La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra Light Invisible Fluid VS Eucerin Oil Control – Review Of SPF 50 Used On Acne Prone Combination Skin

I’ve been a dedicated fan of Eucerin’s SPF since discovering it and think it’s highly underrated. I was quite content to just keep buying and using it. After all, it works well for me and is affordable but after I was fortunate enough to win an SPF bundle from La Roche Posay which included their Anthelios SPF50 I knew a VS review post was round the corner!

I’ve forever grateful for the acne and skincare community on Instagram for making me aware that so many acne fighting skincare ingredients make skin more sensitive to the sun. Wearing SPF every day makes me feel like I’m protecting my skin and caring for it for the future which makes up for the years I feel like I spent trying to nuke spots into oblivion.

Other VS posts which may be of interest:

Eucerin Oil Control SPF 50La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF 50
Price (as per brand’s website or best I can find!)£16 per 50ml£18 per 50ml
Labelled as suitable for
(as per brand’s description)
Oily and blemish prone skin with studies showing good tolerability on sensitive skinSpecially formulated for sensitive skin
Product claims (as per brand’s description)Oil regulating, gives skin immediate dry touch finish, mattifying for up to 8 hours, water and sweat resistant, non greasy with no white marks, not sticky, non eye stinging
Extras to noteLabelled as suitable for users of topical acne medication

Eucerin Oil Control SPF 50 Review

I’ve writing this having purchased 4 bottles. I picked up 2 last time they featured in Boots £10 Tuesday offer so I was well stocked and saving some pennies whilst protecting my skin. I have combination skin and find this a really effective product. It doesn’t cause any dryness on my less oily areas and doesn’t make me look shiny. It doesn’t have a typical sun cream smell or texture which is great. It’s never made me break out or caused any sensitivity. I haven’t had any major problems with this pilling.

I have experienced a bit of eye stinging with this but that’s generally only if I get tired and rub my eyes without thinking. This can then cause a bit of stinging that causes my eye to water but it isn’t a painful burning sensation. I’m incredibly pale and this doesn’t make me look any more ghostly so can confirm zero white cast for me.

La Roche Posay Anthelios Review

This was my first full sized bottle of this. I had previously bought a sample via Feel Unique’s Pick & Mix service. The first major difference with this product compared to Eucerin’s is the texture. It is very, very runny. Where I’ve been used to pumping a thick gel like cream texture and applying that squeezing this out of the bottle left it dribbling and running down my fingers. I found it quite hard to measure out an amount to apply and instead found it easy to squeeze 4 smaller sized helpings and dot these on my cheeks, forehead and chin before rubbing in.

I’ve never experienced eye stinging at all with this product, this is the only major perk it has for me over the Eucerin SPF. Upon application I find this makes me initially look a bit shinier than the other product but this does die down very quickly and I don’t find it off putting. In terms of similarities to my trusted Eucerin Oil Control SPF 50 this also doesn’t cause me to break out, doesn’t make me look paler and has no white cast. I’ve also not had any pilling issues with this one.

Other VS posts which may be of interest:

The Final Word

For me these two products have such similarities and do such a good job. Neither make me break out, cause sensitivity, give me white cast, smell bad or pill excessively when reapplying. I’ve popped into a table below the only real notable differences I’ve found.

Can I pick a winner? No. I honestly can’t. I think the Eucerin product is really underrated, it is slightly cheaper and I personally much prefer the texture as it’s less messy to apply. It is also very morning proof, if like me, you struggle to wake up and need something you can just throw on. The La Roche Posay requires shaking to activate which I have definitely forgotten to do a few times when dozy. I love that I can apply the La Roche Posay with zero concern about eye watering.

So which would I repurchase? It’ll come down to which is the best value for money at the time I need to restock but I’d happily buy both again.

