I posted a picture of my medicine cabinet on Instagram this week, at which point it came to my attention that some of you think I have too many skincare products. To which I say: NEVER ENOUGH. No really, I think I do a decent job with concealer but I have some pretty aggressive hormonal acne and I have a product for every phase of the fight against it. So today I thought I would take you on a medicine cabinet tour you didn’t ask for 🙂
Let me start by saying if you’re a beautiful nymph who has never had a zit and only washes their face with water this post is not for you. See also: anyone who is anti-chemicals, anyone who suggests that my face would be better if I would only… (go vegan, stop eating gluten, drink 10000 ounces of water today). I have TRIED IT ALL and have come out the side very, very pro chemical. I don’t wanna hear it! 😉 Thanks in advance.
Here are my end-all-be-all worth your money totally excellent acne treatment products:
Dr. Dennis Gross Daily Peels. These are nuclear strength and I love them. I do not recommend you use them daily because they’re super harsh. Also, they’re expensive. I use one a week. I actually cut them in half and reseal up the second half of each towelette for later in the week. Live like you’re on a college budget with the skin to prove it, kids! They go on sale during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale–the only time I’ve ever seen them at a reduced price.
GlamGlow Mud Mask. This is the most aggressive mask I’ve ever had the pleasure of putting on my face. When I remove it I can feel heat coming off my face (so it’s endothermic? Exothermic? Science nerds help?). Because of this, I tend to use it as a spot treatment for The Behemoth. You know, that mega zit that comes in on your chin that is proceeded by 6 days where you can tell it’s riding into town but it’s not at the surface yet. Put the mudmask on for those six days, preferably overnight. It really helps.
Sunday Riley Good Genes. Are you detecting a pattern here? Up until a few years ago I thought my only option was spot treatments. Now I know that PEELS ARE LIFE and promoting skin turnover helps my acne go away so much faster. I am sorry to tell you that this $100 product is the best thing that has ever come into my life. I am sorry I know it as well. I use it every other night after I moisturize (it’s intense, my mom told me not to use it every night, idk, she knows stuff).
Dermalogica Clear Start. This is a not as strong salicylic acid. I use a thin layer of it every night before I moisturize. It’s more of a maintenance thing than a spot treatment but I think I’ve seen results.
And for category 2, here are all the other skincare products that help me pickup the pieces once I have aggressively treated my acne:
Youth to the People Glow Oil. Ok, this was a recommendation from my new Haldi box (more on that in a second) and it’s been game changing. As my skin concierge explained, I have some pretty harsh products for acne, and oils can give skin the necessary moisture it needs when you’re putting intense things on your face. I have been using it nightly and it does NOT break me out and I wake up looking miraculous and dewy and my skin is NEVER dewy. My Haldi recommendations have been a great success so far–if you want them to build you a box of personalized skincare the service is currently invite-only but you can put my name in (Rebecca Rice) to build a box 🙂
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid. An acid? In the nice skin products category? Yes, yes, yes. If you, like me, could put moisturizer on your sahara desert of a face four times a day in the winter to no avail, you need a hyaluronic acid. Put it on before you put moisturizer on top and it will help your skin absorb moisture better. Magic!
Biore PA++++ Sunblock. You should know I am a sunblock evangelist. It’s the best antiaging product out there. If you start wearing it today, everyday, your skin will look much much better 10 years from now than if you don’t–regardless of skin damage already done. Listen, I’m playing the long game here because I look ok now but I’m gonna look AMAZING in the 75+ crowd. Anyway. The best sunblock is THE ONE YOU WILL WEAR (source: My dermatologist) and this is IT, baby. It is completely weightless, leaves no white cast on your face, and is never greasy.
You’ll notice some things in the picture of my medicine cabinet that I did not remark on so let me just remark now that these products were just ok for me: Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil, Laneige Lip Masks, The Ordinary Retinol (I think this does its very important antiaging job, actually, I just don’t see daily effects).
Ok, I think that’s all. Tell me your desert island skincare picks! Lord knows this medicine cabinet has room for them…