Acne is the worst. From clogged pores, blackheads, whiteheads, cysts, and anything else you want to add to the list, skin is often left red, patchy, and often times scarred. I’ve been on the hunt for as long as I can remember, to find products that really work to address an array of skin concerns I have struggled with (and been proactive about). This is my first installation of what will be a series of posts on how I’ve had success combatting these issues.

Here are some amazing products for erasing and repairing the damage associated with acne.

If you want to get to the root of the problem, you have to…

Detox

Rainbow Water 30 Day Superfood Detox was specifically formulated to detoxify, rejuvenate and tone skin, diminish signs of premature aging, promote a healthy immune system and help shed excess weight; excellent for achieving beautiful, radiant, glowing skin from the inside out.

Valia Skincare Rejuvenation Beauty Ingestibles Set is part of my daily regimen. Since taking these supplements, my skin is less congested, my digestion is better, and my breakouts (which usually come around that time-of-the-month) are nearly a thing of the past. This carefully curated set has everything you need to detox your organs and tone your digestive tract, and as an added bonus, it also includes an extremely gentle facial cleanser and hydrating yuzu cream.

Wakaya Perfection Organic Fijian Turmeric Capsules is one of nature’s most powerful immune boosters. It’s a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, digestive aid, and liver detoxifier. Turmeric is incredibly important in Ayurvedic medicine, and Wakaya Perfection’s neat little capsule-contained doses make it easy to implement as part of any detox/wellness routine, not to mention, Wakaya Perfection’s turmeric is possibly the most pure, potent turmeric available.

Philosophie DIY Cleanse (14 Day) includes essential superfood blends, priobiotics for detoxification, cleansing and revitalizing detox teas, detox bath formula, and a comprehensive booklet that details menu ideas, recipes and tips.

Cleanse, Tone & Exfoliate

BRAD Biophotonic Skin Care Sea Minerals Purify is a nourishing, highly effective cleanser (I love to use it with my Clarisonic PRO or Foreo LUNA™ Mini) infused with a potent sea mineral bio-ferment blend, restoring essential nutrients and vital trace elements to the skin. Forumlated with algae, a multi-amino acid blend, grapefruit seed extract, aloe vera and MSM, cell regeneration is increased, skin’s barrier is strengthened, irritated skin is soothed, healing is accelerated and active ingredients are propelled deep into the skin.

BRAD Biophotonic Skin Care Anti-Fatigue Mist is my staple go-to toner. Formulated with anti-inflammatory colloidal silver, vitamin C, gentle bio-fermented plant acids, and soothing essential oils, this calms irritated and sensitive skin, eliminating redness (perfect to spritz on before makeup application), and is a fantastic way to quickly cleanse skin in the morning.

I’m Fabulous® Biophotonic Skincare TCA Chemical Body Peel is incredibly effective at erasing bodily scars, skin damage, hyper pigmentation, and other dark spots. This is a great peel to have in your arsenal, because let’s face it, no one wants ‘bacne’ or other bodily scarring.

Dermasuri Deep Exfoliating Mitt Set will slough off dead skin cells unlike any other. Exfoliating is an essential when it comes to having good skin. These little mitts won the 2014 Cosmopolitan Magazine Reader’s Choice Awards for best exfoliator, and are inspired by Turkish hammams and Korean spas.

May Lindstrom Skin Jasmine Garden Botanical Mist is particularly wonderful for acne and irritation prone skin. Works beautifully after cleansing and before oils, to set makeup, to refresh, cool, calm and heal.

I’m Fabulous® Biophotonic Skincare Bio Gorgeous Peel has been formulated with maximum purity and efficacy; this serum drastically reduces the appearance of enlarged pores, lifts and tightens skin, and controls sebum production, to give you smooth, refined skin like no other.

BRAD Biophotonic Skin Care Ultra Peel is a cult-favorite among celebrities and beauty editors; it brightens, reduces scarring, helps combat acne, and inhibits the skin’s ability to product  melanin, which effectively corrects brown spots and discoloration.

Tracie Martyn Enzyme Exfoliant is like having a professional facial at your fingertips. Crafted with an organic formulation that combines powerful enzymes and botanical skin brighteners that draw out impurities, effortlessly slough away dead skin cells, prevent breakouts, combat wrinkles, retexturize skin, and refine pores for a radiant, luminous glow.

 

Repair & Protect

I’m Fabulous® Biophotonic Skincare Super Peptides Brightening Serum is an extremely powerful skin regenerator and brightener, effectively reducing redness, lightening and repairing dark spots, increasing skin tone, firmness and elasticity. Not to mention, I’m Fabulous® formulations are made from organic ingredients. I love using this serum at night as part of my skin-repairing regimen; I wake up looking visibly brighter, and skin looks refreshed.

