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Ever since celebrities like Khloe Kardashian and Madison Beer revealed that they covet the PanOxyl Foaming Face Wash as their secret weapon against acne, the brand has amassed a cult following. The PanOxyl line currently consists of a dozen blemish-fighting products, all formulated without parabens, fragrances, latex or dyes.

Acne can strike any skin type and at any age group, so I recently added four PanOxyl products to my routine. If it’s good enough for the Kardashians, I’ve got to at least give them a try!

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I have combination skin, so I struggle with the double whammy of pores clogged with excess oils and flakey, dead skin. A good face wash is essential but so is a follow-up toner. That is where PanOxyl’s Clariying Exfoliant comes in.

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Salicylic Acid and Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) are the active ingredients that dissolve away dead cells while controlling oil production, resulting in less gunk build up. Exfoliation can be harsh, so this alcohol-free formulation also includes Blue Algae and antioxidants to reduce irritation and redness. This leave-on treatment is gentle and does not make my skin feel tight.

The instructions suggest to start with one daily application and work up to three to combat severe breakouts. 118ml; CAD $17.99

After a good cleanse, it’s time to moisturize. PanOxyl has special formulas for day and night, targeting different issues. The AM Oil Control Moisturizer does exactly what the name suggests – it absorbs and controls oil to deliver a discernable matte finish.

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This thick cream, infused with a broad spectrum SPF 30 mineral sunscreen, felt gritty upon application. It must be blended well to avoid a white cast effect but the added sunscreen is perfect for day use. AM Oil Control Moisturizer also boasts hyaluronic acid, green tea extract and caffeine for added skin nourishment.

Although I loved the matte finish, I had to reapply to the drier parts of my face every few hours, which is what the instructions recommend. However, since the tube is only 48g, it will probably be used up very quickly. This moisturizer is likely better for oilier skin types that require more oil control. 48g; CAD $17.99

I found the gel-cream consistency of the PM Balancing Renewal Moisturizer much more hydrating for my needs. Active ingredients include Niacinamide, Ceramides, Cica and seven different molecular weights of hyaluronic acid to lock in hydration and replenish the skin barrier while you catch some Zz’s. This cream is especially good to balance out dryness and irritation that can occur with persistent acne outbreaks. 85g; CAD $17.99

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I really like the concept behind PanOxyl’s Blemish Brightening Patches. A nasty breakout can leave scarring or dark spots. Topical creams are an option but these patches can be used to target specific areas.

Containing PanOxyl’s Spot Fading Complex (a combination of Niacinamide, Tranexamic Acid, and Vitamin C), the patches are designed to fade discolouration and visibly improve skin imperfections. The triangular shape can cover a larger area and can also be applied to the body. These are not overnight miracle patches but will take about two weeks to yield noticeable results. 16 patches; CAD $12.99

PanOxyl products are widely available in most drug stores such as Shoppers Drug Mart and London Drugs. Priced affordably, this collection is accessible to mere mortals and not just to A-list celebrities.

Photos by Cora Li.

About Our Contributor Cora Li

Cora Li

Cora dabbles in arts, technology, food, and travel. She loves that Vancouver offers a vast playground for exploring all of her passions. Cora’s most memorable job to date was working with VANOC during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

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