Product marked with *** is a winner for me for each categoryEucerin Oil Control SPF 50La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF 50
Texture***
More of a gel, cream texture, easy to apply with pump bottle to measure out
took some getting used to to avoid sticky fingers and it dripping into my rings when squeezing it out the bottle
Eye stinging
mild and very rare occurrences
***
zero eye stinging
Zero shininess on application***
I don’t feel shiny at all after applying this
I notice I look a little more glowy or shiny but this dissipates not long after application. It’s not enough to put me off or make me think I look like an oil slick

Acnecide, Cerave & La Roche Posay Made The Shortlist – The 3 Best Budget Friendly Cleansers I’ve Ever Used For My Acne Prone Combination Skin

I’ve used a LOT of cleansers since developing adult acne around 6-7 years ago. I went through virtually everything my local Boots and Superdrug stores had to offer like Garnier, Clearasil, Clean And Clear, Simple etc before transitioning to several ranges from The Body Shop. These led me to Clinique’s Anti Blemish Solutions and beyond. I used to think the higher the price tag on a product the better it would be for my skin after nuking my skin barrier with cheap drying formulas that were just too strong for my face. I thought it might be helpful to pop together a list of the best cleansers I’ve tried to date for specific reasons. All of which I’d naturally buy again or have already bought several times over.

Acnecide Gel Wash – £9.99 for 50g – For Tackling Breakouts

I’ve previously used prescription treatments with Benzoyl Peroxide and my skin hated them. They caused my skin to become red, swollen, puffy and very sore but I can use this product with no negative side effects. I’ve only ever bought one bottle of this and I’ll admit it took me a while to work through because it was too much for daily usage for my skin but I can’t deny how effective this is at taking the aggression out of spots. Whenever breaking out I’ve reached for this as the first port of call to calm any painful spots as it does such a good job without ever hurting. It is low cost, reliable and when used sensibly doesn’t cause dryness or irritation. If washed off really thoroughly it is possible to avoid bleaching towels too. My skin is in a position now where I don’t feel the need to rush out and buy another bottle immediately whilst I work through my stash of products but I would happily buy this again in the future if I felt I needed it.

Cerave Cream To Foam Hydrating Cleanser – £12.50 for 236ml – For Non Stripping Cleansing When Using Acne Treating Actives

I tried the original hydrating formula but just preferred the texture of this very lightly foaming product as I’m so used to gel cleansers, this felt like the perfect hybrid. It has never caused irritation even when my skin has been incredibly sensitised from easing in topical acne treatments like retinoids. It’s affordable, easily accessible, doesn’t leave skin feeling overly stripped, tight or dry. It feels soothing and caring whilst leaving my skin feeling clean. I see it as a no nonsense product that works perfectly for me so that I can use other actives to treat my skin like BHA exfoliants etc. I can’t comment on how good it is as a stand alone to treat acne as I’ve always used this in a routine with actives.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Gel Cleanser – £ 18.50 for 400ml or £12.50 for 200ml – For Being The Best Gel Cleanser I’ve Tried

I bought the giant bottle of this cleanser whenever it was on offer for the better part of at least 4 years. Prior to this lots of products I used aimed at acne prone skin I found far too harsh and aggressive whilst the gentler formulas did absolutely nothing for my spots. I used this prior to discovering exfoliant toners, retinoids etc. When used morning and day because a little went a long way it would last me 11-12 months making it the most cost effective cleanser I’ve ever used. I’ve even seen the 400ml bottle featured on Boots £10 Tuesday before so at this price it would end up costing less than £1 a month to use. It is gentle, non stripping, non drying and leaves skin feeling clean but not overly squeaky. The only reason I stopped using this was because I was prescribed a topical retinoid and required a hydrating cleanser as a result. I significantly prefer this to the Avene Cleanance gel cleanser and find it more gentle than La Roche Posay’s Effaclar Peeling Gel. Although I haven’t used this now in nearly 2 years it will always hold a special place in my heart for being the first cleanser I ever found that I felt was making a positive difference to my skin without causing any negative side effects that needed balancing out.

The Best Contraception For Adult Acne – My Feminist Frustrations About Negative Side Effects & The Unfairness Of Many Options Available.

I am a firm believer in gender equality but have never preached about feminism on my blog or how unfair it can be to be a woman. That is until it comes to contraception and being someone incredibly acne prone I feel doubly entitled to rant. I find it insanely unfair how one sided the business of contraception can be despite, as the old saying goes, that it takes two to tango. Most of the options’ side effects bother me enough as it is but at the start of last year I became increasingly frustrated given that I was also really struggling with frequent regular breakouts and didn’t want to chance anything which could worsen the situation.

Acne + Contraception

I’m not currently in a position where I want to risk getting pregnant, nor was I when I first began compiling this post early last year but chickened out of publishing. After seeing Izzie Rogers‘ highly relatable stories about contraception and acne I decided to rethink this and be brave because it’s a topic that drives me up the wall and I certainly have plenty to say.

