SkinCeuticals to the rescue!

The weather here in Dubai in December can only be described as Schizophrenic. Today, it is raining cats and dogs and with that, the entire city is suddenly covered in mud…because, you know, we live in a sandbox.

For my skin, it is challenging times. Winter in the Middle East is not humid but colder than in the summer, rain and sunshine come and go and the air condition is now blasting with heat. My skin is always dehydrated, but I think right now, it has reached a new record! With this comes the balance of keeping it moisturized without breaking out, and its not an easy task with sensitive skin!

My adult acne is very mild, but the few lumps and bumps I get (mainly on my jawline and neck) hurt and they’re not in any condition to be extracted. The only thing that helps is to locally treat them with some well blended acids.

Enter: SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense. Now, lets start with the brand. When we moved to Dubai, SkinCeuticals was a treat to behold as I had not seen it in Scandinavia. Founded by the now legendary, late Sheldon R. Pinnell, MD it has always been the leading authority when it comes to antioxidants and Investigating Dermatology. A graduate from both Yale and Harvard Universities, Dr. Pinnell spent over 40 years connected to the Duke University Medical School Faculty where he held different roles, such as Professor of Dermatology and Chief of Dermatology at the Duke University Medical Centre. When he founded SkinCeuticals it was to provide the market with a cosmeceutical range of clear, effective serums with highly concentrated ingredients; all of which was peer-approved and proved to work in the field of Dermatology. What made the brand a success was the fact that the products where comprehensive and easy to work with. They provided safe and stable results built on clear science and I have honestly never tried a product by SkinCeuticals  that didn’t rock my boat!

in July 2013, when Dr. Pinnell died, he had left the company and the field of research with over 200 published scientific articles and more than 10 personal patent, where the Duke University Antioxidant Patent still serves as bench mark for topical antioxidant treatments and is licensed  exclusively for SkinCeuticals. 

My first love from the brand was their Blemish + Age Defense treatment because of the balance the blend offers. first of all, the liquid is oil-free. You all know I love a great face oil, but I prefer not to add oil as a spot treatment on acne prone areas. It somehow feels backwards.

The blend consists of:

  • Salicylic Acid 1,5%
  • Dioic Acid 2%
  • LHA 0,3%
  • Glycolic Acid 3,5%
  • Citric Acid 0,5%

I always recommend acids for clearing up the skin and promote a faster cell turnover process. For me, an AHA like Glycolic Acid works well for prevention and I think it’s great that the Blemish + Age Defense hold such high concentration of it. However, for really clearing out those hard lumps of almost cystic acne I need a bit of BHA as its the only ingredient capable of cleaning the pores from the inside and out. With 1,5% Salicylic Acid I feel that this product really does what it promises without making acne treatment a complicated process. The formulation is anti-ageing while it prevent the formation of adult acne. Prevention and Treatment in one!

I also like the packaging. Housed in a dark coloured glass bottle to keep the liquid free from harm it delivers with a hygienic dropper for easy and precise application. The label as well as the design of the entire range feels medical and serious, it is anonymous on the shelf and unisex. I like the fact that it doesn’t scream I’ve got adult acne! It is modest.

When my acne occurs, I use this treatment twice a day on the spots that needs to be cleared up and I can see results already after one night sleep. Usually, the clogged pore will be healed within 2-3 days and the growth of bacteria gone. With this product I never feel the urge to do any extraction which also gives me fewer problems with scarring or dark spots as a result of damage to the skin. I’m not good at leaving black-heads alone, I’ll admit that, but I try my best to not touch and squeeze on my acne.

I absolutely recommend this product and have repurchased it many times. It is a staple in my collection and a trusted treatment suitable even for mature skin. ♥

    1. My beautiful Lisa! I’m so sorry for my late reply. Yes I think this is one of those products that will work for almost everyone. Its a great blend of active ingredients. Thank you so much for reading and leaving a comment sweetheart. Love, M

  1. Wow, that’s quite a nice blend of acids! I wish that SkinCeuticals was easier to access from Finland. Their range seems excellent, it was interesting to read about the founder’s background. I rarely get any bad acne, but lately I’ve had some minor texture issues.. which still bother me. Acids to the rescue!

    Happy Holidays dear!

    xx Laura / Laurantaina Beauty Blog

    1. Gorgeous Laura! I know! I started buying SkinCeuticals when we moved to Dubai, I’m not even sure if its available in Sweden? The brand is very much result-driven with excellent blends of ingredients. I approve!!! love M

  2. Hello and thanks for the recommendation. I will definitely look into the Blemish+ Age Defense to keep the occasional breakout at bay. For me, acne occurs under the chin. Such is life.
    I hope the weather is better now and that you are having a great time with your loved ones.

    1. Dear L you are absolutely right, why would you do that?! I mean, of course you have to purchase products and tools according to your budget, but there is always a way to make sure you aim for quality. One quality brush is still better than 10 cheap ones. Lots of love, always, M

    2. Beautiful L: I get the exact same acne, on and under my chin. Its really uncomfortable and make the skin look swollen. Lots of love my dear! xx M

  3. I have a weakness for skincare and find myself reading through your thoughts and suggestions very carefully.
    I know a lot about SkinCeuticals but not much about the founder, thank you and may his soul rest in peace.
    I have sensitive blemish prone skin too so I think this product would be perfect for me.
    Again thank you for a thoughtful review much appreciated.

    1. Beautiful Esnath, thank you so much for reading and leaving a comment. It means so much to me. YES you know soo incredibly much about skincare, you always teach me a lot! I’m happy that you liked the information about the founder – try to find some of his publications as they’re fascinating read! Have a wonderful Sunday, xx M

  4. SkinCeuticals is one of my favorite skin care lines of all time (shocker). I will never go a day without their C E Ferulic. I would have an anxiety attack if I ran out. I also use their new Discolor Defense and I love their Reservatrol product at night. I just love the line completely. I have an immense about of trust for them and the work they do!

    1. My beautiful Janine, I think it was via your feed that I initially came across the brand!! Now I’m super curious to try the new product but sadly we tend to get releases much later than in the States. I’m still waiting for the cream they launched 1,5 years ago!! Lots of love and thank you for always taking the time to read. You’re phenomenal xx M

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