This is the first of our Know Your Specialist! series.
Meet Melissa, a licensed beautician who has been a specialist for more than 3 years.
What do you like about being an acne specialist?
I love seeing a real change in the skin of my clients and seeing their confidence grow.
What do you want everyone to know about acne?
The cause of acne is an accumulation of dead skin and is usually genetic. Bacteria and oil are only part of the problem, but not the main cause.
Before your skin was clear, what were your methods or unsuccessful products to treat your acne?
I tried almost all the home remedies on the internet, which is really embarrassing now that I know how terrible most of those things are for your skin. At one point I even put lemon juice on my skin because the Internet told me (I was a teenager, forgive me!). I have a chemical burn, and my acne remained unchanged. I’m glad these days are over!
What is your # 1 score for people with acne prone skin?
Exfoliate with a serum to leave on, not an exfoliating. And, of course, sunscreen every day, rain or shine.
What is your favorite beauty product for acne?
AlimaPure Satin Matte Loose Powder Foundation and Flush. Great pigment, coating and texture. I love that there are no added ingredients, only minerals.
Our specialists are nerds in everything related to the skin. As former acne sufferers, we have tested everything in the book (and on the web!). Now, we have turned our pain into passions to help others on their journeys to clear the skin.