I started getting acne when I was a junior in high school and ever since then it’s been non-stop. I’ve probably spent $10k on skin care products in the last six years and I’m just now finding products that really work for me. Hyperpigmentation (discoloration of skin due to excess of melanin production post pimple), almost more so than acne, has been the hardest to deal with. I get a pimple, the pimple dies down, and what’s left is a dark spot. It all feels very disrespectful – I spend copious amounts of money on skin care products and my skin refuses to behave. The other day my boyfriend used my rose scented hand lotion all over his face and he’s pimple free; meanwhile, I’m struggling to get rid of two unrelenting cystic pimples. Where’s the justice?
The two products that I swear by – they’re slowly getting me to the clear skin of my dreams (hopefully) – are Odacité’s Pa+G Serum Concentrate ($39 / 0.17 oz) and Drunk Elephant’s C-Firma Day Serum ($80/ 1 oz). Even as someone that swears by these products, I cringe at the price; however, the Drunk Elephant serum lasts a long time. I’ve been working my way through my first bottle since August of last year – you’re only supposed to use it every three days because it has a reservoir effect (it stays active for up to 72 hours and can’t be washed or rubbed off). On the other hand, the Odacité serum concentrate lasts maybe a month tops. I run out of this product as quickly as I run out of money in my bank account (very quickly). On the bright side, it really works. My skin appears brighter after a few uses and I can no longer imagine my life without it. Consistent use of these products has lightened some of the toughest dark spots on my face; I’m hoping by the time summer graces us with her warmth, my skin will be Glossier campaign worthy.
(Originally published June 2018)