I hate to say this, but I never really had acne growing up, except for a few blemishes here and there. It’s not because my skin was perfect—I think it was just preoccupied with other things like rosacea and keratosis pilaris. Recently, I had to switch from a birth control with estrogen to one without the hormone due to my hemiplegic migraine condition. Months into the switch, hormonal acne began popping up around my mouth and chin in a way I’d never experienced. At first, I panicked, but I’m lucky enough to have a variety of products at my fingertips to help manage the breakouts. Almost worse than the acne itself is the dark spots the blemishes leave behind. While I can’t tell you my skin is spotless just yet, these products have helped fade my dark spots over the course of a couple of months. As I continue on my journey, I’ll add any other good finds I come across.
I used the entire system because, as a rule, I will do whatever New York dermatologist Shereene Idriss, MD says. Each product works together to deliver results, but I will note that the Flash Mask was the standout for me. There were more noticeable improvements the days after I used it. Each detail from ingredients to packaging is thoughtful coming from the mind of one of our favorite Instagram dermatologists.
Molly Sims told me dermatologists were especially impressed with her new brand’s exfoliating pads, and I made a note of that. Once the turbulence began on my skin, I swiftly added these exfoliating pads to my regimen. The leave-on exfoliant with glycolic acid, PHAs and ectoin retexturizes and brightens without irritating my generally sensitive skin. I love how easy it is to use a pad exfoliator, so much like with my favorite ex, I will be coming back for more.
These capsules contain a potent blend of vitamins C and E and plant oils to help even out skin tone. They started to make a difference pretty quickly, and I love how easy they are to travel with. The smooth, moisturizer-like feel makes applying it a happily sensorial experience that you don’t mind tacking onto your routine.
I’ve had this NewBeauty Award winner in my shower for a while for the occasional deep scrub, but when my skin started sprouting spots, I made it a more regular member of my routine—and it really helped. While talking with an aesthetician about what I was using, she said this one “really works,” but it can be harsh, so start slowly. It’s a resurfacing cleanser that helps brighten skin for improved tone and texture.