I have never had absolutely perfect skin (is there even such a thing), in fact I still recall my abnormal obsession with Teen and Seventeen magazines as a teenager. I would scan issue after issue, admiring the gorgeous, airbrushed models on the glossy pages as I silently wished my acne away. I must have tried every remedy in the book, from natural aloe vera to lemon juice, from egg masks to oatmeal masks, Noxzema to Clearasil, I even steamed my face with milk a few times (don’t even ask) hoping to find some miracle cure for a perfect complexion.
As I morphed into a young adult, my skin eventually did clear up like everyone said it would, and my move from the tropics to a cooler New York City helped considerably (actually, New York winters worked wonders for my skin). I later learned that the perfect foundation and the right application could pretty much hide any flaw, and I found the holy grail for perfect skin – the Professional Facial. So except for a few flare-ups around that time of the month, and the occasional stress breakout, I was for the most part acne-free as an adult.
Then in the spring of this year…a pimple the size of my fist appeared on the right side of my face, smack dab in the middle of my T-zone between my nose and cheek. I had felt it forming the night before, (you know those zits that feel like they’re forming in the deepest part of your pores, and you just know they’re going to hurt) and man did it hurt — for days. It took about a week and a half to finally go away after using gobs of products, but it didn’t go quietly…it left an acne scar that was probably just as hideous as the pimple itself.
It got worse. As one huge cystic pimple healed another would pop up, and each one left a scar. By the summer I was in breakout hell, and nothing worked…NOTHING. I started thinking of all the reasons why I could possibly be having this sudden case of adult acne. Was it hormonal? Was it my diet? All that fried food certainly wasn’t helping. Could it be that I wasn’t drinking enough water? Possible. But I needed a more professional opinion.
It was while I was on vacation in St. Vincent that I had my aha moment, thanks to Kimmy at Skin ID Laser and Esthetic Centre (see the bottom of this post for link). She had introduced me to Dermalogica products in the past, but I had only tried the sample kit for about a week, plus the products seemed a little pricey. As soon as she looked at my skin she asked “how often do you exfoliate?” The truth was, I was cleansing and moisturizing on a regular basis, but I would exfoliate maybe once every two weeks. I have always tiptoed around facial scrubs and brushes, because most of them are just too harsh for my sensitive skin. Kimmy explained that my pores were extremely clogged from all the dead skin cells trapped underneath and that I needed to exfoliate more. She then gave me a list of Dermalogica products she recommended.
As soon as I got back to NYC, I ordered a sample size of each. I alternated between the skin prep scrub and microfoliant religiously three times a week, and I couldn’t believe the difference. The breakouts lessened, and my skin texture improved significantly. The best thing is, none of these products irritated my skin.
These three products are now a part of my skin care regimen, and I have to say, I am a true Dermalogica convert. Their products are a little more expensive, but they last for months and my skin loves them. If you’ve been thinking of trying this brand but are a little skeptical, start with their sample packs. It’s a great way of trying a range of their products without damaging your pocket.