Over the last few weeks, I have been suffering from the worst breakouts I've experienced in the last 4 years or so. I'm talking cystic acne in the chin area in clusters (let's call them "volcanoes of doom") along with regular pimples around my mouth and cheeks. It was bad.
I can only speculate as for the reason why (hormones/stress) but the bottom line is: my skin was a hot mess and so was I as a result of it. Nothing that I was using from my previous routine that had worked so well for me in the past year was working. I became more stressed out about it which in turn resulted into more breakouts.
So this past week I ran (not walked) to Shoppers Drug Mart and went straight to the french pharmacy skincare section and looked at two brands that I always recommend to friends when they ask me for skincare advice:
La Roche Posay and Avène. Why not follow my own advice in a time of crisis, right? Boy, am I glad that I did! Here is what I picked up:
La Roche Posay Toleriane Foaming Cleanser
Why: I wanted to step away from the harsh acid-based gel cleansers I had been using since summer but still effectively cleanse my skin. This works into a rich lather and leaves my skin clean and comfortable, ready for moisturizer. It is SLS free, fragrance free and paraben free.
I cannot recommend the Toleriane range by LRP enough if your skin is reeling from some sort of reaction and is in need of gentle care.
Avene Clenance K Cream-Gel
Why: I needed a light moisturizer and an exfoliating agent to start working away at the dead skin and to help heal my blemishes. Clenance K combines both alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic and lactic) and beta hydroxy acids (salicylic acid) to facilitate the regeneration of the skin and to prevent new blemishes from forming. This has a light tingling sensation because of its acid content and it quickly absorbs into the skin and leaves it feeling comfortable and hydrated.
Now, keep in mind that my skin is still oily/combination, so if you have a drier/normal skin type, you might need a more intensive moisturizer in addition to a treatment like this.
La Roche Posay Rosalic AR Intense
Why: Due to my skin being so irritated by these breakouts and the extremely cold weather, I was experiencing localized redness on my face like I had never seen it before. I bought the Rosalic AR Intense to apply to the regions of redness that were so persistent on my chin and around my nose.
It's a localized treatment geared towards people fighting rosacea, so it contains ingredients that constrict the blood vessels and in turn reduce the redness. The texture is very light and I let it settle in before I start applying my makeup for the day!
Result: Within three days my breakouts stopped expanding, the cysts have retreated and my skin is healing nicely. I will need a couple of peels (currently giving the Ole Henriksen Lemon Strip Flash Peel a go) to get rid of the scarring left behind by this disaster but I could not wait any longer to share this experience with you.
What do you turn to in times of skin crisis?