There’s no way around it, problem skin is depressing. It kills me every time one of my friends is going through a bad breakout because I have been there SO many times and it’s beyond frustrating when you feel like you’re doing everything you can and nothing is helping. Ditto for women who are seeing spike in fine lines and wrinkles (problem skin in my book!). Given that I’m not a dermatologist I can’t give Accutane or oral acne treatments (though it’s crazy how many of my friends in there 30s are taking one or the other!), or inject anyone with Botox, but we can all make our close friends with problem skin life a bit easier by gifting them with products they can actually use!
I’ve spoken with so many derms about exfoliation and across the board they all say go for chemical exfoliation (versus manual aka scrubs), especially if you have problem skin. They also recommend exfoliating every day. I find the easiest way to exfoliate is with a pad. If you’re buying something for someone who you know is used to exfoliating, they’ll love these 10% glycolic pads from Dr. Schultz. Otherwise start them off with something lower (5 or 8%).
As mentioned if you’re shopping for someone who has very sensitive skin or they’re trying peels for the first time, opt for something gentler like the above peel. If they can tolerate this with no irritation then they can opt for something more potent.
I’ll say it again because it can’t be under-stated, exfoliating is important every day and the easiest way to do that is with a pad! Once a week, however, it’s a great idea to go deeper, especially for those who have problem skin. This two-step exfoliating peel is a great at-home treatment (use it once or twice a week) and it only take about five minutes. Most derms recommend seeing a doctor regularly to clean out clogs, but if you can’t this is an alternative if you do it on a regular basis.
If you’re buying for someone who, for whatever reason, sweats a lot or cleanses often, get them these blemish pads. They’re not medicated so unlike the previous ones won’t exfoliate (exfoliating is important, but shouldn’t be done more than once a day!) so you can use them throughout the day to prevent and help treat breakouts.
Dermalogica Clearing Skin Wash, $59 (this is for 16.9oz)
No matter what you opt to exfoliate with or what pad you use, it’s very important to cleanse skin first. Rubbing skin when it’s full of sweat, oil, debris, etc will cause breakouts – you’re literally pushing junk into your pores! This is a great gentle cleansing option.
Perricone MD Cult Classics Kit, $60 ($105 value)
If you’re shopping for someone traveling over the holidays, this is a great buy for those wrinkle obsessed women who aren’t ready (or don’t want…) injectables. It includes a moisturizer, neck treatment, eye cream, and foundation/serum, all formulated with anti-agers. It’s also important to remember that preventing is so much easier than treating… when it comes to anti-aging regimens start early!
Miranda Kerr is the one responsible for thrusting Noni into the spotlight, at least in the US. I go to Israel often and it’s a very popular fruit there. I don’t find it particularly tasty (and it’s so annoying to eat!) but it’s known for having many health and skin benefits. Kerr credits drinking Noni since the age of 13 for why she has such glowing skin…who are we to argue!? Because Noni isn’t as common in the US and it’s very difficult to juice (it has a bunch of big, annoying seeds), opting for a supplement powder is the best way for anyone looking to try this for glowing skin.