My Bro’s Anti-Acne Saviors, Inside & Out | AcneCare & Garnier Multi-Action Scrub

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!

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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.

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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!


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Pevonia Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser – Can’t do without it now

In the last two weeks I have kept a certain product close by as part of my every 2nd day cleanse and I like it very, very much.  When I can’t find it I’m completely not at ease and bothered until I recall where I put it, in fact it came with me to the hospital a few days back when I was confined for dengue fever.  When I sat on this tube on the bed last week by accident I nearly let out a cuss word, just nearly, because some product had gotten squeezed out but I had enough self-control to rein in my tongue.  This Pevonia Botanica Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser has basically replaced my former favorite nutty exfoliating scrub by Jurlique which I didn’t hesitate to call a miracle skin product when it was still available at Greenbelt.  To put it simply, if I liked that Jurlique exfoliating product that much to go through 3 tubes in 3 years, I’m not going to pretend to deny that I’m liking this even more.  This one by Pevonia Botanica is a milky cleanser with some abrasive granules that polish the skin, kind of like the St. Ives Apricot Scrub but not as thick and pasty, more runny like a cleansing milk with a scrub effect and…I just don’t know how to properly describe it.  I already have very clear good skin and just when I thought it couldn’t feel any better or get any softer this came along and changed the game completely.  I use it every other day alternately between my St. Ives Olive Cleanser which I use when I don’t need to exfoliate.

KEY INGREDIENTS: Jojoba, Safflower, Chamomile, Horse Chestnut and French Rose.

Some people might find the granules a bit rough, they’re like sea salt but I don’t mind, I just go about scrubbing my face gently and try to use this only every other day.  It’s one of those few exfoliating cleansers where even the fluid part is convincing, not just the scrub part.  It just leaves my skin immaculately soft and clean.  It’s got a mild, fresh, low sillage but clean, beach-y vacation scent (don’t know if that helped any).  Basically it’s like you spent the whole day at the beach then took a clean soapy shower after…that combined freshness of having been outside and cleansing yourself is what the fragrance brings to mind…it transports me to Mediterranean terraces or seaside roofdecks.  If you haven’t heard about Pevonia Botanica it’s understandable.  They’re a luxury Swiss brand range of products locally curated, directly sold, and used on customers by The Spa chain of wellness spas.  You can inquire about these products at The Spa in either Alabang, Makati, or BGC Fort, Taguig.  Pevonia Botanica can be compared alongside prestigious, botanical, mildness approved skincare brands like Jurlique, Clarins, and even Aesop and when my mom sniffed the sunscreen included in the little skincare pack the Pevonia brand manager sent me Mom quickly said “It smells so nice, it smells like they gave it a lot of thought and research…”  What I have is a 1.7oz travel size tube that came with a summer skincare set.  The full size of this tube on the website is about 5 oz and costs around Php1350.00 I’m not exactly sure of the price difference between online and at The Spa.  I certainly want to ask if I can avail of the full size since I like it a lot.  Follow Pevonia Botanica Philippines’ Facebook fanpage and the Pevonia Twitter Account @pevoniaph for more information.… To full post & COMMENTS...