Let’s get right into it! Who hasn’t dealt with acne problems either in their teenage years, through college or worse, as adults now –I say worse because dealing with it past a certain age just seems cruel! When will it stop am I right? Well if you feel anything like me, you’re certainly not the only one so let’s see what I’ve found out and which products from their Effaclar line have helped me so far plus a few other tricks I’ve learned over the years…
Days prior to attending, I asked on my Instagram Stories if anyone had questions about acne so I could find them out and I got plenty of insight! So for those who sent me messages and DMs, thank you and I hope this helps. At the panel they invited Dr. Annie Chiu Cosmetic Dermatologist and she was kind enough to answer many of them.
First things first, it’s important to identify the types of cane out there! Here are the categories:
- Neonatal 2. Teen 3. Adult Acne 4. Hormonal Acne 5. Fungal Acne
Most of us have experienced at least one of these if not all and it is extremely important to identify which one or ones you are dealing with to be able to attack the root of the problem. According to the experts on this Derm Class I attended, it’s all about balance, finding the right products for your skin, using the right sunblock and of course healthy diet and habits. We all know this but how is this company different?? Well their formula has been heaven for my skin! I am being 100% honest.
The very first product I fell in love with was their Effaclar Eau Micellaire Water, I sometimes get lazy about removing my makeup so I loved this one because after a long day I lie in my bed with cotton pads and remove every last bit of it and my face doesn’t feel all oily and gross. But even better I don’t wake up with new zits so this product gets an A in my book! Anyways, that’s how I ended up looking deeper into this collection and I’m so glad I did because at their Derm Class I was gifted their famous sunscreen and it COMPLETELY lived up to the hype! Between you and me I was skeptical about this one because 90% of the sunscreens I’ve have either given me more acne or just mess up my makeup and I hate that so much. But their Ultra Light Sunscreen is actually very light and non greasy at all, I swear I was shocked. You do have to re-apply every 2 hours like every other sunscreen out there —It would be nice if someone figured out a way to prolong this, but I truly live for this product so it’s not a big issue. And if you want acne and scar free skin then you know you need a reliable one.
Other points that were discussed included how important it is to find the right products for your skin and the correct way to use them. For example if you’re using a home derma roller check that you are not pressing down not the skin, you’re supposed to roll on the face, clean it frequently and change it every 6 months (no one had ever told me that).
But there’s also something I learned just last year at a skin care conference that is very worth looking into and that is the life of a given product. Let’s see, how many of us ever check the date our skincare products expire?? I sure didn’t used to but regulations mandate that it’s clearly marked on every product by the “jar icon” in the back but again, NO ONE had ever told me what that little jar meant! Now I frantically check this before I ever open a new product because whatever number is marked between 3, 6, 12, 24 is the number of months it is safe to use after first opening the product, anything past that means we could have a dangerous reaction on our skin such as dark spots, irritation or worse!
I’ve also learned that Tea Tree Oil is one of my best friends when I’m trying to get rid of a persistent pimple, I’ve been using it for over a year now and at the La Roche-Posay derm panel I asked Dr. Annie Chiu if she recommended using it on the face and she told me it was as long as I was mixing it with something like coconut oil so it doesn’t hurt the skin since it’s very potent. It works wonders! I also tried La Roche-Posay ‘s spot treatment and it worked great on my skin so I’ve added it to my routine for the annoying spots I need to get rid of quick.
Honestly I’m very impressed with the Effaclar line, truthfully I never find a collection where I love this many products, specially when it’s acne related. But I think they found just the right balance and I’m happy to say it more than lives up to the hype!
Thanks for reading!!