When work deadlines and sleep loss collide, like they did for me last week, I expect to get a few zits on my face (sigh). My latest little sebaceous gift included a painful pimple right beside my left nostril. Like most women, I usually dread pimples, but this zit (I named her Eva) gave me the perfect excuse to try out Clean and Clear’s Invisible Acne Patch.
The product contains salicylic acid (2%) and creates a defensive barrier for pimples (like a transparent Band-Aid). It’s also makeup friendly, designed to be able to apply concealer and foundation on top of it.
Check out the handy-dandy, travel-friendly applicator pen, which I found fun to use. Twisting the bottom (it makes clicking sounds) deploys the product. It oozes out of the applicator tip.
Application is a cinch … like painting pimples. I coated Eva with a thin layer of clear goo which took about two minutes to dry. As it dried, I could could feel the skin around the area tightening somewhat. Once dry, the surface has an almost invisible, smooth, rubbery texture.
The product contains a smoothing ingredient Clean and Clear calls Chitosan PCA, a film-forming polymer that pulls up low points and pushes down high points on the skin.
I had a lot of fun testing this product. Over the weekend I tried it out with a few different concealers and found that MAC Select Moisturecover (a liquid, not a cream concealer) looked more natural and smooth on top of the Invisible Patch than other concealers did.
It took a bit of trial and error with Clean and Clear’s Invisible Acne Patch to determine the ideal quantity to use. It was easy to over-apply, which left me with thick, flaky, visible layers that peeled right off (eww!).
(Sidenote: At one point in my testing, I was two seconds away from taking a close-up photo of Eva in all of her Invisible Acne Patch glory when I realized that ya’ll don’t need to see my zits.)
This stuff works well for an over-the-counter acne treatment. I started using it on Friday, and by Sunday Eva looked smaller, wasn’t as red, nor was she as painful to the touch. She should be gone by the end of the week, hooray!
Clean and Clear Advantage Invisible Acne Patch
Use: To treat and protect pimples while providing a smooth surface upon which to apply concealer
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+
I realize that this product will not make pimples disappear into thin air. It’s a pimple treatment, not a Christmas miracle. The smoothing action seems to work best on zits that aren’t scabby and haven’t been picked or popped. Also, if you are allergic to seafood, you best look elsewhere. The documentation states that the product should not be used by people with seafood allergies.
Find Clean and Clear’s Invisible Acne Patch online or at your favorite drugstore.
After work yesterday I went for a short run around the neighborhood, got back home, plopped on the floor and made a half-assed attempt to do some sit-ups (blech!). Half way through my third set I started wishing for a way to outsource core exercises. That’s how much I hate sit-ups.
Do you hate stomach exercises as much as I do? If you have any core workout tips for me, please let me know. I’m on a mission this summer to become SUPER CORE KAREN, but at the rate I’m going, it’s not looking good.
Oh! And if you haven’t picked it up yet, then please get your hands on Stephanie Meyer’s new novel, The Host. I finished it at 1 o’clock this morning and blubbered for a half an hour at the end. It’s my favorite book of the past few months. I’m off to the bookstore after work to get something else to read. Got any suggestions?
I hope your morning got off to a good start today. Ready for a coffee break yet?
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