Processed with VSCOcam with s2 presetNo one likes adult acne. It’s the absolute worst. Nothing says “take me seriously, I am a professional” like a big fatty zit on your cheek. Well, thankfully our Beauty Editor is stepping in and helping us combat the nastiness that is adult acne once and for all! See below – xoxo, LK

Acne. Such a dirty, unwelcome word…especially if you’re well into your adult years. What served as a right of passage as a teenager has become an embarrassment that you had hoped would go away once you left high school. Acne can strike even the best of us with strict skincare routines. Sometimes it’s stress, other times it can be those pesky hormones – either way, nothing ruins your day like waking up to a giant breakout.

IMG_6912Being part of the beauty and cosmetic industry, I’ve had my fair share of skin cleansers, toners, moisturizers, serums, exfoliators, etc. Some work better for my skin than others, but when it comes to breakouts and zits, I always turn to Old Faithful to bring back balance to my face – Proactiv. Since I was about 15 years old this stuff has been my go-to for difficult skin. Today I’m sharing 3 Proactiv products that I still use to this day to keep my skin healthy and acne-free.

First is the Re-texturizing toner. I typically apply this in the evening after washing my face. Using a cotton ball or pad, I’ll sweep it around the areas I’m most prone to break out, such as my jawline, chin, and nose. You can of course apply all over, but because I have dry skin, I try to avoid my forehead and cheeks so that I don’t wake up with dry patches. This toner helps even out skin tone, as well as target those pesky breakouts waiting under the skin’s surface.

Next is the blend-able concealer. When I have a big breakout that I know will take some time to heal, I make sure to tack on a few extra minutes to my make up routine to adequately cover it up. The one thing that always makes me nervous is putting on concealer and clogging that breakout back up. The last thing I need is for a zit to linger. I love that this Proactiv concealer not only medicates those acne flare-ups, but also hides them! Just apply with your finger with light taps until covered, then top off with a blending powder or light foundation.

Lastly, the Blackhead Dissolving Gel – AKA The Miracle Worker. Blackheads are the bane of my existence. Even if my skin is clear of all acne and pimples, I can never seem to get rid of the darn blackheads that surround my nose and chin areas Exfoliating certainly helps, but I’ve never encountered a product that actually minimizes blackheads and my pores until I found this product from Proactiv. I use it maybe 2 or three times a week in the evening just after washing and toning, and right before moisturizer. Simply apply the gel across your face and let it rest for about 5-10 minutes. Simply wipe away with a warm, damp washcloth. After a couple weeks I using this I saw a noticeable difference in my skin! Call me crazy, but you couldn’t pry this stuff from my cold dead fingers! A real game-changer for me.

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