I have struggled acne for years. I have tried everything from Curology to Proativ/ Proactiv MD. I have found that I am not a fan of skincare lines that are targeted as a one step solution for acne. I have experienced terrible purging and in some cases these products made my skin worse than before (cough *Curology*) so I had found myself becoming discouraged. I had the opportunity to try the Dermalogica Clear Start line through Influenster. They sent me samples of the cleanser, toner, spot treatment, moisturizer, and a fizzing face mask. I was skeptical to say the least but I have heard good thing about Dermalogica over the year and was excited to give it a shot.
The Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash is formulated with some good ingredients such as Salicylic acid and Tea Tree. It is a light foamy wash and doesn’t really have a scent. Since it had an active BHA (Salicylic) I would use this wash at night when I washed my face. I would remove my makeup, apply the cleanser, and then move on to the toner, etc. Overall, I thought it was a decent cleanser. It did not cause me to break out more and it seemed to be a good prep step before moving on with the rest of my skincare routine. I liked it and it got the job done however, I am not sure I would buy it again. It just did not blow me away and I have since found other cleansers I prefer.
The Breakout Clearing All Over Toner is hands down the stand out product from this line! This also is formulated with the Salicylic and Tea Tree. The Salicylic is 1% formulation which in my opinion makes it the perfect intro toner if you are just starting with BHA’s and chemical exfoliants. I found this was more effective than the cleanser due to the 1% Salicylic acid vs the 0.50% in the cleanser. This toner felt good on the skin and did not feel stripping or make my skin sensitive. I would use this toner after the cleanser at night and before applying any of my serums. My skin can handle higher concentrations of chemical exfoliants so I was nervous this would be ineffective but I was wrong! This quickly became my favorite product from the line which surprised me because if I am being honest at first I thought I was going to hate this toner. If you want something that is not too harsh on the skin but is still effective I would give this a try!
The Blackhead Clearing Fizz Mask was another of my favorites but I am still not sure how effective it is. I love how clean it makes my skin feel and the fizzing of the mask is a very relaxing experience. However, I did not notice a huge difference in my pores or oils after use. It has some good ingredients in it but I feel that I need to incorporate it more frequently into my routine before I can give a final verdict. As of now I don’t think I would purchase the full size.
The Clearing Defense Moisturizer was honestly not my favorite. I have never been a fan of the typical acne product that combines the moisturizer and sunscreen. I felt it wasn’t hydrating enough for my skin and I would rather use separate products. This was my least favorite product from the Clear Start line and I would not recommend especially if you have combo skin. There are just so many products I prefer more!
Finally, the Breakout Clearing Booster was another ok product. Spot treatments are one of those things that I feel are best tested on “stand alone” pimples for lack of a better word. I love that this formula contains Lactic Acid which is a great AHA and Niacinamide but they are a bit farther down on the ingredient list. I just never found myself reaching for it. I used it a couple of times and it was just eh. In the future I would love to do a test comparing it to other spot treatments and see how it compares. As far as I can tell it seems like a standard spot treatment. I personally would rather apply a nightly serum than a spot treatment. This is another product I would want to put more to the test but I would not rush out to buy this one.
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