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Saturday, March 14, 2015

A £3 Solution to Acne Scarring?

Superdrug Vitamin E Dual Phase Cleansing Oil

I recently went for a facial and while discussing my acne prone skin which has just began to scar, the facialist recommend Vitamin E products as apparently such nutrient when combined with Vitamin C can help repair scar tissue. I mentioned I had no idea where to start and rather helpfully the facialist pointed me in the direction of Superdrug's Vitamin E Dual Phase Cleansing Oil. Apparently a bargain at just £2.99 and a product she had used for a long while and wholeheartedly recommends. For change of £3 I thought it was worth a go and picked up a bottle before catching my train home. As a side note does anyone else love and hate facials in equal measure; the lovely glow can't be beaten but going home bare faced and slightly shiny from the oil...not so much!

Rather impressively the Superdrug Vitamin E Dual Phase Cleansing Oil is free from mineral oil as well as being completely vegan. Is this cleansing oil on par with the likes of Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils ? No but it can hold its own! A gentle blend of vitamin E and Horse Chestnut blend together to care for dry/dehydrated and even mature skin types. As this is a rinse of formulation it is safe for oily and normal complexions to use too, should your skin be a little on the dry side rest assure that it will not further strip the skin of moisture.

To use the Superdrug Vitamin E Dual Phase Cleansing Oil you simply shake to combine the two liquids, apply to dry skin, massage and rinse clean. I personally like to use in conjunction with a wash cloth and find that due to the oily texture I do have to rinse my face at least twice. Is this a cleanser to use when in a rush? No, as you really do have to ensure you get every scrap off to prevent blemishes and blackheads from forming. If used correctly it does leave the skin deeply cleansed, free from make-up and soft to the touch without being harsh or irritating. It is also safe enough to use on the eye area and makes light work of removing even waterproof mascara, should you want to skip a separate eye make-up remover. As with most facial cleansing oils I would recommend following up with a toner just to be on the safe side.

So let's get on to the issue at hand, does this reduce acne or any type of facial scarring? So far no, I can't say that I have seen any improvement but on the plus side I do think it has some what worked as a preventive measure. Due to acne medication, my blemishes become a little dried out and (I really hope you are not eating while reading this) crusty. Yuck! To allow said imperfections to heal without scarring, I do have to be particularly careful cleansing as when they reach the scabbing stage if they are not allowed to heal naturally they may scar. The slippery texture of the oil has been nothing but helpful, I have not ripped the heads off any marks since switching and the additional oil has stopped them from become itchy and overly dried out. My red marks are still very much present, hey anything that may help prevent future patches from appearing is worth the extra five minutes of care in the evening.

It may not be the healing cleanser I was hoping for but I am suitably impressed none the less, for change of £3 I am sure others will be too. The search to heal acne scarring continues...

Superdrug Vitamin E Dual Phase Cleansing Oil £2.99 via Superdrug - link.



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30 comments:

  1. I'm having the same problem as yours. My last bout of acne breakouts is no longer active, thank God! But now I'm working on shooing the scars away. I finished the Bi-Oil bottle my mom was using for her op scar. It has worked well. But I have to say, I love the PAI rosehip oil better. It is more expensive though. I think you both tried them before, you didn't have any luck?

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    1. So glad your acne is no longer active, that must be such a relief :) I do have both you are correct. The Bio-Oil certainly works but I find it a little too heavy on the face. As for Rosehip Oil it certainly brightens and fades to an extent but I think some of my marks are too old to shift this way. I am currently experimenting and will be sure to update with any findings :)

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    3. Sorry to butt in the conversation, but I just wanted to add on. I tried Bio-oil and it broke me out. I find it's too heavy and it could be the mineral oil content and fragrance. I wouldn't use it if you're prone to acne!

      If you're interested in getting rid of scars, YULI's Cell Perfecto PM is awesome. It works well both on new/old acne scars. If you're interested here's my review of it: http://www.charmystique.com/2014/07/yuli-skincare-review-cell-perfecto-pm-panacea-elixir-pure-mask.html/, and you'll find many others online if you look.

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  2. Totally agree about love-hate about facials. I like the pampering but the oily mess.... I can't even see the glow I just see OILY

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  3. Too bad it's not everything you had hoped for but it still sounds pretty nice. At 27 I still suffer from acne so if you ever find anything that helps, let us know!

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    1. Have you tried Biologique Recherche P50? It works super quickly and is very effective.

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  4. I've never actually had a facial before but I totally get what you mean. Too bad this wasn't all that great but at least it didn't break the bank! x

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  5. I've got this and like it... but I wish it was a little thicker as then it would be muuuuch easier to use! (:
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  6. might give it a try! x
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  7. Great write up! I was looking at Superdrugs Hot Cloth Cleanser the other week but I'm definitely falling for this! John XO

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  8. I love oil cleansers, I find The Body Shop do great ones! This sounds good for only £3 though x
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  9. I did not even know they did this! I've been using Superdrugs normal vitamin E oil for years, a bit TMI I uses to self harm so I would use them on my scars and honestly in one of the areas every scar is gone, unless you look super super close. I think it's really good when you use it on the scar straight away. I'm definitely going to keep an eye out for this one though because I never used the vitamin E oil on my face.

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  10. I'm not really into cleansing oil since I think it's such a hassle. But this sounds like such a great product for an affordable price

    Navellina

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  11. This is really interesting, please keep us posted if it yields better results in a couple of weeks!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

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  12. This looks great, I should try it
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  13. Sounds good, you like to try!
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  14. Oils are great cleansers aren't they, I make my own and swear by them! Hemp oil is very good for oily/spot prone skin as its a 'dry oil' and easily absorbed, very balancing!

    Have you tried Sudocrem for acne? It works miracles, like you won't believe!!! Wrote about its magical powers here www.beaucience.co.uk/2015/02/magic-spot-solution.html. Let me know if you try it :)

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  15. I'm certainly interested from the dry/dehydrated perspective with very light scarring. With a skincare overhaul much needed, it looks positive that I shall be adding this to my basket to give it a try next time I'm in Superdrug.

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  17. What a great find! I'll have to try that for my scarring! Thanks for the review! xx

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  18. What a great find! I'll have to try that for my scarring! Thanks for the review! xx

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  19. Sounds great! Need to try this! X

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  20. This oil sounds lovely! It would probably be great for any skin types!

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  21. We love using the Superdrug facial oils when we need to oomph our skincare. Budget friendly and completely cruelty free!

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  22. I usually use an oil cleanser to get every scrap of makeup off before using an acne cleanser. Thanks for sharing this, it's a lot cheaper that the oil I'm currently using. I can't wait to try it.

    Laura // http://thatgallowaygirl.com/ xx

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  23. So happy about the price of this product. I've been on a no makeup binge and the only thing about my skin that has me feeling insecure (other than the occasional blackhead) is the acne scarring on my chin and around the edges of my forehead and cheeks. Hopefully if used over time this will really begin to work. I will have to pick some up!

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  24. I really suffer from acne scarring and have spent god knows how much money on dark spot correctors, acne scar removers..you name it I've tried it. There is only one thing that has actually worked and thats BIO-OIL! I was initially petrified of it because it was oil and I do have oily skin but it is amazing and has really improved my scarring!

    Candidly Chloe xx

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