Imagine my delight after finally spotted the Olay Pro-X Clear line a few weeks ago in Rite Aid. I’d seen the ads all over and they sounded promising– get rid of acne and improve your skin tone. Ok, sure I’d like to do all of those things. And, being Olay, I felt I could trust them. The brand’s wrinkle-fighting lines get rave reviews, so it only made sense that they’d turn an eye over to acne. About time, no? Lucky me I have a bit of both, but that’s another story entirely. So anyway, there I was in Rite Aid, deciding between the 3-piece Olay Pro-X Clear Acne Protocol Starter Kit, which seemed like it could be intense on my already not-so-great skin, and the Olay Pro-X Clear Acne Lotion SPF 15, a moisturizer. So I decided to start easy with the moisturizer and work my way up from there. So, $30 later, the moisturizer was mine. As was a new burgundy Brucci lipstick, which can I just say they have stepped up their color game?
Anyway, let me just start off by saying that the moisturizer is very, very thin. I could see using this over the spring and summer (which I think at this point both are 80 degrees in New York, so same difference), but as the air is getting drier and colder here in New York (thank you lord), it’s not really something you can use in the winter on its own. As far as acne-fighting goes, I’ve been using it for two weeks and my skin isn’t better, but it isn’t worse. And because I had the bright idea of leaving the bottle in my bag, one day I decided to apply it several times- hey, it’s so light, why not!- and towards the late afternoon my skin felt itchy and irritated. So, yeah, don’t try that at home. As for using it in the morning though, I think I might stick with what I was using beforehand, Roc’s Multi Correxion Daily Perfecting Creme. It feels thicker and more plumping on my skin (oh, my aging skin!), and I haven’t noticed a huge difference from the Olay. The Pro-X Clear line itself has gotten good reviews, and the moisturizer DOES recommend using it after doing the 3-step system, so perhaps that’s the trick. Ah well. I don’t think I am ready to buy the full she-bang without checking with my derm, but to those who have tried it, let us know in the comments what you think.