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Do any of the French pharmacy brands do a hot-cloth cleanser?
Used to use Liz Earle C&P or Superdrug Radiance one, but am now living abroad and when travelling usually take hand luggage only stupid rules about carrying liquids so can never stock up.
Just wondering if LRP or Avene or others do a hot cloth cleanser, and how on earth would it be labelled? Also, are they somehow different from cream cleansers? Until a year ago I used foaming face wash so forgive my naivety.
If you are still getting spots, it's not a better cleanser that you want but exfoliating acid.
You need: Gentle non-foaming cleanser (feel free to use with a hot cloth if it makes you happy) - Avene, Vichy and LRP have millions of options for this Clarisonic optional - overdoing it can make spots worse Acid - Salicylic for blackheads, Lactic/Glycolic for spots. Again all 3 brands have acid containing spot products which are great. Effaclar Duo is much loved on here, I've also used Vichy Normaderm and loved that as well. Moisturiser - oil-free.
I have never considered using Effaclar because I just assumed it was for younger skin, but I think it's worth a try. Thanks for the recommendation. I get fed up at having lines and age pigmentation but still getting spots (worse at the time of the month and if I eat too much cheese or chocolate). My skin isn't dry but in winter it does feel a bit tighter. What's the Effaclar moisturiser like? I'm using LRP Hydraphase Light (I think) UV moisturiser right now and it feels about right - not heavy or greasy at all.
It's not massively expensive - priced same as the rest of the brand. You will read horror stories on the internet about redness and flaking skin with retinols but 99.9% of these relate to Retin-A users - Retin-A is prescription only and much much stronger than the stuff you get in beauty products.
If you get any redness at all (which is actually good because it's a sign the product is working) you just cut down so use alternate days or mix it with some moisturiser and then step it up again in a few weeks. But it's v v unlikely you will as it is much weaker than the prescription stuff.
Other downside is you need to use SPF every day - but you were doing that anyway as SPF is far and away the most anti-ageing thing you can do for your skin.