Skincare that WORKS
Am I the only one tired of skincare products that claim this and that yet don’t really have visible, tangible results? I’m not? Good. So let me share with you a few dermatologist-formulated products that have been working for me the past month, especially with my recently-ravaged skin.
*Disclaimer to international readers: this is a local dermatologist.
I actually went to a super-popular local celebrity dermatologist clinic before this. I felt that the resident derma who I had a consultation with didn’t seem to have seriously checked my skin condition before recommending me for a peel/facial. Why? Because it left my skin super raw and more distraught than it was.
The peel was supposed to be a mild one, but I was in tears because part of my face was apparently too thin (thanks!). To add insult to injury, I was prescribed a benzoyl peroxide treatment that again was too much for my ultra-sensitive skin (!!!) which left me with a traumatizing almost-burnt patch, see here. Define never again. I know a lot of people swear by her and her team (and I respect them), just don’t count me as one of them.
On the path to my skin recovery, I was fatefully rerouted to a dermatologist who I believe truly cares, Dra. Joan Clarence of Clarence Slimming & Dermatology Centre…
I found Dra. Joan through an event that led me to consult with her, try her products and eventually her treatments and services as well. All products are formulated by her in proper pH levels and percentages such that the ingredients are active and effective. I told her I’m open to doing a complete routine so I availed of all her most recommended products to help my healing skin.
One item not-pictured that I used right away is the glycolic soap which I’m truly impressed with. Despite being an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid that exfoliates), it’s mild enough to be used daily. I use it twice a day and it has kept my t-zone from oiling, as well as it minimized breakouts to almost-none! Since using it, I haven’t experienced any breakouts. I skipped it one time to use a gifted product I received recently and now, I’m left with a big bump. So I’m not straying anymore!
Total Whitening Gel
This isn’t a whitening product intended for the whole face. Rather, it’s for targeted areas like blemishes and dark spots (works well for dark underarms, too!) to help them fade faster. This works best with newly-formed blemishes! It works in older ones, too, but takes longer use to see results. This is quite expensive but you only need one pump to put on your blemishes, so it’ll last long. I wish the pump expends product better, though. It squirts excess gel, which is wasteful!
The powerful duo ingredients are kojic acid and arbutin, which are quite drying for the skin so I strongly suggest following up with moisturizer once the gel has sunk in. I saw results in 2 weeks for newly-formed blemishes, old ones have faded ever so slightly too. Am still using it every night on the hopes of completely fading dark spots.
Price: Around Php1,550
This is a toner you can spritz on like a mist or spray on a cotton pad and wipe on your face. I don’t usually tone with anything else other than my beloved Avene Thermal Spray so I gave this to my sister to use as her toner. She’s been using it for 2 weeks now on a cotton pad after washing and it has reportedly helped in unclogging her congested pores, making them appear smaller.
SPF45 Matte Finish Sunblock
A typical sunblock but dries matte to touch, without the horrible white cast on the face. I’ve been using it everyday and I have no clogged pores or breakouts from this product. So ecstatic because it dries like my fave Clarins UV Plus HP sunblock at a quarter of the price!
I don’t use whitening soaps but Dra. Joanne threw these in for me to try. I’ll give these a go after I get a tan and am ready to even out my skin tone again. For those interested, here are their bestsellers:
Ultra Whitening Soap
This soap is jampacked with 5 whitening ingredients: Glutathione, Arbutin, Kojic Acid, Licorice and Milk. Almost all whitening agents in the industry in one soap! If you’re into whitening and brightening your skin (face and body), then you might want to try this.
I think Kojic Acid became an IT ingredient for whitening in recent times. I personally haven’t tried kojic acid but have read about its whitening prowess. I do know that it is a drying ingredient so you must moisturize after if you plan to use this!
My skin has cleared up upon my diligent use of Avene Thermal Spray and a light moisturizer. With the addition of the Clarence Glycolic Soap and Whitening Gel, the remaining breakout battle scars are slowly being faded into oblivion. I’ve never seen faster results for a dark spot corrector! I used Lancome’s Melanolyser and DermCrystal products (both for dark spots) and it took months before I noticed a difference.
Anyway, below is a bare-faced me just to show how much my skin improved since the outbreak. So do take a deep breath, inhale and hold my hand as we plunge into the inner depths of my pores (AGAIN).
Sorry for the poor lighting, but I promise no photoshop here! This was taken from inside the Clarence clinic before I had my first treatment (which I’ll be sharing in a future post soon!) just a week ago. I still have old blemishes (your left side) but it has significantly reduced from what I had before.
If you’re interested to buy any products I mentioned above, I believe you can buy them over-the-counter in the Clarence clinic, no consultation needed (although I highly recommend consulting with Dr. Joan so she can recommend based on your skin needs).
I am delighted with the skin results that I’m embarking on another journey with the clinic, which I’ll share very soon. If you’re interested on more of their services, I’ll refer you to their Facebook Page. And nope, I am not sponsored or paid for by Clarence to write this! Just a happy and satisfied client sharing results.