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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Reliving my Teen Years (Clinique Haul)

Ah, the joys of hormone shifts have left me with something I haven't experienced in quite a while: zits.


I'm pretty sure that the dermatologist who saw me when I was 14 and told me I would grow out of acne is having a great laugh (in whatever his version of the afterlife is) about the 36 year old me meticulously examining a pimple in my magnifying mirror. "I told her she'd grow out of it! Hah!" he's probably saying to the other doctors in between cigarette puffs.

My new, acne-fighting arsenal
My husband treated me to the Clinique Acne Solutions Line yesterday while we were at the exchange, which is his nice way of saying that I needed it. The Clinique Skincare Consultant was a bit more blunt: "Here's what you need". I walked away with:

Clinique Acne Solutions Oil Control Cleansing Mask (US$22.00)
Clinique Acne Solutions Cleansing Foam (US$19.50)
Clinique Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion (US$15.00)
and a generous sample of Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel since I am "too old and dry" for their  Clearing Moisturizer.

It's been 24 hours and here's my first impression:

 I thought I'd be pretty dry, but my face felt super soft and comfortable up until I took my makeup off last night. I thought I'd have a crazy oil slick since I took my baby to her doctor's appointments and to meet my coworkers afterwards. It was 90 degrees yesterday and I hauled her and her diaper bag through three different un-air conditioned buildings. My hair didn't look great, but my face still looked fresh!

The two pimples I had yesterday seem to have flattened and shrunk to two little dry spots on my cheek, everything around those two spots is still soft and comfortable and not at all greasy. I'm off to a good start!

I'll try and update this in a month if all goes for the better, or sooner if things turn to the worse, but right now I am very pleased.

Do you have a go-to acne solution? Tell me about it!


  1. You used this line before, but it didn't keep your attention. If I remember correctly, you had the best luck with Mario Badescu, but also tried Murad and ProActiv. Why, on God's green earth, do I remember all the skincare lines you went through in our brief 6 month stint as roommates?!

    1. I'm way too old for Proactiv now. Holy dryness!

  2. Oh, I know! I just remember you getting bored with the results. Secretly, every time I move, I fill out the questionnaire on Mario just so I can get the samples.