Introducing my new amis: Mademoiselle Bioderma, Madame La Roche-Posay & Monsieur Avene:
My acne-prone skin is acting up again – so I’m back on antibiotics (Minocyclin + Tactuo/Epiduo) BUT while I let the medicine work its magic, I thought I’d help the process along with some highly-recommended products. My skin is very sensitive to any change in products – even testing a moisturizer or switching shampoos can lead to a break out – but French pharmaceutical products are renowned for their efficacy (many dermatologists recommend them) so after much research on Makeup Alley, I decided to try these 3 products:
BIODERMA Sebium Foaming Gel – My major problem is clogged pores – both whiteheads and pimples (I hardly ever get blackheads thanks to the Clarisonic). This face wash claims to reduce the sebum secretion which causes the clogged pores. I like that it contains acne-fighting ingredients like zinc and copper – while leaving out salicylic acid (doesn’t work on my skin – plus, Tactuo already contains Benzyl Peroxide).
La Roche-Posay CICAPLAST – One of the many products recommended by Lisa Eldridge in her famous acne-covering make-up video – she uses it as a primer. This is suitable for super-sensitive skin (designed for use after chemical peels) and acts as a protective barrier while providing an even surface for your make-up to adhere to. I need it because my blemishes always flake up under concealer – this makes everything look much smoother.
AVENE Eau Thermale – I’ve used Evian spray to set my make-up in the past – but I would get small spots if I sprayed it on my bare skin. Because of different mineral compositions, I find Avene works better for me. I chose this as I read that it can be sprayed on after applying acne medicine to counteract any stinging/dryness. I use it morning and night before I apply my moisturizer. I feel that it adds a glow to my skin and will hopefully help my blemishes heal faster.
So far, my skin has not had an adverse reaction to these products (which is quite a feat!), but it is too early to determine whether they provide any positive effects. I will continue using this trio and will update here with my results. I’m also working on a post on my quest for the best mineral make-up for my acne-prone skin (here’s a spoiler – it’s not Bare Minerals LOL!)
Have you used any French skincare products?
p.s. I’ve also purchased other products mentioned in Lisa Eldridge’s Acne video (the Vichy Dermablend Foundation, Cream Stick and Setting Powder) and am very happy with them! I use mineral make-up for everyday and save the Cicaplast + Vichy/Dermablend combination for when I need my skin to look flawless.
p.p.s. See what other French Pharmacy products Lisa Eldridge recommends here (can you tell I’m a huge fan?):
DISCLAIMER: I purchased these products myself and was not paid to review them.