Acne isn’t only for teens anymore—in fact, it affects more and more adults (primarily women) at an alarming rate. 54% of women over 25 experience some form of acne, which means that around half of us are attempting to tackle issues related to acne and aging simultaneously.
Addressing this epidemic is precisely why Kristina and I formulated the Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique collection. If you are experiencing this unsavory combination, rest assured that you’re not alone. Then read on for best practices for treating it.
For severe acne, cleanse with our Treatment Cleanser, then apply a layer of our Intensive Repair Serum followed by Treatment Retinol Serum and Barrier Restore Serum every night. Replace Barrier Lipid Complex with Treatment Oil.
For mild acne, cleanse with our Treatment Cleanser, then apply a layer of our Treatment Retinol Serum and Barrier Restore Serum every night. Alternate Intensive Repair Serum and Treatment Serum every other night. Replace Barrier Lipid Complex with Treatment Oil.
For blackheads, congestion and problems around the t-zone, cleanse with our Treatment Cleanser, then apply Intensive Repair Serum for clogged pores on the nose and forehead, 1-2 times per week. Use Treatment Retinol Serum nightly and Treatment Serum 3 times per week after your retinol.
For dry, redness-prone skin, cleanse with Pure + E.O. Free Oil Cleanser, then apply Gentle Retinol Night Serum, followed by Soothing B3 Serum. 1-2 times per week, add a layer of Intensive Repair Serum before the Gentle Retinol Serum.
* A note on the combination of Barrier Restore Serum+ Gentle Retinol Night Serum: As an unexpected bonus, our approach echoed the results of studies that recommend improved barrier function as a way to help people use retinoids. Facial retinization, an issue some people experience when starting retinol use, was greatly reduced when they built up barrier function prior to embarking on a retinoid treatment protocol.
** A note on the combination of Barrier Restore Serum + Intensive Repair Serum: Salicylic acid (found in Intensive Repair Serum), when combined with sodium PCA and phospholipids (found in Barrier Restore Serum) can prevent dehydration in the skin. This is an excellent combination for refining pores and clearing congestion without drying out the skin, but it can be easy to overdo it. Intensive Repair Serum can dry the skin quite a bit, so unless you have really oily skin I’d limit it to 2 to 3 times a week, and only use it at night.