Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Got Pimples? Evologie Has The Answer

You've probably read it before, I have oily and acne-prone skin! I hate it with so much passion that's why I'm open to try products that will ultimately give me photoshop skin perfection. Of course it's a joke. I had zits when I was hooked on Beverly Hills 90210 (the original) so it's no surprise that this nuisance from the past still hunts me in The Walking Dead generation.

I had the opportunity to try a skincare line called Evologie. Developed by Doctors Nagel and Weinberger, this brand boasts of patent-pending YS3 complex which fights pimples and hydrates dry skin in order to heal, strengthen and safeguard its natural protective barrier. Other benefits as listed from the website:

  • Unplug and promote the drainage of clogged pores
  • Enhance penetration of natural ingredients
  • Kill bacteria responsible for breakouts
  • Reduce sebum (oil) production in the acne-prone skin
  • Will not clog pores (non-comedogenic)
  • Reduce scarring and discoloration associated with repeated breakouts
  • Effectively moisturize skin

Evologie is also cruelty-free, devoid of parabens and SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate).

How to use: Wash face with Stay Clear Cleanser then rinse (use morning and night); Apply Stay Clear Cream to entire face twice a day; Apply Intensive Blemish Serum directly to blemishes.

*Before I started  my regimen, I asked if it's safe to use it alongside retinol. I was advised by Dr.Weinberger to "stop retinol" for a week since Evologie has azaleic acid* For reference, I only use retinol at night.

Azaleic acid is used to treat mild to moderate acne. It stops bacterial growth and unclogs pores.

Evologie Stay Clear Cleanser (150ml, $32)

Ingredients: Water, Desyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl, Betaine, Glycerine, Azelaic Acid, Arginine Ethyl Ester, Salicylic Acid, Lactobacillus/Lycopene ferment extract, Chamomilla recutita flower extract, Honey extract/Mel extract, Salix nigra (will bark) extract, Leuconostoc/Radish root ferment filtrate, sodium carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Capryl Glycol, Xantham gum, Disodium EDTA, Sorbic acid, Sodium C8-16, Isoalkylsuccinyl Lactoglobulin Sulfonate, Butylene Glycol

My take: This is a gentle cleanser and since it has no sodium lauryl sulfate, it doesn't lather. But you know it already, lather doesn't mean clean. I use this with my Clarisonic Mia 2 and I like how it feels on my skin. I was turned off initially with its slight "medicinal" scent. But fragrance is a personal preference; for me as long as it does the job, I'm game!

Evologie Stay Clear Cream (30ml, $62)

Ingredients: Water, Azeleic Acid, Glycerin, Isopropyl Myristate, Arginine, Salicylic Acid, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl alcohol, Stearyl alcohol, Cetearyl alcohol, Polyacryate crosspolymer-6, Squalene, Kojuc acid dipalmitate, arginine ethyl ester, Lycopene glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, Chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, Salix nigra (willow bark) extract, Sodium hyaluronate, Astaxanthin, Tocopherol, Beta glucan, Haematococcus pluvialis extract, Carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyglycerin, Ceteareth-20, Polysorbate 60, Cellulose gum, Caprylic/Capric triglyceride, Microcrystalline cellulose, Dimethincone, Butylene glycol

My take: I used this at the height of my zit apocalypse. Right after toning, I applied this cream all over my face during daytime (under makeup). On the 3rd day, I noticed more whiteheads at the side of my nose and jawline. I kind of expected this because it has salicylic acid which is an exfoliant (it cleans clogged pores). I continued my regimen nonetheless, hoping for the best. After 2 weeks of religious use (in combination with serum for flare-ups), my face was noticeably clearer. 

Evologie Intensive Blemish Serum (15ml, $35)

Ingredients: Water, Azelaic acid, Glycerin, Arginine, Ethoxydiglycol, salicylic acid, Tea tree leaf oil, Arginine ethyl ester, Salix nigra (willow bark) extract, Lycopene, Chamomilla recutita flower extract, Xantham gum, Isopropyl myristate, Microcrytsalline cellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerine, Butylele glycol, Cellulose gum, Polyacrylate crosspolymer-6

My take: I used this specifically on pimples. It has a very distinct tea tree scent which I like (again a personal preference). Those annoying zits were dry and flat on the fourth day. Unlike benzoyl peroxide which tends to over-dry my skin, I didn't have any of that.

Overall, if you're not satisfied with your current anti-acne regimen, Evologie may have the answer for you. They have trial sizes and/or kit if you don't want to commit to full- size bottles. Better yet, you can request for free samples! Click here

Where to buy? Online

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