Treat Dark Spots and Acne Scars with Pixi Beauty
Thanks to the right medication and supplements, my acne has cleared up in a major way. I still get monthly visitors on my face, but in general, it’s much better. So, now I’m worried about all the acne scars that REFUSE to leave, plus a flare up of melasma (dark spots) on my cheeks that I got from forgetting my sunscreen (learn from my mistakes – always wear sunscreen)! Pixi Beauty has some AH-MAZE-ING glycolic acid and lactic acid products that I think you’re going to want to hear about – no matter what skin type you have.
Pixi Beauty recently sent me samples from their glycolic acid skincare line. For those of you who are familiar with Pixi, you probably know about the cult favorite, Glow Tonic. It’s a glycolic acid based toner that helps to brighten, reduce sun spots and acne scars, minimize fine lines, boost collagen production, soften, smoothe and even moisturize. The 5% glycolic acid is buffered with rose water, aloe vera and ginseng, so it’s safe and not harsh on my sensitive skin (also alcohol-free). Now you can get Glow Tonic To Go, which is basically the Glow Tonic in convenient, travel-friendly, pre-soaked pad form! I love these, and I’m definitely hooked. It’s so convenient and easy to use.
I don’t wash my face with cleanser every day. Some days, I use micellar water, and that’s it (maybe a few cotton pads’ worth of it – depending on if I was wearing makeup or not). But when I do give my face a good scrub, I like to use an oil cleanse, followed by a good cruelty free cleanser. Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser fits that description! It’s got 5% glycolic acid (hell to the yeah) and the FIRST ingredient in the ingredients is not water – it’s aloe vera. So that means you’re getting a lot of aloe, and not a lot of filler. The diatomaceous earth (AKA mud!) gives you that deep clean.
I have been using the Glow Tonic To Go pads along with the Overnight Glow Serum. The serum is slightly more hard core – with 7% glycolic acid. I am obsessed! It’s really making a difference for my skin. Emily told me it’s great for KP (keratosis pilaris), so I’m going to try it out on my “chicken skin” bumps on my arms. I’ll keep you posted!
I just have to be careful not to over-do it with the acids since my skin is sensitive, and I’m impatient, which has led to many overly red skin days over the last 30-something years! The thing with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), is that you have to go slowly, and see how your skin reacts. If your skin is sensitive, maybe you want to use AHAs every other day – or even every third day at first. You will gradually build up a tolerance, and be able to use it more often. The other thing with AHAs, is that you absolutely have to wear sunscreen while you’re using them. The acids temporarily thin out your skin (but actually THICKEN it in the long run – which is a good thing), and the new baby skin underneath is more vulnerable. If you go without sunscreen, you could end up with more brown spots than when you started (and potentially sunburn). So, don’t skip that SPF (here are a couple that I recommend)!
Some of you have told me that your face breaks out when you use glycolic acid. If that’s the case, Pixi has something slightly more gentle for you to try. The Pixi Peel & Polish enzyme peel. The peel is suitable for all skin types – not just oily or acneic. The active ingredient is lactic acid, a powerful alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), but slightly more gentle than glycolic acid. Like all AHAs, lactic acid exfoliates deeply by removing the “glue” that binds skin cells. This helps to remove surface dead skin, and to reveal the softer, smoother skin underneath. The result after one use is softer, brighter skin, but after many uses, you start to see fewer lines, acne spots, brown spots, and hyperpigmentation. AHAs also help to attract water, so in addition to removing dry, flaky skin, it also helps to moisturize. Peel & Polish also contains fruit enzymes, cellulose peels and sugar cane extract to add additional exfoliation and brightening to the mix.
You can use the Peel & Polish peel like a facial mask. Apply to clean, dry skin. Leave on for 3-5 minutes (depending on how sensitive your skin is). When you go to rinse, massage into your skin for a few seconds to get an additional physical exfoliant (that’s where the sugar cane and cellulose peels come in). If your skin is very sensitive, rinse without massaging.
So run to Target, and grab some Pixi Beauty Skin Treats! Alpha hydroxy acids are some of the best over the counter skincare ingredients you can get to clear up your skin – short of lasers and medical-grade peels. And these are some of the best – affordable, and gentle, but still very effective. And, don’t forget the SPF – very important when you’re using AHAs!