Monday, June 1, 2015

A Few Cleansers to Consider

So there's the idea that if you want your serums to penetrate the skin better, you'll need to exfoliate. Personally, I'm terrified of acid peels and the like so I steer clear when I hear that a bunch of acids (glycolic, alpha hydroxy etc.) are the active ingredient in a product. However, I'm more familiar with salicylic acid and it's the active ingredient in my spot treatment that I use when I get the occasional breakout so I thought I'd give the Vichy Normaderm Triple-action 3 in 1 Cleanser a try.

After the first use, I got so worried because it dried out my face so much! The instructions say that you can use it as a regular facial wash, a scrub and mask. I thought a quick washing would be good but maybe in the winter, there's just not much sebum and oils to remove that it dried me out terribly. I resorted to using it as a spot treatment. While I never saw instant results (like a zit going down in size considerably or redness disappearing), I would slowly start to see peeling of the top layers, which is what I usually experience with other spot treatment products that contain salicylic acid. What does this tell me? That basically, it's just another salicylic acid wash and clearly wasn't worth the $$$ I spent on it. Having said that, now that it's hot and humid, I have been able to use it without such disastrously drying results. But it's definitely not on regular rotation. Reserved for excessively oily, acne-prone days.