Your New Cleanser: Beautiful Balm

It turns out oil is actually really good for your skin. I know what you’re thinking, “But oil causes acne!” Actually, no it doesn’t. Oil is nourishing, natural, and creates an amazing barrier and is unbelievably moisturizing. Balm cleansers are huge in Europe right now, from department store brands to in-house pharmacy names coming out with their own versions. North America is slowly catching up, just in time for winter!

Balm cleansers are a cousin to cleansing oils. They’re buttery, rich, thick, and melt on contact with skin. Made with vegetable oils, Shea butter, and other organic ingredients they are massaged deeply into dry skin and then removed with a muslin cloth and warm water. Balm cleansers remove makeup, dirt, impurities without stripping the skin. To the contrary, skin is left moisturized, smooth, nourished, and ready for serums and creams.

Those weary of not getting a “good enough” clean from balm cleansers need a quick lesson in chemistry. Oil binds better to oil than anything else, thus, the best thing to remove oil from your skin is – you guessed it! Oil! Balm cleansers are great for acne-prone skin since they don’t strip it, and by letting the skin retain a base amount of oil, the skin does not over-produce sebum, which is the actual cause of breakouts.

Balms are also great for sensitive or sensitized skin as they are natural and the oils they are made with are calming. Dry skin obviously benefits from the product as it’s primarily moisturizing and barrier-building. 

So, you’re ready to give a balm cleanser a try but don’t know where to start? Here are a few worth getting your hands on!

REN No. 1 Purity Cleansing Balm
The reviews for this product are overwhelmingly positive. It’s great for all skin types, and smells amazing thanks to Chamomile and Rose oil. Lecithin helps skin retain moisture as well as maintain elasticity.

Omorowicza Thermal Cleansing Balm
It’s black which is a little surprising. The colour comes from it’s primary ingredient – Hungarian Moor Mud which is cleansing and calming. Sweet almond oil moisturizes the skin leaving it supple, and the fresh citrusy scent of orange blossoms is a great pick-me-up in the mornings!

Eve Lom Cleanser
Vogue described it as “probably the best cleanser in the world” which is a pretty convincing claim. The Eve Lom cleanser is especially great for acne-prone skin as it’s active ingredients are Clove oil, which is antiseptic, and Ecalyptus oil, which promotes lymphatic drainage and reduces puffiness. Vogue was really onto something with this one! 

Tags: acne treatment, balm cleansers, battling dry skin, combating winter skin, sensitive skin, skin care

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    • Uwo
    • April 15, 2013
    I’d like to share a little something. I’m 16 years old and had acne for over 7 years. It seemed crazy to me that I was going to a dermatologist at the age of 9.For 7 years, my mom and I searched for an acne treatment that was right for me. I tried everything you can imagine, from topical gels, to antibiotics, to even products I saw on t.v., like Murad and Proactive. Then my brother got introduced to Accutane. It worked wonders for him. It took me a very long time to finally decide Accutane was something I would try. The possible side affects scared me, but 9 years later, I was willing to try anything. Preparing for Accutane isn’t easy. You must get a blood test every month as well as a pregnancy test. Your doctor will help you choose 2 forms of birth control, in case one fails. However, like I mentioned, anything to cure my acne would be amazing. After 7 years of moderate acne, I had no idea what my skin had actually looked like. I was starting to worry because I was in month 5, with only one month to go, and my acne still had work for improvement. Shockingly, right before I was to stop Accutane, my face seemed to clear right up. I still get a pimple here and there, usually right before my period, but it’s very easy to cover up with a little make-up. I’m still told that my acne will not FULLY heal until about a year after I ended Accutane. It’s almost been a year and I’m extremely happy with the results. My problem with other acne treatments, was that it would semi-work but then I would go off of them, and my acne would come right back. With Accutane, you don’t have to worry about that. However, some people go on Accutane a second time because their acne starts to come back after about a year or so. The success rate is incredible. It’s definitely worth it, especially if you’ve tried everything on the market. So speak with your dermatologist to determine if Accutane is right for you.

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