Tuesday, June 2, 2015

June: Acne Awareness Month

It’s June which means Acne Awareness Month is here. Having a month of awareness might seem like a crazy concept for anyone suffering with acne since it’s something they’d prefer to hide. But, with the right products and advice, preventing, treating and correcting acne issues can be a less painful experience.

Included below are a selection of some of the best acne offerings! I have struggled with breakouts and personally find Proactive to be both effective and potent.


Clarisonic Acne Clarifying Collection

Clarisonic, the leader in scientifically proven sonic technology and transformative skin care, announces another beautifully engineered breakthrough. In one easy step, that’s safe and gentle enough for use twice daily, you can remove dirt, oil and impurities more thoroughly---and begin to treat acne blemishes. TheClarisonic Acne Clarifying Collection includes all the necessary tools for effective cleansing of acne-prone skin. It contains the new travel-friendly Mia 2, enhanced with two speeds for customized cleansing; Acne Cleansing Brush Head, uniquely designed with velvet-like bristle tips for ultra-gentle cleansing and extra-plush bristle gradation for concentrated pore flushing; and the new Acne Daily Clarifying Cleanser, formulated with salicylic acid, the acne-treating cleanser helps clear and prevent new acne blemishes from forming by gently exfoliating to unclog pores and helping dry excess sebum. The cleanser is also enriched with vitamins and botanicals, helping to reduce the appearance of redness and leaves skin feeling soft and smooth. In clinical trials, subjects saw a 25% improvement in acne after just two weeks.

Price: $169, Available at Clarisonic.com, Sephora, Nordstrom, Ulta, Dillards, Neiman Marcus, SAKS Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales & Macy’s as well as at select spas and dermatology offices

Proactiv + 3-Step System

Proactiv+ is a breakthrough 3-Step system by Drs. Katie Rodan & Kathy Fields, featuring more medicine and skincare benefits than the original. Step 1 is the Skin Smoothing Exfoliator; Step 2 is the Pore Targeting Treatment; and Step 3 is the multi-functionalComplexion Perfecting Hydrator. For every enhanced acne-fighting benefit in each step of Proactiv+, there is an equally powerful complexion-conscious skincare benefit, helping users fix their acne and let their skin flourish.

Price: $29.95 monthly for a 30-Day System, Available at Proactiv.com

SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense

Beat blemishes with this targeted, oil-free approach to treating adult acne and signs of aging, this 1st-to-market acid blend combines 2% dioic acid with an alpha- and beta-hydroxy acid formulation designed to prevent acne, minimize hyperpigmentation, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Specifically created for the concerns of the acne-prone adult, it goes beyond treating imperfections to additionally address signs of aging. Salicylic acid and LHA combat blemishes; glycolic and citric acids treat fine lines, wrinkles, and roughness; and dioic acid fights acne, reduces excess sebum production, and prevents hyperpigmentation that can cause skin to appear prematurely aged. This highly effective, efficient treatment is ideal for acne-prone, aging skin.

Price: $88, Available at SkinCeuticals.com

X OUT, by the Makers of Proactiv®.

This quick, hassle-free way to clear skin has 3 uses: it’s a cleanser, a spot treatment and a mask. Formulated with 8.5% benzoyl peroxide, X Out™ is a one-step Wash-In Treatment that washes powerful breakout fighting medicine into pores to help kill the bacteria that causes pimples. Smooth beads exfoliate dead skin cells and a unique moisturizing complex protects and soothes skin. X Out™ formula is paraben and sulfate-free, non-comedogenic and dermatologist tested, so it’s suitable for all skin types.

Price: $24.95, Available at Xout.com or (888) 524-7952


Erno Laszlo Anti Blemish Beta Wash

Remove excess oil and treat blemished skin with a calming, antiseptic gel wash. This oil-free cleanser penetrates pores to deeply cleanse, dislodge impurities and stop the acne production cycle. Special ingredients include Beta Hydroxy Acid and Algae Extract to detoxify the skin and combat breakouts. Myrrh, Rosemary, Sage and Chamomile heal and reduce redness, inflammation and irritation.

Price: $45, available at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and ErnoLaszlo.com

Proactiv+ Cleansing Body Bar

This lather-rich bar fights acne all over. Formulated with 1% salicylic acid, the ergonomic bar washes away dirt, impurities, and excess oil to keep pores clear while exfoliating beads remove dead skin that can clog pores and fuel breakouts. Mild and soap-free it is free of sulfates and dyes and can also be used on the face.

