19 Weird But Brilliant Skin Care Products That Reddit Users Swear By For Acne
If you have acne-prone skin, you shouldn't be willy-nilly with your product choices. Whenever I switch up my daily skin care regimen, my face starts to react pretty quickly, so I'm careful about the ingredients I use. Before buying a new product I look to skin care tips on Reddit, because unlike acne commercials or Instagram recommendations, these are real people with real blemishes — and without sponsorship deals.
Actually, I go to Reddit for just about everything, from my daily corgi gif fix to general feedback on news stories. That's because, for the most part, Reddit can be a really supportive community filled with people who just want to share their opinions and experiences. The acne and skin care subReddits are no different, and people on who frequent the page have tried some relatively weird items that turned out to be brilliant solutions for breakouts.
Users share everything from their holy grail products to routines that have worked wonders for them in the past. They also tend to do so in a way that's informative, non-judgmental, and all around helpful. Consequently, if you're suffering from any kind of acne and want to see how snail mucin fared for other people, check out these weird but brilliant recommendations from real Reddit users.
1This Combo Of Snail Extract And Bee Venom To Help Fade Scars
When it comes to healing acne scars, fluffnut101 says "I really like Benton High Content Snail Bee Essence and have been using it for a long time." It combines snail extract and bee venom to create a formula with anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-viral properties. It also helps to brighten your complexion and maintain hydration throughout the day.
2This Intriguing Nighttime Serum With Pumpkin Enzymes
"This one is the best of the lot IMO!" says dessai89 about KYPRIS Moonlight Catalyst. "It's a gel consistency and you put it on at night. It has pumpkin enzymes so it exfoliates skin using a natural form of vitamin A. It's just brilliant for giving a glow to skin and helping it have more clarity. I can't explain it, but it works." It's also promises that it's 100 percent natural and vegan.
3This Bizarre Mask With Real Egg Whites To Help Oily Skin
For oily acne-prone skin, neosimmel suggests an "Egg white face mask... Very drying but very effective." The Skinfood egg white pore mask uses egg white extracts that penetrate deep into pores to balance skin and remove oily build-up. "My face is oily and is prone to blackheads/whiteheads. After just one use, the mask cleared out most of my pores and left my face clean and smooth," says one reviewer.
4This Green Tea Mask That's Awesome For Serious Acne
"I recently have come across and been addicted to Matcha," says Reddit user mya_25. "Matcha is a green tea and it is very popular in Japan. It has cleared my cystic acne, guys!" Once Upon A Tea Matcha mud mask pulls out toxins, encourages collagen growth, and repairs skin with nutrients, all while leaving your face hydrated and soft.
5This Odd Ampoule That Fights Acne With Honey Extracts
Made with antibacterial honey, SCINIC Honey all in one ampoule is a favorite for psithyrstes. "Not the most cosmetically elegant, but I've been using it for over a year and it provides great hydration/antioxidants/glow at an unbelievable price; I only need two bottles a year! plus honey/niacinamide helps with acne."
6This Moisturizer With Shea Butter And Snail Secretions
Another recommendation from psithyrstes is this Mizon Black Snail all-in-one cream. The secret ingredients? Shea butter and snail secretion. "While this isn't ideal moisture for winter, it is perfect in summer: dries matte, has linoleic acid, has anti-inflammatory snail, has a bevy of antioxidants, and makes my skin very smooth and well-textured."
7This Miracle Bar That Uses Activated Bamboo Charcoal
"A few weeks ago I read a random blog about a girl who had recently discovered activated charcoal soap as her saving grace to her skin," says AntiGravityCat. "This has worked wonders for me and started to work after about a week of washing with it 3-4 times per week. I am now pretty much acne free, with the exception of maybe 1 or 2 small spots a week." Joanna Vargas activated charcoal Miracle Bar has insane reviews because it promises to balance oil, remove impurities, moisturize dry skin, and heal acne.
8This Weird But Surprisingly Effective Mix Of Clay And Sulfur
According to kezzie87, another great mask is the "Queen Helene Mint Julep mask... leave it on overnight and it works WONDERS!" The user also claims that it started working on stubborn blackheads after only a 30 minutes. It's made with two types of clay and sulfur, which aim to pull out impurities and fight acne from the inside out.
9This Weird Little Sulfur Mask Is Actually A Gem
Reddit user angelcrunch calls De La Cruz Sulfur Ointment a "holy grail" product. "It's a weird little product but a gem that I found out about... I've heard great things about this product and after using it for about a week I'm finally noticing that it's working. I put it all over my face after cleansing and leave it on for 20 minutes like a mask." This one also comes in a pack of three, so you can even use it as full-body acne treatment.
