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BEAUtiful: Purity by Philosophy

August 31, 2011

I don’t often post beauty tips because, well, I don’t consider myself an expert. Or an intermediate. But this product has really helped me, and so I found it important to share!Let me preface this product review with a fact: I have horrible skin. I started getting acne when I was 13 and despite trying every product besides Accutane (including a few other prescription meds and ointments), it hasn’t ever stopped. Then, around age 20 I started getting these subcutaneous cysts that are extremely painful (and look like a giant zit, though since they are subcutaneous, they can’t be popped to relieve the pressure – not that popping is ever a good thing, but if your face is literally throbbing, you think about it). The worst part of these cysts is that whether I touch them or not, they leave a pretty decent sized scar afterwards.

I don’t have oily skin at all; it’s super dry, no matter what type of moisturizer I use, which means that some products actually make my skin clog because of the oil they introduce. I’ve even tried no products at all!

Slowly over the last 9 months, I’ve found a combination that at least keeps my breakouts to a minimum and seems to help with some of the scarring from the cysts, and the foundation is Purity cleanser by Philosophy. It’s simple, doesn’t have a strong fragrance (which can irritate my sensitive skin), and decently priced. I bought the 8 ounce $20 size from Sephora and I still have half a bottle left after using it daily and generously for two months. Combined with their non-drying On a Clear Day acne treatment, and for the first time in 12 years, I almost have blemish-free skin. What blemishes and scars I have are easily covered with Bare Minerals, but that’s a post for another day šŸ™‚

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Ashley M permalink
    September 2, 2011 10:38 pm

    hooray! subcutaneous cysts are quite painful–i had a flesh-eating staph infection (very mild, thank god) back in high school and i’ll get them every now and then as well. i use oil of olay products on my face (dry skin as well) and cetaphil hyperallergenic moisturizer (also great for body as well).

    • September 4, 2011 7:07 pm

      Eww, Ash, that’s terrible! I’m glad you got rid of it. Olay doesn’t work for me, unfortunately. I swear I’ve tried a million products over the years.


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