The one piece of advice that my mother gave me in my youth, that I actually didn’t fight her on, was the need to take care of my skin. From the time I first flirted with baby blue eyeshadow and matching blue mascara for trips to the roller rink, she took the time to instruct me on the importance of always removing my makeup, and washing and moisturizing my skin both morning and night.
Still, as I was well established in the angst filled teenage years, I battled with the dreaded pimple. I always hesitated to call it acne, because I knew kids who were really affected by acne, and what I dealt with was nothing in comparison. But still, I was rarely without a pimple or three somewhere on my face.
This issue followed me into adulthood, and I developed what I affectionately called periodic pimples. That is, pimples that would pop up during my period, announcing to the world that menses was imminent.
As if the bloating and irritability aren’t enough.
Not long after the birth of my blog, I took to the internet to discuss my plight regarding a recurring eyebrow pimple. I found great joy in the reader response I received, because I knew that I didn’t suffer alone. In fact, I’ve learned that nearly 50% of all women have suffered with adult acne at one time or another during their adulthood.
I’ve tried all manner of acne related products, even in a moment of desperation opting for the dab of toothpaste. Admit it, you’ve tried it too. The problem is that most acne/pimple related products are geared to the teenagers and their skin needs. Frankly, my skin has changed quite a bit as I’ve grown older. Nowadays, the old standby of a really potent astringent will cause more problems than I had to begin with because my skin is a good deal more sensitive and dry..
Recently I was given the opportunity to try the Olay Professional Pro-X Clear Line. Olay has been a trusted product that has graced not only my bathroom shelf, but also my mother’s and grandmother’s shelves before her for many years.
Olay Professional Pro-X Clear Line is an easy 3-step process that I’ve been able to incorporate into my daily facial care regime.
Step 1 – Olay Professional Pro-X Clear Pore Clarifying Cleanser: This is a salicylic acid acne treatment that you apply to your face, gently work in, and then rinse. It reduces oil and removes the dead skin and dirt that can clog pores. I found it to be a very effective, yet mild cleanser.
Step 2 – Olay Professional Pro-X Clear Skin Clearing Treatment: A leave-on salicylic acid treatment that is designed to control acne and help to prevent future breakouts. The instructions say to begin using a thin layer once daily, and then increase to two or three times daily as needed. I have very dry skin, and am able to apply this in the morning and evening, and have not experienced any excessive drying.
Step 3 – Olay Professional Pro-X Clear Complexion Renewing Lotion: A light moisturizer that rehydrates the face to help fade the appearance of spots and redness. Even when I’m not experiencing periodic pimples, I have always had redness around my nose and chin (the only places on my face that get oily). I love this product because I have noticed a definite difference in my skin tone, as the redness is no longer as apparent.
I noticed this change when I found myself going without makeup more often than not. In fact, this is me, sans makeup.
Four weeks ago, you would have seen definite redness, making my nose look even more pronounced. And I never ever would have had the nerve to post a picture of it. If you’ll look closely (and as I have been particularly HORMONAL) there’s nary a pimple in sight.
The Olay Professional Pro-X Clear Line also carries two other products which I’d love to stock in my cabinet. They have an Olay Professional Pro-X Clear SPF 15 Moisturizer, and Olay Professional Pro-X Intensive Refining Sulfur Mask Sulfur Acne Treatment which is used to help dry out current breakouts. I’m pretty sure that would be so much more pleasant and effective than applying toothpaste.
While we’re on the subject of taking care of your skin, you might want to check out this post by Roxanna Sarmiento in the Life Well Lived section of BlogHer.com. She has some great tips for developing habits that will help your skin looks its best!
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