My sister suffers from a skin condition known as Keratosis Pilaris. Based on my quick research and her visit to the dermatologist, it is a rather common problem for many people. It is more of a cosmetic issue as keratosis pilaris causes dry, rough and patchy skin. This is why sometimes it is also known as the "chicken skin" problem. This can bother some people and according to my sister's dermatologist, Keratosis Pilaris treatment is highly sought after in recent years.
She tried a dozen of skincare products and even altered her diet in an attempt combat this skin issue. On a side note, a Keratosis Pilaris diet should contain Omega 3 fats and other useful minerals such as Vitamin A and Vitamin E. Avoid sugary foods and those with high trans fat content. It does help to a certain extent as diet makes up a large part of our health.
As she has been using Clinque products (cleaners, moisturizers, makeup removal etc) for years and found them to be rather reliable, one of the products she got her hands on is Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Relief Cream. Much to her surprise and relief, she finally found the correct treatment to Keratosis Pilaris.
As we live in a dry, tropical climate, this product will be exceptionally helpful for my sister if it really works as described. For the first two days, there was a very slight burning, or rather, tingling feeling when my sister first applied in on her cheeks. But she realized she has been applying way too much as only a finger tip full is required on each side. Thanks to the Clinique consultant at the mall who advised her on that (she almost dumped the product into the bin!).
Just a quick note, Clinique Redness Solutions is actually not specifically intended as a product for Keratosis Pilaris treatment but for anyone having sensitive skin that suffers from dryness and redness.
Feb 2019 update: It appears that there is an entire Clinique Redness Solution product line which we were not aware of. Fortunately, this cream alone works decently well for my sister. She hasn't tried the rest which may or may not work for you depending on your exact condition. Clinique suggests using it with their Redness Solutions Soothing Cleanser from the same product line to enhance the effectiveness. Personally we have not tried it so we can't vouch if it makes everything more effective.
- Much cheaper than the previous CX Redness Relief Cream which can cost nearly twice and is often out of stock. This works just as well.
- Useful for other skin and generic conditions such as Rosacea. If you have super sensitive skin or more serious issues like Ezcema, I would still advise a visit to the dermatologist. It is not oily (this is an oil-free product), lightweight and most importantly, it is long lasting. In fact, my sister just applies in in the morning and sometimes at night before she goes to bed. You do not need to apply much, just a finger tip on each side of the face.
- Contains probiotics, to be more specific, the cream contains a patented form of lactobacillus by Clinique. Lactobacillus is a health beneficial bacteria which is good for our body (it exists in many beverages nowadays).
- Paraben-free which is good because you should try to avoid any product containing parabens. Parabens are the supposedly harmful to our health and studies have associated it with inducing cancer, hormone growth disruption and reproductive issues etc. It is still used because it acts as a form of preservative to prolong shelf life of retail products.
- Packaging could be better and air tight to retain the shelf life of the antioxidants in the cream. I cannot emphasize how important this is for almost every cosmetic product.
- Does not contain AHA or BHA (alpha and beta hydroxy acid respectively). Some people may prefer products with AHA or BHA exfoliants. Both of these acids are very beneficial for healthy skin. You may wish to check out this article on the benefits of AHA and BHA. Do note these products are usually more expensive if you are on a budget.
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