At $84 it isn’t exactly budget friendly, but MD Skincare’s All-Over Blemish Solution got me saying ”Awwwwww yeeeeeah!”
Women have been going crazy over beta hydroxy (aka salicyclic) acids lately, and after a month of using MD Skincare’s product I’m ready to climb aboard the bandwagon. Scoot over, ladies! Make room! There’s really no comparison between my old standby benzoyl peroxide creams and All-Over Blemish Solution in terms of their ability to treat pimples. I saw a dramatic difference in my skin within days.
Even the cosmetics industry itself is going ga-ga over this stuff. Each year, members of CEW (Cosmetic Executive Women, Inc.) recognize the most innovative beauty products of the year as voted on by CEW members, industry professionals and beauty experts. The award is considered one of the beauty industry’s highest honors. All-Over Blemish Solution won the award in 2007.
Shoot, I’d give this bad boy an award if I could … the Makeup and Beauty Blog Zit Destroyer Award. First off, the most welcome thing I noticed after using All-Over Blemish Solution was in how my skin felt. Benzoyl peroxide products have a tendency (at least on me) to tighten and dry sensitive skin, making it peel and itch. Not so with this stuff. All-Over Blemish is considerably less drying than any benzoyl peroxide I’ve ever used, even Proactiv. With All-Over Blemish Solution I noticed that my forehead and cheeks — my worst breakout zones — stayed almost zit-free and considerably smoother than they are when I’m using benzoyl peroxide.
Beyond the startling $84 price tag, there’s another price to pay if you intend to try this product — beta hydroxy acids increase skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. Be extra mindful to wear sunscreen on your face because most experts cite the beta-hydroxy acid-sun sensitivity issue as the most common side effect. My favorite facial sunscreen is Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Face Cream SPF 55.
A combination of farnesol (a plant-based antiseptic), bisabol (active ingredient in chamomile) and 2% salicylic acid make All-Over Blemish Solution into the acne-fighting machine it is. The salicylic acid in the product exfoliates, penetrating deep into pores, sloughing off the dead skin cells to make room for new ones. The farnesol reduces the growth of acne-causing bacteria, and the bisabol in the product work to soothe inflammation and reduce redness.
Product: MD Skincare All-Over Blemish Solution Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment Gel
Price: $84 (holy crap!)
Use: To treat and prevent acne
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A
I should also mention a few of the noteworthy inactive ingredients in All-Over Blemish Solution: silicone, cyclopentasiloxane and dimethicone. They give the product its smooth, silky texture. Some silicone-containing products can break me out, but before jumping in with both feet I did a spot test with All-Over Blemish Solution, first dabbing a small amount of the product on a little area by my left ear for a few days, with the reason being that if it caused my skin to freak out, I could just cover it up with my hair.
Three days later, the test patch looked and felt fine. The first time I covered my entire face with the solution I felt a subtle warming sensation on my fingertips and face. It was unexpected and weird but kinda nice.
I’ve been using the solution at night before bed and in the morning before applying makeup. As good as it works, during a rough patch around the middle of last month, when I was sleep deprived and stressed out at work, my forehead erupted into a zillion tiny zits. All-Over Blemish Solution wasn’t up to the task that time, but I don’t know if anything else would have been either. I don’t think I’m ready to entirely abandon benzoyl peroxide, but I don’t expect to use it as regularly as I used to.
For whatever it’s worth, I found that I only have to use a tiny, pea-sized amount to cover my entire face. I figure the 1.7 oz tube should last between 6-8 months. All-Over Blemish Solution is the first MD Skincare brand product I’ve ever used, and it really impressed me. It’s pricey … but it works.
Hit up your nearest Sephora (aka the Den o’ Makeup Crack!) to purchase MD Skincare All-Over Blemish Solution, or buy it online.
We’re in the midst of another beautiful and sunny day here in the Bay Area. I just finished one of the better runs I’ve had in a long time and am now sitting at my computer desk, basking in a state of 1) incredible stinkiness and 2) post-run euphoria.
I’m ready to just chill for a couple hours… Anybody got a pool? Where’s the party at? I’ll bring the iced tea!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
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