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The ultimate problem you face when you have acne-prone skin is the issue of moisturising. In order to fend off spots, you often have to use pretty harsh creams, gels and scrubs, which when they dry out your pimples, also dry out your overall skin quality. This can be a nightmare, as your face can feel tight, dry and look flaky. If you have quite volatile skin, the right choice of moisturiser is essential. After all, you don't want something that makes your skin look to greasy or clogs the pores which you have been trying so hard to unblock.
Having experimented with many forms of moisturiser over the years, so far, I've found Garnier's Pure Active product to be one of the best. It claims to be a 24-hour spot-fighting moisturiser, which is perfect for my needs. It's always a dilemma, choosing whether to moisturise or to use spot-fighting products in the morning (as if you use both, your face would be drowning in moisture and product), so it's convenient to have my two needs synthesised.
The product contains salicylic acid, which is one of the most effective remedies for acne, and is often present in Doctor prescribed topical gels and creams. It's lightly fragranced with a cucumber scent, which is appealing, and effectively masks any chemicals in the product without over-powering you. The moisturiser itself is a pale green, creamy substance which is dispensed through a pump mechanism. Initially, this bottle is great, because it stops you from squeezing out too much and then wasting it, but towards the end it is endlessly frustrating as it's difficult to get the product out.
Within minutes of using the product, my skin felt dramatically softer and more supple but thankfully, did not incur the greasy side-effects which some products bestow on you. As a man, it's best to use this product just after you have shaved, as that is when your skin will need it most. The effects do not last the fabled 24 hours, as the packaging states, but perhaps that refers to its acne-fighting properties, as opposed to its ability to hydrate your skin.
The product certainly helped assist in keeping my skin clear during the day time, as I noticed fewer blemishes and break-outs, along with a lot less dry skin. It's not a miracle cream, but I didn't expect it to be - it should be a component of your beauty regime, something which use in addition to your exfoliant and your night-cream, not as a replacement of them.
Costing around £4.99, it's a decent price for the product, although you only receive 50ml, so you will often find yourself making trips to SuperDrug for replacements. All acne-fighting products are slightly more expensive than their standard counterparts, so in the context of the competition, this is a fair price for what you are getting.
Without a doubt, it is one of the best high-street moisturisers for acne-prone skin. It hydrates you without making you greasy, and helps fend off spots, without making it apparent that you are sporting a spot-fighting product on your face. For me, it synthesises my desire for clear skin with the necessity of moisturising, and for that reason, I strongly recommend this product to anyone with the same needs as me.