The Curious Case of Old Man Baby Mineral Oil = Breakouts

I will take one of everything

My history with Decleor is a lot like my history with therapy. I feel so much better when I go, but then I get distracted by other things or I’ll try to save some money so I’ll stop for a bit. Then I’ll go back and realize life is so much better with it.

My love affair with Decleor began under grisly circumstances: I hit the late-20s hormone shift (or so I initially thought). I rarely had blemishes and if I did, it was usually limited to one. To my horror  (not exaggerating; this lady needs real problems), I started to get blemishes all over my face.  I decided to dry my face out (I thought “oil causes blemishes, right?”) , but it only got worse.

I went to this crotchety old dermatologist and asked him if I should switch to a more natural skincare regimen. He told me Clinique and drugstore items were fine. I challenged him again that maybe it’s not good to soak my face in toxins. Irritated he quipped: “Well why don’t you rub your face in poison ivy…that’s natural”.

Note to self: do not put poison ivy on face. Thanks for nothing, Dr. Old Man.

Needless to say I did not go back to Dr. Old Man.

Next idea that popped into my head was to get a facial. Not that I really trusted facialist’s opinion (I always feel like they’re product pushing), but because I felt sorry for myself and wanted to be pampered.

I found Spaahh at Hotel 1000 in downtown Seattle. I asked for the Purifying Facial. It’s no Four Season’s Spa (btw, massages there are worth every penny) with all the amenities. But the important part is they have great estheticians. My gal, whose name I can’t remember, immediately diagnosed my skin as being too dry. She said it could be partially hormonal, but my skin was severly dehydrated which had to do with…

  1. the weather
  2. the products I was using might feel like they’re moisturizing my skin, but they really weren’t.

She wrote up a list of supplements and tips for me to prevent dryness. When she found out I was using La Mer she cautioned that there were a lot of unsavory substances in there and that I should switch to an all natural item like Decleor’s Angelique Nourishing Night Balm. I didn’t feel any pressure to buy it and feel like it was a genuine recommendation, but I wasn’t totally convinced. Why would I downgrade when I was using the “best of the best”?

miracle sloth

Then I decided to research more about what La Mer contained:

  • mineral oil which is incredibly drying
  • lanolin alchohol which blocks pores and creates blackheads
  • more than 11 silicones
  • petroleum derived ingredients

Cult status, my ass. I had the full line, toner, serum, face wash, eye cream, face cream…oopsies! But I still dragged my feet a bit. Decleor, I thought was going to be this unworthy successor to La Mer. Like dating K-Fed after JT.

Despite my initial reservations I bit the bullet and bought the Angelique Nourishing Night Balm (at Nordstrom of course, where you can return with ease if the product doesn’t work or your skin).  My skin cleared up in a week and it never felt better. It’s more than 1/2 the price of la mer and lasts twice as long. I’ll try new things here and there, but I always go back to it. Now I use the Regenerating Night Balm, which is for 50+ but I act like a 80 year old most of the time (Jeopardy!, early bird specials, in bed by 10) so that’s fine.


Best part? Check out these ingredientsExclusive Essential Oils of Immortelle, Concrete of Iris, Roman Camomile, Geranium, Magnolia and Lupine concentrate.

Now compare these to La Mer’s dubious list:

Seaweed (Algae) Extract, Mineral oil Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Extract, Microcrystalline Wax, Lanolin Alcohol, Sesame Seed Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Magnesium Sulfate, Sesame Seed, Medicago sativa (alfalfa) seed powder, Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seedcake, Prunus amygdulus dulcis (sweet almond) seed meal, Sodium Gluconate, Potassium Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Calcium Gluconate, Magnesium Gluconate, Zinc Gluconate, Paraffin, Tocopheryl succinate, Niacin, Beta-carotene, Decyl oleate, Aluminium distearate, Octyldodecanol, Citric acid, Cyanocobalamin, Magnesium stearate, Panthenol, Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Benzyl salicylate, Citral, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Alcohol Denat., Fragrance (Parfum).