Friday, 10 December 2010

Help: Clear Skin. Does it Really Work?

I was recently offered the chance to try out a food supplement product called Help: Clear Skin made by Works with Water which claims to work using milk proteins.

As I've never had specific problems with my skin (although it is suffering at the moment, but that's another story!) I offered the trial to my friend who has had an awful few months battling with adult onset acne. Here's what she had to say:

Ok so, here goes....

I changed my pill, broke up with a boy and all of a sudden my close to perfect skin disappeared to reveal a hideous amount of spots, large pores, swellings almost like blisters and black heads noticeable from the moon! I spent months on different antibiotics, face solutions and have traulled the most expensive beauty counters for facial products promising a close to immaculate complexion... nothing has worked. Bad skin is not what a girl wants or needs in the world of singledom and attempting to climb the ladder at a marketing agency!!

So I thought 'why not' give a food supplement a try. After all, most people say its not what you put on the skin but changing the hormones and diet from within!

Week 1
Just before I started the course my skin was not too bad, just coverable and at the point where I feel I can just about brave the world as long as I keep my make up on! I had recently finished a course of antibiotics as I had a slight infection from the spots, so it had mildly recovered... so to speak.

The powder is quite simple to use, mixed with a flavoured drink (taken twice a day) it dissolves and only mildly taints my orange juice - I will put up with it. There are no quick fixes after all!

After a week my skin seems slightly better, I try not to get excited as this is a regular occurrence with my skin and the threat of new spots is always on the horizon.

I quickly get in to a routine of using the powder and my house mate is on hand to make sure I don’t forget!

Week 2 - 3
I have discovered (it does say on the packet) that this powder can be mixed with food! Good times! It is completely undetectable this way!

My skin appears to be noticeably better. Although I still have spots, my skin definitely seems healthier. The pores and blackheads seem much fewer and where there are no spots the skin is good!

Week 4
Unfortunately, my skin does not seem any better or any worse than when I started. After two weeks of improved skin, I think perhaps the stress of a new job and moving house (which I have done during the course!) may have hindered it.

In summary, I feel that generally skin is a very tricky thing to master and the hormone change from my pill linked with stress has obviously tipped me over the edge, I can only hope that enjoying my new job and lease on life teamed together with gentle face cleansers will eventually help my skin fall into a routine.

I actually really liked the supplement as a whole, and the concept of the product. They are conveniently portioned out, easy to use, and definitely not something I would feel ashamded to buy (like Freederm). I did notice promising results for the first three weeks of the course, but I think the effects were overridden by my stress levels! I think that the product is definitely worth a try if, like me, you have tried almost everything else under the sun to help improve your skin!

The supplement is priced at £14.99 for one week's supply, or £49.99 for one month's supply and is available from Tesco, Waitrose, Asda, Holland & Barratt and online.

This week I am giving you all the chance to win one months supply of Help: Clear Skin, along with one of their limited addition purses created by Bedcrumb London which is the perfect way to carry your sachets around in style when you're out and about!

All you need to do in order to enter is:

1. Be a follower of my blog
2. 'Like' the Works with Water Facebook page (please don't forget this step as it will be double checked)
3. Write a comment on this post including your email address so that I can get in touch if you win!

Good Luck!

Fleur x

The winners from last week's SJP NYC giveaway are:

1st Place: Ephillipsox
2nd Place: B, E & S
3rd Place: Shannon


  1. I have seen this prodict before and am really interested in it as I constantly struggle with my skin :(. I have liked them on Facebook (Nicola McCandless) and my email is

  2. I have never heard of this before, but i definetly want to try it out! :D

  3. I actually bought a health supplement made of lactoferrin to 'boost' my immune system - i took it every day and I didn't notice any improvement in my skin at all. That may have been because I was in the middle of my final year at school. But! I don't think my immune system benefited much either, I still got sick.

    I just did a quick google on the science behind how lactoferrin works, and i'm not terribly convinced that this as a treatment on it's own would be effective. However, since it's just a protein, it can't be harmful so it's worth a try!

