Monday, May 30, 2011

The Joy of Adult Acne

Over the past few months, it seems very common that majority of my friends are suffering from adult acne (not to be confused with Rosacea). Last year when we started planning our wedding I noticed a large breakout, and this annoyance is still around. Before I had the occasional pimple around "my time of the month"...I'd put some toothpaste on it and it would subside. However, my skin now transitioned into consistently having Acne.

Here are a few products I have tested, loved,stopped using...and so on...

1. I first started with Mario Badescu's Glycolic Acid Toner and popular Drying Lotion. I bought the toner because it was alcohol free, yet still effective at exfoliating with 2% Gylcolic Acid and Grapefruit Extract. I did get bored with this toner and moved to another product soon after. Do not shake the Drying Lotion, just dip a Q-Tip into the pink layer, and than apply as a spot treatment. This isn't the cutest look, since you must wear it over night...

2. The Clarisonic tools make you reconsider "clean" skin. Read about the difference here. The plus is nice for the body, but I use my Mia more frequently because it fits into my hand perfectly...and my travel bag!

3. Good ol' Clinique 3-Step!! I NEVER had a "routine" for my skincare due to my anxiousness to try new products, but I have now gone through my second purchase with 3-Step and will most likely continue to use it. The Liquid Facial Soap for Oily Skin is my formula of choice, it does not leave my skin feeling tight at all. It also pairs nicely with the Clarisonic. When I first started the Clarifying Lotion #3 it tingled! It doesn't tingle anymore, and I kinda miss it. My hubby is obsessed with this pink bottle, he uses it on his face and chest, so we go through this bottle pretty fast. Lastly, I chose the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel because I like the light feeling it offers. (Just a note, you will need more hydration this is only going to balance the skin, and there is no SPF.) Ladies, this is a perfect trio for you and your man to share!

4. Kiehl's Kiehl's Kiehl's...You have seen this Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque here before. I apply it in my T-Zone at least once a week, while I vacuum or fold laundry. It's a five minute masque, and it's my favorite masque, YES, my FAVORITE!! I use the Pore Refining Toner now and than, eventually I will try the cleanser and lotion. During the P.M I will sometimes use the Over-Night Biological Peel, this helps to reduce the look (size) of pores.

5. Ok, I found it! The one acne treatment I use too often. DDF's Acne Control Treatment. I only apply it where I need it...after my moisturizer, day and night. It drys up the acne, so make sure you are only using where and when needed. It's quite magical!!!

Once again, toothpaste is a great (cheap) remedy if you have nothing else. Aquafresh is what I would recommend.



Delyteful Speaks said...

Oh my gosh i love the Kiehls Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque too!!! I felt it was the only product meant for pores that ACTUALLY did make a difference to my pores!!! Did a review on it too!

And I have the over-night biological peel but i've only tried it a few times then kept it aside for a while.. Do you wear a moisturizer on top of it or underneath?

I tried the Clinique toner and girl lemme tell u it did me no good.. I felt that it was way too harsh! It added it to my "Products That Just Didn't Work For Me" Post..

As for Mario.. Mario's the maaan! Love his products.. You should get their Drying Mask too and apply it on the areas where you get your acne..

I hate hormonal acne.. Coz there's not much you can do it.. But we gotta try.. And I've using the Drying Mask + Jaan Marini's Glycolic Cleanser which is amazing by the way.. Wrote a review on it.. And take lots of vitamins like Primrose, Vitamin e, Omega 3-6-9.. They help in the long run..

Wow Ima shut up now =P


Priscilla Francine Makeup said...

OMG I love your feedback!! Thank you! I really feel like the Masque is the only thing I visibly and instantly see a difference with. In the PM I will layer the Biological Peel with this little guy!,default,pd.html?start=5&cgid=face-healthy-skin

Lauren said...

I'm so glad you did a review like this! I was just doing my make-up this morning and couldn't help but notice how dry my face is, do you have any suggestions for a daily moisturizer?

Thank you so much for visiting my blog!
I am following your's with Bloglovin' : )

The Procrastinator said...

found your blog via intothegloss - you take gorgeous photos! follow for follow?

Priscilla Francine Makeup said...

@ Lauren, Bare Esscentials Purely Nourishing Moisturizer with their Raremineral ActiveSoil Complex is my all time favorite hydrating, yet lightweight moisturizer. If you feel like your skin is dry, use Exfolikate so that your are not hydrating dead skin. Exfoliate will also help eradicate acne.

@Thank you Procrastinator! Of course I will follow you! Thank you for following me!

Danielle {breakfast at toast} said...

I JUST got the clarisonic and really like it so far!

Sherry said...

Hmmm, how funny, I just started breaking out more all of a sudden and it's driving me insane! Will definitely be trying some of these - I'm really interested in the Clarisonic now!! Thanks so much for sharing!! :)

Lynn {hearted girl} said...

hi Priscilla,

i've come over after being totally blown away by your take on the 70's over on Glitter Guide and am seriously smitten with your whole blog; all its ace lessons, photos and perfectly executed finish lines are marvelous.

i just got back from a shop sesh at Sephora and sure wish i'd have seen your recs beforehand!! i'm suffering from a hormonal rage insurge on my skin right now, tried SO many things including Proactive (which worked for a while but now the effects have totally worn off), this DDF product sounds amazing. thank a YOU lades! seems like it might be a mischief managed type of oracle product and i am totally gonna try it thanks to you.

also i've been contemplating the clarisonic, seen it here and there but after reviewing your BCA post i will be making my way to purchase it as well. it's happiness to find you and your lovely space. you're the real deal! ♥

Priscilla Francine Makeup said...


You are a doll! Thank you for your comment and feedback. I am so glad you found me through Glitter Guide. You can always follow me via twitter and ask me questions while you are at Sephora (in the future)

I recently started using Kate Somerville's intense exfolikate and it has really cleared things up for me.

*Acne is related to stress too... so I highly recommend eliminating any stresses from your life if possible xoxo

please share my blog with your friends!

Unknown said...

Clinique has a great acne treating moisturizer that I use every morning (under sun screen of course) called acne solutions: clearing moisturizer hydratant purifiant. You should give that a try as well. I works great and is loaded with antioxidants as well as acne fighting ingredients.


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