"Adult" and "acne" are not two words that belong in the same sentence. Yet they do - and that sentence has been written across my face for twenty years.
I have tried every over the counter product made. I have gone to several dermatologists and spent the big bucks for prescriptions. I have even mail ordered products that promised to work miracles.
There are no miracle products for adult acne folks.
None at all.
Plus, what I have found through the years is that the bulk of products are aimed at teens. They have packaging aimed at teens and formulas designed for teen skin. I use them, but I feel silly about it.
I do not have teen skin. As I age, my acne stays, but the rest of my face has grown more and more sensitive to dryness and some of the ingredients in these teen oriented products really irritate my skin.
Enter Olay Professional Pro-X Clear Line an acne system specifically formulated for adult skin.
They sent me a box of their product to try. According to the packaging, full results take at least four weeks. This is no lie. At week one, two and three I was still skeptical. By week four?
I was a convert.
Right off the bat, they had me with their packaging.
Nothing about it says "teen". In fact, you have to look really close to see that it's an acne product at all. I could totally leave this out on my bathroom counter without announcing to snoopy guests that I fight acne.
Packaging is great, but it's the product inside that matters of course. In the fight over my face, which fared better? Acne or Olay?
The active ingredient in Olay Professional Pro-X Line is salicylic acid. For my face, nothing has ever worked better. I've been using it in other products for years. If you're new to salicylic acid though, you should start slow. It can cause redness and drying but that should clear up as your skin adjusts.
Step One is Olay Professional Pro-X Clear Pore Clarifying Cleanser is not at all typical. It feels like a lotion going on. It does not suds up at all and when I rinsed it off, my face did not have any of the tightness or drying that it has gotten with other products. I also appreciated that there is no odor to this product. None, zip, zero. Nothing flowery or fruity or medicinal. It's great.
Step Two is Olay Professional Pro-X Clear Skin Clearing Treatment - a salicylic acid skin clearing treatment that you rub in all over "problem areas". For me, "problem areas" translates to "entire face and neck". With other ointments though, I have found the product to be too harsh on my nose and chin. I am constantly battling redness and dry skin in those areas. With Olay, I had no issues at all. With Step Two there is a very minimal medicinal smell.
Step Three is a Olay Professional Pro-X Clear Complexion Renewing Lotion.
This stuff works great. I used it for the first three days on the patches of my face that were dry and irritated from other products and they cleared right up. After that, because the first two steps were so kind to my skin, I really did not use the lotion much at all because I didn't need the extra moisture (my skin has plenty of oil all on its own). I am sure I'll need it this winter though when it's drier.
Having used salicylic acid for years, I really wasn't expecting the Olay Professional Pro-X Clear Line
to have much of an impact on my skin but I really could tell it was working right away. The first week I had several tiny breakouts as all the yucky stuff was being brought to the surface. During week two my skin felt a little rough due to the turnover of skin cells. My end of summer tan faded really quickly as the skin cells were renewed.
By week three, the little breakouts were over and my face felt smoother but . . .
This is an un-retouched photo of my face without any foundation on it at the end of week three. (You have no idea how much I wanted to smooth out the wrinkles. The things I do for y'all!) You can see that I do have a pimple on my cheek. At this point I was disappointed. Yes, my skin was better than before, but that was a big old zit.
Later that day I picked at it until it popped it mysteriously popped itself. It was messy and ugly and I was mad and frustrated. However, I kept using the Olay Pro-X twice a day and took extra care to apply the lotion to the healing spot. Here is my face one week later.
You can't even tell I had a pimple and I have nothing new forming. No blackheads, no pimples, nothing is clogged. With a little make up to even out my skin coloring, you wouldn't guess that I battle acne.
Overall, with Olay Professional Pro-X Clear Line, my skin had none of the redness and drying that my normal products caused. I also think it was less oily and, it might be my imagination, but I do think my pores looked a little bit smaller. While we’re on the subject of taking care of your skin, you might want to check out this post by Roxanna Sarmiento in the Life Well Lived section of BlogHer.com. She has some great tips for developing habits that will help your skin looks its best!
My end opinion is this: Olay Professional Pro-X Clear Line works better than any over the counter product I have tried in treating and preventing acne AND it does it without the redness and drying I experienced with the teen oriented stuff. That moves it into first place for me.
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