Price: $40; Available at Proactiv.com


Caudalie Instant Detox Mask

Free of Parabens, Phenoxyethanol, Mineral oils, Paraffin, Synthetic artificial colorings, Sodium Laureth Sulfate,Phthalates, Animal-derived raw materials

This fun, pink-colored mask purifies stressed skin, treating all forms of free-radical damage. A 99% natural gel-cream formula eliminates accumulated toxins, tightening pores and leaving skin feeling refined and rested. Its formula is powered by Grape Marc, concentrated in antioxidant rich Polyphenols to protect skin. Pink Clay helps purify the pores, while Coffee Extract adds an antioxidant boost. Papaya Enzymes gently exfoliate and brighten. A combination of Lavender, Bergamot, Camomile, Sage, Cypress, Parsley, Myrrh, and Sandalwood essential oils combine to provide a regenerating, soothing, and purifying action. In a clinical test, the Detox Mask had a 100% satisfaction rate.

Price: $39, available at US.Caudalie.com, Sephora/Sephora.com, and NYC Caudalie boutiques

Erno Laszlo Anti Blemish Beta Purifying Mask

Soothe and detoxify your face with this mask that heals and prevent breakouts. With a potent mix of botanical and antibacterial ingredients such as peppermint oil, it exfoliates tones and moisturizes blemished skin.

Price: $52, available at Nordstrom and ErnoLaszlo.com

Proactiv+ Skin Purifying Mask

This maximum-strength, full-facial mask (which can also be used as a spot treatment) with 6% sulfur and cooling kaolin clay helps draw out impurities and excess oil to rid of acne, prevent future blemishes from forming and keep the troublesome t-zone area oil-free. This product is paraben-free and contains a healthy complex of antioxidants, vitamins and botanicals to condition and moisturize the skin.

Price: $29.95 as part of the 30-Day Core System or individually for $41; Available at Proactiv.com


Alba Botanica® ACNEdote Clean 'n Treat Towelettes

Free of Parabens, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate, Petrolatum, Artificial Colors and Phthalates

Give zits the one-two punch. Win the blemish battle once and for all with this two-in-one medicated cleanser infused with Willow Bark Extract. In one clean sweep, these naturally effective towelettes draw up makeup and grime then deposit maximum strength 2% Salicylic Acid acne medication deep into pores to stop pimples where they start.

Price: $2.99 (pack of 10), available at natural food stores, Whole Foods Market and www.albabotanica.com

Anthony Astringent Toner Pads

Eliminate acne, tighten pores and control shine with a perfectly portable pad delivering a single serving of both astringent and toner. A special blend of ingredients, including Citrus Mint essential oils, Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel and Azeloglicina, create soft and toned skin with oil control. Leaves skin matte, but still hydrated. Comes with 50 pads.

Price: $25, Available at Sephora, Beauty.com and Anthony.com

Proactiv+ Emergency Blemish Relief

This advanced formula instantly delivers an extra dose of micro-crystal benzoyl peroxide to your most stubborn blemishes. It's invisible, oil-free and fortified with soothing botanical ingredients to help moisturize and calm irritated skin.

Price: $46; Available at Proactiv.com


Proactiv+ Redness Relief Serum

Relax the skin with this cooling serum designed to instantly reduce acne-induced inflammation. Featuring calming botanical extracts that help relieve swelling and irritation and improve the overall appearance of the complexion, the formula glides directly onto the skin via a built-in stainless steel roller. As a result, skin looks smoother, even-toned and more radiant. Store in the refrigerator as needed.

Price: $44.95 for regular shipment members and $52 for non-members; Available at Proactiv.com

Proactiv+ Advanced Dark Spot Correcting Serum

Treat unsightly dark spots caused by former acne blemishes with this lightweight, fast-absorbing, gel-like serum. Formulated with sea buckthorn, a potent antioxidant with soothing properties, and hydroquinone, a maximum-strength skin-lightening agent, the product works to visibly improve uneven pigmentation by gradually fading discolorations associated with healed acne. Apply to the face, neck, décolleté before makeup.

Price: $34.95 for regular shipment members and $50 for non-members; Available at Proactiv.com

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