Being a beauty editor has its perks, and one of them is access to a closet full of beauty products that need testing. Every now and then there’s a cream or mask (or something else) that reacts negatively with my skin and makes it freak out. Unfortunately, that recently happened and I was left with some pretty nasty pimples smack in the middle of my chin. No amount of makeup could completely cover them up—I needed something serious to get them under control, and fast.
I had a tester-size tube of Image Skincare’s Clear Cell Medicated Acne Masque ($24) in my bathroom drawer. Knowing how powerful the brand’s products are, I decided to give it a try. At this point, my skin couldn’t get any worse.
I applied a thin layer of the semi-thick white mask, which counts salicylic and glycolic acids as key ingredients, to my skin—concentrating heavily on my problem area—and let it sit while I prayed it would do something magical to diminish the eruptions on my chin. About 10 minutes later, I washed it off and was pretty impressed that the blemishes weren’t as red. Over the next few hours, they started to go down in size. I applied the mask again before bedtime and left it on overnight. Come morning, they were nearly half their size and half as red. After a few more days of using the mask like this, my chin was completely clear and the breakouts were fully gone.
So impressed with the results, I gave the rest of the products in the Clear Cell Kit a try. It’s only been one week since I started using the regimen morning and night, following it exactly, and I can honestly say that my skin has never been this clear—there’s no sign of post-breakout redness at all. And, no new pimples! Minus some minor flakiness, I think I may have found the secret to perfectly clear skin and my new favorite products.
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