If I’d never struggled with painful acne that caused me great discomfort, stress and upset in my early 20s leading to a long journey to accept my skin I definitely wouldn’t be complaining as passionately as I’m about to. I once spent hours trawling through Google searching for the best contraception for acne, which pill was best, comparing the side effects of those mentioned, weighing up which hormone combinations were likely to be most successful and so much more. The reason for this being many methods of contraception, if you’re naturally acne prone, are typically ruled out as the hormone cocktails found in the contraceptive implant, injection, IUD and mini progesterone-only pill all, according to the NHS website and various GPs I’ve seen, have a high risk of worsening acne. If I set aside the acne factor for a second and think about having a small piece of plastic inserted into my arm and cut out to remove that’s enough to give me the shivers let alone the prospect of worsening skin. This doesn’t come from a point of vanity, this is from the perspective of someone who years ago lost nights of sleep due to being unable to rest on sides of her face thanks to sore jawline cysts. Equally the idea of a T shaped piece of metal being inserted without pain relief that can cause heavier more painful periods is just foul.

Then we have the combined pill. I’ve tried several as well as having breaks as I’ve been through periods of time feeling uncomfortable about the lengthy list of side effects and wondering what they’re really doing to my body. Don’t get me wrong, in my early teens the pill saved me from months of agonising pain so I am not wholly against it’s existence. However; recent headlines about the rate of Covid vaccines causing blood clots VS the amount caused by the pill which blew it out of the water certainly was food for thought.

In January 2020 I was desperate to address my acne to improve it and upon telling GPs I didn’t want to take a 9 month length course of antibiotics for a second time many pushed me straight towards the pill. The ones typically considered to be good for acne prone skin, however; seem to come with even scarier risks than the norm which are bad enough. I was twice nonchalantly offered Dianette but told I could only take it for 6 months due to higher than average blood clot risk and negative side effects to mental health. This particular pill is actually banned in several countries as a result of this. One GP told me the NHS no longer prescribe it as general contraception but as short term treatment for acne or PCOS symptoms. Online research led to discovering it comes with the warning that it can cause “depression leading to suicidal thoughts” as opposed to most which simply say “mood swings”. The first GP didn’t make me aware of this, I declined at the idea of taking the stronger-than-average male hormones and after doing some online research I’m so glad I did. It’s advised against prescribing for those with personal or family history of mental health issues. My mental or physical health is not something I’m willing to experiment with simply because I don’t want acne or to be pregnant which I think is completely justified.

Dianette – offered to me twice as an acne treatment offering contraceptive cover for short term use only due to worrying side effects

Other forays into contraceptive cover didn’t end well despite declining Dianette. Being prescribed Lucette resulted in me spending 2 weeks with black spots in my vision, extreme dizziness, nausea and the worst period pain I’ve felt leaving me to crawl around my house in fear of fainting. This happened 3 weeks in and took me 2 months to fully get over. Within 2 weeks Brevinor caused my cheeks, forehead and neck to gain deep, large painful spots under the surface and a huge amount of stress as a result. These experiences were frightening, even more so given how quickly the side effects hit me and took to recover from.

I took 3 varieties of anti biotics back in 2016 to clear my skin as I was the most desperate I’ve ever been with it during that time. 3 months of Lymecycline followed by 9 months of Oxytetracycline and within 6 months of stopping the tablets I began breaking out again so this wasn’t a long term solution. Anti biotics are another really commonly prescribed medication for acne treatment. They also lessen the effect of the pill leaving you at risk of pregnancy unless taking other precautions.

The Unfairness Of Contraception

This is where my feminist streak kicks in. Men don’t have to make decisions about their bodies quite like this or weigh up which nasty side effect they’d rather have because they don’t want to be a parent at present. It’s like a sick version of the silly game “would you rather?”. The potential of poorer mental health with possibly clearer skin that no one can guarantee or likely heavier periods with no chance of worsening your skin but at least you’ll dodge conception?! I realised just how much I hated the one sidedness of this when I first made the decision to break up with my pill after doing some reading about their potential side effects, controversy surrounding acne and after hearing so many friends say they simply felt better without it. Upon explaining all of the above to a partner at the time I was met with the 4 word response “I don’t like condoms”.

