Is The Face Shop Blemish Zero Toner and Cream An Adult Acne Cure?

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Face Shop Blemish Zero Toner and Cream


THEFACESHOP opened up two stores away from a store I was working at. TWO. I pass it before and after so obviously it's a big distraction to me. My skin isn't horrible, but it's not amazing either. I had been spending probably too much time in r/skincareaddiction and decided I need some glycolic acid  in my life again (dehydrated skin, hiiiiiii) and came by this little gem. Anyway, I didn't feel like spending a lot of money on something with glycolic in it and headed to TFS for some alternatives.

Low and behold The Blemish Zero line! It's targeted towards adult acne, and well, technically I'm an adult!

Let's take a look at the two main ingredients featured on these products, AHA & BHA. What are these, you ask? AHA & BHA are naturally producing acids that help exfoliate your skin. This is important because dead skin cells can build up and produce not-so-nice looking textures. Exfoliation helps promote healthy, glow-y skin. Hoojo Skincare made this handy little chart to help easily explain the differences between the two.

Source

I highly recommend checking out her blog post if you'd like further information. She provides resources and the science behind them.


THE TONER "Step 2":
The bottles conveniently have each step labelled. Mine have worn off with use.
• A moisturizing anti-inflammable fluid type of emulsion that contains natural AHA & BHA
• Anti-inflammable Complex
- A complex of mung beans, birch tree, rumex crispus
- Dipotassium glycyrrhizate
• Moisturizing Complex
- Betain, xanthan gum, glycerin -- The Face Shop

AHA & BHA are already naturally producing acids so that's marketing more than anything. I wasn't expecting much, but I liked seeing hyaluronic acid in there (infuses your skin with water moisture). I'm generally a little hesitant using toners because of my skin type, however I appreciate the insurance that I'm removing all my makeup, which can be a cause of acne for some.


THE CREAM "Step 3":
A moisturizing anti-inflammable fluid type of emulsion that contains natural AHA & BHA
• Anti-inflammable Complex
- A complex of mung beans, birch tree, rumex crispus
- Dipotassium glycyrrhizate
• Moisturizing Complex
- Betain, xanthan gum, glycerin
-- The Face Shop

 The cream is fast aborbing, but too light for me to use alone. I use it alongside Cerave PM Facial Moisturing Lotion, which is part of my nighttime routine.

The Face Shop Blemish Zero Cream

Let's take a closer look at some of the ingredients.
Glycerin is in many makeup products as well. It helps moisturize the skin by water moisture and promotes a softer texture.

Dipotassium glycyrrhizate: Paula's Choice lists this as an anti-irritant from a plant extract (licorice root) with a rating of BESTTruth in Aging writes that this ingredient helps the skin pump up and reduces the appearance of flaky skin. They write that some studies show it can help brighten/lighten skin as well. *Also in the toner

Betain is an amino acid which helps retain moisture and is an anti irritant.

Xanthan gum is a thickening agent that also helps retain water moisture as well as keeping all the ingredients uniform.

So it has the ingredients that promote healthy skin, though I'm not sure how much is active, I have noticed results while using these. I have been using both the toner and cream almost nightly (excluding the days I use a higher concentrate glycolic) for a few months now. I did not have any skin reactions not did I go through a purging phase (thankfully). I actually got samples first and notice my skin felt great after I used up the sample, which is when I decided to purchase. I luckily got them on sale though. c:


RESULTS:
I have noticed that after using these two products my skin texture and feel have improved! Yes! My skin is very happy with these products. They help keep my breakouts at bay, help even out my skin texture (I do have a higher concentrate glycolic which I use once a week in lieu of these).

I do not have large breakouts so I can't say if this will help for those of you who need more help, but since The Face Shop is great at giving samples, go out and try it for yourself! It has helped my minor acne so I can recommend based on that. I think this would be great for any skin type, preferably normal - oil. If you have dry/dehyrated skin, you'll need to add an extra step.

Will I repurchase: Yes!

ETA/ I repurchased once more after this bottle but found another The Face Shop product that works better for me. Check out some of my other skincare posts for more info!

What's your nighttime skin care regime? Have any favourite Face Shop products you'd like to recommend?

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