We are under the impression that by the time we hit 40 we have everything under control! What happens though when that dreadful pimple pops-up out of nowhere? Many of us think that acne is a puberty problem – at least that’s what I thought! However, acne is a problem that can actually follow us well into our 30s, and even 40s! In fact, acne at 40 is quite a common problem and the reasons behind it are usually a combination of hormonal fluctuations, stress – both physical and environmental, too much sugar intake, clogged pores from oil-based products or bacterial build-up within the skin.

Fortunately, I was quite lucky as I cleared up fast and with over the counter products because I realised what was causing it! Since I suffer from super dry skin, I thought it was best I replaced my regular night cream with an intense moisturizing oil which I happened to use every night! Regrettably, this proved to be a bad choice as my skin started to react to the unnecessary amount of oil I was feeding it and the result ended up being, clogged pores and an insane breakout. I would go to bed at night with three pimples only to wake up the next morning and find I had another three! My initial reaction was panic but then I remembered that I read about the Effaclar by La Roche-Posay line which  specifically targets acne prone skin! I was a bit hesitant at the beginning but to my surprise these products were amazing and bear in mind I only used three of the many products this brand has!

  1. Effaclar Micellar Water

Since I love using Micellar water I was happy to discover that La Roche-Posay has a facial cleanser formulated for oily, blemish-prone skin and is enriched with Thermal Spring Water which gently removes dirt, sebum and make-up leaving the skin feeling clean and fresh.

  1. Effaclar H Hydrating Cleansing Cream

This hydrating cleansing cream was so gentle on my skin and it didn’t over dry my face unlike other acne cleansers I had used. It is non-comedogenic and it is suitable for dry and irritated skin.

  1. Effaclar Duo(+) & Effaclar Duo+ Spf30

I used this cream instead of my regular moisturiser and honestly it did wonders! I started noticing improvement on my face within a week of using this combination! Effaclar Duo has a reinforced anti-imperfection efficacy to help rapidly clear existing spots, prevent their reappearance and limit the risk of marks.

Almost all acne can be successfully treated but it’s a matter of finding the right treatment for you.

Till next week…