I'll never forget when I started to learn about skincare. I was in middle school and had just gotten my first of many pimples. Being totally clueless and coming from a family where beauty was pretty low on the priorities list, my naive, unguided attempt at a solution was to apply Vaseline Intensive Care body lotion to my entire face with cotton balls. Needless to say, that did not work, and ended with my mother teaching me the mysterious, grown up ritual of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing (the only skincare/beauty ritual she follows to this day, having worn makeup only a handful of times in her life). This was one of the most pivotal moments in my relationship with beauty, as it was the start to realizing how powerful the right product can actually be.
Fast forward, and I've come a long way from body lotion on the face. I've also come even further than the decades old theory that the best thing to do for acne is to dry it up as much as possible. In fact, over-drying your face can actually lead to more oil production and more clogged pores, sending you into a downward spiral of dry flakes, oily skin, and persistent acne.
That's precisely what I love about the Apothederm Acne Clarifying System. It's a three part system that approaches clear skin from a broader, more science-based perspective. The Brightening Cleanser is focused on loosening dead skin cells, maintaining natural moisture, and brightening your skin (which, if you've been reading my skincare posts, you'll know is one of the most important things you can do for an overall clear looking complexion), thanks to vitamin C and malic acid. Unlike the anti-acne toners of my youth, which were basically just alcohol and water, Apothederm's Clarifying Toner contains dual peptides, green tea, aloe, cucumber, and chamomile - all gentle ingredients that heal just as much as they protect. The Acne Clarifying Treatment is a far cry from the benzoyl peroxide-stuffed creams I used to apply like a face mask (I was a slow learner, ok?), opting for more effective, multi-tasking ingredients like SmartPeptide® and beta hydroxy acid, which helps to exfoliate, attack pimples, and minimize pore size.
Being older now and dealing with a whole new set of different skincare issues (while simultaneously dealing with pimples on and off), these products ring even more true for me, as they truly are multi-dimensional. Not only are they attacking a problem, but they're helping prevent other ones. Not bad for such a simple routine, right?