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If you were unaware of ZO Skin Health, don’t worry, I hadn’t heard of them either until I was given the opportunity to test one of their products.
Before I plough in to the review, here is a little background on ZO Skin Health. ZO Skin Health is the creation of world-renowned Dermatologist Zein Obagi who creates innovative products and skin health solutions combining the latest technologically advanced ingredients with his life-long passion for science. He has created two Skin Health systems. ZO Skin Health helps protect from the environment as well as providing daily skin care. Meanwhile, ZO Medical is for those who have more severe skin disorders and long-lasting conditions.
I had the chance to try a product that would not only help with my troublesome oiliness but also prevent clogged pores (goodbye blackheads).
First things first, this is a fairly mid-range price brand, and the packaging is very luxe. Upon opening the box the pads come separately from the liquid, which I think is really nice, it means there is less chance of the product becoming dehydrated and everything is kept fresh. But while this pleases aesthetically and practically let’s see what’s its claims are:
- Dual action exfoliation removes dead skin cells to prevent clogged pores
- Reduces oiliness to help control acne and provide a clearer complexion
- Calms and soothes irritated skin
The 3 main ingredients are 2% salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and botanical extract blend (to provide anti-irritants to sooth the skin and help reduce redness)
I am no stranger to using acids, both in toner form and on pre-soaked pads so I felt incredibly confident with what I was doing. However with the aforementioned products there was always some in-depth instructions. I am aware that products sold over the counter are milder than clinical-strength, but you should take all acids seriously. With the Offects TE-Pads there were little to no instructions – Cleanse and dry face. Use pads twice a day, AM and PM. It didn’t tell me whether I was to follow with my usual moisturiser or in the morning to apply an SPF, so using some common sense I proceeded with my usual daily/nightly routine post pad.
I do want to mention that the smell is incredibly strong – very alcohol-esque/hairspray like and if you are sensitive to smells this may be too much for you. I don’t mind smells but even my nasal cavities struggled. If you have sensitive skin, proceed with caution. I wouldn’t consider myself to have sensitive skin but this did sting and tingle and towards the end of the week I have a lot of dry patches around my nose and on my chin. It does advise that if you do end up with dryness/peeling then reduce to only applying in the morning. I am a predominantly oily/combo skinned person so for me to suffer with dry skin is a real cause for concern and with that I had to take this out of my skincare rotation for a while.
If I am perfectly honest I don’t think this had a huge impact on my blackheads (see picture below and let me know what you think), but I do think it has improved my oil production. It could be a coincidence with the colder weather and my getting older, but I have gone from powdering/blotting 4-6 times a day to maybe once a day. For those of you with oily skin only you can understand the joy this brought me.
In conclusion, I am undecided. Ff you decide to try this I would love to know your thoughts.
You can find stockists of Zo Skin Health Offects TE-pads Acne Pore Treatment near you here
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