I thought that once I was out of my teens and early adulthood, the only thing I’d have to be on the lookout for complexion-wise would be fine lines and wrinkles. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. “Many people (women in particular) find pimples popping up well into their late 20s and beyond,” says Montclair, N.J.-based dermatologist, Jeanine Downie, M.D. She adds that while there are different types of pimples, both adult and teen acne “have the same process of clogged pores creating the optimal environment for the bacteria linked to acne, P. acnes, to flourish.” Here, she gives BITB readers the lowdown on adult acne as well as causes and treatment options:
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If you’re a gal on the go, you’ll likely have little time to get a peel at the doctor’s office. But as we all know, daily exfoliation plays a key role in healthy, glowing skin, and using your Clarisonic alone won’t always cut it.
Philosophy – the brand that’s added every comfort food scent we know and love into our beauty routines – has an answer for you, and that’s the portable dual-step Microdelivery Triple-Acid Brightening Peel Pads ($68) . These are pre-saturated pads that are individually wrapped in foil packs so you can take them everywhere you go. Simply wash your face, pat dry, and swipe these pads over your skin and leave them on.
What it promises to do: In a nutshell, this promises brighter skin, and was created to deliver a double whammy – anti-aging and brightening effects in one sleekly packaged pad.
What’s the formula? The “triple acid” formula consists of mandelic acid, azelaic acid, and phytic acid in one pre-saturated pad.
How to use? Use this once a week for the best results. It’s ultra portable and convenient for travel use, too.
Does it work? Absolutely! When I tried one pad, my skin instantly looked brighter. My skin tone was visibly more even (it helped lighten dark spots and scars). There was absolutely no tingling sensation either, so it was a pleasant experience, since many peels can leave the skin red and irritated.
The peel pads are an attractive alternative to the other two-step peels that the brand carries, plus the foil packs ensure each pad has the maximum potency and stays nice and fresh. You may initially balk at the price tag of $68 for a pack of 12, but considering that they really do work and are a much less expensive option than a trip to the dermatologist’s office, it’s an investment that’s worth it. Of course, I would not recommend the foil packs as a substitute for a stronger medical peel, but they are a good fill in in between doctor visits.
A bright idea? Truly.
FINAL VERDICT: RDW (Run Don’t Walk)
BY WAY OF: GIFTED
Would you buy it again? YES
Would you recommend it to a friend? YES
Board certified dermatologist, Dr. Lori Brightman, specializes in Mohs micrographic surgery, dermatologic surgery, cosmetic dermatology, and laser surgery. She received her medical degree from Boston University Medical School, where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honors society. Thereafter, she completed her residency training at Boston University/Tufts New England Medical Center combined program and continued her training in Skin Oncology at Boston University as well as Mohs micrographic surgery and procedural dermatology at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York. Today, Dr. Brightman practices in New York City and is a member of the dermatological tea