If you are a regular reader of The Fashionable Housewife, you probably already know about my plight with acne. It has been a consistent and long-term problem for me since adolescence. I’ve tried everything from Proactiv, Neutrogena Advanced Solutions Acne Therapy, Murad Acne Complex Kit, Acne Free Clear Skin Treatment, Avon Clearskin Line, among many others all to find little to no results.
While I had significant results with Acne Free Clear Skin Treatment, it stopped working after about 3 months of consistent use. I purchased another kit, continued to use it with absolutely no results from there on after. I eventually stopped using it when I developed a severe allergy to Benzoyl Peroxide, the active ingredient in Acne Free, Proactive, Clearasil and many other over the counter acne treatments.
That made it even more difficult for me to find something that worked. I review lots of products all the time on this blog and while I love most of them, the results usually don’t last. If I use any product consistently for more than 4-8 weeks, it stops working entirely. The breakouts come back full force and won’t go away for months until I switch to a different product. It’s like my pores become immune to the new treatment after a while…
So every 2-3 months, I change my skin care regime now to help combat breakouts and keep my acne at a bare minimum. I kept hoping that someday, if I tried enough products, I would finally find something that would really, really work. Something that would finally get rid of the acne, the breakouts, the flare-ups, the blackheads, the whiteheads and all the redness and inflammation. I thought it was all but a pipe dream…
Early June 2009, I got an email from a representative at cosmeceutical skin care line, iS CLINICAL by Innovative Skincare which is based out of Los Angeles. It is a results oriented, pharmaceutical grade, botanically based line of skin care products. They asked me if I’d be willing to try some of their products
I was advised by the representative to try the Anti Aging products, even though my main complaint was acne. He said that the Active Serum not only gets ird of acne and acne scars, it diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as hyper pigmentation.
It sounded too good to be true, but I was willing to give anything a fair try! So I started with the Anti-Aging Travel Kit that contained the Cleansing Complex (2 oz.), Youth Complex (0.33 oz.), Active Serum (0.5 oz.), and 5 packets of the SPF 25 Treatment Sunscreen.
The cleanser is perfect. Just the right amount of suds, non-drying, and it leaves my skin feeling really clean. (I also use it with my Clarisonic at least once or twice a week.) It seems like a very basic cleanser, but it’s actually quite nice. It didn’t irritate my super sensitive skin, and left my face feeling refreshed instead of dry (like most gel cleansers do to me.)
After cleansing, I carefully apply the Active Serum which comes in a dropper bottle. You only need a little bit and you can feel it working right away. It leaves my face with a refreshing tingling sensation that is almost cold. The Active Serum is probably my favorite out of all 4 products, as I saw the most significant and dramatic results after using this product for just 3 days. My acne completely cleared up against all odds, including that I was just about to enter “that time of the month” and I should have been getting my big breakout of the month. Instead, I was surprised to find a completely clear complexion, that was unusually less red than normal as well.
Most days, I would follow application of the Active Serum with a light layer of the Youth Complex which is a silky smooth cream built for serious action. It is clinically proven to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin and offers immediate, intermediate and long-term results. Upon the first application I noticed that it firmed and tighten my skin and even reduced the fine lines around my eyes and the wrinkles in my forehead. My skin looked smooth and was softer than silk. I have never used a cream that provided immediate and noticeable results before this.
After about 1 week of using the Cleanser and Active Serum 2x a day and the Youth Complex 1x a day, my acne completely cleared up.
I have been using these products for 6 weeks now, and I am still completely acne free. I can’t totally 100% tell you that iS Clinical products will solve all your acne problems, because I’ve only been using it for 6 weeks and according to my track record, my acne should return in about 6 more weeks. So I’m going to keep using it religiously for the next 6 weeks and then give you another update.
Meanwhile, I can say this:
I have never been so impressed with a line of skin care products in my life. I’ve used a LOT of different brands and products to try to overcome acne, but iS Clinical Skincare products have done more than that for me.
My skin is softer, smoother, acne free, has noticeably less redness and old acne scars are beginning to smooth out and become less visible. I also have noted less wrinkles in my forehead and fewer lines around my eyes. The Active Serum and Youth Complex have made a huge difference in the way my skin looks and feels which has been a huge confidence booster for me.
Check out their full line of products at www.isclinical.com.
These are pharmaceutical grade skin care products so you won’t find them in your local drugstore or Sephora! The products are only sold in places that have a medical direction such as Dermatologists, Plastic Surgeons, Med-spas etc. You can purchase their products online at a couple web stores but I recommend that you get a consultation before purchasing to find out which products are best for you. Click here to find a location near you to purchase iS Clinical Skincare products or call 818-638-8758 for more information.