It came at a good time: I was experiencing a hormonal breakout of EPIC (oil-slick) proportions, made worse by stress (my folks were stranded in a foreign airport), some very bad news (a death in the family) and the realisation that a bestie of mine was really leaving Ireland to go back to South Africa. It didn't help that my usual Holy Grail cleanser had been discontinued and replaced with a product that was more expensive but contained cheaper ingredients (WTF Boots? Really?!?!).
Rant over: So anyways, this little bottle of blue soap-free gel was a bit good luck. I wasn't expecting too much, but it was all I had to get me through a rough patch, and I have only heard good things about Avène products...
Avène says: " an extremely gentle and soap free antibacterial cleanser Cleanance is the one stop spot treatment for acne. To treat oily, blemish prone skin and help eliminate impurities sebum secretion needs to be regulated, accumulated cells must be eliminated, bacteria proliferation avoided and most importantly skin inflammation soothed..." and Avène recon Cleanance will do just that.
While its not exactly a "one stop spot treatment", it is a very good start. It is very gentle, pH balanced and cleans combination/oily skin nicely. Its not something I would use for make-up removal, I don't think this is tough enough to tackle heavy slap, but this would be fab for the second cleanse.
|Not for Dry Skins... trust me|
My preference is to use it in the mornings. The lovely soft, fresh smell and gentle lather (if it actually foams and makes masses of bubbles, then you are using too much product) works in a lovely gentle way to remove any traces of night cream that may remain and wake me up. I like the little dispensing lid too... its not fiddly and you don't have to worry about losing the lid.
|closed up, with no chance of leaking...|
The blue gel is liquid enough to ensure that you will get every single last drop out of the generous 200ml Bottle, and given how much product you need to clean the visage, this bottle should last you aaaaaaaages. And its blue, even the Hubs is using it, once I cautioned him on how much to use...
|twist the top and it opens up... no mess no fuss|
I wet my face, use a bit less than a 5cent piece dribble of product onto a wet hands, lather and massage into my face and neck and then I take it off using a warm wet face cloth, followed with a toner, spot treatment and a moisturiser, it seems to help keep my T-zone in check nicely.
|you really do only need THIS much|
Cleanance also seems to be helping with the multiple Mt Vesuvius (Vesuvi-i??) that tried to permanently change the topography of my jaw line, helping to cleanse without drying drastically, but they deffo don't seem as big or swollen, red and angry after using the cleanser.
This would suit Combination or Oily skins, its gentle enough to cleanse without stripping, and all of the fantastic ingredients work nicely to help with breakouts, to prevent infection and to sooth inflammation. And I think in the scheme of cleansers €15.25 is a very reasonable price for a mahoosive 200ml bottle of product that should last you at least 3 months (you really do use very little).
The only negative thing about this is the availability for me: I don't have an Avène stockist in Louth, and I need to drive some ways to my nearest stockist... but this is something I am going to drive a few miles to re-purchase.
North Dublin: Hamilton Cross Pharmacy, O’Connell Street • Sutton Cross Pharmacy, Howth Road • Donaghmede Pharmacy • Unicare Blanchardstown Shopping Centre • Your Local Pharmacy, Huntstown • Unicare Rathborne, Ashtown • Doyle’s Pharmacy, Clontarf •Unicare Artane Castle Shopping Centre • Unicare, Raheny • Doc Morris, Cabra • Flanaghan’s Pharmacy, Phibsborough • Unicare Drumcondra • Unicare Omni Park Shopping Centre, Santry
