My skin recovery journey with Eau Thermale Avène

For someone with sensitive skin, I consider myself lucky as I don’t have pimple/acne issues. So when I had pimple outbreak back in December, I thought that is was just because of PMS or age is catching up. I was completely wrong when I started spotting red patches on my face. Went to the doctor and it was identified as an allergic reaction (not sure to what) and had a steroid jab. Immediately everything subsided except for 1 pimple on my forehead (right smack in between my brows). I usually don’t do much when I had pimples as they go away on their own but this round, I was completely wrong…

It continues growing to a huge one and this photo was taken 
when I was still ignorance of the ‘pimple’

I went to the doctor and he said that I had a bacterial infection most likely the ‘staph infections’ and it was not a pimple. He said that it could be due to the previous allergic reaction and the bacteria had infected one of the rashes. He helped to remove the pus which is so thick and icky that it can’t even get out with a small hole. I ended up with a hole on the face that is as wide as a cotton bud. The entire bud can go in to clean the ‘wound’.

Little did we know that the infection was that bad that I woke up with a swollen face the next day as the bacteria spread down to my entire face. I was not allowed to go out to avoid the condition to worsen.

My swollen face (have to block my eyes as I look extremely hideous here)

I had to be placed under antibiotics (medicine & cream) and was not allowed to wash my face except from wiping it with a hanky. Tell me how long can you last without washing / cleansing their face?

I started washing my face apart from the forehead area once I see the swell subside. My skin condition has deteriorated badly. To ensure that the condition didn’t get any worst, I used Eau Thermale Avène products as this brand specially cater the needs for sensitive skin.

Pic from left of my 3-week progress: Face is still swollen | Swell completely gone | Finally can remove my bandage

I started with the most basic of all – cleanser, soothe, toner& moisturizer and protector:
Step 1 Cleanse: Eau Thermale Avène Gentle Cleansing Foam 150ml
Step 2 Soothe: Avène Thermale Spring Water 50ml, 150ml or 200ml 
Step 3 Tone: Eau Thermale Avène Gentle Toner 200ml 
Step 4 Moisture: Eau Thermale Avène Hydrance Optimale Light Hydrating Cream 40ml
Step 5 Protect: Eau Thermale Avène Day Protector Tinted SPF 30 40ml

STEP 1 CLEANSE: Eau Thermale Avène Gentle Cleansing Foam 150ml (RM95)

I cleanse my face with Eau Thermale Avène Gentle Cleansing Foam 150ml once a day instead of twice. In the morning I simply wash my face with water as I tried washing my face twice daily but in the evening my face starts to get oily as I’ve stopped cleansing and applying anything on my face for some time. I like how it cleanses the impurities and dirt from the face.

STEP 2 SOOTHE: Avène Thermal Spring Water 50ml (RM25), 150ml (RM49) and 200ml (RM69)

Secondly, I had a secret weapon – Avène Thermale Spring Water Spray. This product contains Avène Thermale Spring Water sourced directly from Avene, France and Nitrogen only for ease of pumping and nothing else which is well known to soothes, softens and hydrates the skin as well as helping eczema skin. Not only this, Avène Thermale Spring Water can be used to set makeup, as aftershave and as dermatological care – post surgery, sunburn, redness on the face, damaged skin and for little baby’s diaper rash too. As I have hypersensitive skin, I easily get allergic reaction (urticaria or better known as hives). I was at first skeptical on how good it was towards helping eczema and decided to give it a try to the hives and the redness and itchiness reduce within 15 minutes.

STEP 3 TONE: Eau Thermale Avène Gentle Toner 200ml (RM89)

I continued with applying Eau Thermale Avène Gentle Toner 200ml (RM89) and Eau Thermale Avène Hydrance Optimale Light Hydrating Cream 40ml (RM109) twice daily.

STEP 4 MOISTURE: Eau Thermale Avène Hydrance Optimale Light Hydrating Cream 40ml (RM109)

This Light Hydrating Cream has a very ‘light’ and non-sticky texture. The product has a light fragrance that is quite pleasing and it is very refreshing at every use. The face feels hydrated and moisturized.

These are my 四宝 (direct translation four treasure) for the next few weeks. I must say that I was really lucky to be introduced to Eau Thermale Avène before I had this ‘calamity’.  I have seen Eau Thermale Avène at retail pharmacies but have never try it until I went to Eau Thermale Avène blogger event and find out that Eau Thermale Avène products contain Avène Thermale Spring Water from a village in France called Avène … Yup. That’s how the brand got its name.

And finally a pic without being censored

STEP 5 PROTECT:  Eau Thermale Avène Day Protector Tinted SPF 30 40ml (RM99)

If you notice, my skin tone has become uneven (forehead and darker) as I’ve not applied anything there but the products I’ve been using has allow my face to maintain moisturize and fair.

I started using Eau ThermaleAvène Day Protector Tinted SPF 30 40ml (RM99) as it’s very important to protect the skin from the UV ray. It’s has SPF30 PA++ and suitable for sensitive skin. I’m always not a fan of tinted SPF as it always too fair for me but this time I was wrong…

See how it blends in perfectly well with my skin.  
P/S: My eye bag is horrible and I need to start using eye cream soon.

If you notice, it helps to even out the skin tone after I apply it and I actually use it as my makeup base cum foundation since I can’t use makeup yet and yes, I avoid applying on the infected area. Now, I just need to continue putting a white patch on the scar every night hopefully the hole will seal completely.

Let’s hope my skin condition will continue to improve.

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