BEAUtiful: Purity by Philosophy

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 thoughts on “BEAUtiful: Purity by Philosophy

  1. 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).

    1. 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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