Monday, January 7, 2013

Olay Total Effects Blemish Control Salicylic Acid Acne Cleanser: A Mild Mannered Zit Fighter

What to do, what to do.

It's winter and your skin is dry and flaky but you're breaking out because the holidays are stressful and your vacation wasn't long enough.

You reach for your trusty blemish busting cleanser and scrub away.  You apply a benzoyl peroxide lotion and spot treatments.  You go to bed early in hopes of waking up to fresh, zit free skin only to wake up to tight, dry and dull skin.

Every woman knows that as we age, it gets harder and harder to fight chronic adult acne.  You want to work on fighting the crows feet around your eyes and the discolorations on your cheeks but anti-aging products just make you break out.  You try to fight the breakouts but the zit busting treatments are too harsh and they just strip your skin of all necessary moisture.

About 5 years ago I was looking for something extremely gentle to use on my face before my wedding.  I took a less is more approach for the three months leading up to the big day by wearing tons of sunscreen, using a good moisturizer and antioxidant serum and basically just trying to keep everything at the status quo.  I was looking over the drugstore shelves when I saw this Olay cleanser.

This gentle, creamy cleanser has some tiny beads for light exfoliation as well as 2% salicylic acid to help buff away dead skin cells and keep pores clean.  

I used this regularly leading up to my wedding and I was shocked at how happy my skin was!  It didn't dry my skin out or exacerbate any other issues like wrinkles or hyperpigmentation.  It does a good job taking off makeup as well, though I do remove the bulk of my makeup with a Neutrogena wipe.  It also has a nice clean, fresh scent that kind of remind me of cucumbers but not exactly.

Even hubby likes this cleanser and has found that it helps fight razor burn and ingrown facial hair.  For less than $10 this is definitely a bargain.  I tend to switch cleansers a lot as it's easy to fit a new one into a daily regimen but this is one I always return to and has a permanent place in my shower.  

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