I’ve struggled with hormonal acne for as long as I can remember. For the most part, I’ve gotten a handle on it with a consistent routine, good sleep, a plant-based diet, and making sure to drink water. The occasional facial from Samantha Mims also makes a huge difference, along with keeping my stress down as much as possible.
But with a global pandemic, sometimes that last part isn’t doable. Stress coupled with the irritation that can come with mask-wearing has made my poor skin quite confused: It’s dry, irritated, and broken out. I hit a low point after my flight from Chicago to New York in September, when it felt like a new pimple was popping up every day, and everything about my old routine just made my skin sad.
The Blemish Balm, which is gentle enough to use daily as a light moisturizer, is packed with seaweed, tea tree oil, and thyme, which are all great for reducing redness and inflammation within the skin as well as preventing future breakouts. Grapeseed oil and jojoba oil provide added nourishment, which doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy, just hydrated and refreshed.
When my skin was at its lowest, I used the Cleansing Mudd on a daily basis before moving to using it every other day. The formula offers a gentle exfoliation to remove dead skin cells without creating micro tears in the skin, like some harsher exfoliants do. Like the balm, it includes seaweed and tea tree, along with peppermint for a cool, tingling feeling and a deep pore cleanse.
These products, coupled with a recent COVID-safe facial at Brooklyn Face & Eye (along with my usual dose of Mad Hippie’s Vitamin C Serum and Barbara Sturm’s SPF 50 to protect me from sun damage), have made all the difference in fighting my hormonal acne, maskne, and generally getting my skin to a place where I feel most confident. Especially now, I’m grateful to have one less thing to worry about.