Pimples are like the worst kind of house guests: they usually arrive unannounced, they tend to overstay their welcome, and they leave a huge mess once they’ve (finally!) left.
I’ve written about my struggles with breakouts and blemishes before (here, here, and here) – I have a combination skin type that’s prone to inflammation and breakouts, and I tend to get quite a few spots around that time of the month. I’ve spent years in search of a miraculous product that could sort out my skincare woes, and I think I’ve finally found something that actually does what it promises. I first tried the new Pond’s Pimple Clear range after I attended the launch in Johannesburg a couple of months ago, and I was really impressed with the results. The range is said to work in just three days, and I found that there was a remarkable difference in the appearance of my spots and blemishes during that time frame (scroll down for before and after photos.)
I usually start using the Pond’s Pimple Clear Face Wash a few days before my period begins, and I continue using it for a couple of days afterwards. I’m experiencing fewer pimples as a result, and it really helps to shorten the lifespan of the spots that do show up. I find that it thoroughly cleanses my skin, removing every last trace of makeup and the day’s impurities, without leaving my skin feeling dry or tight like so many other face washes for oily skins do. I also really love that this product is incredibly budget-friendly – it retails at roughly R53 for a 100ml tube, and R35 for a 50ml tube.
It’s recommend that you follow up by applying the Pond’s Pimple Clear Leave-On Expert Clearing Gel (R45 for 20ml) to your entire face after cleansing – both morning and night. I was worried about using this all over my face, as most targeted products are best applied to affected areas only and tend to dry out your skin otherwise, but I was pleasantly surprised – this didn’t strip my skin or leave it feeling dry or tight at all!
Both products contain clinically proven Lock + Clear technology and Active Thymo-T Essence, a unique anti-pimple combination that’s formulated with thyme and pine oils. I was quite intrigued when I spotted that the products contain thyme – I love it in my food, but on my skin? Upon further research, I discovered that thyme boasts astringent, anti-microbial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties, and independent studies have found that a solution of just 0.25% thyme oil destroys p.acnes, a specific kind of bacteria known to cause breakouts, in just five minutes.
I also read up on pine essential oil and discovered that it’s renowned for it’s ability to reduce inflammation and redness, and that many dermatologists often prescribe the oil to help treat pimples and other skin concerns. With these two ingredients forming the basis of the Pond’s Pimple Clear range, I really wasn’t surprised to learn that clinical trials conducted by The POND’s Institute showed a significant reduction in pimples after using the new POND’s Pimple Clear range for just three days. As I mentioned, I tried it, and I have the photographs to prove it:
Although my skin didn’t clear up completely after three days use, the products really helped to reduce congestion on my nose and chin, and the two angry, red spots on my chin on day one have cleared up considerably by day three. I also noticed a reduction in the redness and inflammation on my skin – this is very evident in the photographs above. Within a week, my skin had cleared up completely, with not a spot in sight.
WIN a Pond’s Pimple Clear hamper!
I’ve loved using the new Pond’s Pimple Clear range, and the duo has become a permanent fixture in my beauty routine – especially at that time of the month, when hormonal breakouts are to be expected. I’ve teamed up with Pond’s to offer 3 lucky For The Beauty Of It readers the chance to win the full Pond’s Pimple Clear range, so that they can try the 3 day challenge for themselves!
All you have to do to enter to win one of three Pond’s Pimple Clear hampers is leave a comment on this blog post, telling me a bit more about your biggest skincare concerns, and why you think that these products will help.