Friday, July 10, 2015

You're Never Too Old - Adult Acne

Avene Cleanace Expert

My struggle with adult acne has been well documented (if you fancy nosy there is a whole category of posts about such topic in the right hand side bar); at the moment I have a large cystic cluster of blemishes on my left cheek, that I am terrified will scar. I've tried several routes to get to the bottom of the problem, none of which have quite garnered the results I was hoping for. Recently Avene have launched Avene Cleanance Expert, a product that aims to not only clear but also prevent acne. When you have tried just about everything else you adapt a what do I have to loose mantra, so guess what I have began testing it out!

The best way to think of Avene Cleanace Expert is a moisturiser crossed with a blemish treatment, it renews the skin without stripping and is best used daily. The other benefit of Avene Cleanace Expert is that it helps to mattify the skin and control excess sebum should that be a problem, again without drying out the skin. Apparently it regulates sebum with Monolaurin (and can reduce it by up to 33%). It contains X-PressinTM that gently mimics the skin’s natural exfoliation process without the use of AHAs or BHAs (this is what I find most intriguing), and contains an exclusive patented ingredient - Diolényl®, to help eliminate blemishes and in turn limit the spread of acne-causing bacteria.

Very clever but if I'm honest all that means little to me, I know next to nothing about skincare science. What I can say is that in the last two weeks other than the monstrous break out I have on my cheek, my blemishes have been pretty few and far between. Avene state from the get go that it will take upwards of a month to see any real results and even then it is with daily use, so this could well be luck on my part. I will of course bear with Avene Cleanace Expert for the time being and report back in a month or so.

The really good news is that I have been able to step away from separate exfoliation products, the skin renewing ingredient really agrees with my skin and gently removes dry and dead cells without any effort on my part. It doesn't irritate my skin, rather it leaves my skin feeling and looking softer. Even if it does turn out that the blemish control element was sheer luck on my part I would continue to use Avene Cleanace Expert for the exfoliation quality. I should also add that it does a great job of keeping my skin fairly matte, even in the currently balmy weather without adding to dehydration. If anything this is a great daily moisturiser for oily skin types as it has a certain balancing quality coupled with a light weight texture that works really well with such complexion types.

In a really long winded way, what I am attempting to say is that Avene Cleanace Expert is promising. It has delivered on at least two of its promises and seems to be more than hopeful on the other. I am more than happy to continue use and will of course report back in a month or so.

Until then you can find Avene Cleanace Expert via Look Fantastic for £11.25/40ml - link.

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  1. I have been struggling with acne since I turned 21. Never had a single zit on my face throughout my teens. So yes, adult acme. Every year as I grow older, I think they will stop happening as I am "too old" to have acne on my face. But now, I have come to terms with

    Recently I started having "neem capsules" aka Nimtree or India Lilac...they are 100% herbal. I must admit, they have controlled about 70% of my acne.
    I don't know if you can find it in the UK, but try looking for it...
    Off course, feel free to do your research on it :)

    PS - It has NO side effects... :)

    Sorry for the longest ever comment! I am really passionate about this acne situation :P

  2. I have always dealt with hormonal acne but it was always confined to the time around my period. Now that I'm 28 I've started getting skin rashes that are just a pain in the ass. Caroline Irons is always my go to lady for all skin-related issues and I know she has dealt with adult acne herself. I'm sure it will get better with the right treatment.

  3. I'm 27 and still struggle with hormonal acne and stress induced acne. Not helpful when you're an anxious person! lol I am intrigued to try out these products though, anything that might help!

  4. This really does sounds promising. I do on occasion suffer from a breakout and when I do, it’s not just one, or two!

  5. This sounds very interesting, I've used Avene before for eczema but their acne products do sounds interesting as I have lots of bumps on my skin that make my skin look so scaly - I've just had a bad flare up so anything to sort it out will catch my attention!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  6. Avene products are great for sensitive skins, I'd love to have a complete Avene skincare routine some day with the right products. This post is super helpful, thanks for sharing!

    Julia xx
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  7. I have terrible acne flare ups even at 36 so I feel you on this. I have tried many many things. Mine seems to come from within and my skincare products don't have much of an effect. Benzoyl peroxide worked well for a while but even that doesn't help now.

    Anything that helps keep the matte look is very welcome though so I will check this out! Good luck!

  8. I'm in my 20s (is that an adult?!) and occasionally get spots, so I like to use Clinique products

  9. I've had acne since I was 14 and I'm now nearly 20 with no signs of it clearing (although better than it was in my early teens). I'm very interested to see how this works out for you and I can't wait for your report back :)

  10. ergh i know the struggle! Had acne throughout my teens and still have them now :( seeing as this is reasonably priced perhaps I'll give it a go and hope for the best!

  11. I have been using La Roche Posay effaclar duo that works for "regular" spots, which sounds similar to this product. I strongly recommend Skinceuticals Blemish and Age Defence for hormonal spots. As soon as I feel one forming, I put this on twice a day and it seems to stop them in their tracks. They don't get big or raised and are pretty much gone in 3 days instead of 3 months.

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  13. I was free of pimple until I tried SK-II Facial Treatment Essence a year ago. I suffered from non-stop breakouts which acne pigmentation are still visible. I learned to use BHA (Paula's Choice 2% BHA Liquid) and AHA (First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads) every other night, and that helps me a lot with keeping my breakouts at bay and lightening the pigmentation. Every now and then (especially on that special day of the month) I still get one or two cystic acnes. But nothing a simple acne spot treatment won't do :)

    Lenny C |

  14. This line sounds fantastic, it's stop important not to strip the skin. Hope this continues to improve your skin!

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  15. I love Avene. Their Triacneal product is great too, it really helps out with my acne.

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

  16. Im 20 and battling mild acne, its so depressing! Im defiantly going to have to try these products.

    Katy x x x


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  18. At 27 I have finally began to experience clearer skin! I definitely do recommend looking into an AHA toner. Paula's choice makes a great one.


  19. I've suffered with acne since I was 10 years old and I am now 19. I've been through the severe acne stages to now the mild stage where I have mostly redness and a few blemishes and a few scars on my cheeks. I've tried numerous products from the drugstore, and I'd highly advise you not to use any clearasil products as they will strip the top layer of your skin and irritate your acne more! However, I would highly advise trying out Liz Earle and La-Roche Posay. Liz Earle will help calm down your skin as they're natural ingredients therefore no irritation and in turn will help heal. La-Roche Posay on the otherhand will help combat the redness that comes with the blemishes, and both these products work amazing in conjunction with each other. Also, you mentioned your cysts that you hope don't scar, I found some of mine did scar but the ones I didn't fiddle and pick did leave less scaring than the ones I did fiddle with.

    Hope this helps!

  20. I hope this is not depressing, but I'm 46 years old and still suffer mild adult acné. In my case it's caused by these bloody hormones. Since I'm approaching menopauze, my hormone level is again unbalanced, resulting in flare-ups. I have tried all kinds of skin care brands, but the only thing that works for me was exfoliation, preferably with AHA. I don't know what causes your acné, but be prepared for a long journey and enjoy the occasional good skin time.


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