L'Action Scar Reducing Oil

Friday, May 17, 2013

Ever since I ran out of Lancome's spot eraser weeks ago, I have been in the market looking for a good replacement. I usually use Garnier's spot eraser but I wanted to try something new, something my skin is not used to yet.

So I headed out to Beauty Bar and discovered L'Action's Scar Reducing Oil.

L'Action Scar Reducing Oil, PhP 525.00
This product is not in some fancy shmancy counter, but it is hung at the back in that wall where the nail and hair stuff are up against a wall. A product made in Chile and distributed in France, and now it's here in Manila! I told you, I'm a real sucker for cute packaging like this one.

I'm not really sure what "1 mn application" means so maybe it takes a minute to apply on your scars?

The promise: It takes 3 weeks for results to start to show. So if you're reading this post, it means 1 month has passed since I started writing this. I drafted this post on May 5, 2013.

Super simple directions on how to use. Ingredients: It's made from Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (Rosehip Oil). That's it!

The bottle is pretty sleek and easy to control. It comes in a glass bottle that's why I like it! But I don't think you can use it again.

I love the roll-on easy applicator which makes it very easy to apply on your scars, mess-free! Yay!

I have a lot of acne scars to correct so I am really praying this product works! (The photo above has not been edited, and I have no makeup on) I already did my first application this morning. It takes about 10 minutes for the product to get absorbed and completely dry so I suggest applying it 10 minutes before you have to start putting on your makeup. Make sure that you apply just a thin layer on your scars because a thicker layer takes a lot longer to dry!

So, see you in 3 weeks!

Meanwhile, just shy of 2 weeks later...
I had to stop the treatment because this happened:
EGAD! I was so disappointed that instead of making my scars fade or disappear, it made me breakout! This was the only new product in my skin care regime so there was no way I was getting it from other products that I am using. It's not that time of the month either so I can't blame it on Aunt Flow. And if it IS that time of the month, I would get 1, a maximum of 2 zits on my face and never on my neck either!

According to a friend of mine who knows all about skin and products, pure mineral oils can really clog the pores hence causing the skin to break out like this. Sadly, I threw away my bottle and started using Duac again for my newly mushroomed acne that I haven't used in months! BUMMER! So back to square one, and back to using my trusty Garnier!

So, the verdict? FAIL. I will definitely not re-purchase or recommend, but the decision is still yours! Who knows? Maybe it might work on you!

After consulting with this friend of mine who is not a derma by the way but is an expert on skin (she works with cosmetics), she asked me to Google the side effects of Rosa Canina Fruit Oil or Rosehip Oil and here are the results:

via www.livestrong.com

Rosehip oil is extracted from the fruit seeds of the wild rose bush plant called Rosa affinis rubiginosa. Most rosehip oil extracts are derived from the wild plants grown in the southern Andean Mountains, in Chile and Argentina. Rosehip oil is used to treat a variety of skin conditions, such as reducing the appearance of scars, wrinkles and age spots. However, it is not without side effects.

Gastrointestinal Side Effects
Ingesting rosehip oil can cause can cause a variety of intestinal problems such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. There is also some evidence that rosehip extract can cause renal dysfunction, although that data has not been well substantiated.

Topical Irritation
As with many ingredients placed directly on the skin, rosehip oil can cause skin irritation or allergic reaction. Although it is often used to treat skin irritation, sensitive skin may react to the oil itself. Patients with plant allergies or atopy, a condition where parts of the body that do not necessarily come in direct contact with the allergen show allergic reactions, may be particularly sensitive. Therefore, it is recommended that a very small test area be tried before a full application is used.
Drug Interactions
If rosehip oil is ingested, it may work similarly to rosehip extracts, a pill form of the rosehip oil that increases estrogen levels in the body. Therefore, people already on estrogens, such as those found in oral contraceptives, may exhibit an increase in the serum levels of the drugs. This could lead to side effects such as cramps, fatigue, headache and insomnia.
Risks for Pregnant and Nursing Women
Rosehip oil should not be used in pregnant and nursing mothers. The effects on unborn children and infants have not been adequately studied. In addition to fatty acids, rosehip oil also contains trans-retinoic acid, tannins, flavonoids, vitamin C and beta-carotene, some of which have been shown to have negative effects on unborn children and infants, particularly the trans-retinoic acids.
Side Effects Related to Vitamin C
Rosehip oil contains vitamin C. Vitamin C is known to interfere with occult blood and urine glucose tests. The vitamin C in rosehip oil, if ingested, might make blood more acidic, aggravating the symptoms of patients who have sickle cell anemia. Vitamin C also enhances oral iron absorption, and therefore could have negative consequences for patients with hemochromatosis, a disorder that hinders the body's ability to breakdown iron; thalassemia, a blood disorder in which abnormal hemoglobin is made; or anemia, a condition where the body does not have enough red blood cells. While it is possible that the vitamin C in rosehip oil could cause any or all of these effects, a large amount of the oil would have to be ingested for this to be seen.

And check out this disturbing revelation about Rosehip Oil here: http://www.wisegeek.com/how-effective-is-rosehip-oil-for-acne.htm

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  1. when do you use duac? i mean what time of the day? :)

    1. I use it twice a day :) Once in the morning before I put my makeup, and one before bedtime :)

    2. can this be used before moisturizer? :)

    3. Yes, rule for skin care is, after cleansing and toning, apply all your treatment products first before sealing everything with a moisturizer :) Hope this product works well on you than it did on me :)

  2. Thank you so much for the review!
    I'm so sorry to hear that your skin got worse, it's always bad when we try new products and something like that happens. And side effects are awful! Thanks you for sharing such valuable information.
    I have to admit I'm always afraid to try new products...

    1. I know, right? It's just so sad! And yes, it is so scary to try new products that we're not really familiar with! Sigh... Lessons learned :( Anyway, thanks so much for dropping by!

  3. lovelovelove! SHall we follow? let me know xse


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