10This Baby Wash That Helps To Heal Sensitive Skin
Though it's marketed towards toddlers, tons of Reddit users love the way their skin reacts to CeraVe baby wash and shampoo. "Since using the Cerave Baby for a few weeks... my skin is currently on its way towards healing, slowly but surely," says kellykellykellyyy who uses it for perioral dermatitis. "More importantly, the rest of my face hasn't gotten worse, even though I haven't been able to use any moisturizers since I self-diagnosed."
11A 10-Pack Of Cult-Favorite Sheet Masks From Taiwan
My Beauty Diary Fashionista Mask Fiesta Facial Sheet Masks (10 Pack), $20, Amazon
If you really know your stuff when it comes to beauty, you've probably heard of My Beauty Diary. Despite the Taiwanese brand's slightly silly name, they make some of the best sheet masks out there — they're actually the number one sheet mask brand in Asia — and Reddit's devoted skin care community agrees. With this 10-pack, you can try all their most beloved masks. For just $20, you'll get one of each of the following: the Black Pearl Brightening Mask, Red Vine Revitalizing Mask, Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Mask, Mexico Cactus Mask, Natto Fermented Moisturizing Mask, Damask Rose Mask, Squalene Restorative Hydrating Mask, Aloe Vera Soothing Mask, Royal Pearl Radiance Mask, Imperial Bird's Nest Emoliating Mask.
12This "Dry" Oil To Moisturize Without Perpetuating Acne
"Rosehip seed oil has been a HG for me as a day moisturizer," says madeenz. "As a dry oil it absorbs ridiculously fast and provides a natural, non-chemical laden way for me to even out my skin which has had freckles and uneven tone. I hear it works great for hyperpigmentation as well." This one from Natures Leaf is cold-pressed, unrefined, and non-GMO.
13These Peeling Pads That Are Made From Red Wine
Yes, these peeling pads are purple, and yes, they smell like grapes, but guess what — they're absolutely amazing. Thought the pads themselves are purple because of the resveratrol-based formula they're soaked in, the color doesn't transfer onto your skin at all. Instead, they gently exfoliate skin (both physically and chemically), resulting in a clear, vibrant complexion. In addition to resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant that comes from red wine, this formula boasts glycolic and lactic acid, which are both AHAs. The pads come with convenient pouches for your fingers which makes exfoliating a breeze. They also make an especially great gift for the red wine loving beauty junkie in your life.
14This Apple Cider Clay Mask That Doubles As A Scrub
People love Freeman masks because they're so affordable, yet really effective — but this one's especially cool because it can also be used as a scrub. Regardless of which way you use it, this isn't a product that needs to be left on skin long. As a mask, apply it and wait until it's dry before rinsing; as a scrub, simply massage gently onto skin, then rinse. Either way, you'll be left with a sqeaky clean, glowing complexion — and it's great for fighting acne, too.
15This Genius Mix Of Benzoyl Peroxide And Tea Tree
"Tea tree oil is an antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial treatment," says jenniferocious, who uses it as a spot treatment. "It feels cool and tingly, which I actually think feels nice." This Create Cosmetics tea tree treatment also contains Benzoyl Peroxide to help with inflammation, bacteria, and adult acne.
16Moisturize Oily Skin With Vitamins A and E
Most people shy away from oils when they have acne-prone skin, but overly dry pores will actually produce excess sebum to compensate. "I've been using vitamin E and A oil as a moisturizer and its been working great," says Supyohii. "My face is never dry or greasy." This red raspberry seed oil is loaded with Vitamins A and E. It also promises to improve elasticity, help to regenerate cell growth, and immediately absorbs into skin for matte-looking hydration.
17Witch Hazel To Cleanse And Condition
"I feel like my single most important part of my routine is using an astringent after I get out of the shower," says richc3. "I use Witch Hazel formulated for it, but I think you can use most other kinds of astringent as well." Quinns witch hazel toner promises to cleanse, even, and condition, but because it's alcohol free, it does so without disrupting skin's natural moisture. It's also formulated with aloe and rose petal water to help soothe sensitive skin.
18This Essential Oil That's Especially Great For Skin Care
"Frankincense essential oil has really been helping me with acne and scarring, hyperpigmentation, etc.," says love475, "but I only use it in emergency situations, as its quite strong." This one by WellnessScent claims to be 100 percent pure and is USDA organic, and it can be mixed into your favorite cleansers or moisturizers to help clear up skin the natural way.
19This Glow Toner With A Surprisingly High pH
"Pixi Glow Tonic!" says AnthonyJCrawly. "People have said the PH is too high for it to be effective, but by some miracle it gives me glowing skin. The only time I get pimples now is if I miss a day." It rejuvenates and soothes with aloe vera and ginseng, and reviewers say that it leaves your face feeling refreshed instead of dry.
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