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As teenagers, we dreaded the inevitable break outs, but we expected them. We also looked forward to growing up, believing that once we did, our skin would clear up, and we wouldn’t have to worry about pimples anymore. No one tells you that you may have to deal with pimples for the rest of your life! At 43, I’m still struggling with stress-induced pimples. I’ve tried tons of drug store treatments over the years. While adequate, nothing really seems to be well-suited for adult skin; everything is geared toward teenage skin. So, when I was offered the chance to review Astara Blue Flame Purifying Treatment ($52), I jumped at the opportunity, but I didn’t hold my breath.
I have combination skin, with my nose being both flaky and oily. The bottle for the Blue Flame Purifying Treatment says it balances oils and helps clear blemishes. I’m here to tell you that it does what it says. It uses Totara Tree Essence, Tea Tree oil, Pro-Vitamin B6 and Allantoin to balance your natural oils, clear out your pores, dry up your blemishes, heal the skin and calm redness (all taken directly from the bottle). Unfortunately, my allergies are so bad (seasonal/year round) that nothing will ever clear up that redness, but I think it does help some. This allergy season, I don’t look as much like Rudolph as I have in past years! I’m not 100% convinced it clears out my pores, but it must be doing something, since I’m breaking out less without a reduction in stress. It does clear up the breakouts rapidly and helps prevent dark marks from forming. It’s also possible that it is helping to prevent breakouts.
I’ve been using it twice a day, pretty much every day (let’s be honest — there’s always the occasional day you forget or are too tired to use your night products!), and I do like the results. If you are sensitive to scents, you probably won’t like this. The smell is extremely strong, and if you get too close to your eyes with it, the fumes will burn them. The scent bothered me at first, but it’s grown on me over time. It is rather woodsy — I always think of pine when I put it on. On occasion, when I apply it to my nose, it does sting, but I imagine that’s from my nose being raw (tissue-induced trauma), and others may not have that issue.
I will use the rest of this bottle and will hopefully be able to purchase another once this one is gone.