Stem Cell Beauty Innovations Stem Cell Daily Supplements help to protect skin, and boost collagen production. This aids in healing, and maintaining youthful skin. It’s a huge favorite (and well kept secret) among Hollywood’s ageless beauties.

Verso Skincare Super Facial Serum is formulated with a high dose of Retinol 8, this serum boosts the skin’s natural production of collagen 8x more effectively than other Retinol products on the market, effectively healing and strengthening the skin, preventing wrinkles, improving texture, and eliminating discoloration.

I’m Fabulous® Biophotonic Skincare Super White Bio Serum clinically proven to be more effective than hydroquinone, this serum restores damaged cells to their more youthful integrity for a younger more even toned complexion. Formulated to penetrate deep into the skin to lighten discoloration and pigmentation problems. Skin tone balancer, brightens skin, evens out skin tone, helps to lighten dark spots left over from acne.

BRAD Biophotonic Skin Care Ultra White is an incredibly effective, intense lightening and brightening; gentle, and deeply renewing. Ultra White improves the skin’s texture and pigment distribution, protects from UV radiation, promotes cellular recovery, corrects discoloration, and protects skin against premature aging with ingredients like Sea Buckthorn, Kojic Acid, Alpha Arbutin, Sea Plankton, Watercress & Bearberry Extract. Since using, I have seen my skin become noticeably brighter, and more translucent.

Phylia de M. Fulphyl is the only completely humic-free fulvic acid available on the market. Correct and regenerate your skin from within with this extremely potent blend of nutrients. This signature, concentrated formula is produced solely through the fermentation of pure and organic fruits and vegetables. By activating the full potential of the nutrients you consume, fulvic acid carries nutrients to the correct cells within your body, working to remove harmful toxins and free radicals while encouraging cell health and regeneration.

I’m Fabulous® Biophotonic Skincare Power-Packed Repair Serum is an anti-aging serum, a moisturizing serum, a brightening and tightening serum, all rolled into one! Extremely potent and fast acting, it will repair sun damage, reduce fine lines, increase elasticity and deeply hydrate.

BRAD Biophotonic Skincare Sublime Collection duo is formulated with a patented, encapsulated retinol complex that gently promotes cell turnover and dramatically improves the skin’s tone, texture and elasticity without increasing photosensitivity. Plant stem cells extend cell lifespan and aid in skin regeneration, rejuvenating aging and photo-damaged skin.

Camouflage

James Read Express Hydrating Self Tan Mask Set is an incredible, fast developing, natural looking self-tanning duo for face and body. Extremely effective for blurring imperfections, especially on fair skin. I have found that when I use these products, I require little to no makeup, and look perfectly sun-kissed.

M·A·C Face & Body Foundation is my favorite foundation, maybe of all-time. It’s a fluid foundation that provides low-to-medium build able coverage and a flawless, natural satin-shine finish. Its long wearing, and water-resistant formula keeps my skin looking dewy and perfectly even-looking, all day long, even through sweat and days at the pool.

Bobbi Brown Face Touch Up Stick is the perfect tool for keeping skin looking amazing while on-the-go. Full coverage formula, so it is amazing for disguising redness and blemishes in a snap.

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is oil-free, free of synthetic fragrances, and non-comedogenic. This lightweight tinted moisturizer offers excellent coverage and advanced sun protection, while helping to diminish the signs of hyperpigmentation and dark spots, creating over time, naturally luminous skin. It wears beautifully throughout the day, and I found that it is well suited for both dry and oily skin types.

Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Ink Foundation SPF 18 this beautifully weightless foundation wears like a second skin. Its formulation provides excellent sun protection, and 24 hour wear time — even through heat and humidity. I love wearing this when I don’t want to look like I’m wearing a stitch of makeup, as it’s virtually undetectable on the skin, while still creating the appearance of luminous, lit-from-within, perfect skin.

So that wraps it up! I hope this was helpful, and if you have any questions, please, leave me a comment. I am as always, more than happy to answer questions and offer what knowledge and assistance I can!

EDIT: Definitely check out using a derma roller! It’s hands-down been one of the most helpful skincare tools I’ve ever discovered. Can’t believe I forgot to include it!

And, of course, time for the disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, these are all merely my suggestions based on my own experience. If your skin problems are ongoing, it’s always a good idea to visit a doctor or dermatologist to determine the underlying cause. I use a naturopathic doctor, and am very pleased with the course I’m on. I fully believe that all skin problems are simply manifestations of what’s going on inside of your body, so it’s always a good idea to keep your health in check.

Also, I can’t stress enough how important it is to drink plenty of water during the day, so at very least, do try to manage that.

Stay beautiful!

xo
Ashley