Saturday, July 28, 2012

wACNE be Gone!! w/ Help: Clear Skin


Hello mes amis! Hope you're all happy and healthy! In today's post, I'm reviewing Help: Clear Skin*, a skin care supplement intended to clear acne blemishes and breakouts. I've used the product for a month and watched my skin's reaction in the weeks following my trial. Did it work for me?



Read more to find out!



If you've been following my blog for a while, you may know that I have always struggled with breakouts or "wACNE" (wack + acne), but don't often talk about it, as it is very personal and also very frustrating to talk about. While my blog is mostly about cosmetics, we all know that covering up your skin with makeup doesn't solve the issue of "wACNE", so today I'm diggin' a little deeper.
Help: Clear Skin was sent to me as a trial, and although I was excited to try out a new product, I was also a bit apprehensive. I've always used topical solutions, but never before tried an oral supplement (other than vitamins), so this was essentially my first time "ingesting" an acne treatment. 

Help: Clear Skin supplement contains natural lactoferrin, a milk protein, which has been clinically proven to reduce the development of the bacteria responsible for many skin impurities, helping to prevent the formation of blemishes due to its antimicrobial effects. 

My Skin: Prone to mild acne and occasional clusters of breakouts. The photo above was taken at the beginning of my trial: my skin was generally pretty clear with the exception of a few painful pimples on the left side of my forehead. In my case, such clusters usually take several weeks to heal and leave dark acne scars that take another few weeks to disappear. 

One box of Help: Clear Skin contains 7 sachets of white powder to be mixed in with food or liquid. The powder is absolutely tasteless, so I added it to my morning coffee, every day for a month.

PROGRESS: By week 1, I started to notice my forehead cluster clearing up and didn't see any new formations on other areas of my face. My skin was completely clear by week 2 and by week 3, it was so healthy and luminous, that I even felt empowered to take / post photos without any foundation (see here & here). By week 4, I became really confident and even ate foods that typically cause me to break out immediately when combined together (such as cheese & chocolate). 

Side note: I'm not sure if the following was the result of a placebo/nocebo effect, but the one day I forgot to take my packet was the day that I got a huge zit right smack in the middle of my forehead (thankfully it cleared up within a couple of days). 
RESULTS: My skin stayed clear for exactly 1 week after finishing the month trial and sadly reverted back to its old ways shortly after. The pic above was taken about a week and a half after the completion of the trial, and you can see a cluster of pimples on my jawline and forehead (the pic was taken right out of the shower, so the flush you see isn't related to any skin conditions). This tells me that the product does, indeed work, however, it's not a long term solution, but more of a daily regimen for your lifestyle. With a week supply costing £8.33 (around $13, not including shipping) I'm not sure this is the most affordable solution for acne, however, I will say that it works, and I think we can all agree that we can't put a price on clear skin. 

PRODUCT: Help: Clear Skin natural skin supplement


PRICE: £8.33 (week's supply); or special 25% OFF for a 28-day supply £24.35



Q: Have you tried Help: Clear Skin?
Q: What acne solutions have worked for you? 


bisous,


Maryam Maquillage




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*The product/s in this post were sent by said company for my use and consideration. This is not a sponsored post.



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26 comments:

  1. I have never tried this or anything similar, even though about 2-3 years ago I had problems with my forehead area and I was trying almost everything to get my skin clear again. Fortunately Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask did wonders to my skin and I haven´t had the problems any more.

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    1. Queen Helene is amazing!!! I had a major horn grow on my forehead last night, so I spot treated overnight with Mint Julep and voila -- it's gone!

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  2. Hiii maryann i think every girl has this problem i think this is a great way to banish acne but then u have to be slave of that i have my day my skin is a mess lol really bad now that i use birth control i dont have that problem but is dry alot alll i do is drink water alot ;) i hope you could find something that helps your skin maybe you could go to the dermatologist they always help it help my brother alot xoxo lia

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  3. although I donot have any strong issue of acne once in blue moon :) it is really nice review and i am sad while reading the bad thing about this product :)

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  4. This product looks very useful for those who suffering with acne but i would suggest every girl to consult your dermatologist before applying anything on face.

