[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] There is a difference between acne and acne – acne is an ongoing condition, breakouts are a symptom, so a person who suffers from acne does not necessarily have acne but a person who suffers from acne will experience acne breakouts as part of an acne condition. This is also the case in the US, blemish treatments can be called “acne” treatments, while in the UK, they cannot. So if you look for these new products in the US, you’ll see that they are called “Clarifying Acne Gel Cleanser” and “Blemish Mark Fading Gel” instead of Clarifying Blemish Gel Cleanser and Acne Mark Fading Gel. I have to admit that it does seem stronger and heavier as an acne treatment than it does as a blemish treatment. I think one of the things Kate Somerville really needs is an explanation of how to tell if you have acne or just old spots! I got my info from the difference here.
However, it’s an observation rather than a complaint, these new products hold a lot of hope for those prone to blemishes, not least their not-so-dry credentials. Skin drying and flaking is the biggest issue I see with topical treatments – I’ve tried them myself but I rarely get breakouts although I’ve noticed that they appear more regularly than they used to. It could be hormonal factors or it could be lifestyle factors but they are more frequent without being regular. Blemish Gel Cleanser is a blend of salicylic acid, niacinamide, and prebiotics, and if you’re prone to breakouts, it will help act as a deterrent by keeping the skin mildly exfoliated so that blockages don’t occur. It is also good for congested pores. I think the highlight of this cleanser is that it won’t dry out your skin, so you can use it all over your face. If you have breakouts that are almost permanent, using twice daily can help to get things under control although I haven’t personally tested it for this.
What you’re paying for here, because you can get salicylic in any form and at any price, is the precise blend that takes care of your microbiome to bring it into the kind of alignment that allows your skin to have more elasticity and tone. Blemish Mark Fading Gel contains a higher concentration of salicylic 2% (detergent 1%). In clinical trials (in the US), 81% saw blemishes (whether dark marks or redness) had faded away and after a week, 91% saw spots reduced in size and redness. I attended the Zoom launch of this product yesterday and learned from that, including the before and after, you can expect to see redness associated with the blemish significantly reduced in three days which is significant because the inflammation around a spot is often worse than the actual pimple than it is It makes it worth having in your routine if you break out regularly. I must say that due to the addition of pine and thyme oils, the products have a “medicinal” smell that fades quickly but surprised me during testing. I like Kate Somerville’s formulas in general – it’s a brand that isn’t afraid to impact heavily on perceived skin issues and past experience (Exfolikate for one, Goatmilk and SPF50 for others) shows they are effective so I feel positive about the results of these blemish-fighting products. It’s pricey – the gel is £38 here, the vanishing gel is £58 here. Another product I recommend for blemish- and oil-prone skin is the oil-free (and fragrance-free) moisturizer that gives a mattifying effect and provides hydration to skin without oil. It’s £59 here and we expect it to be the most compact product in your wardrobe because it’s great for men too.
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