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The Happy Skin Zit Zapper Cream

Do you suffer from adult acne? If  your acne is of a serious and stubborn nature, it's really best to go see a dermatologist. Cystic acne is typically caused by hormonal imbalance -  the doctor will most likely prescribe oral medication instead of just topical treatments. If, however, your "normal" pimples are caused by a reaction to a new product or just bacterial build-up on your skin, creams and solutions should easily dry up your problem.

It's useful not to confuse the two, so you know why all the products you've used before simply doesn't work. Go see a derma to be sure! 

 Anyway, if you're looking for a foundation that won't aggravate your acne while covering it up at the same time, you must try out the Happy Skin Zit Zapper Cream (P1,299). This contains salicylic acid as its top zit-fighting ingredient, as well as grapefruit and yoghurt extracts. It doesn't have silicone so, if your skin is sensitive to it, you don't have to worry about getting unwelcome reactions.

I love this foundation even though I don't get that many pimples. It's good for maintenance and prevention if you have average skin! Troubled skin will also benefit from its hypoallergenic formula. Here's a quick run down for your reference. ^_^

Finish and texture. The ZZ Cream's finish is demi matte immediately after application, but turns dewy after a couple of hours. I noticed fine shimmer in the formula, which brightens up my skin nicely without making me look like an oily mess.

The lightweight texture doesn't feel like a heavy mask on my face even when I've been out the whole day. Oh, this doesn't have silicone so prepare to spend a bit more effort blending it properly. I find that fingers apply this foundation best! Try a wet sponge, too. Brushes don't really work well with silicone-free bases.

Shade availability. There's only one yellow-toned shade and it matches me nicely. It looks about one step lighter on me when I put it on, but it blends on my skin after a few minutes. I wear a powder foundation on top to make it look even more seamless.

The shade would work with fair to medium morena skin, but if you're really dark (say, NC40 up), the ZZ Cream might look too light already. Make sure to swatch it on your face before you buy!

Coverage. Coverage is sheer to medium. That's how this product can get away with a one-shade-fits-all proposition. It covers redness and evens out the skin (again, great if you have acne), but it doesn't cover up blemishes. You'd still need a concealer.

Wearing the ZZ Cream here under the Happy Skin Don't Get Mad Get Even Powder Foundation. I love this combo and have been on it this whole month! The finish is super smooth and quite flawless without being heavy.

Wearing the ZZ Cream here under the Happy Skin Don't Get Mad Get Even Powder Foundation. I love this combo and have been on it this whole month! The finish is super smooth and quite flawless without being heavy.

Wear time. I've worn this for 10 hours and I didn't notice major fading. I still get oily after three hours, but that's easily blotted away. Wear a primer underneath if you're extremely oily. Dry to combi skin can just set and retouch with powder.

Sun protection and packaging. It has SPF20 PA++, a decent number for everyday wear. The packaging is compact, plus the tube dispenses a controlled amount of product. I waste nothing when I use this!

Overall, I highly recommend the Happy Skin ZZ Cream as an everyday foundation for those who suffer from acne, or have acne every so often. It evens and brightens the skin beautifully while staying put all day (with a bit of retouching of course). Great stuff. Try it out if you're on the market for something that will make your skin look good while defying your zits!

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