I mean who does? But it made me want to scream and that was well before I became fully aware of how many things I was advised against taking as a result of my skin. Contraception should be a joint, equal responsibility yet male led options are painfully lacking. The worst men have to go through in terms of contraceptive side effects as far as I’m aware is temporary minor discomfort caused by basic condoms whereas we are faced with multiple complex options from coils with unpleasant applications causing heavier periods to injections that can damage bone density to implants and pills potentially wrecking havoc. Acne, depression, higher cancer risks, blot clots, lack of sex-drive… the list of side effects goes on. I’ve read rumours of a male pill or injection being tested as safe for human use but dismissed due to potential side effects involving weight gain, acne, erectile dysfunction or loss of libido. If it’s deemed not good enough for them then why are these options deemed good enough for us? On a personal level in 2020 I started to wonder if it was really too much to ask for contraceptive cover that wouldn’t cause my acne to worsen without experiencing almost black outs or risking suicidal thoughts?!

Female pleasure is largely not discussed and our orgasms, despite often being more elusive, are 100% safe with none causing pregnancy. In comparison, 100% of their male counterparts pose a high risk of causing conception in the vast majority of cases. With this being the case why, oh why, is it virtually all left to women often with such hideous compromises to make?!

I drafted this post early 2020 and out of desperation was close to taking up my GP’s offer of Dianette. I’d actually ended the post asking for readers to share their experiences with this pill which I don’t think I should have ever been offered. I’m increasingly glad I decided against playing the horrible game of “would you rather” or putting anything in my body which the idea of scared me. That’s the note I wish to end this post on.

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La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo VS Avene Cleanance Expert – A Comparison Review Of Moisturisers For Acne Prone Skin {Including Avene Cleanance Comedomed}

I’ve previously reviewed an Avene Cleanance moisturiser by comparing and critiquing it against my go-to favourite La Roche Posay’s Effaclar Duo+. It was the first comparison blog post I published and remains my most read so writing this brings back happy memories for me. VS posts are my absolute favourite to write and after I picked up the Avene Cleanance Expert on clearance in Boots I thought it would be rude not to write this!

Here’s a quick comparison of the products – for ease I decided to include the first Avene product I tried too.

La Roche Posay – Effaclar Duo+Avene Cleanance ExpertAvene Cleanance Comedomed
Price (according to product’s website or as best I can find!)£17 for 40ml
(La Roche Posay’s site)
£15.99 for 40ml
(Superdrug)
£18.50 for 30ml
(Boots)
Product Claims
(as per their websites)
Formulated for oily acne prone sensitive skin in teens and adults
Minimises the appearance of blackheads and spots
Noticeably reduces spots
Controls shine
Hydrates for 24 hours
Helps reduce pigmentation from blemishes
Specifically formulated for blemish-prone skin to help reduce oil and the appearance of blemishes while soothing and hydrating.
Also suitable for people who may be prone to acne.
Skin texture feels refined and smoother.
Suitable for sensitive skin.
Can be used alongside topical acne treatments.
For daily use
Suitable for teens and adults with acne prone skin
Hydrates / mattifies
Helps reduce blemishes and their reappearance
For sensitive skin
Results Within
(as per their websites)
Clearer skin within 4 weeksDoesn’t specifyProven efficacy in 7 days
Any Extra Notes (mentioned on their websites)Strong smell that fades quickly

I chose to include the Avene Cleanance Comedomed in this table to help people see a direct comparison of the two Avene products as I was starting to wonder the differences myself! For anyone wanting a full nitty gritty breakdown of the La Roche Posay VS Avene Cleanance Comedomed show down please check out my first comparison post:

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ & Avene Cleanance Comedomed – from my original blog post comparing these two

Avene Cleanance Expert Review

Price

I bought this on clearance in Boots for £3.60 for a 40ml bottle. Had it been full price I wouldn’t have bought it and instead stuck with the Effaclar Duo+ which I know works really well for me. However; I was tempted by a bargain and recalled that when I tried the Avene Cleanance Comedomed overall I liked the product but felt it was just a bit pricey. I remember the Comedomed having a strong smell that went away quickly and it being noted online in the product description. I wasn’t mad about this but ultimately if it has delivered the results it promised I wouldn’t have cared.

