We’re all about the latest in technology when it comes to skincare. From peels to LED light treatments, there’s no shortage of exciting new products that claim to get you a flawless complexion.
But sometimes, we like to get back to the basics. The best acne treatment on our radar this week does just that, in the most delightfully luxurious way possible. We had a good feeling about this one as soon as we heard the name—The Problem Solver.
Model May Lindstrom is the genius behind the product, which is part of her well–edited skincare line of the same name. “The majority of my clients come to me with skin that is overstressed, highly sensitized and exhausted,” she told us. “Too often, those with troubled skin try to overcompensate by aggressively scrubbing, washing several times per day and experimenting with tons of products.”
The Problem Solver is a mask that contains natural ingredients to fight bacteria and draw out impurities, while flooding the skin with antioxidants. Lindstrom, who mixes and bottles the products herself, credits the mask’s deep cleansing abilities to bamboo carbon charcoal, both of which activates when it meets water.
But the true power ingredient in this acne treatment is clay. Two types, to be exact. “Rhassoul clay is one of the most effective ingredients in the battle for clear skin,” explains Lindstrom, “Because of its high mineral content and absorption properties, the clay is incredible for cleansing and detoxification.” Fuller’s Earth clay chosen for its lightening effect on the outer l layer of the skin, is the second secret ingredient. “Fuller’s Earth clay literally draws and absorbs oil from the skin, and is the number one choice for those with oily skin or those who are prone to acne,” adds Lindstrom.
And just how often should we be using our acne treatments? “For more sensitive types, just once or twice a month will make a great impact. If you have an active outbreak you are looking to clear or have sturdier skin that requires more intensive treatment, twice a week will suit you perfectly.” Pre-treatment, Lindstrom recommends opening the pores with warm water, then using The Problem Solver following a thorough cleansing. And don’t forget to properly hydrate and nourish skin afterwards. We’ve shopped out one of our favorite moisturizers (along with the treatment, of course) below, so click on the products to get a jump start on your newly radiant complexion. By Sarah Wu (@makeupmorsels).