Okay, so my brother reports that some LOCAL items I’ve passed onto him in the skincare division have actually been working. That’s worth a post ain’t it? He has the most reactive oily skin and has suffered from breakouts for years now as a teenager. His proclaimed current saviors are AcneCare Lactoferrin supplement capsules (day and night dosage which I nag him about) that are available still, I hope, at Mercury Drug and Watsons, and the Garnier Pure Active Multi-Action Scrub from my BDJ Box loot!
If you want to see what my brother’s skin looked like before, click here and check out the close-up photo. His skin isn’t 100% clear yet but the center of his face outwards is a dream compared to how besieged by spots it once was. What my 16 yr-old brother generally likes about a scrub or facial cleanser is pretty straightforward, something that cleans deeply, helps prevent or heal acne, doesn’t smell weird, and won’t dry out his skin. He seems to be quite a happy camper at the moment with this Garnier Pure Active Multi-Action Scrub ( and Garnier is available like almost everywhere) which he says works really well. He’s had nothing to say about other cleansers I bought him in the past. You see, as his annoying, fussy, much older (13-yrs) beauty blogger sister I hold the banner high in the conscious revolt against his acne. He just plays football with the Kaya league while the sunblock nag sits in the sidelines. Oh, what would his face do without me? I actually got him the “oh so acclaimed” La Roche Posay Effaclar Cleansing Gel when we were in Hong Kong and he hated it, he kept putting it back on my sink and I’d put it back on his (repeat 5x) ’til finally he claimed he was peeling so bad from dryness after using it. So he prefers the significantly cheaper Garnier one now.
Okay now onto the stuff that works from the inside out. Before we were given these local AcneCare Lactoferrin capsules, last year UK Company Works With Water emailed me and sent me boxes of sachets of their soluble fiber form Lactoferrin called Help Clear Skin. Lactoferrin is not medication, it is a natural milk protein that inhibits the body’s development of a certain bacteria that causes zits. That was a once-a-day dosage taken mixed with water, it was tasteless my brother said, and it really cleared up his skin after a month. You can read the introductory post of Help Clear Skin Lactoferrin here which explains how Lactoferrin works, it’s the same thing that AcneCare contains, and the conclusive review here. Of course, Works With Water UK only gave me a limited supply. I was actually thinking what was I to do once we ran out of Help Clear Skin sachets? Then AcneCare (bless you guys, sorry this has taken so long) in mid-September sent me 3 bottles of their AcneCare Lactoferrin capsules, 30 capsules per bottle, which my brother now takes day and night. AcneCare Lactoferrin is combined with Linumlife and Zinc to work even better against acne. What’s wonderful is AcneCare is available locally at Mercury Drug and Watsons for the reasonable price of Php885.00 per bottle and it’s reassuring to know it’s something that actually works for my brother at least. I figured I’d put this up for the number of guys reading this blog (which I can count on one hand) or the doting moms in the house who have oily spotty teenagers. Hope this helps :) For more information AcneCare has a Facebook page here. If you feel the least bit uncomfortable about trying it over the counter consult your dermatologist first!
Many people in the beauty blogosphere abroad, at least all over Europe for now, are talking about an acne-preventive treatment that’s actually been working for many of them for acne prevention and clear skin maintenance. The word of mouth skin renaissance that’s taking a lot of Europe by storm is brought to you by the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo. Ever since both Tanya Burr, Ruth Crilly, and several other bloggers shared their love for the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Skin Duo treatment this reportedly has has been flying off shelves by the thousands. The European formulation of this works as an acne-preventive all-over moisturizer. The thing is it’s great for treating acne that exists and preventing future acne while it does the good enough job of moisturizing for daytime they say. However STOP! I mean stop right now, if you are in the U.S. or about to ask someone in the U.S. to get it for you because you need to know the difference in formulations between the Effaclar duo made in France and the one made in the U.S., they’re just not the same. The one that all these girls are raving about is the one made in Europe. Please disregard the allure stamp of approval on the U.S. image on the right, I was just too lazy to remove it even though it was distracting. I explain to you the difference in a few seconds…just as Ruth Crilly did in this video of her monthly favorites with her mom.