Scent

The Expert smells. It reminds me of hospitals, something medical or like a disinfectant cleaning product. The Cleanance Comedomed’s smell isn’t the same, that is a little more like a nail varnish scent mixed with this this. I felt as though the smell of the Expert lingered on my face 10 mins after applying. For anyone wondering if my obscene reaction to this could be Covid related – I tested negative that evening! A friend sent me a 5ml sample of this bottle which I tried before opening my £3.60 purchase. I was close to digging out my receipt and seeing if I could get a refund but in the end decided to stick with it out of curiosity, in time I was really glad I did. This product claimed to address texture thanks to the ingredient X-Pressin which is a gentler alternative to acids with 1% being more effective than 6% glycolic acid. It wasn’t something I’d previously heard of.

First Week Of Use

Given the strong smell I thought my semi sensitive skin might react badly but one week in all was well. Over the course of using it for 7 days I fell in love with the texture. It’s a beautiful lightweight but hydrating formula that is more liquid than the Effaclar Duo I’ve become accustomed to. It absorbed within seconds. I was sceptical about it not packing enough hydration but even using alongside Acnecide Gel Wash 3 times a week I experienced no dryness. In the first few uses I thought I was experiencing some tingling when applying but this lasted seconds and never amounted to a negative reaction. It still smelt and I didn’t like this but got used to it. I couldn’t smell it on my face throughout the day which was my first concern when I initially opened it.

Whenever I write new product reviews I tend to add my thoughts to blog posts on a weekly basis. Looking back I’m faintly amused by just how much I seemed to loathe the smell when first using as I very quickly grew accustomed to this and by week 2 or so forgot it even had this unusual scent!

Weeks 2, 3 & Beyond

Halfway through week 2 I noticed some drier skin around the edges of my nose and my mouth. This never happens with La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+. I had a few small whiteheads break out on areas I don’t usually get spots around my cheek bones. This was the only new product in my routine. By week 3 my skin had totally calmed down, there were no dry patches at all or strange unexpected breakouts. I was still absolutely loving the glorious texture of the product. Still noticed no changed in texture. By week 4 I was totally in love with the texture and found this product a joy to apply and will be sad when the bottle runs out.

Packaging

I hated the pump bottle of the Comedomed as it was impossible to tell when it was running out. This tube is basically identical to the Effaclar Duo+ which I cut open whenever “empty” and always get 4-7 days worth of uses out of still so I much preferred this.

The Final Word

Likes: beautiful milky texture, packaging, the price I paid and admittedly price per ml works out cheaper than the Effaclar product even when not clearance price.

Dislikes: strong unusual smell (which I will say I did get used to pretty quickly after getting over the initial shock!), doesn’t do anything to address hyperpigmentation.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ Mini Review

If you’d like a full review I’ve previously posted several so am only covering the highlights in this post. I think it says a lot that I’ve been buying this consistently for almost 6 years. Full breakdowns can be found amongst these posts:

Likes: texture, helps fade pigmentation, regularly on offer so I’ve been able to not pay full price for years, gentle formula that packs enough hydration whilst treating break outs.

Dislikes: … this is me being incredibly picky but it can sometimes cause my SPF to pill which I can totally live with.

The Final Word

In ranked order:

  1. La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+
  2. Avene Cleanance Expert
  3. Avene Cleanance Comedomed
Products marked with *** were winners for each categoryLa Roche Posay Effaclar DuoAvene Cleanance ExpertAvene Cleanance Comedomed
Texturewhite lightweight gel cream texture***
lightweight, milky, thin, absorbs in seconds – dreamy
thick, semi transparent gel like formula
Smell***
no scent
fairly strong cleaning product smell strongest smell of them all reminding me of nail products or disinfectant
Would I Use Again?***
Yes always
Close second No – I much prefer the other two and they’re cheaper per ml
Best For Hyperpigmentation***

Would I use Avene Cleanance Expert again? Yes, I happily would as I adore the texture. However; I’d prioritise purchasing La Roche Posay’s Effaclar Duo every time. I’d venture into the Avene Expert again for the bargain price of £3.60 but if both were a similar price point I’d always choose LRP.

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Which Skincare Ingredients Are Best For Treating Acne? A Breakdown Of My Favourites & What I Find Them Helpful For Including Benzoyl Peroxide, Retinoids, Salicylic Acid & Niacinamide

This is just my personal experience with using these ingredients. Some do exactly the same job, for example both benzoyl peroxide and retinoids work for me to help clear and maintain clear skin, but I’ve chosen to include the instances where I reach for each ingredient the most. Everyone’s skin is different so what works for me may not work for you but I hope this is a helpful insight.

