Three Buzz-Worthy Brands Changing Acne Skincare

Rosen skincare Rael Beauty and Blume Acne Care Article

Acne-care is often a dreaded term. We're used to seeing drugstore aisles filled with fake doctor names that sell snake oil in a tube, filled with false hopes, and the promise of a clearer complexion. While there's no universal solution to eliminating acne and managing breakout, we're highlighting a few brands that deserve an award for thinking outside of the box when it comes to getting cystic and hormonal acne under control.

We’ve all heard of K-beauty innovation. If you’re new to Korean beauty, Korea is known to be at the forefront of beauty innovation. You’ll see this through the technology they use within ingredients and formulas, as well as textures and the package that your products come in. It’s a candy shop for skincare, but also where much of the inspiration for western beauty brands come from.

 

You might know Rael from their femcare assortment of organic pads and tampons. Because of this tie to hormonal cycles, Rael’s assortment follows suit. Our skin is cyclic. We experience different needs at different times of the month, a la cystic hormonal acne, dullness, and even pre-period dryness. All products are also vegan and cruelty-free.

 

The star of the show is H3O. A skincare ingredient that you won’t find anywhere else because Rael has the patent. It’s a hydrating hero that contains three weights of Hyaluronic Acid that deeply moisturize skin at every layer for ultimate and long-term hydration. This means it nourishes the driest skin and is still gentle enough for the oiliest skin. In part, this brand is built for all, even sensitive skin. Essentially, Rael knows that the way to heal acne isn’t by drying out skin, it’s about delivering nutrients that heal and protect.

 

We swear by Daily Detox Oil to Foam Gentle Cleanser. It’s a double-action oil to foam cleanser that acts as a double cleanse in half the time. Lighten Up helps post-breakouts by healing scars and minimizing healing time and redness. Good Chemistry Advanced Antioxidizing Serum is the cult-favorite for nourishing, lasting hydration, a Troupe favorite, and possibly the only serum you’ll ever want to use. Daily Restoration is a gel moisturizer that bodes well for oily-skinned friends - delivering hydration while sealing up oil production without clogging pores. We love their sheet masks too. Try a weekly pick me up of Vitamin C to brighten and Tea Tree to refine your pores.

 

Brand Highlights:

 

  • Womxn-Owned
  • BIPOC Owned
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-free
  • Great for all skin types including sensitive skin

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For so long, the acne-care aisle has been dominated by sterile packaging and few ingredients that have rarely changed the game. While we love salicylic acid and benzoyl, we’re open to something new that is friendly for our skin and formulated without unnecessary fillers. Rosen Skincare keeps it simple, each ingredient list is kept to a minimum and utilizes natural ingredients to target different types of acne and skin textures. Acne isn’t isolated to a single skin type. Sometimes we’re battling cystic acne, other times it’s healing a major breakout, or perhaps it’s just those tiny bumps that you’d like to get under control.

 

While we’re overall obsessed with every product Rosen offers, we will note that sometimes hyper-sensitive skin does not respond well. This shouldn’t scare you off though. These formulas are fantastic for oily, acne-prone, and combination skin types. They break down sebum and prevent further breakouts.

 

Break-Out Overnight Acne Treatment is a stellar solution for spot treating active breakouts whether you’ve gotten to the popped or unpopped part of a zit. It dries them out and reduces healing time, leaving behind bright and beautiful skin.

 

Earth Cleanser's lux and affordable formula is powered with eucalyptus for a fresh, tingly feeling that urges skin cells to turn over and make space for new ones. Niacinamide helps to reduce redness caused by irritation and breakouts while zinc-oxide gets to work reducing bumps.

 

One of the coolest moisturizers we didn’t know we needed is Moonlight Moisturizer. Mica powder creates a halo-like effect, bouncing light off of your face and brightening the appearance of an even skin tone. This is a hero when it comes to solving issues like melasma and dark acne marks. Niacinamide goes to work fading dark spots while you have the illusion of brighter skin.

 

Brand Highlights:

 

  • Womxn-Owned
  • BIPOC Owned
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-free
  • Great for oily, combination, and acne-prone skin
Troupe Acne Bundle Kit

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Rosen Skincare Tropics tonerRael Beauty and blume meltdown

Skincare should be fun. The ritual behind maintaining a great skincare routine should not be taken lightly. Blume delivers skincare in that realm. Formulated to be clean and vegan, Blume leverages the power of natural ingredients to get to work. Products are unconventional and willing to push boundaries against the norms of what has been prescribed as acne-care. Using oils and facial mists to treat acne repair as a holistic experience, we think makes our skincare routine a little more colorful in it’s pretty lil’ package.

 

Toners are an overlooked part of a skincare regimen. Stargirl Facial Mist is an interesting hack when it comes to soothing skin. While it might be deemed a facial mist, using it as a toner after cleansing allows your skin to reap the benefits of calming aloe and witch hazel’s pore-shrinking powers. Spritz it on directly and use a cotton pad to remove any left-behind makeup. Of course, using as a mid-day pick me up also has the same killer benefits. Your skincare routine, your rules.

 

As far as cleansers, sensitive skin responds wonderfully to Day Dreamer Super Gentle Face Wash. Its creamy formula calms with chamomile extract and leaves skin feeling soft and supple. Meltdown Acne Oil defies the norms of acne-care. Oil and acne are two words that are not synonymous together but this product throws tradition on its head for a good reason. Used as a spot treatment or as a traditional facial oil, it’s anti-bacterial powers dive into pores and replenishes moisture. Great for cystic acne and hormonal acne alike.

 

Brand Highlights:

 

  • Womxn-Owned
  • BIPOC Owned
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-free
  • Great for all skin types, including sensitive skin

 

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