The reason why the US formulation of La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo is different from the European one is is it contains 5.5 benzoyl peroxide, an intense, zit-zapping target medication for existing pimples so it certainly shouldn’t be used all over the face the way the other one can be. The U.S. formulation is an Allure award-winning targeted spot treatment so you only put it directly on problem spots and areas, not on your entire face and I’m sure it works great that way, too. The European Effaclar Duo formulation is a reported favorite because it’s paraben-free and they say even if you haven’t got a lot of acne all the time or if you hardly ever get zits it still works at helping unclog pores of overstaying blackheads and whiteheads (I’ve got lots) which can eventually become zits if infected. The European Effaclar Duo fights skin congestion across the face, helps and soothes with hydration, and if you’ve got zits Ruth and/or Tanya says it supposedly eases them out properly with less damage to the skin. I’ve actually just bought myself a tube of the European formulation off ebay from a Greek seller link here, it was 50% off and she also sells lots of other great skincare brands like Korres and Vichy Dermablend. Hoping it arrives sooner than later. I also gota Korres Thyme & Honey Exfoliating cleanser from the same seller which had free shipping so I bought it and made it ride along with my Effaclar duo. They should both get here in ’bout 3 weeks.
Okay, it’s taken me a LOOOOOOONG while to get this up and although my excuses are valid I’d still like to apologize. Four months ago I placed my teenage brother on a Help: Clear Skin 1-Month trial, which is a soluble fiber product by Works With Water UK containing lactoferrin, a milk protein that inhibits the population growth of zit-causing bacteria.
For more information, pricing, and initial details on the product please refer to my introductory Help: Clear Skin blog post here.
The Help: Clear Skin trial consisted of a daily dosage for one month, ergo 4 boxes of it (press sample). My “before” photo of my brother wasn’t too clear because I was too near and wasn’t using my HD mobile phone cam. It also wasn’t one of his worse zit days (believe me, I’ve seen worse with more enlarged cystic ones). To be discreet for my brother I’ve saved his before and after photos for after the excerpt jump. Please click on Read More to see the results.
It’s not everyday that I get a foreign brand knocking on my inbox door and am happy to present a product today unlike any other I’ve heard of. The first and only time I heard about this product was on LondonMakeupGirl’s lovely blog and she’s one of the UK’s higher end beauty bloggers (was trying hard not to covet that she was invited to the Tom Ford beauty launch). I present an innovative skincare alternative to you who are miserable from trialling all sorts of anti-acne topical products and remedies that never seem to do anything except sit on top of the skin or agitate the condition. This is help: clear skin by Works With Water Nutraceuticals UK.
“help: clear skin is a 100% natural skin supplement that promises to reduce blemishes from the inside out in as little as six weeks. Packed with praventin – derived from milk protein and scientifically supported to achieve a clearer complexion – the other natural ingredients include aloe vera to help heal, smooth and nourish the skin, and oligofructose, a soluble fibre to aid digestion and help eliminate toxin. Praventin is a natural ingredient derived from milk, rich in Lactoferrin, which has been proven to reduce acne by boosting the body’s natural defences. It limits the growth of acne bacteria, reduces the appearance of blemishes and speeds up the skin’s innate healing process, leaving your complexion looking clearer and more radiant.”
Q: “What is the difference between help: clear skin and help: clear skin for men?”
A: “There is absolutely no difference between CS and CS for Men. The key ingredients in the blend formulation work on male and female skin in exactly the same way. We brought out CS for Men in response to requests for less ‘pink and girlie’ packaging.”
I was very excited that Works With Water UK said they would like to send me some boxes of their help: clear skin soluble nutraceutical fiber which when mixed with water or soft food (like yoghurt, soup, or cereal) is supposed to “help clear skin” of blemishes and acne from the inside out after daily ingestion for a minimum of 4-6 weeks. Of course my willing guinea pig for this product trial is to be none other than my dear, only teenage brother. Read more to get the full post with more of my thoughts on this.