    Although interestingly enough, I just found a news article []
    "There are no good quality trials of lactoferrin for acne. The manufacturers did a study but there was no comparison with other treatments or a placebo."
    Could have changed now, that was written 3 years ago, and the works with water site says that it's ingredients ARE clinically proven

    If anyone was interested, I have the Blackmore's immunodefence tablets - which I think came in a pack of 60? It has the same dosage of lactoferrin (100mg - just checked) so should last a month and it's in capsule form, so much easier than adding powder to various foods? And also I'm guessing much cheaper - but I can't convert pounds to AUD in my head haha (it's $40 AUD?)

    Sorry this is long, this product just intrigued me because I'd researched lactoferrin before I took the supplements and found NOTHING on how it helped with acne so I had to go do some research haha
    I hope I helped someone, and made some interesting reading at least!

  4. Sounds like a miracle product if it works im intrigued!

    Name on facebook Ra Brown


  5. I really want to try this ... I've had problems with my skin for a long time, I need this :)

    My email is:

  6. I would love to try this out since I have some problems with little breakouts in my chin area currently... thanks :)
    my email:

  7. I'm 21 and still get vile breakouts... this sounds like a wonder-drug! Would love to get my clammy little hands on it.


  8. This products seems a bit hit and miss...I think its the sort of thing you add to boost your skincare system and you need to be doing other things simultaneously!! Looks interesting though, would like to try it xxx

  9. I don't know if I believe this. Milk and other dairy can actually cause acne. The best supplements to take for acne are zinc and omega 3.

  10. This looks like an amazing product! I'd love to try it out.

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  12. I would love to win this and try it out


  13. Always love to try new products out!

  14. I can completely symapathise with your friend! I am 20 and I have always had good skin, not perfect, but good and now I am suffering from bad skin, and it couldn't be at a more worse moment. I am currently on my year abroad (in America) and I had dreams about meeting my American prince charming, however it hasn't happened! :-( I wonder if Help: Clear Skin will work for me?

    Name on FB: Taiba Akhtaf

  15. following your blog as donna <3 baby and liked on facebook as donna dell!
    i'd love to try this cause my skin is being an ass. lol.


  16. Never tried supplements before

  17. WOW!! i would love to try this

  18. That will be such a great opportunity to make my skin look better, because there is nothing I've tried so far, that worked good for my skin :(

  19. I would love this opportunity as my skin really is bad and i've tried all sorts of things.

    I liked it on facebook too :)

  20. This looks AMAZING! I want to try this so bad, I have bad skin and This looks like it might actually work! (:
    Thanks, Fleur <3
    And I know in every comment I post I say thank you, like really every time, but I'm Serious. Thanks for everything you do for us!

  21. I would love to try this :)

  22. i think ive seen something about food supplements in Bazar or sounds pretty intresting
    & wasnt sure if it worked....but with the blogpost it sounds like it does! ^_^ thank you!

  23. i would love to try this out!!!

  24. It would be great to win this.

  25. Well anything that says it might work is worth a go, my skin at the moment is icky :( so it would be great to try this :)

  26. I would love to give this a try! I am 27 and still get adult acne! Willing to try anything to get it to clear up!

  27. i would love to try

  28. obviously having teenage skin I get terrible spots and breakouts , this sounds like a miracle product and I would love to give it a go.
    my email -

  29. I would love to try this, I like the idea that it's what you put in your body rather than what you put on it and it sounds really promising!

  30. Please enter moi;

    and visit my blog;


  31. seems interesting would like a try :)

  32. Please enter me, my skin is being unruly during the winter months and I'd like to try this!

    lebilletdoux (at) gmail (dot) com

    x x

  33. I would love, love, love to win this product :D I have recently had the worst spots of my life. I woke up this morning with a mountain on my face and I couldn't even go out the house I felt that embarrassed *sighs*
    Pleaaasssee pick me :)

    Love Claire xx

  34. Wow, this must be one of the only thing that I haven't tried on mu skin! I've had acne since I was 13 (now 22) and at times I really gets me down. I'll need to see if I have any pennies left after Christmas and try this out.

    Great post.

    Nikki x

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