Vichy Normaderm Anti-Imperfection Moisturizer and Hyaluspot Treatment
Whenever I breakout, I feel like going in with guns blazing and wipe everything out even if it means lots of immediate damage. (Better a scab than an active infection.)
I’m trying - “trying” being the operative word - to get a little gentler with my spots these days, simply because a week-long breakout often ends in 3-4 months of hyper-pigmentation when you leave a dark mark.
Vichy Normaderm is part of the newer breed of acne-care products that aim to sooth and balance reactive skin, and take care of inflammation and infection gently, without drying the skin out or causing irritation. In fact, I think it’s so well-known that it doesn’t really need an introduction.
I’ve actually used the Tri-Active Hydrating lotion for awhile (mentioned in a post about 3 months back) and it’s something that’s just really soothing and fresh on those days of the month when my skin seems to be oozing oil.
Containing salicylic acid, glycolic acid and LHA, it is supposed to work on pores and mattify the skin, withou a powdery feel. I also love that it’s not a tacky gel texture but a fast-absorbing lotion, which doesn’t leave a film on the skin which can interfere with makeup application. The velvety finish makes it a great base before makeup.
Tip: If you’re very oily, it’s really not necessary applying a separate oil-absorbing primer over this. The more products you layer on oily skin, the more likely everything will slide off quickly.
I do love the texture of this lotion and the fact that how clean the face feels after application. It’s also very gentle. No peeling or irritation.
That said, I’m not certain if there are high-enough levels of salicylic acid and glycolic acid in this formula to really deal with acne.
I didn’t see noticeable acne-prevention with this, but I buy it because it’s a great day moisturizer for oily days, and because it does a good job of mattifying AND hydrateing at the same time so the skin feels velvety smooth, not tight.
Hyaluspot Pimple Treatment Gel
I admit I was quite intrigued that Hyaluronic Acid (a hydrating ingredient) was used as a key ingredient in this spot treatment, when most traditional spot creams work to dry out spots.
It’s in line with the Vichy philosophy that the skin should be treated gently, this formula interestingly does NOT dry out the skin. (I experienced zero peeling using this several times a day on spots.) Other key ingredients include Salicylic Acid, and LHA (a derivative of salicylic acid), both of which unclog pores.
While the product promises to kill 99.9% of acne bacteria within 2 hours, I’m not entirely certain what ingredient it is in this formula that does so. Salicylic acid only very indirectly does so by dissolving oil plugs and assisting with cell turnover. Unlike sulfur or benzoyl peroxide, I don’t know it to actually kill bacteria.
Tip: Try this maybe a couple of nights a week for maintenance and reducing appearance of black heads and oil plugs in general, but I can’t say that it reduces spots any faster than other acne medication. It’s good for not causing peeling so you can apply makeup over your spots more easily in the day.
One thing to note is it contains triethanolamine (TEA), a pH stabilizer which can cause reactions for some sensitive skins. In low dozes, it is safe for use, but it’s not meant for long-term daily use. Keep far, far away from the lip and eye area.
One other Normaderm product I’m curious about:
Total Mat Anti-Shine Anti-Sweat Gel
I haven’t actually seen this in drugstores here yet, so I’ll have to check with the brand reps, but this would be very interesting product to try because it sounds like a great mattifying primer! I’ll do a post if I do get to try it.