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Why everyone’s talking about this acne skincare range

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09th Oct 2022
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Why everyone’s talking about this acne skincare range

The on-the-spot treatment is a beauty essential.

If you suffer from acne, you are not alone. It doesn’t discriminate by age or gender, affecting everyone from teenagers to adults. In fact, over half of women and 40 per cent of men in their twenties live with acne, with many continuing to experience the condition as they age. This is because acne stems from a variety of factors from hormonal changes to anxiety and stress.

These statistics come from clinical research and are used by Relife – a dermatology and aesthetic medicine company dedicated to finding innovative ways to treat common skin conditions. Their latest range PapiX is formulated for oily, blemished or acne-prone skin and those who’ve tried it have already given amazing feedback.

So, what makes this range unique from all the rest? First off, it doesn’t contain an abundance of skincare products like other targeted acne ranges, so you don’t have to worry about carving out a 12-step skincare routine and clearing cabinet space under the bathroom sink. There are just three baseline products – a cleanser, a hydrating gel and an effective spot treatment.

PapiX cleanser

After a long day of sweat and make-up, it can be ever so tempting to reach for a tough exfoliant and vigorously scrub our faces. However, studies have shown that aggressive cleansing can actually aggravate acne. That’s why the PapiX cleanser offers a more gentle solution without harsh surfactants. 

PapiX cleanser, €20.50

The cleanser contains three hero ingredients — salicylic acid (a delicate exfoliant to help clear pores), glycolic acid (for smoothing and skin hydration) and urea peroxide (an antiseptic to clean the skin of bacteria). These combine to tackle one of the most common causes of acne — excess sebum (oil).

PapiX long

Formulated for oily skin, PapiX long is a hydrating, lightweight gel that is much more than just a moisturiser. Not only does it hydrate the skin with ingredients that help retain moisture (like Saccharide Isomerate) but it actively fights acne as well.

PapiX long, €24.50

Containing salicylic acid and niacinamide, the gel helps reduce inflammation, lessening the appearance of those pesky, red spots and helps reduce sebum accumulation. Plus, it can be used in combination with powerful skin treatments that cause skin dehydration. (Note: If you are taking any prescriptions for acne, please check with your doctor or dermatologist before trying any new skincare.)

PapiX high

Finally, PapiX high is the perfect spot saviour to keep stocked in your handbag. The purifying gel has a high-powered formula with salicylic acid, urea peroxide, zinc gluconate (promotes skin repair) and taurine (reduces inflammation).

PapiX high, €24.50

The handy spot treatment has been clinically proven to improve acne lesions within 30 days of use. And, like the rest of the range, it’s free from silicones, vegetable or mineral oils, and petroleum jelly, ingredients which could throw the skin’s oil production off-kilter.

Real life experience

As they say, the proof is in the pudding or, in this case, actual feedback from people who have tried the PapiX range first-hand. There are two main groups who tried the acne range: teenagers and adults. Here’s how they fared.

Teenagers
  • 67% of teenagers said they suffered from spots or acne for over 6 months before trying PapiX
  • 92% said they enjoyed using PapiX products
  • 83% would recommend it to others their age

 

Adults
  • 75% of adults said they suffered from spots or acne for over 5 years before trying PapiX
  • 87% said PapiX felt nice on their skin
  • 75% would recommend it to others

 

While other targeted acne ranges require a tedious skincare regimen or may be too harsh on sensitive skin, this range is pleasantly pared back, with minimal yet effective ingredients. The result is a gentle range that’s dermatologically tested, not photosensitising and non-comedogenic — a godsend for those who struggle with mild to moderate acne.  

 


PapiX was developed by dermatology and aesthetics medicine company, Relife, which aims to revolutionise the approach to the global dermatology and medical aesthetics market. Relife uses scientific, evidence-based research to help people manage common skin conditions. Shop the range now.

RELIFE Ireland conducted two two-week consumer experience surveys in 2021. The adult survey reflects feedback from 106 men and women, aged 18-54+ from across Ireland, who trialled PapiX cleanser, PapiX long and PapiX high. The teenage survey reflects feedback from 100 boys and girls, aged 10-18 from across Ireland, who trialled PapiX cleanser, PapiX long and PapiX high.