Thursday, April 04, 2013

Vichy Normaderm Hyaluspot: Stopping Spots in Their Tracks

Loathe as I am to admit it I'm still prone to the odd breakout, sometimes hormone related, more often than not stress related but never less than day ruining and never, never welcome. 

Having learned that my beloved Stop the Spot from Sephora had been discontinued it was back to trusty old Sudomcrem for me until Vichy got in touch. Their Normaderm Hyaluspot promised to 'Stop the spot in 2 hours, clear it in 4'! 'Wowsers' thought I. 

One of the keys to clear, blemish free skin is the reduction of bacteria on the skins surface. The press release for Hyaluspot had some pretty sobering statistics when it comes to common bacteria in everyday places. 

While I'm never a Nervous Nelly when it comes to bacteria ( we needs it for our immune systems, kids) I'm still conscious that my hands are clean when touching my face, especially if I'm suffering with a mini Vesuvius. 

Containing Hyaluronic Acid (hence the name) the clear, fast drying gel seals in your spot and forms a protective invisible barrier under which the healing can begin and stopping any more nasties getting in. That means quicker healing time and less chance of lasting scars. 

While the applicator is specifically designed to be cool and soothing on inflamed and irritated skin, I'd be very hesitant to use it directly on the spot unless you're going to disinfect it every time to stop cross contamination. I'm just too lazy for that so I squeeze the gel onto a freshly washed finger instead and apply it directly. 

While it has been clinically proven to eliminate 99.9% of bacteria within 2 hours, how did Hyaluspot fare on its other promises?  

Truth be told, there was a reduction in the appearance of Vesuvius in 24 hours but here I am 4 days later and I'm certainly not completely Vesuviusless. I'm a little let down but not at all surprised. 

The good news is that the most pleasing thing about this new spot treatment lies in its pain relieving power. We all know hormonal spots can give you that pressure pain that can resonate into the bones of your face on a bad day, well Hyaluspot nipped that right in the bud for me. For that alone I'll happily pay the €10 they're charging in pharmacies. 

The fact that the youngest Gorgebag concurs about the pain relief and has come back to me twice already looking to use it again means it must be helping him and for that I'm grateful to Vichy. 

Have you tried this spot treatment yet? Let me know what you use to combat hormonal and stress related breakouts, I'm always open for new remedies. 

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