I Haven't Broken Out in Months—Here's What I Use When I Feel a Pimple Brewing

I'm not going to lie—I have pretty unproblematic skin. With a comprehensive skincare routine, it stays relatively soft, even, and bright. That being said, I am someone who used to break out more than I'd like. Usually, around my period, hormonal breakouts would flare up, of the painful, super-red cystic variety. That, and I'd have a pretty consistent congestion problem along my nose and chin. It wasn't earth-shattering, but it was annoying enough that I sought help with a treatment and prevention plan.

That plan, of course, came from Renée Rouleau, a celebrity esthetician who has become more like my skincare fairy godmother. She diagnosed my specific skin type (you can get a virtual consult on her website) and suggested ingredients and formulas that would help clear my skin and prevent those same breakouts from happening again.

"You have combination skin that requires a careful blend of non-drying, pore-clearing exfoliants with hydrating antioxidants, and skin-brightening botanicals," she said of my skin. "This will bring a perfect balance to your skin. Ingredients like natural elderberry, stable vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and salicylic acid will reveal clearer skin."

The thing is, prescribed skincare plans oftentimes don't always work for me. Or I get bored using the same products over and over. But this time, it was different. I followed her advice, incorporating the offerings she suggested into my routine whenever I felt a breakout brewing—and it worked. I can confidently tell you I haven't broken out in months. Below, find the products I use to keep pimples from happening and why they're particularly special.

My Go-To Products