I’ve struggled with acne since I was about 12 years old. Some of my flare-ups have been small, but most of the time they've been painful and cystic. I've visited to dermatologist after dermatologist, been prescribed every acne medication you can think of, and suffered all the side effects too. I can honestly say that since I was a preteen, there hasn’t been a day I haven’t had at least one pimple on my face. Long story short, fuck pimples.
Recently I was contacted by Nerd Skincare to try its new three-step acne treatment, and since I’ve never been able to find a product to completely clear my skin, I was curious to see if this could finally be the one. It’s pretty pricey, with the whole system coming in at just under $200 for a two- to three month-supply — but I did the math, and between the doctor’s appointments, prescriptions, face creams, ointments, masks, facials, steamers... Well, you get the point: I easily spend way more than that trying to treat my acne. So if it works, $200 isn’t a completely outrageous price to pay.
I have super-sensitive skin, and Nerd is designed to help with that. It doesn’t use harsh chemicals or weird ingredients to treat acne, and instead uses the skin's own abilities and nutrients to fight zits. First, you wash your face with a gentle soap (any of your choosing), followed by Nerd’s clarifying cleanser, and then you apply its Acne Treatment on your affected areas. Finally, you apply a layer of its nourishing cream all over your face. When I first started, my skin broke out pretty badly. The instruction book provided explains the life cycle of a pimple and how you can tell what stage it's in, which helped in my understanding of my current pimple situation. After a few weeks, my skin felt softer — and slowly my acne started to disappear.
It’s been almost a month now and I still have pimples, but they’re different. They don’t last as long, the texture of my skin is SO much softer, my pores are a little smaller (just a little), and my flare-ups are happening less frequently. Full disclaimer: In the "after" photo I am wearing a BB cream, but I still think the picture shows the difference in my skin's texture, especially around my chin. All in all, I am going to keep up with the treatment and see where it takes my skin because so far I am really loving it. —Elena Garcia
Get it from Nerd Skincare for $195 (each item can also be bought separately).