Skin

This Is the Only Cleanser I Trust on My Dry, Acne-Prone Skin


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I get sad thinking about all of the cleansers I've tried over the years that have wreaked havoc on my skin. In all honesty, my journey to finding the right cleanser feels like a dysfunctional love story. Le sigh. I dated so many before finding the right one, and itВ was always a struggle when each cleanser's honeymoon stage came to an end,В leaving me with literal acne scars.

Here's how my cleanser saga went: I'd interview skin experts, spend hours reading reviews on the internet, and carefully examine each ingredient. I did my due diligence on each cleanser before trying it on my face. I'm soВ careful when it comes to skincare products because my face freaks out whenever I try something new. I frequently talk all about myВ sensitive skinВ and confess how working in beauty made my skin worse at one time.

Good thing I held on to the hope that everyone will find true love one day. I met Sunday Riley's Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser ($35) and will never be the same. My love isВ real. I was introduced to this power player during a facial. I was being my normal, expressive self, oversharing my skincare woes with a super-skilled, knowledgeable esthetician. After thoroughly examining my skin, she concluded that I needed to try Sunday Riley's cleanser, and here's why.В В

Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser $35Shop

Living in New York City,В I'm subject to its excessively polluted air. This requires a nourishing cleanser that's able to vacuum outВ my pores with a deep clean, without stripping myВ skin of natural oils. This, my friends, is the tricky part.В Sunday Riley's cleanser is perfect for that. My skin is abnormally absorbent, so it craves a cleanser that's able to handle dirt, debris, and oil buildup but is not too harsh.В

Dealing with my dark spots is my number one concern, and this formula is full of vitamin C, which hasВ a brightening effect. It's made of French green and Moroccan Rhassoul clay, and the two ingredients work together to balance my skin's oil production. It feels extra creamy because of the neroli oil. This feels like it's giving my skin a big hug after a stressful day. For all my fellow sensitive-skin peeps, trust that its vegan, silicone-free formula won't break you out. My favorite way to use this cleanser is as a mask. I use this once a day in the evenings and massage it all over my face. Then, I leave it on while I shower, and this act of self-care really penetrates my pores. When I use it this way, it really works its magic on my skin. Afterward, my skin looks supple, glowy, and feels baby-soft and ready to drink up the rest of my products.В

Here's my skin before I started using this cleanser.В

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And here's my skin six months in. Look at that progress!

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Speaking of my skincare routine, here are the other products I use religiously that I swear have brightened my dark spots and blessed me with my best skin yet.В

Arya Essentials Purifying Toner $50ShopBiologique Recherche Masque Vivant $150ShopAlchimie Forever Kantic Brightening Moisture mask $60ShopGrown Alchemist Polishing Facial Exfoliant $67ShopJosh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator $35ShopSkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel $83ShopDr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum $300ShopDr. Barbara Sturm Face Cream for Darker Skin Tones $215ShopUrban Skin Rx Even Tone Night Treatment $68ShopAquaphor Healing Ointment $6ShopCane & Austin Acne Retexture Pads $60Shop

Next: Here's exactly how I use these products to fade my dark spots.

This post is sponsored by Sunday Riley. Editor's thoughts areВ her own.