So, I know I've talked about the woes that have been my pregnancy skin before. I'd like to say for the most part, they've disappeared but some days I'm rockin' the heck out of that pregnancy glow and other days, well, not so much.
About a month ago, TotalBeauty.com was awesome enough to send me the 24ClearIt Day/Night Acne Therapy Kit so over that time I decided to give it a whirl and whip my skin back into shape. Let's check it out!
24ClearIt is three-step therapy meant to be used twice a day, every day for full blemish-free results but you can totally use them separately if you just want to spot treatment. Each product is individually labeled so you know which one to use first, second and last.
First up is the exfoliating cleanser which you use basically like any normal cleanser. Apply to wet skin and massage about a dime-sized amount into your face. Massage for a few minutes and then rinse off. This should be used both at day and at night but if your skin's picky like mine, it dried out a few days after doing that. I ended up just doing it once a day and it felt much better. Always listen to your skin :) This contains about 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide which is absolutely fine for pregnant women to use but if you feel uncomfortable, ask your doctor first. This also contains microbeads which I'm not the biggest fan of.
Second up is the clearing toner. I don't know why but I absolutely love using toners! This one contains some aloe vera and chamomile to soothe your skin. Although when I used it, it burned a little like I was applying rubbing alcohol. Apply some toner to a cotton ball and gently wipe all over your face and allow to dry. Easy-peasy, right? This toner contains 2.0% Salicylic Acid which is, again, fine for pregnant women but always check with your doctor before use.
Basically, if you're doing this in the morning, you use the clarifying treatment and if you're doing this at night, you'll use the recovery treatment. Both are used the exact same way. Using about a dime-sized amount, apply treatment all over your face and let it dry. Don't rinse off. The difference between the two is that the AM one is designed to protect your skin once you go out for the day and heals it. The PM treatment is more intense and supports your body's natural recovery process while you sleep.
Love a good skin mask! This one is rich in sulfur which is the oldest known proven acne-fighter. All you have to do is apply an even layer over your skin, leave on for 5-10 minutes, rinse off and wa-la! This should be used 1-3 times a week, not every day like the other products. And no, it doesn't smell like sulfur ;)
Before | After
As you can see, the blemishes in the before were raised and red. In the after, they're not raised although discoloration is left behind (it's just my type of skin + being pregnant). Overall, I could see results in only a few days. This before and after is a week apart. Unfortunately, the biggest bummer was that this kit stuck like chemicals. I know all acne therapies, for the most part, kind of smell like chemicals but this one definitely did and was kind of a turn off. It could just be because I'm pregnant and still sensitive to smells. For less than $20, I would definitely snag this and see how it works for you!
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