Having the perfect, flawless skin has always been my greatest struggle. I first started getting acne when I was in grade 8 and basically, the acne has extended well past my adult years. As a young person, it’s so easy to be caught up with how the world perceives beauty and then your entire life will begin to revolve around this single imperfection.You will consistently be searching for a cure.
There used to be a point in my life, and sometimes even now, when I wouldn’t leave the house without a full face of makeup. However, I realized how exhausting it was to always have to worry and stress about something that was temporal. Not having flawless skin is not the end of the world. Sadly, it took me quite a long time to realize this and it was actually my boyfriend, now husband, who taught me to embrace my imperfections.
Now, though I’m embracing my imperfections, it doesn’t mean that I’m not taking care of my skin and health. Clean & Clear has always been a trusted brand in my household and their products have always been repurchased by both my husband and I. For the past week, I’ve been switching my morning skincare routine to the Acne-Prone products from Clean & Clear. You can find out my steps and my thoughts of each product below:
Step #1: Cleanse with the Clean & Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser
This cleanser not only removes dirt and oil, it also features a pore-penetrating technology that invisibly deposits acne medicine to help fight and prevent pimples and breakouts on your face, long after you wash. Your skin is clean and becomes noticeably clearer with continued use.
• Start with clean hands and splash some water on your face.
• Squeeze a small amount of cleanser onto wet palms – a dime-size should do it.
• Gently massage the cleanser all over your facefor about 20-30 seconds while avoiding your eyes.
• Rinse thoroughly then pat your fabulous facedry with a towel.
This cleanser has a creamy texture, which is soft and white in colour. Unlike other cream textured cleansers, I find that this doesn’t lather up as well. The first 3 ingredients in this cleanser are actually soothing for skin – Glycerin, Petrolatum, Mineral Oil. I’ve always found that Benzoyl Peroxide works really well with my skin. Clean & Clear’s formula seems to keep my skin under control and helps to prevent further minor breakouts.
Step #2: Treat with the Clean & Clear Persa-Gel 5 Acne Treatment
This acne medication is a unique formula that goes to work immediately, releasing the medicine deep into the pores where breakouts and pimples start and prevents them from coming back. This maximum strength Benzoyl Peroxide acne medication is the same ingredient recommended by doctors.
• Because this is a medicine, it’s super important to start with clean skin.
• So wash your face then apply a thin layer over the affected area. You can do this up to 3 times a day.
• But be smart. If your’re skin starts to dry out or peel, reduce your use to once a day.
I have actually repurchased this Persa-Gel 5 treatment a few times already because well, it works. Unlike other acne medication, this doesn’t sting. I am confident to say that for the smaller blemishes, usually within 1-2 days, you’ll see it swell down. Also, this product works great on popped blemishes because it penetrates through the skin and gets to work directly. However, keep in mind that this is a medication, so only apply on blemishes since it’ll dry out the skin. I would also suggest using an extra hydrating moisturizer afterwards to prevent your skin from flaking.
Step #3: Moisturize with the Clean & Clear Morning Burst Hydrating Face Moisturizer
This ultra-lightweight, non-greasy moisturizer helps wake you up with an invigorating fragrance and leaves skin feeling immediately replenished. It’s formulated with water, not oil, and contains a unique blend of cucumber and green mango extracts. For clean-feeling and refreshed skin, use this facial moisturizer daily.
• Start with a freshly cleaned face.
• Squeeze the gel moisturizer onto your fingertips.
• Smooth it all over your face avoiding the eye area.
• Use it in the morning. Stay hydrated all day!
This moisturizer is indeed very moisturizing and since it’s oil-free, it helps with the breaking out. I can use it under makeup as a primer and it makes finished makeup look great and not overly greasy. This moisturizer has a very strong smell, like cucumber melon. If you don’t like strong scented products, then this may not be for you. It’s a very basic product, but sometimes simplicity is key.
Overall, my morning skincare routine has helped in controlling my minor, non-cystic breakouts. My face just feels healthier in general, which is a much-needed change. Though I don’t think I’ll say goodbye to blemishes permanently, it’s always refreshing to find products that work well with my skin.