Body Shop's Tea Tree Skin Care vs Vichy's Normaderm Skin care

on Nov 15, 2010 @ 10:32 pm

Hey chicks :D
So, I am 24 and still my acne-prone skin makes me a warrior for a blemish-free skin.
Any good warrior needs powerful weapons :))) So, I've been reading Chickadvisor's reviews on Body Shop's Tea Tree Skin Care line as well as Normaderm line and I cannot decide.

The thing is, I have tried Normaderm Tri-Activ Moisturizer through the 7 day challenge (freeeee samples) and although I like what it did with some weird big bumps that would not go away, it did give me 1 big new one AND it kind of peeled off under my make up in some parts of my face (yuck). But my skin does look better and it did reduce the oil secretion (for sure!! ). What stops me is that I read in a lot of places that Vichy uses too many chemicals in their products, and that leads me to Tea tree. Also, I've heard that it is very good for your skin, but in the ingredients, I did not find salicylic acid or glycolic acid which is very good for fighting blemishes and scars, dark spots etc.

What have you tried? What would you suggest? Your help would be greatly appreciated, as I truly need help with my face :(

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What else have you tried before? on Nov 16, 2010 @ 11:25 am

I have to be honest, I don't have too many blemishes, but I have tried the Body Shop tea tree oil products before. I have an extreme T-zone (meaning my forehead, nose, and chin get quite oily while my cheeks are pretty dry), which is frustrating, but I found that the Body Shop products made my skin feel a little dry. It also felt like it left behind a slightly waxy layer, but maybe that's just me?

My brother had really really bad acne and blemishes till his late 20's, and he's tried Proactiv, H2O~ and Body Shop products. Of course these products react differently to everyone so you really just gotta take a shot at them and see what happens. Expensive, but unfortunately necessary :(

I think how Proactiv works is through a process somewhat like derm-abbrasion... it kind of strips off layers of your skin and then gives it a replenishing process. For some people this can be too harsh.

H2O~ uses natural sea salt, etc, ingredients. Not sure how effective it is for acne but it's great for replenishing moisture and improving your skin tone.

You could also try Spectro AcneCare products and Differin.
Differin gets rid of my blackheads after just one or two applications! I'm not sure how well the acne products work, but personally I'd give it a try. There's a free trial/rebate promotion, so see if you're eligible :)

I hope this helped! I know it sucks to have this constant battle!

And another thing (Sorry this is getting so long!) your skin also reacts to your diet, so definitely get your proper dose of water and fresh fruits and vegetables, and cut down on the oils! It definitely helps :)

Good luck!

Thanks on Nov 16, 2010 @ 07:18 pm

jchang212, thanks for your reply!

I have actually used Proactiv years ago, and my skin did get better just to get worse a bit later, while I was still using it! And, my dermatologist also suggested Differin which had the same effect: first it worked and then just stopped working!

I have a great diet lol Because of other reasons, I am sugar/gluten free :) So I don't know....
But you are right! It's just trial and error :)
Thanks for the link too :)

Ali de Bold
Both are great on Nov 16, 2010 @ 10:18 pm

Have you talked to a Dermatologist? There are a ton of amazing products on the market but if you have a lot of acne I'd start there. If you only have a small bit of acne, I personally love Burt's Bees Anti Blemish line. The Natural Acne Solutions is amazing at zapping zits if you apply it to them individually. I also really like Neostrata Toning Solution. I used this a lot when I had issues with my skin in my late teens/early 20s and it's still in my beauty stash today because it works!

Aside from that, I'd be careful about using any creams that are too heavy for your skin or touching your face too much. Change your pillow cases every couple of days and make sure you always use a clean towel to dry your face. If you live in the city, splash your face with water mid day to keep your pores free from city grime. Those are just a few tips that work for me. Good luck!

NP! on Nov 17, 2010 @ 02:39 pm

Yeah, it's pretty annoying when something works at first but then your body somehow adapts to it (darn biology!). Another option would be switching between products once in a while to "trick" your system. Not sure how healthy that is though!

And wow, how do you manage staying sugar/gluten free? I'm eating chocolate as we speak!

haha on Nov 17, 2010 @ 10:07 pm

Well, it was hard at first, but then i got used to it! I'm battling Candida, so this is more important to me than sweets! You really do get use to it, and there are more foods to eat than you would think! I actually managed to gain weight lol

But...sometimes...just sometimes...when I see somebody eating a banana/apple/pastry/insert-your-sugar I just could hurt someone so bad for it )))))))))) and then I eat my plain yougurt and get over it lol saaaad

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