It’s just unfair.
In middle and high school, every authoritative adult tells you that you’ll grow out of your acne … eventually. Welp, for about 55 percent of the population, those doctors, teachers, and parents were totally wrong—over half of people in the United States older than 25 deal with persistent pimples and acne flare-ups.
And it’s not just zits twentysomethings are dealing with—they simultaneously worry about how to prevent signs of aging. It’s an ironic situation; on the one hand, you want your skin to finally grow up, and on the other you’re left wistfully remembering how bright and smooth your skin was as a teenager, back when crow’s feet were something you could put off worrying about.
Here’s the really frustrating thing—traditional treatments for these two skin conditions couldn’t be more opposite. For acne-prone skin, derms recommend harsh, antibacterial agents that dry out the skin; but to prevent wrinkles and other signs of aging, hydrated and moisturized skin is imperative. It seems that you have to choose between treating one condition or the other—and that there’s no way to reconcile both.
But, thanks to new scientific research, there might just be a fix—and the solution has everything to do with balancing your skin’s natural pH. The basic theory? When your skin is aligned to its optimal pH level, the beneficial bacteria on the surface of your complexion thrive, and the pimple-causing bacteria can’t survive. Plus, pH balanced skin doesn’t get dry or flakey, meaning it doesn’t age as quickly.
The number one thing messing with your skin’s pH? Your skincare products. “Many times as consumers we become overwhelmed with all the products out there and begin overdoing it by taking the PH of our skin way up and way down. Just like yo-yo dieting [jumping around to different products equals] unbalanced unhealthy skin, which leads to aging and acne,” explain Lisa Bonoff and Amy Briant, founders of LUMIONskin.
The two created a mist and serum that contain Hypochlorous Acid, an ingredient that naturally balances the skin’s pH and promotes the growth of healthy bacteria—kind of like probiotics for your face.
“Hypochlorous Acid or HOCL is found naturally in the body’s immune system. HOCL will not strip the skin like an alcohol-based product would. In fact, we aid in the beautification of your skin as well. We have HOCL to keep us healthy on the inside and now we have it in a bottle for the outside.”
pH balancing products are perfect for people dealing with acne and trying to fight the effects of aging because nailing your skin’s pH helps with both. You’ll have fewer breakouts thanks to the benefits of HOCL, but you’ll also notice that your skin is less likely to look oily or feel dry because finding the skin’s perfect pH helps naturally manage pore’s oil production.
Another added bonus of using pH-balancing products like LUMIONskin? You’ll seriously de-clutter your beauty cabinet. With LUMIONskin’s facial mist and serum, you can easily treat pimples, de-slick greasy skin, and create a solid base for a dry complexion (just throw a lightweight lotion on after and you’re good to go!). Juggling a million different products that promise to be “the One” can be flat out annoying—and honestly, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how well this HCOL and oxygenating mist works.
After using the products for two weeks, I noticed a big change in how my skin looked at the end of the day—it seemed to be more clear and less oily. Another big plus? The smattering of hormone-induced pimples that I usually get around my jawline during that time of the month totally disappeared the morning after I attacked them with the mist. Although I did need to apply a moisturizer morning and night to prevent dryness, I really liked how smooth my face felt after using LUMIONskin.