In my teenage years I was one of those lucky ones who weren’t particularly prone to spawning pimples like there was no tomorrow. Seems to me the sebum started catching up to me as I have recently been battling constant breakouts on my chin and around my nose for nearly a year. They were nice enough to only show up one at a time, but they always came up huge and red and sore. As soon as I started treating one and it started receding, another one popped up. A vicious cycle. I couldn’t use too astringent lotions and potions to combat the spot monster due to my dry skin (yes, you can still get spots with very dry skin!), but I did switch some things out in my skincare routine and I think I know which one made a real difference.
La Roche Posay Effaclar H was designed for those who use prescription acne medication because that stuff is so potent it really dries out your skin. Same if you use overly drying cleansers and treatments. I meet a lot of people fighting acne in my line of work, and a number of them don’t use a moisturiser (or don’t use one moisturising enough) because they’re afraid it’s going to make their skin oily and break out. What actually happens is that your skin gets dried out from all the acne treating products and is tricked into thinking it needs to produce even more oil and sebum, resulting in more spots. Very counterproductive. That’s why a good moisturiser is a staple in any acne fighting skincare regimen.
This moisturiser packs an impressive punch of long-lasting moisture and is good enough to quench even my overly parched skin. Personally I think it feels really comforting on the skin in a really reassuring way. Despite how well it nourishes, it doesn’t clog pores at all (it’s made for acne skin after all) and feels really soothing on inflamed skin. It’s also the one thing I brought into my skincare routine that I can say for sure really made a difference. After I started using this on my acne prone areas in lieu of my normal moisturiser, the pimples stopped coming back. Mind you this isn’t a treatment and won’t make your current spot go away any faster, but it’s a necessary preventative step if you want to keep them from returning. Prevention is always better than treatment.
I think anyone with combination to dry skin hoping to combat acne will really like this one. Good dollop of moisture, no breaking out!
I’ve now happily been spot-free for 2 months and have since moved on to treating my post-acne scarring!