Your Guide to Hormonal Acne
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    Shiny Liu


    My Journey

    My skin issues began around the time I got my first period. It all started with these pesky little bumps that appeared on my forehead. I didn’t really think anything of them, but as I got into my later teens, they turned into red, angry pimples. Along with that, I struggled with clogged pores, blackheads, whiteheads, and everything in between. It was frustrating, and I had no idea what to do, but that’s when my love for beauty began. My acne-prone skin led me down the path of countless beauty aisles, experimenting with different brands and products. Finding products that worked for me not only made me feel happier, but it also helped me find balance and an appreciation for consistency.

    Shiny Liu


    The Products

    Recently, my skin has been loving Proactiv®. After taking the skin quiz on their website, they recommended an easy system to start building my skincare routine. Shopping for skincare can get overwhelming quickly, so I was so surprised by how easy it was. I’ve been using the ProactivMD® line, which features the Ultra-Gentle Cleanser, the Adapalene Gel, and the Ultra-Hydrating Moisturizer.

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    The Routine

    Step 1: Ultra-Gentle Cleanser

    The cleanser creates a gentle foam and feels hydrating. It helps to clear the buildup of oil and dirt that accumulates inside the pores. My skin feels so soft after I use this product.

    Step 2: Adapalene Gel

    The next step is the Adapalene Gel. I love how convenient Proactiv® makes it to get Adapalene without a prescription. I’ve seen how much it helps with my current blackheads and clears my clogged pores while helping to prevent new breakouts from forming.

    Step 3: Ultra-Hydrating Moisturizer

    Since the weather is getting warmer, this gel moisturizer is perfect. It’s light, so it doesn’t feel heavy on my skin. It also helped to give the appearance of a more even skin tone. The ProactivMD® three-step routine, featuring Adapalene, has been working overtime to manage my recent breakouts. I experience different types of breakouts, including blackheads, clogged pores, small pimples, and this line covers them all.

    Bonus: Clear Skin SPF 30

    Any skincare lover knows that SPF is an essential part of your routine, regardless of skin type. It’s so important to protect your skin from the sun, especially when using a retinoid. This new formula from Proactiv® is oil-free, Oxybenzone-free, and noncomedogenic, which makes it especially great for acne-prone skin like mine. I love that it’s a lightweight texture, because there's no white cast for when I'm in front of the camera for photoshoots. I’ve been applying it liberally all over my face and neck before heading out for the day and can tell that this is going to be a staple product throughout the summer.

    Staying On Track

    When it comes to figuring out how to handle my skin, it’s been a roller coaster (to say the least), but this line has been doing the job. 

    I’ve been searching for the perfect skincare routine for so long. In the beginning, I had no idea what acne was—much less what to do with it and how to treat it. Finding products that actually work for my skin has been such a relief. 

    After experiencing the benefits of an easy skincare routine, and through consistency, I’ve learned to appreciate the ritual. When you have that down, you see results.

    Shop The System

    ProactivMD system
    Proactiv® ProactivMD® $24.95
    Proactiv Clear Skin SPF
    Proactiv® Clear Skin SPF 30 $24.00

    Your Guide to Hormonal Acne

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