Okay here’s my dilemma for the nth time: Adult acne, oily skin and visible open pores. So I need a
life skin-saver that is multi-tasking sans the over-drying side effect which is common to benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid-based products. Wonder of wonders! I found that all in Vichy Normaderm (Acne-prone skin) by accident. Yep, I have been using this product for over two months now, in the morning (after toner and before I apply primer for makeup) and evening (after toner). I said by accident because it was a free gift when I purchased another Vichy product (still being reviewed by moi).
This product is indicated for the treatment of acne, which to my opinion is more of preventive than therapeutic. Now if you have huge zits or bumps with pus, this is not your overnight solution because the salicylic content is only 1% so it will take about 3 or 4 days before that nasty pimple is gone. I suggest use something that has 2% salicylic acid or try benzoyl peroxide 10%, that is if you don’t mind the stinging sensation plus the over-drying side effect as I have mentioned many times over.
On the preventive aspect, I like how my face hibernated from the horrific- zits- here- and- there (especially during PMS). I still have some whiteheads though (because I’m still in the process of rejuvenating my skin from bi-monthly glycolic peels which I am also evaluating for the past months before I give my concrete review). But overall, my face is quite clearer now, thanks to this little-less known brand.
Another thing I like about this product is its hydrating property. Needless to say, I don’t need to apply a separate moisturizer each time – saves me effort and moolah, ‘can’t beat that. Yes, even if you have oily skin, your face needs hydration to keep it supple. Hydration is not about oil, they’re not related at all. Read my previous post to know more about this topic here.
Oil or shine exaggerates open pores so with this product’s mattifying ability, my obnoxious pores are quite reduced, but not to say they’re gone forever. Open pores is largely a genetic condition, too bad it runs deep in my blood!
I love this product because it addressed my personal skincare needs, so it’s a 5/5 rating for moi and I’m buying the full size as soon as I consume this baby.
As I have previously mentioned, when it comes to skincare it’s “different strokes for different folks”. What works for you may not for me and vice-versa. If you have found your holy grail, stick to it.
Although I can talk lengthily on skincare (having worked as a Product/Marketing Manager for a dermatology company before), my opinion is based on personal experience. Treat this like an additional resource but never as a replacement from your consultation with a dermatologist or doctor.