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As someone who has battled acne since hitting puberty in the sixth grade, it's safe to say that I've tested pretty much every banish-blemishes-forever-claiming product out there. My oily, congested skin rejects most cleansers, masks, acne spot treatments, and creams, so it takes something really special to impress me.
I met with Angela Caglia, celebrity facialist and founder of skincare brand Angela Caglia, for a facial when she was in New York, and that is when I was introduced to her detox serum. All of Caglia's products contain meadowfoam seed oil, which helps the skin lock in moisture and stay hydrated. The detox serum in particular is also loaded with antioxidants like chlorophyll, tea tree oil, willow bark extract, and hyaluronic acid. The tea tree oil calms inflammation while the chlorophyll helps protect your skin from environmental aggressors.
The willow bark extract helps clear out pores and takes out those impurities that cause acne.
She told me to swap out my usual serum and acne-spot treatment for her detox serum when doing my usual skincare routine (her serum pretty much acts as both a serum and an acne-spot treatment, so I'd be killing two birds with one stone and quickening my routine). I was currently going through a rough patch in my nighttime routine and have been skimping out on washing my face at night, so I was up for anything that would get me to bed faster and treat the breakouts that were now on my face.
I was pleasantly surprised that it did treat the breakouts around my nose, where I happen to be the oiliest; they reduced in redness and size the next day. After using it for a couple of days, those breakouts went away and my skin stayed clear. The serum is also very hydrating, which is great for the colder weather that has finally come to the city. It smells lovely, and the consistency is pretty thin and absorbs into your skin quite nicely.
I did miss the quicker tightening effects of my old serum and I might incorporate it back into my routine and just hope it doesn't negate any of the acne-fighting properties this serum holds. In times where I'm just too tired or in a rush, I will definitely just use this detox serum to quicken my routine. So if you're looking for an alternative to treating acne that can also double as a serum, this just might be for you.
Next up, read about the facial that changed my life.