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When it comes to acne, I had a pretty smooth ride as a teenager. I would experience the occasional red spot, slap on some concealer and think little of it. Heading into my twenties, however, came a different story. Painful cystic acne began to appear banded on my cheeks. As soon as one spot would start to settle, a new one would appear. Stress, I realised, was a major source of the problem, so I reigned in my lifestyle to give my skin some breathing space. 12 months since doing so, the painful lumps were now few and far between, but I’d been left with unsightly red marks and small areas of impacted skin where I had attempted to squeeze them in vein.
At this point, I’d succumbed to the belief these post-acne scars were permanent, and that covering them with makeup everyday would be my only solace. As a beauty writer, maintaining a discerning eye for skincare products comes second nature. Despite the countless lotions and potions I’d tried in hopes of fading my red scars, nothing had quite hit the nail on the head. Palmer’s Skin Success line, however, was a game changer.
I decided to commit to the brand’s four-week trial period, because I knew the longer I gave it, the better my results would be. Each morning and night, I diligently applied their Dark Spot Corrector serum on my face, concentrating on my scars, followed by a small dollop of their Fade Cream. I was certainly impressed by how my foundation would sit on top, undisrupted – tick! And how despite the strength of the formulas’ active ingredients, my sensitive skin experienced no signs of irritation – BIG tick! By month’s end, I reveled in the undeniable improvement in the colour of my scars. They’d faded from a stark tomato red to a soft-wash pink. To touch, my skin felt soft and smooth – not unlike the effects of a lavish facial. This smart duo was one to write home about.
The range is designed to treat other types of skin discolouration too, including sun damage, skin trauma and melasma (common during pregnancy). I spoke to Palmer’s Australia Brand & Project Manager, Kimberly James on how it all works. “Excess pigmentation occurs due to an overproduction of melanin which clusters together and appears as dark spots or patches on the surface of the skin,” James explains. “The amazing thing about Palmer’s Skin Success Anti-Dark Spot range is that it actually works at a cellular level to reduce and prevent hyperpigmentation… [acne scarring] is just another form of excess melanin build-up.” While we’re used to formulas promising to whiten the skin, Skin Success works deeper to target individual melanin levels, producing a brightening effect on dark complexions as well as light. Therefore, the range is suitable for all skin tones and types, as well as adults of all ages.
The products’ effectiveness boils down to their trusted ingredients – “Songyi Mushroom Extract to inhibit the production of melanin deep within the skin, Niacinamide to discourage excess melanin from traveling to the skin’s surface, and Retinol to encourage cell turnover and exfoliate the skin’s surface to remove existing pigmentation,” James states. Together, the trio essentially generates new, healthier skin in place of older, discoloured skin without impacting healthy surrounding skin. James suggests that the older the pigmentation, the longer it can take to resolve due to the likelihood of further sun exposure, however Skin Success will make an impact regardless.
Whether the remnants of pimples gone by are weighing you down, or looming fine lines are cramping your style, the Skin Success line by Palmer’s is worth a look in.