3. The Best Products Aren’t Pricey
“I talked about my love for Trader Joe’s Hyaluronic Moisture Boost Serum. I didn’t expect to have such a large reaction about a $9 serum. It’s a gel that blends and absorbs quickly, and it hydrates beautifully. The thin texture is great for layering, and I can mix it with a vitamin C powder. I can never get over how soft, smooth, and plump my skin is when I use it.” —auborealis
4. A 4-Step Routine Is All You Need
A few clicks away from the home page is one of ScA’s most trafficked corners: a community-tested, moderator-approved skin-care routine skeleton, complete with product recommendations culled from the board’s “holy grail” roundups. Products like:
Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence.
To be even tangentially familiar with SkincareAddiction is to be well aware of its favorite sunscreen: the Japanese Bioré Watery Essence, an invisible chemical layer of SPF that dries moments after application. Available via Amazon — if you’re willing to wait for it to make the transpacific journey.
Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser.
Universally beloved, but why take our word for it? If you’re curious about any product, plug it into the ScA search bar for nuggets like this: “I’d encourage anyone to try [this] if they have irritation-prone skin or even dermatitis like I do.” (Thanks for the tip, —SUSHI_WHORE—.)
Olay Complete UV365 Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30+.
The consummate forum favorite: a simple, hydrating, fragrance-free moisturizer with a built-in sunscreen.
Yes, the textured discs in the red box tucked beneath the medicated ointment at CVS. Redditors rave about their acne-banishing prowess, but they’re also known to smooth skin. (Plus, you can usually find them for $5 or less.)
5. …Win Tough Skin Battles
Take fungal acne — a hot topic. It’s not acne at all. Rather, it’s an irritation of a hair follicle that’s caused by an abundance of Malassezia, a naturally occurring yeast on skin that multiplies when we’re sweaty or the weather is humid. If your “pimples” aren’t responding to treatment, talk to your dermatologist. Or, if you’re user ithoughtilostyou, head to ScA:
“You guys. YOU GUYS.
“At 22, I started getting milia on my cheeks. Nothing took them down. I’ve spent thousands on treatments, actives, and prescriptions. Extracting resulted in the hard little keratin plugs’ expect, but over time there were just too many. They kept coming. At 36, devastated, extracting a few really bad ones every single day. I was losing the battle.
“I lurked ScA last year, and hit the actives hard. But I had a literal shield of keratin on my face and nothing was working. After Differin failed, I started on tretinoin .1%. Four months later, the rest of my face looked good but the milia remained.
“Then I came across another user asking about whether fungal acne resulted in ‘plugs’ and thought, Let’s see. I grabbed some Nizoral [Editor’s note: It’s an anti-dandruff shampoo] at the grocery store two days ago. I’ve used it twice. The milia have receded 60 percent. I have smooth cheeks. Tears come just typing that out. I thought this was a life sentence.
“Thank you to the knowledgeable, caring people in this sub who took the time to answer my questions and share their experiences. I can’t tell you what it means to wake up like this after 15 years of struggling with the pain of extractions and the self-esteem issues that came with all of this. This sub has literally changed my life.”