometimes sting which makes me think it could be too harsh for me. So, when I came across the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Clarifying Lotion which is a lot cheaper and claims to do the same I had to give it a go.

The La Roche-Posay lotion contains the proven acne-fighting ingredient lipo-hydroxy acid (LHA) and claims to remove oil, help to unblock pores and reduce its size, and create a smoother skin texture by removing dry flaky skin. I’ve said a couple of times on the blog before how I’m no longer a fan of creamy facial exfoliators such as apricot scrubs as I’ve read how they can create micro tears on the skin. So, I prefer to use exfoliant lotions like these as I also find them to be far more effective at removing dead skin cells, they also work well at closing the pores after cleansing and preparing the skin before moisturising.

Overall, I’m equally a big fan of the two. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Clariying lotion does not sting my face, so is suitable for people with sensitive skin and it’s a lot cheaper however only slightly a little less effective compared to the Clinique Clarifying Lotion which is expensive and stings my face but is perhaps a little more effective. To save a few quid and not agitate my sensitive skin, I’ll be sticking with the La Roche-Posay lotion.

Hollywood Overnight Magic for acne-prone skin

And finally, the last product I picked was the Hollywood Overnight Magic treatment gel. The reason why I picked this acne gel is because it contains Salicylic Acid, Sulfur and Biotin which are all known to be great spot fighting ingredients. Not only that but it also claims to inject oxygen into the pores to clear out the sebum and reduce the blemish within one hour. So obviously I wanted to give it ago, I had never heard of Hollywood Skin before so I did a little research and found some ‘amazing’ and ‘magical’ reviews on Amazon. As a marketing, graduate I am always a little sceptical about the obscure marketing claims brands make about the results you can get from products. However, I was feeling optimistic as last year when I went swimming in the hot sulphur springs in Santorini it completely cleared up my skin (but on the downside discoloured my favourite bikini!).

As soon as the Hollywood Overnight Magic gel arrived I began applying it on my pesky spots thinking that they would be ‘magically’ reduced within an hour – but nope to my disappointment, they were still there a day later looking as angry as ever. I’ve used it a couple of times in the hope that it would work on less angry spots, but sadly it’s not made any difference which is a shame as the claims sound like the perfect solution for my skin type. Based on my experience it’s certainly not worth the £24.99 price tag so I’m glad I received it complimentary from HelloSkin, but then again everyone’s skin is different so what doesn’t work for me may work for somebody else.

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Disclaimer: The three products were sent to me complimentary from HelloSkin for review purposes. All words and photos are my own.