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  5. Great post honey,u have beautiful skin regardless wacne breakouts. I think most women will@least suffer from acne some point in their lifetime. My skin was problematic w severe acne
    Breakouts the reason behind it was testing new products for review but I'm glad the body shop tea tree range helped me clear my skin within 6weeks and Neutrogena Visibly clear is also great for acne/pimple breakouts and prevention

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  6. Your results look and sound great hun :o Im suprised it worked.. x

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  7. I have an acne prone skin and staying away from oily food, constant cleansing and loaaaaaads of water have been helpful in keeping it at bay.
    I have noticed that whenever I get lazy on cleansing routine.. acne is back!

    Nice post and nice review. :)

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  8. Sounds good dear, tempted to try now! :)
    I suppose this plus good diet helps a lot as well.

    I am also using aesop masks for acne, i find the masks really good at drying up the pimples.

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  9. You're still stunning. But, I'll tell you what worked for removing my zits, Barleans Mango peach fish oil and zinc caps. After my lil guy, I broke out in the most horrible cystic acne. Once I began taking the fish oil and zinc caps, gone!

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    1. I am so gonna look into the Mango fish oil and zinc caps... it even sounds like it works!!

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  10. Glad to know the product really works but as you said, once it's stopped, it's all back again. I am happy with Clindamycin for my occasional zits and have been using it for over an year now. I think you should give it a shot. It's nips the zit in the bud. Great review by the way! <3

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    1. I've used Clindamycin in the past, but unfortunately, the skin gets used to prescriptions and after a while, your body builds an immunity to the points that they no longer work :((

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  11. Lovely review - shame that most things like this are a temporary solution, guess that is how companies make the money. I do get periods of good skin then bam hello spots. Aloe Vera Gel/ Juice works well for me xo

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    1. I am obsessed with Aloe Vera juice -- I heard from someone that it works in clearing skin and I swear it works, probably because I believe in it so much lol

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  12. Great product review!
    With all of the heavy makeup I've been wearing lately my skin has been in absolutely horrible condition!
    I'm always extremely apprehensive to try out new skin care products because I don't want a reverse effect but drinking it instead applying directly to my skin seems like something I'd give a try!

    A: I like naturally remedies to clear up my skin! My mom is homeopathic healer so she's always trying out new masks and oils on my skin. I have dry skin so a a freshly squeezed lemon and green clay masks works best monthly! black tea and olive oil mask works best weekly! Now I need to find the perfect one for my daily, definately going to try out HELP: CLEAR SKIN

    Fingers crossed!
    x
    -Imani Love

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    1. OMG I'm obsessed with your mom lol!!! That is awesome -- you must lead such a healthy and holistic lifestyle!!

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  13. I've actually heard of them before, I think they sponsored a product for another blogger friend of mine. The photos of your without foundation are a-freaking-mazing! Why can't flawless skin just be easy to achieve?! haha

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    1. lol thanks!! My step-dad saw the photos and thought I got hurt lol... he never knew I had acne lol

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  14. WOW!!! Thank you all so much for your sweet and thoughtful comments!! I really appreciate and value your feedback, especially all your recommendations :)) Thanks again ladies, sharing is caring <3

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  15. wow! great post! thnx for sharing!

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  16. ive tried this but it did sqaut for me and i had a 4 week supply! :(

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    1. it worked for me for the 4 weeks that I used it, but after that, womp woooomp... zits came back!

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  17. A nice and informative blog for the readers for the taking. The blog is very helpful for the people on the topic.

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  18. Skin is a very sensetive parts of our body .n We should keep it clear. I think it is a helpful website where you find many suggestion about keep clear skin. You also find and know about many kind of skin care product.

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