Although I absolutely love the Duac cream I bought and think that it’s very effective in drying out acne, I realized that as much as it’s a good cure, prevention is still the key. Without proper prevention, it’s like fighting a never-ending battle with pimples. They just keep popping out then I have to kill them again with the Duac. Messy cycle!
So, after realizing this, I finally switched from my Shisheido facial wash (which was absolutely disappointing) to one of my old favorites – the St. Ives Blemish and Blackhead Control Facial Wash.
This product’s been given a face lift in the past year but the things I love about it are still there. So let’s begin by reviewing the product attributes as quoted from the St. Ives website:
Oil-free – 2% salicylic acid • dermatologist-tested • 100% natural exfoliants • 100% natural extracts
- APRICOTS are known to contain one of the highest levels of carotenoids (think vitamin A) and super-effective antioxidants. All of this natural power might seem, well, too powerful, but they are actually quite gentle and nourishing and they help make fresher, more nourished skin beautifully possible.
- CORN KERNEL MEAL
- CORN KERNEL MEAL is actually flour ground from dried corn. It’s a soft, but gently powerful all-natural exfoliant that promotes skin cell turnover and regeneration. Cornmeal makes softer-feeling, fresher skin possible.
- WALNUT is known for its hard shell, but when it’s ground, it becomes an amazingly effective, all-natural exfoliant ingredient in our scrubs. Not only are walnuts plentiful on the planet, they also help newer, healthier skin come to the surface.
Well, the thing I love most about this facial wash is the gentle and natural exfoliants that scrub away dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. Through the past months, I have been feeling the urge to exfoliate because of all the accumulated remnants of old pimples and makeup. That’s why it seemed like the perfect time to go back to using this product.
Also taking into consideration the salicylic acid (well-known zit zapper) it contained and the added nourishment from its other ingredients, it appeared to be the answer to my acne problems. As I have mentioned before, I have been breaking out a lot since last September.
As expected, it didn’t disappoint. I have also used this product back at university when stress and late nights were causing me to break out too and it was also very effective then.
However, it took about three weeks before the results became evident. I started using this during the third week of December last year. I chuck out my toner and moisturizer and used this product alone every night before I went to bed and every morning while taking a bath. For the first two weeks, I needed the help of the Duac cream to dry out some pimples. After that though, I didn’t have a need for the Duac anymore since no more new pimples appeared.
During the times when I felt like my skin’s drying out a bit, I resort to putting on my moisturizer.
Right now, a month after, my face is so much clearer. All that’s left are the dark spots from old spots, which will hopefully disappear in a few weeks.
I’m recycling an old photo I took for my Mary Kay review. Here, you can see the remains of dead pimples on my forehead and on my cheeks but other than those, you can’t spot any new ones.
Sometimes, it’s best to stick to old favorites. They’re favorites for a reason.
At about PHP190+ (can’t remember the exact price) for 170g, it’s way cheaper too than my old facial wash but does the job better.
I highly recommend this to others who suffer minor breakouts like me. 🙂