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Quinoderm in General
Member Name: cazkins
Quinoderm in General
Date: 23/03/12, updated on 23/03/12 (354 review reads)
Advantages: Effective at targetting spots, absorbs quickly
Disadvantages: Can cause redness
I don't have the worst skin, but being in my mid 20s it's not exactly the clear skin I had hoped for. I had spots in my teens and although it has fluctuated, it's something I'm still dealing with and that does bother me. I came across some reviews for Quinoderm that were positive and having tried most over the counter creams and washes, decided to give it a go. There are some cautions to using this and although it hasn't been a miracle cure for me, it's something I've found benefit from using.
I hadn't heard of this before Googling a few products and seeing the reviews; it's not something I've seen advertised or on shelves before, and I don't know of anyone else having used it, so I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. Quinoderm has a small range of facial care products, including a cream and a wash that can be found online and in pharmacies. This review is primarily for the cream as this is what I've been using and I can't really comment on the wash because I've not tried that (yet, but there's still time!).
On their website, Quinoderm claims that their creams are the 'only Benzoyl Peroxide combination products available from your pharmacist without a prescription'. They come in two strengths, 5 and 10%, so you get some flexibility in matching it to your needs. The Quindoderm 5 is probably more suitable for first time users or those with sensitive skin, whereas the 10% is something you could work up to or use if you feel you need something that bit more potent to tackle problem skin.
The make a rather demanding and provocative claim on their website: 'there is nothing more effective than Quinoderm cream when it comes to treating spots'. I'm yet to find a product that lives up to expectations or their claims, but I'm always open to giving it a go. They do suggest to give the product time to work, which can be as little as 2 weeks or as much as 2 months, in order to see some improvement. For the most effective results, you should stick to a skincare regime, and more tips and advice can be found on their website through a Google search.
This can be used in a way that's tailored to your skin, but if you use twice a day, for instance, I would gradually build up to this and not use too much at first! To apply, they suggest you use the '3 finger technique' (as proposed by the Acne Support Group). Squeeze small amounts of the cream on to three fingers, then dab onto your skin and rub over the affected areas. I think the key there is 'areas', meaning don't just focus on the actual spot itself, make sure to rub into the surrounding skin too.
Before applying this I make sure to cleanse my face, wash with water, and dry thoroughly. When applied to clean, dry skin I often notice a slight stinging sensation from it. I tend to use it twice a day, but this does vary because of the after-effects. This can leave your skin rather red, which is why I think caution should be made when using this. Don't use too much and don't use too often, at least not at first until you know how your skin reacts. I've used this before for a couple of days and the next day my face has had bright red blotches where I've applied it, making me 10 times more self-conscious! When this has happened I've tried moisturising and E45, but it does take some time for the redness to go away, so be warned if you use the day before a big event or night out.
Does it work? I'd actually say that it does, but I think that because of the way I've been using it (not as regularly or with as much routine as required) I've not had the greatest benefits I could have. I will use this more often at more regular times in future, but I'll make sure to moisturise in between and use less per application because of the redness. I noticed after 2 weeks that my skin had cleared up a fair bit in terms of there being less size to spots and eventually many disappeared. I still get left with some old marks, but I'm much happier with my skin after Quinoderm.
This isn't a fast miracle cure for spots, and it does have its redness-inducing effects that are offputting, but it has still been far more effective than any other product I've used. Because only small amounts are needed this tube has lasted a very long time, even when applied twice daily. I bought mine off Amazon for around £6 (Quinoderm 5) and I can safely say that it has been a wise investment rather than buying a load of other over-the-counter products to try that just don't work.
Overall I would definitely recommend giving this a go if you have troublesome skin, a few spots, or acne. Everyone's skin is different and reacts differently to different products, so it's worth trying this out for yourself. It's the only cream that has made a significant and positive impact on my skin, but it should be used with caution.
Face wash (150ml £3.19 Amazon)
Quinoderm 5 & 10% cream 25 & 50g (£4-8 Amazon)
Summary: A cream worth trying for stuuborn spots & troublesome skin