Skin Care

By Charu Suri

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If you have naturally clear skin, then this article is not for you. Not that I’m jealous, but I’m not one whose face has been blessed with a blemish-less existence. And when I do see someone with beautiful skin, I get such an urge to ask them what their skin secrets are:

  • Do they go for weekly facials?
  • Are they related to a world-renowned dermatologist?
  • Do they avoid foods I personally just cannot go without, such as chocolate?

We know that celebrities can’t afford a single zit. Imagine Carmen Electra with a huge pimple on her chin. That would just never happen. It seems unlikely that Hollywood is composed of a special gene pool that is impervious to zits (and if that’s the case, I’ll take that gene transplant, please!).

So the logical conclusion must be that it is possible to achieve clear skin if you work hard at it. Find those zit zappers. Wash your face religiously (but don’t overdo it). And the results will be tangible! BeautyNews decided to test some of the best zit busters available on the market and pick the cream of the crop. Here’s our take on some of the well-known blemish blockers on the market today:

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Zeno
Everyone has been raving about the miracle zit zapper, Zeno, which uses intense heat that penetrates into the hair follicle to kill the bacteria that causes pimples. It aims to zap away pimples in merely two treatments of 2 and a half minutes each. Zeno looks like a small cell phone and is incredibly elegant to use. It costs over $150 and comes with an applicator tip that needs to be replaced after 60 uses.

Once you’ve charged the device, you can apply the tip onto the pimple, and let the automatically dispersed heat do its magic. Except, in my case, there was no magic. The zits reddened and stayed for several days, and in the end, I had to rely on my trusted drugstore brand pimple remover to erase my embarrassment.

Bottom Line: This zit zapper works on only a certain kind of zit (it needs to be in the initial changes of formation). Fully formed blemishes are more tough to get rid of, so we recommend you use a topical treatment (plus save some $$). We’ll give Zeno a score of 4 out of 10. For more information, visit www.myzeno.com More...
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Clinique
Clinique’s Emergency Gel Lotion with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide works wonders for congested skin, and dries zits up virtually overnight. The Post Blemish Formula is a great tool for those stubborn scars, and the pen-like dispenser is handy enough to slip into your purse.

Bottom Line: These are two inexpensive products ($13.50 each) and are worth the price. They work! We give these two products a score of 9 out of 10. To purchase, visit Sephora or www.clinique.com

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Dermalogica

Annet King, Director of training and Development for the International Dermal Institute, advises people to check the ingredients before purchasing any anti-acne product. “Even though it may say that it is anti acne, if it has color, fragrance, isopropyl myristate, lanolin or mineral oil, then it could worsen your acne as these ingredients are comedogenic and occlusive to the skin,” she says.

We loved Dermalogica’s Anti-Bac Skin Wash, which is naturally foaming with Triclosan and Salicylic Acid. It comes in two sizes, an 8oz and 16oz ($27.50 – $43.00).
Bottom Line: The wash won’t overdry your skin and is light to use. The skin feels taut but not dehydrated. We give this skin wash a score of 9 out of 10. For more information, visit www.dermalogica.com

The Body Shop
Tea Tree Oil has been used to treat acne for centuries. We love The Body Shop’s Daily Foaming Facial Wash (which is lighter than lite whipped cream, but leaves your skin tingly fresh!) and the Mattifying Moisture Gel, which hydrates your skin beautifully while working to combat blemishes. For $11.50 each, we think both products are an absolute bargain!

Bottom Line: These two products cleared my skin in three days, with a little help from dabs of the concentrated Tea Tree Oil itself ($7.50). Plus, try the Nose Pore Mask to remove any blackheads on the T-zone area. We give these products a score of 10 out of 10. To purchase, go to The Body Shop stores or visit www.thebodyshop.com

Kinerase
Courtney Cox has been touting the benefits of Kinerase for years. The kinetin-based skincare line has demonstrated that it can reduce blotchiness, roughness and blemishes. Scientists synthesize the kinetin found in the blue anemone to create the hydrating kinetin found in the line.

Bottom Line: The Clear Skin Treatment Serum ($79) is expensive, but it helped calm my skin and reduce breakouts somewhat. The Clear Skin Blemish Dissolver ($39.00) dispenses fresh liquid on a roll on stick applicator, and moisturizes the skin as it treats blemishes. We give both products a score of 7 out of 10. For more information, visit www.kinerase.com

Originally published November 2006
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