Teenage acne sucks. Adult acne sucks even MORE.
I tend to break out during that oh-so-special time of the month and also when I am stressed out (so pretty much all the time, lol). If you follow me on Instagram
you may know that I have been trying skin resurfacing treatments to help reduce my acne scars. During my last session, they also gave me a skincare set to compliment the treatments so my acne scars would fade faster. I was seeing results, but I was still breaking out. As old scars started to fade, new ones would form in their place. I knew I had to change things up and address my recurring breakouts.
I paused my normal regimen to try MD Complete’s Acne Clearing System. It is meant to be used for 60 days and changes should be visible within just a few weeks. I was asked to review this a week after receiving it, so that’s how long I have tested it for, so far. I wasn’t expecting much to happen over the course of just one week but it surprisingly made a huge difference! Not only did it clear my current breakout but also kept new ones at bay.
So how does it work exactly?
Step 1: Cleanse
The clarifying cleanser contains salicylic acid and natural botanicals including green tea, ginkgo biloba, and ginseng. It is effective in removing makeup as well as unclogging pores. It’s not harsh or drying like other cleansers. It is meant to be used just once daily in the PM. For testing purposes though, I tried using it twice a day to see if it would cause any drying and it did not. I’m happy to report that it is indeed a gentle, effective cleanser.
Step 2: Clear
The acne breakout treatment contains benzoyl peroxide which is a common ingredient in acne products. Other ingredients include allantoin and chamomile to sooth the skin, lentil seed and algae extract to strengthen the skin, and bisabolol to reduce irritation. It can be used all over the face or in targeted areas as a spot treatment for pimples. Use two pumps once to twice a day depending on how well your skin can tolerate it.
For sensitive skin like mine, I would recommend using only once daily at night. My cheeks (where most of my breakouts happen) turned red right after I applied this which alarmed me at first. There was NO burning sensation though and it did eventually go away. For this reason I wouldn’t apply it during the day. However, it’s perfect when applied before bed and then waking up to clearer skin.
Step 3: Correct
The Citrus-C healthy complexion correcting serum is for diminishing post-acne dark marks. It has retinol to refine skin texture, niacinamide to even skin tone, ceramides to strengthen the skin barrier, and vitamins (A, B, C, and E) along with fruit seed extracts to moisturize skin.
It’s dermatologist-tested, paraben-free, and cruelty-free like the other steps before it! I was actually surprised at how well this serum helped even my skin tone and fade my acne marks. It took me weeks to see the same results from my previous regimen while it only took a few days with this one. My skin has responded to this one the BEST out of all the acne clearing systems I’ve tried over the years.
Step 4: Supplement
The healthy skin probiotic is a nutritional supplement that restores the balance of good bacteria in the belly, which combats stress and in turn, combats acne also. This helps me out even more as stress is a major factor leading to my breakouts. I try my best to manage stress so probiotics are a regular part of my wellness routine.
Drinking this probiotic can be a bit tricky. At first, I thought I just had to break the seal from the top of the cap and drink from the bottle. However, it has to be mixed before drinking. The cap contains the probiotic powder (so don’t break the seal until you separate the cap from the bottle) and the powder inside the cap is then poured into the fluid inside the bottle. Shake the bottle and then drink immediately.
PRO TIP: Can be used in anticipation of stressful event. Simply begin using 2 days in advance of the event, through the event and for 3 days after to help maintain a healthy complexion.
The flavor is wild berry, which is more of an acquired taste. Key ingredients include niacin, a form of Vitamin B, which is dermatologist-recommended for acne-prone skin. It also has lactoferrin, a prebiotic, and lactobacillus rhamnosus, a probiotic. Recommended dosage is once daily or every other day depending on your stress level.
You may have heard of MD Complete Skincare (website: https://www.mdcomplete.com/
) during media coverage in daytime television recently. The brand believes in taking time to celebrate skin. They are committed to bringing skincare that is simple, effective, and complete.
My first impression of this brand is extremely positive and it is officially #ExploreBeautyXO approved! The packaging is very nice too. I love that they included a booklet with additional skincare tips like don’t over scrub, change your pillowcases, and eat healthy.
How do you handle acne? Do you use probiotics to supplement your skincare?
Which reminds me, I have an amazing beauty/wellness giveaway going on right now on my Instagram
! I’m giving away nutritional supplements that have amazing beauty benefits including skincare.
Let me know what you think and if any of these tips was helpful!
Disclaimer: I tried MD Complete Acne Clearing system free through BrandBacker for testing purposes and for my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.