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Acne and Breakouts Skincare Update

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Since I last mentioned my pustule-like spots, I have been using one skincare product religiously, and I suppose that is what the video below is all about. It wasn’t until I pared my skincare routine right down to two products (cleanser and then the blemish treatment) that I saw proper, quick results. The red, irritated spots on my cheeks disappeared almost overnight, and with continued use they have all but disappeared. Faint red marks in certain (harsh) light, but nothing that can’t be easily covered with even the lightest foundation. I’m overjoyed!

Product? La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Duo. A small tube of gel-cream that costs just thirteen pounds. Who’d have thunk it? To be honest, I have always expected spot treatments to be quite inexpensive – I don’t know why, but I have always considered them to be very functional rather than luxurious and so priced accordingly. Which is a ridiculous way of thinking, actually, isn’t it? Because surely we would pay more to treat an annoying, potentially upsetting, potentially disfiguring skin condition than we would for a rose-scented oil with a nice glass bottle…. But, such is the way of life. Or the way that my brain works, at any rate! It’s the same with shoes and dresses – we might spend loads on a “going out” outfit that we wear just a few times a year, but scream at the thought of paying the same amount for a pair of jeans, which potentially could get worn every day… (Actually, jeans are a bad example because I always buy quite expensive jeans. You catch my drift at any rate. I hope.)

adult acne treatment

Someone reign me in! I’m digressing all over the shop today! Where was I? Thirteen pounds. That’s all the Effaclar Duo costs, and it’s so good. An all-over facial treatment that’s light, non-sticky and has no overpowering fragrance or unpleasant chemical odour. It spreads easily but doesn’t “slip” across the skin – you need a few pea-sized blobs to cover face and neck. It doesn’t dry my skin out at all, though I’d be interested to see what drier-skinned people had to say about it.. NOTE: the US formulation, if you’ve bought it in the US, has different ingredients. It includes Micronized Benzoyl Peroxide  at 5.5%, so makes it a little more – how shall we say – potent than the UK version. I’m not too well-versed with the US version, so please let me know in the comments if you have any experience with it.

The UK/European version pretty much cleared up my spots, as I said, overnight, after everything else under the sun (or in my beauty cupboard) had struggled. I think that it just had the right cocktail of bits and pieces that my skin needed at the time – I’m now quite scared to try anything else! The thing is, now that the spots are almost vanished, I want to get back to my usual routine of Liquid Gold and the myriad of other beautiful things that I like to pamper myself with! I suppose I shall have to go easy. I don’t think that my skin is lacking anything – the Effaclar seems to be keeping it adequately hydrated and fresh – I just love my little routines, my lotions and potions and my face masks and peels!

Have a little watch of the video, anyway, and listen to me talking about a few changes I’ve made to my routine and lifestyle. If you’re trying to blast some spots away (teen or adult) then you might find some of it helpful and equally have your own tips and tricks to share. Please do leave any of those in the comments section at the bottom of the page – all product links and extra info are below the video pane.

Video Link HERE

Read more about Liquid Gold here:http://www.amodelrecommends.com/2012/05/25/alpha-h-liquid-gold-intensive-nigh…

111Skin Cleanser: Harrods

Alpha-H Clear Skin Cleanser: http://tidd.ly/1cb32d0b

Dr Jart Bubble Foam: http://tidd.ly/286b9f35

Superfacialist Neroli Cleanser: http://tidd.ly/8d62bb5

Murad SPF15 Mattifier: http://tidd.ly/852bfa1

Givenchy Eclat Mattisme (I use shade 4) http://tidd.ly/df4c4c88

Clarins Powder Foundation: http://tidd.ly/172b55f6

Dr Jart Water Fuse BB Cream: http://tidd.ly/88b0e5f4

Alpha-H Liquid Gold: http://tidd.ly/b75aac2e

Alpha-H Serum: http://tidd.ly/2774800d

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  1. Hey Ruth, Im a 15 year old girl and I’m 5’5″ 1/2 and since being a child i’v wanted to be a model. It’s my passion but do you think I’m too short to be in the business? Or are there certain agencies that wouldn’t mind it?

