I was so excited when Dermalogica launched their Clear Start range as it finally addressed a need in the market for quality, kind-to-skin products that would help deal with notoriously tricky acne that affects so many teenagers and young adults; it’s been estimated that up to 85% of teenagers suffer from some form of acne during their teen years, and yet they’re mostly advised tough, harsh products that strip skin of all the goodies it needs to repair itself from the inflammation that comes hand-in-hand with spots, thus creating a vicious and unhealthy circle.
The Dermalogica Clear Start range is an extremely comprehensive and well-priced range of blemish fighting products designed specifically with teen and young skin in mind. Alas, it’s been a good few months since I could be mistaken for a teenager (SHHHH!) so this isn’t a range I could review personally – even though I really, really wanted to as some of the products sound right up my street – but I thought I’d write a little introduction to the range and each product so that if you or someone you know fits the criteria (by young skin they mean teens and early twenties) then you’ll know enough about the products to decide which ones are best for you.
The Breakout Clearing Foam Wash is a light and gentle product with key ingredients of orange peel, tea tree oil and salicylic acid. I’m a strong believer in the benefits of salicylic acid and I love the antiseptic properties of tea tree, so the combination of the two sound like a good bet for a decent spot-fighting wash. It’s £13.
The Breakout Clearing All Over Toner is a great investment for anyone who’s prone to spots on their body as well as face, as this is a purifying spray that contains goodies to balance and regulate as well as heal, making it a very gentle product that should leave skin feeling soothed and calm. It’s £13.
The Blackhead Clearing Pore Control Scrub contains microbeads to exfoliate manually, as well as salicylic acid to add a chemical exfoliation plus kaolin clay to purify making this a truly multi-purpose product. Considering the ingredients, I would recommend working this over the face for 30 seconds then leaving it on whilst you brush your teeth in the evenings to give yourself a quick facial if you’re short of time. It’s £13.
The Breakout Clearing Daytime Treatment is the first of two day moisturisers in the Clear Start range. This one is a mosituriser and treatment in one that’s designed to fit spots whilst hydrating and balancing, and it also contains silver which will help heal inflammation. This is the choice for those who have fairly bad breakouts and it’s £16.
The Oil Clearing Matte Moisturiser contains an SPF15 and is more suited to those who have occasional breakouts and would like to address oily skin. This treatment moisturiser is packed full of skincare goodies 19 gentle botanicals, so this is a truly skin-loving product that’s a great choice for promoting skincare health in young skin. It’s £16.
The Breakout Clearing Emergency Spot Fix is a traditional spot treatment gel that’s designed to treat individual spots. It contains all sorts of lovely, soothing ingredients such as tea tree and lavender to calm as well as Niacinamide and sulphur to shrink the spot itself. It’s £13.
The Breakout Clearing Cooling Masque is probably the product I like the sound of the most (and may well try on my own face, against my better judgement…what is it with me and masks?!) as it’s a non-setting gel that sounds amazing; it contains salicylic acid and plant and fruit extracts and it’s designed to both balance and hydrate. It’s £16.
Lastly we have the Breakout Clearing Overnight Treatment which, as the name suggests, is an overnight product that absorbs quickly to target infection, calm redness, purify and treat. It not only contains some solid spot-fighting ingredients but it also has hyaluronic acid to handle flaky skin and rebalance any lost moisture, which to me sounds like an amazing product for tricky, spot-prone skin. It’s £13.
There we have a look at the Clear Start range and what each product is intended for. As you can see, it’s a gorgeous range with some amazing formulations and knowing Dermalogica, it’s bound to deliver on it’s promises. I’m a firm believer in treating spotty skin gently rather than throwing stripping ingredients at it and the Clear Start range encourages and promotes healing and balancing. Another thing to keep in mind is that Dermalogica are very free with their sample sachets, so if you want to try the range before investing, head to a Dermalogica counter for some samples to try before you buy. More info on the Dermalogica Clear Start range can be found here – link.