Product Type: Freederm body care
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Making my own bid for Free-derm
Member Name: cha97mw
Advantages: makes spots less red, and heals them quicker.
Disadvantages: Doesn't completely heal my skin, tube is only 10g and is over £4.
My skin is a constant battle ground. I have always had slightly troublesome skin, but I have found in the past few years since having kids the battle has got harder. I am more tired, more hormonal, and my skin shows the results of this battle with a permanent outbreak of pimples.
I regularly pick up new things to try when I am doing the supermarket shopping to see if I can find anything that will help. I have been using this freederm gel for about a month now on my troublesome skin, and I am finding that I can see some results from it. Not a massive improvement, but less volatile, and my outbreaks are healing quicker than they were.
I picked up a small 10g tube of freederm gel from Tesco, which cost me £4.40. This is pocket money price to me, ideal to have a try, and if it doesn't work move on and try something else. My first thought when I got home and unpackaged the cardboard box and saw the size of the tube, was disappointment. I thought to myself it would only last about a week. Admittedly, if used twice a day as recommended, on a severe outbreak, this is probably the case, but here I am a month later with some still left in my tube.
The gel is to apply to clean skin, so I follow the given instructions and wash my face first with a face wash designed to work on problem skin. I then apply a small amount of this gel onto the spotty areas. Believe me, this is not a small area, as I seem to suffer on my chin and cheeks mainly. I have been not too skimpy with this, applying to the area around a spot as well as just the red swollen bump.
The first time I used this I put it on overnight as I was paranoid that I would end up more blotchy or it would make more spots appear at the surface, however, after even the first treatment, I found that the areas I applied it to were less swollen and red. It definitely reduces the severity of my spots, and it also makes them heal up a bit quicker. Because the spot is not actually getting a head on it when I apply this gel, I am also noticing my skin is looking less scarred. One of my biggest problems is that the red marks last for ages when the inflammation has gone, and this is less apparent to me. I actually feel like my skin is the best it has been in a long time.
The gel is pretty transparent when it comes out of the tube. It is a little milky, but it goes on the skin and absorbs quickly leaving no trace of it. A little goes a fair way too. I have found that it has dried my skin out a bit, but not as bad as some more potent spot treatments. I can make the dry patches better with a bit of moisturiser without my skin then going inton overdrive and then becoming more spotty.
This is more suited to someone with milder breakouts. I can't see it working very well on full blown acne as it has not fully cleared my skin, but it has helped. It contains a vitamin B complex and Nicotinamide which is anti-inflammatory, so it is designed to help reduce the breakout.
I personally like this gel, and would buy it again, but realise it won't completely heal all of my skin problems. I have found it is good for using on skin that feels like it is going to get a huge spot to reduce the problem before it gets there. I may not have completely clear skin, but this feels like I am doing something worthwhile to help it.
Summary: Worth a try if you have mild to moderate skin problems as it might help spots heal quicker.