Thursday, December 19, 2013

Beauty Thursday: Unblemish

Hello again my lovelies! I hope you are having an amazing week so far, I honestly cannot believe Christmas is so close! I'm almost done with all of my shopping, but it still just seems to be creeping up on me this year. We all know this time of year can come with a ton of stress, and with stress comes skin issues, in particular for me acne. If you are anything like me the slightest hint of stress reeks havoc on your face (which looks so awesome in all your family holiday photos I might add). Well, stress no more because I have a cure! I'm here today to talk about Rodan and Field's amazing anti-acne line called UNBLEMISH. Now, this is much different from Proactiv, even though they are the same creators, because it is geared toward adult and hormonal acne. This sophisticated regimen helps unclog pores, clear breakouts and calms your complexion to keep pimples, blackheads and post-acne marks from making an unwelcome appearance on your face and in your life. Also, it uses mostly surfer based ingredients, which is a more natural and gentle way to deal with your acne. It is again, like all of their regimen's, a multi-step process with a wash, toner, treatment, and SPF. I have been using it faithfully for three months now and I see such a difference in my skin! It is so much more clear then it was three months ago. Not only that, but my old acne marks and scars have faded dramatically! I think that is really what I am most happy with, because if you have any then you know they are impossible to get rid of. I had pretty much come to terms that I would have to deal with those scars for the rest of my life, but it turns out that is so not the case. I have had so much luck with this line!

The first step is the UNBLEMISH Acne Treatment Sulfur Wash. This creamy wash contains 3% sulfur to help unclog your pores and reduce facial redness. I use this only at night because it can be a bit harsh for me to use twice a day, but I will if I have an extreme breakout. I first remove my makeup and then use the wash on my Clarisonic Mia 2 to thoroughly remove dirt and oil and get that medicine deep within my skin. It does not have a potent smell, which is great because the smell of sulfur can be off putting. I truly love this wash and what it has been doing for my skin.

The second step is toner, and you have two options with this line, the UNBLEMISH  Spot Fading Toner and the UNBLEMISH Clarifying Toner. The Spot Fading Toner contains 2% hydroquinone to lighten and prevent post-acne marks and spots as well as salicylic acid to remove dead skin cells, keep pores clear, and prepareing skin for the treatment. The Clarifying Toner does not contain
hydroquinone, which is not reccomended for those pregnant or nursing. It is less harsh and geared toward sensitive skin. I personally use the spot fading toner and, although I have sensitive skin, I have had the best luck with this step. I think this toner makes a world of a difference for me and is my favorite step in this system.

The third (and final nighttime step) is the UNBLEMISH Duel Intense Acne Treatment. The unique dual chamber delivery system in this treatment ensures maximum efficacy of benzoyl peroxide deep into the pores, killing bacteria and stopping breakouts before they start. I kid you not, I can put this on a pimple at night and by the next morning, it has either significantly reduced in size or even disappeared! I can only, however, use this as a spot treatment because my skin is particularly sensitive to benzoyl peroxide, but I really do love this treatment. It is so fast and extremely effective at killing bacteria, reducing pimple size, and preventing new acne.

The fourth and final step is only to be used in the daytime and is the UNBLEMISH Oil Control Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 20. Formulated  specifically for acne-prone skin, this lightweight lotion controls oiliness as it protects against UV rays that intensify post-acne marks and uneven skin tone. I cannot speak from experience about this product because I have dryer skin, so I avoid oil-controlling products, but I do know for a fact it has worked well on some of my friends and colleges, keeping their oil at bay.  It also uses a mix of chemical and natural sunscreens, so it is water and sweat proof without clogging pores or causing irritation. 

R+F UNBLEMISH Acne Treatment Sulfur Wash HERE
 R+F UNBLEMISH Spot Fading Toner HERE
R+F UNBLEMISH Clarifying Toner HERE
R+F UNBLEMISH Duel Intense Acne Treatment HERE
R+FUNBLEMISH Oil Control Lotion SPF 20 HERE

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