Avene Cleanance Expert Emulsion* £15 (Currently £11.25)
Knowing how much of a difference La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo [+] made to my skin and my skincare routine, Escentual very kindly sent me out the Avene Cleanance Expert Emulsion to try out. I've been putting it to the test for the last month or so and I'm definitely excited to share my thoughts on this product with you.
Thankfully I don't have any major issues with my skin or serious adult acne, as you might remember if you happened to read my review of the Effaclar Duo [+] (link here), but the occasional blemish (or two) do tend to spring up from nowhere every so often. When I say blemish what I actually mean is a huge and incredibly noticeable spot that normally coincides with anything even mildly important happening. If there's anything remotely exciting going on that week or I'm planning an outfit or make-up blog post, then without fail one of these ghastly blemishes will appear right on cue. Whilst the Effaclar Duo [+] really does work wonders on those blemishes, I have noticed as my skin has continued to get increasingly dehydrated, particularly over the winter months, that it makes dry skin even drier. But I loved the formula so much and the fact that it actually worked at improving the appearance of blemishes and the residual marks of them, that I hadn't even thought of looking elsewhere for a more hydrating alternative but that's when the Avene Cleanance Expert Emulsion happened to arrive on my doorstep.
After applying the product before bed one night, on a particularly bad breakout, I awoke to find that the blemish felt and looked much clearer, which was a welcome surprise. But what has really sold me on this product is the texture of it. Unlike the Effaclar Duo [+], which is more of gel like consistency, Avene's Cleanance Expert Emulsion feels much more creamy and nourishing on the skin. As a result, it definitely has a moisturising quality which is perfect for someone, like myself, with exceptionally dry skin.
I did have one concern about the Cleanance Expert Emulsion, again because of my dehydrated and sometimes a little flaky skin and that was the mattifying element of it. But fear not, I wouldn't let this quality put you off in the slightest as it actually left my skin feeling really smooth and soft, without feeling drying on the skin at all. It also means that you can apply this right before you do your make-up to take advantage of the even base that it creates. What also really makes this product stand out from some of the similar spot treatment products on the market is the fact that it also combats blackheads. Much like blemishes, I do get the occasional cluster of blackheads, normally on my chin or around my lips and these have quickly disappeared after a couple of applications of this product.
I'm definitely a fan!
Have you ever tried any of the Avene Cleanance range? If so, what did you think of the product(s) that you tried? What do you use to deal with breakouts and blemishes?