Every month, around what I will refer to as my Super Magic Girl Time, I start breaking out like crazy. I know I’ve expressed major skin concerns recently, but this week I woke up to discover a horrific constellation of zits stretching from my cheek to my chin to the dead-center of my neck improbably, down to my cleavage. WTF?
Immediately I turned to the Reviva Labs glycolic face wash and cream I had recently purchased, hoping that the combination of antioxidant vitamins, botanical extracts, and botanical oils would blast my zits away. Alas, no. My skin became noticeably softer, and the reassuring sting of the glycolic made me want to believe it was working. But days later I still had a atrocious assemblage of acne.
A visit to my old stomping grounds, the venerable Books & Books provided the remedy I needed. No, they donâ€™t sell skin care products at this landmark independent bookstore â€“ the store manager, the glamorous and apparently ageless Zoe Ann, told me that glycolic was too harsh for my young skin. According to her, all I needed was the old stand-bys, salicylic acid and/or benzoyl peroxide cream.
I didnâ€™t quite believe her until I actually tried it. I wore the Persa Gel for the past three nights, and dabbed on a little Acne Spot treatment under my makeup during the day. Ladies, today I am happy to say that those hugely noticeable spots have almost entirely dried up, and my skin looks well â€¦ almost clean and clear! This proves that sometimes, the best product is already right under your nose.
It never hurts to keep these old stand-bys around. Whatâ€™s your favorite stand-by product?