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Review – Avene Diacneal

I’ve sort-of reviewed this product in the past during my brand review of Avene but it’s so good I thought it deserves a post of its own.

This is what I wrote about it previously:

This is a great treatment for acne, probably the best over-the-counter product I have ever come across. This contains 0.1% retinaldehyde (retinol) which is both antibacterial and improves the texture of your skin (the horny outer layer of acne-prone skin promotes the growth of acne bacteria). This also contains a healthy dose of 6% glycolic acid to exfoliate the skin and take care of acne scars. In addition to being great for acne, this combination is fantastic for anti-ageing due to the combination of retinol and glycolic acid – probably one of the best anti-ageing combinations out there. It’s a pretty potent formula so I would recommend you use this every couple of days as a night treatment rather than a regular moisturiser. Highly recommended for acne prone skin and for older people who want to fight blemishes AND have an anti-ageing treatment in one.

As i’ve said before, this is one of the best and most potent over-the-counter skincare products I know of. It contains a fantastic combination of tried and true ingredients in a formula that doesn’t irritate the skin. If you can’t get a hold of retinoids from a dermatologist or doctor, the Avene products containing retinaldehyde are the closest alternatives you can find with without prescription.

So here’s who would benefit from using Avene Diacneal and why:

Acne prone skin – Retinoids such as Diacneal are probably the most popular form of acne treatment amongst dermatologists today. Retinoids have an antibacterial action on the skin and in addition to that they slowly unclog pores to obliterate old clogs and prevent new ones. The exfoliating action of the addition glycolic acid in Diacneal helps the retinol to penetrate your skin and work deep down in the acne as well as exfoliate dead skin cells before they have a chance to clog your pores. This same mechanic of action will prevent ingrown hairs from forming on your face and neck too.

Uneven skin tone/acne scars – Both retinoids and AHAs such as glycolic acid work to slowly exfoliate the outer layers of your skin. As new skin is exposed, your skin tone will become more uniform and even. Due to the exfoliating effect of Diacneal you must wear a daily sunscreeen when using it which protects your skin from sun damage as well as preventing the uneven tone/scars from darkening.

Ageing skin – Diacneal works well on ageing skin in two ways. Firstly the retinaldehyde – whilst exfoliating the outer layer of your skin – actualluy thickens the skin underneath the outer layers. Long term use of this will leave you with fewer lines and wrinkles and retinoids are the only ingredient so far proven to be actively anti ageing. In addition to this, the glycolic acid in Diacneal will help to brighten up your skin and give it a youthful glow whilst diffusing the appearance of fine lines. Also, since you HAVE to wear sunscreen during the day if you use Diacneal – you’re going to be protecting your skin from any future sun damage and photoageing. If you pair this with a vitamin C serum during the day, you’ll have a highly effective, modern, yet simple anti ageing regime.

In summary, Diacneal is one of the best all-rounder products on the market today and I highly recommend it if you have one or more of the issues stated above. It worked wonders on my breakouts when I was a teen and now that I no longer have acne I still use it 4 to 5 times a week as a night treatment so I can benefit from the anti-ageing and tone correcting properties of Diacneal.

Here are three tips to bear in mind when using Diacneal (in addition to what you’ll read on the included leaflet):

  1. Start off slowly. This is probably going to be the strongest treatment you’ve used on your face to date so start by using Diacneal once every two days. Apply to your skin and then moisturise half an hour later if your skin feels dry. After 2 weeks of this you can begin to use Diacneal every day or every other day (with or without a moisturiser) depending on how your skin copes with it. I have quite resilient skin and can use this every day without any irritation whatsoever.
  2. Wear sunscreen! The combination of products can make skin sensitive to the sun so it’s important to wear a broad spectrum suncreen with an SPF above 20 every day. This will prevent you from burning AND it will greatly enhance the results you achieve from this treatment.
  3. Expect purging. Diacneal works by forcing all the old clogs and bacteria out of your face. If you have pretty congested skin to start with, you may see an increase in breakouts for the first few weeks of treatment as the product forces all the old gunk out of your face. Stick with it and you’ll reap massive rewards.

As always, my experiences may differ from yours but I still say this stuff is worth a shot! In the US you can buy this online, Europeans should be able to find this wherever Avene is sold.

Disclaimer: I’ve been using Avene Diacneal for years, I always buy it myself and have not been paid for this review.

 
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  1. Laraine Sbano Thursday - 29 / 07 / 2010 Reply
    Thank you for your good story, I will be back here again for your update!
  2. ilikethecolorlapis Saturday - 08 / 01 / 2011 Reply
    bc of your review im actually purchased it and am eagerly waiting to try it out! ive suffered from acne during my teens and it got better once i hit my early 20s... but still suffer from small breakouts here and there.. i really want to try retinoids for anti-aging.. and i was wondering.. would it be too much to use a separate reinol night cream like neutrogena one you recommend along with this avene diacneal? thank you for your posts! i love them so much :) can't wait for more :) oh and i also bought the sofina lucent sunscreen.. WOW love it so much. i dont get super pizza shiny anymore half way through the day! thank youuu!!! <3
  3. S Monday - 07 / 03 / 2011 Reply
    Should I now be looking for TriAneal instead? I'm curently using M2 Skin refinish 30%, after using a prescription benzoyl peroxide 5% for 5 years (which my doctor failed to tell me how damaging it could be), but I'm thinking about trying this instead. How long should I wait to expect to see results using M2? -- Mild-Moderate acne, some red acne scars, and blackheads.

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