  2. I absolutely LOVE Effaclar Duo, it saved my skin ! I’ve been using it for almost a year and a half now and my skin looks great (aside from some monthly troubles…). I also like using Effaclar K at night, because it has creamier texture and it’s really great at evening the skin out. Oh and the Effaclar micellar water is great too (though i’ve never used Bioderma so I don’t know how they compare). As you can see, I’ve gone a bit Effaclar crazy lol !

  3. i don’t find the US version to be very helpful. i’d say it’s sometimes somewhat effective, but it always leaves my skin irritated and dry.

  4. This exact regimen worked for me! I’m so glad a high-visibility blogger like you has picked up on this and all your loyal followers will now know how simply they can clear up their spots. BTW, I’m a US beauty blogger and I had the same results from the US version of Effaclar duo. It also made my pores on my cheeks appear much smaller :) Just wanted to put in my two cents to completely vouch for the simple cleanser + Effaclar Duo routine!

  5. Just sharing: I started using the Paula’s Choice toner 2% Salicylic Acid after cleansing and was surprised to see how much dirt was still left on my skin! =(
    I like the idea of double cleansing with a gentle cleanser. Should have known earlier!

  6. Yes, the Efflaclar Duo is fabulous, although I find if I use it for more than a couple of weeks at a time, my skin starts to look a bit dull and congested ( just generally a bit gunky, hard to explain ) but no spots. I have to cycle it, and only use it when my skin particularly needs it. I love the Efflaclar Astrigent Lotion, which I use as a toner, again alternating it with a gentler one – the La Roche-Posay Physiological Soothing Toner is my favourite.

  7. I have just purchased the effaclar duo as it sounds like something I definitely need at the moment and with someone who has sensitive skin I am hoping it will help with my skin imperfections minus the dryness that usually puts me off these type of ‘treatment’ products. My main skin concern though has to be blackheads…I literally can’t get rid of them. My skin is relatively clear of spots and I have had a religious cleansing routine since I was a young teenager (I am now 22). I never sleep in my make up even on those rare occasions that I am blind drunk I manage to take it off and regularly exfoliate my skin (gently that is…no harsh scrubs!). I have tried using a clarisonic which made no difference to my skin when using it and even microdermabrasion which just about gets rid of the most obvious blackheads but can never really clear the whole pore. Ruth could you please recommend anything as a treatment for blackheads? Or any of your readers? I would be so grateful for any advice!! P.S – Escentual have 15% off la roche posay at the moment.

    • Hi Rose, may I suggest you have a look at skincare guru Caroline Hirons’ blog Beautymouth ? you might get some tips on what to do. I suspect you are a candidate for the (brilliant) hydraluron for the dryness together with a good cleansing balm plus an exfoliating toner. good luck ! :) D.

    • this will sound crazy but it works! I get blackheads from time to time and what I do is dip a cotton bud in Apple cider vinegar, press it onto the blackhead. it may go red and sting which is normal (that will go down) it totally anhilates blackheads and you’ll find they won’t return. its the only thing that worked for me. ACV is underrated, it works for spots too. I use it once a week as a toner and my skin has changed for the better! x

  8. Would love to see a tutorial on the makeup you’re wearing!

  9. I use the US Effaclar duo as more of a spot treatment. I think it would be way too drying to use all over the face, twice a day. It rather sounds like the UK/Euro version that you’re using Ruth is more like a moisturizer? So I think that would be better to get since it is a bit gentler. Plus your version has niacinamide, which the US one does not.

  10. This post is tantalizing! Can’t wait for tomorrow. Cleared the night (wasn’t hard, lol)!

    As far as breakouts, I prefer salicylic acid to benzoyl peroxide. Less drying for me. I use Neutrogena Deep Clean cream cleanser every few washes. Clears out the pores!

    Have you tried anything from the ReVive line yet? I am in love with it right now. Especially the Moisture Renewal Creme at night. I also use the Sensitif Cellular Repair cream, followed by the tinted moisturizer for day. Perhaps they could send you some for review. I especially like that they pretty great scores on the COSDNA website.

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