South Dublin: Unicare, Blackrock • Unicare Frascati SC, Blackrock • Maxwell Pharmacy, Dalkey • Hilton’s Pharmacy, Dunlaoghaire •Monkstown Pharmacy, Dunlaoghaire • Murray’s Pharmacy, Killiney • Quinn’s Medical Hall, Malahide • Glennon’s Pharmacy, Sandycove • O’Donnell’s Pharmacy, Shankhill • Unicare Shankhill • Rafferty’s Pharmacy, Stillorgan • Weir’s Pharmacy, Chapelizod •Doc Morris, Lucan • Your Local Pharmacy (Crowley’s Pharmacy) Ballyfermot • Unicare Ashleaf Pharmacy, Crumlin Cross • Unicare Clonskeagh • Hilton’s Pharmacy, Rathfarnham • Unicare Nutgrove SC, Rathfarnham • Your Local Pharmacy, Sandyford • Blackglen Pharmacy, Sandyford • Trinity Pharmacy, Westland Row • Medipharm Pharmacy, South Great Georges Street • Cahill’s Pharmacy, Lower Camden Street • Unicare Mill Shopping Centre, Clondalkin • Dermot Moran Pharmacy, Firhouse • Unicare Donnybrook •Walsh’s Pharmacy, Merrion SC • Meagher’s Pharmacy, Barrow Street • Milltown Pharmacy, Milltown • Meagher’s Pharmacy, Ranelagh
Carlow: Kennedy’s Pharmacy • Morrissey’s Pharmacy Clare: Rochford’s Pharmacy Ennis •Kilrush Pharmacy • Unicare SkyCourt, Shannon • Cannon Pharmacy (Greencross Pharmacy) Killaloe Cork: O’Reillys Bishopstown • Walsh’s Pharmacy Carrigaline • Unicare Charleville • Unicare Grande Parade • Scannell's Pharmacy • Wallace’s Pharmacy • Old Quarter Pharmacy • Crosshaven Pharmacy •Falvey’s Pharmacy Douglas • O’Reilly’s Pharmacy Fermoy • Walsh’s Pharmacy Mallow • Mulcahy's Mallow • Owencurra Pharmacy Midleton • Unicare Midleton Tipperary: Finnerty’s Pharmacy Neenagh Donegal: Finnerty's Pharmacy Falcarragh Galway: Kelly’s Pharmacy Athenry • Cogaslann Agatha Pharmacy Carna • Cogaslann Agatha Pharmacy Carraroe • Matt O’Flaherty’s Pharmacy •Lenaboy Pharmacy • Care Pharmacy Salthill • Brogan’s Pharmacy Loughrea • Highcross Pharmacy Tuam Kerry: Sheahans Pharmacy Kenmare • Trants Pharmacy Listowel • CH Pharmacy Tralee Kildare: Doyle’s Pharmacy Athy • Vincent Walsh’s Pharmacy Celbridge •McHugh’s Pharmacy • The Rye Pharmacy Leixlip • Your Local Pharmacy Newbridge • Kildare Pharmacy Kilkenny: Quirkes Pharmacy Castlecomer • Unicare Kilkenny • White’s Pharmacy • Newpark Pharmacy • Freshco Dublin Road Laois: Breslin’s Pharmacy • Unicare Laois Shopping Centre Portlaoise Leitrim: Janet Dillon Pharmacy Carrick-on-Shannon Limerick: Unicare Jetland Shopping Centre •Unicare Parkway Shopping Centre • Dooley’s Pharmacy Newcastlewest Longford: O’Brien’s Pharmacy Lanesboro • Ward’s Pharmacy Ballymahon St Louth: Cottage Pharmacy Drogheda Mayo: Unicare Claremorris • O’Donnells Pharmacy Westport • Foody’s PharmacyMeath: Your Local Pharmacy Dunboynes • Kavanagh’s Pharmacy Dunhaughlin • Staunton’s Pharmacy Navan Monaghan: Ballybay Pharmacy Ballybay Offaly: Peter Fox’s Pharmacy Birr • Ferbane Pharmacy • Dolan’s Pharmacy Main Street Tullamore • Dolan’s Pharacy The Bridge Centre Tullamore Roscommon: McAnena Pharmacy Ballaghadereen • Brogan’s Pharmacy Boyle • Tully’s Pharmacy Castlerea • McGuinness Pharmacy Sligo: Nicholson’s Pharmacy Stephen Street Tipperary: Kennedy’s Pharmacy Cashel • Kissane’s Pharmacy Waterford: Unicare Dungarven • Brennan’s Pharmacy Tramore Westmeath: Unicare Fairgreen Mullingar Wexford: Unicare Gorey • Roches Pharmacy Gorey French’s Medical Hall New Ross • Selzkar Pharmacy • Edmund Husset Pharmacy Wicklow: Duffy’s Pharmacy Arklow • Hilton’s Pharmacy Bray • Unicare Greystones • Roches Pharmacy Greystones • Unicare Wicklow Main Street •Wicklow Pharmacy, Super Value Centre