Monthly Must Haves: September 2020

Monthly Must Haves featuring La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel, Effaclar Duo+, La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Dermallegro, Dermablend Cover Care Concealer, Bioderma Hydrabio Micellar Water

Happy October! With another month come and gone I have a round up of some of my favourite products. This month I have a lot of products from La Roche Posay. To say that La Roche Posay has saved my skin over the last month or two is an understatement. I know I keep bringing up maskne and the breakouts I have been having with my skin a lot, but it has been a struggle. About mid-August the breakouts I have been having from my mask got out of control. It was at a point where I was grateful to be able to hide them under a mask. I was battling both irritation from the mask along with blemishes. I have sensitive as well as combination to dry skin, so this duo can be tricky to treat as most acne treatments are geared towards oily skin and can be very harsh. If you are having the same struggles as me, or have a similar skin type as me, check out my favourites below.

La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Dermallegro

La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Dermallegro – Before I started treating my acne I needed to address the irritation I was experiencing. La Roche Posay recently launched Dermallegro serum to help skin in distress – whether that be from irritation, allergies or you just have very sensitive skin. It has a very minimal formula soothes irriation, redness and itchiness upon contact to the skin. I can definitley attest to this claim. Prior to starting this serum my skin felt tight, itchy and red. Immediately after applying it I felt relief for all of those sensations. This product has really helped restore my skin’s barrier and control any irritation my mask was causing. I have already finished a full bottle and am on my second. I can’t recommend this product enough for helping with any kind of skin discomfort.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Clarifying Foaming Gel

La Roche Posay Effaclar Clarifying Foaming Gel – This cleanser is a lot different then most acne cleansers. Most acne cleansers are salicylic acid based, or benzoyl peroxide based. Effaclar Foaming Gel uses zinc pca. For me, this is great for my skin type. It helps to moderate oil production on the skin and prevent the growth of acne causing bacteria – both things I need to help my maskne. The other important thing that zinc pca does is that its a natural mosturizing factor meaning it helps the skin to stay hydrated. This product helps to control my acne and keep my skin from drying out. What more could I need? Since using it I definitely have noticed a change in my skin. I am not 100% breakout free, but there has for sure been an improvement.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo +

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo + – This is the acne treatment I have been using after cleansing with the Effaclar Foaming Gel and prepping my skin with the Dermallegro Serum. I chose this treatment because it has a low amount of salicylic acid and also has zinc pca in it. It also has niacinimide to help with redness and pigmentation on the skin. It is a global acne treatment meaning it treats current breakouts and prevents them from reoccurring. I like this product because it is so gentle, but still effective. It hasn’t dried out or irritated my skin at all. Like with the cleanser my breakouts aren’t entirely cleared up, but they are on the mend. It is important to keep in mind that treating acne takes time and a consistent routine. That can sometimes be discouraging as we all want results yesterday. One way I have been keeping myself motivated to stick with it is by taking regular photos of my skin so I visually see the progress that is happening.

Dermablend Cover Care Concealer

Dermablend Cover Care Concealer – I think this might be the best concealer I have ever used. Is that a big claim? Maybe, but I like it a lot. The coverage is incredible. It has 30% pigment, twice the amount of typical full coverage concealers. It is super long wearing and does not require setting. I can put it under my eyes and it stays in place all day without creasing or smudging. I have never owned a concealer before now that I could wear without setting. It is also hydrating, but I do recommend a good hydrating eye cream and moisturizer prior to applying it. It looks much better when applied to hydrated skin. It is hypoallergenic, fragrance free, non-comedogic, tested on allergy and acne-prone skin. It is one of the safest and best concealers I have ever used.

Bioderma Hydrabio Micellar Water

Bioderma Hydrobio H2O Micellar Water – Bioderma created micellar water technology, so I feel like I don’t even have to say that their micellar waters are some of the best on the market. I have always been a big fan of Bioderma micellar water and I always purchase the Sensibio version for sensitive skin. I have to say I am really impressed with the Hydrabio, the hydrating version, I have been using this month. It effectively removes all my makeup easily and really leaves my skin soothed and hydrated. This has been great for my skin in conjunction with the difference acne treatments I have been trying. It keeps my skin feeling hydrated and refreshed.

Those are the products I have fallen in love with during September. Did you try anything new this month? Let me know in a comment below!

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