Benzoyl Peroxide

Best For : helping to calm painful breakouts very quickly. I tend to reach for Acnecide Face Wash whenever I have a particularly intense break out as this makes a difference in a short space of time. I can only use this a few times a week without my skin getting dry or sensitised so for me it’s not a common, daily use product. Smacne Acne Treatment I found brilliant for tackling breakouts and helping to keep my skin clear without causing any dryness or sensitisation. I only use this once a day applied in the mornings. Until I tried Smacne I really wasn’t fussed about BP and could have easily lived without this ingredient but their gentle Acne Treatment really changed my mind. In fact I once tried Duac, a topical acne prescription with Benzoyl Peroxide in, and loathed it. It made my face red, swollen and sore. Smacne’s products and the Acnecide wash really helped me to change my mind about this ingredient.

Things To Note : BP bleaches fabrics so I found it best to stick with old towels if using a BP face wash and prepare to ruin my reusable face coverings when applying the Smacne Acne Treatment. I’d rather that than my bedding but it’s still not great.

The Final Word: for me this ingredient isn’t a regular staple and I often got through patches of a few months without using it. For an idea, it took me nearly a year to work through this small bottle of Acnecide wash as I used it infrequently partly to dodge irritation and because I felt it wasn’t vital for me.

Niacinamide

Best For : Controlling and reducing the amount of oil my skin produces. I used to be really self conscious about how shiny my forehead would get around mid afternoon. If I were to run my finger tips across my forehead they’d come back feeling really greasy. Nothing I tried addressed this including mattifying primers, powders, foundation or moisturisers. I even tried moisturisers with this ingredient in but none really helped to the point that I thought my skin would always be shiny. The only product to ever help has been The Ordinary Niacinamide Serum which is amazingly affordable starting at £5 per bottle which lasts me 3 months plus.

Things To Note : Ever since I first discovered this product I’ve used it at least once a day. I’m on my third bottle and bought the 60ml large size most recently. It does such a great job for such a small price that I’m content to stick with this and not experiment with other Niacinamide serums.

The Final Word: The Ordinary Niacinamide is a product I now wouldn’t want to be without. I fully intend to keep a niacinamide serum in my routine for the foreseeable future as it’s helped my oil levels where nothing else has.

Retinoids

Best For : Clearing and maintaining clear skin. I was prescribed Adapalene back in January 2020 and it has been the only topical prescription to ever make a positive difference to my skin. It helped to clear moderate acne as well as maintain clear skin.

Things To Note: It didn’t really help me with the texture of my skin or blackheads but it seriously helped with the typical common spots I got. It caused my skin to get incredibly dry and sore to begin with and I have to be careful when using this to not overdo it every night and offset this with an intense night cream. Many people experience purging with this ingredient, I was lucky and my skin didn’t get worse before it got better.

The Final Word: If I was to start worrying about the amount my skin was breaking out I’d reach for this. It’s easily accessible via a GP prescription, effective and after some experience using it I know how to dodge nasty side effects. It cleared my skin dramatically in 2020.

Salicylic Acid

Best For : Addressing congested looking pores. I know lots of people love this ingredient for topical spot treatments but I’ve always found any formulas I use with SA in to be rather drying and cause any spots to scab or become crusted which I hate. A good example of this is the Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions Gel. I’ve found the Paula’s Choice BHA Liquid to be good for tackling blackheads. I don’t love this product as the texture is quite oily and it has a strong smell but the BHA formula has made definite improvements to my pores. Admittedly it did take about 2 months to see any changes. I like the results from this product but not the feel of actually using it.

Things To Note: like any actives it can cause irritation so best to introduce gradually.

The Final Word: I don’t mind SA. I definitely don’t love it as much as some of the other ingredients listed here but that may just be because of my experiences with products with this ingredient.

Rank Order?!

I’m not sure why I set this challenge upon myself really as some I really can’t put above others!

IngredientThe main reason I reach for them over any other
RetinoidsTo clear larger amount of stubborn spots and maintain clear skin
NiacinamideTo reduce how shiny my skin, particularly forehead, gets – I’m convinced this also helps to keep my skin clear without irritation
Benzoyl PeroxideTo tackle small short term break outs quickly
Salicylic AcidTo address blackheads and congested pores – no other ingredient has worked for me

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