I was on Twitter the other day, asking if anyone had any recommendations for a good skin care line for women of color. See, I have suffered from acne and hyperpigmentation for as long as I can remember. I am one of those people who do not leave the house without make-up. Not to check the mail. Not to walk the dog. NEVER. Although I am in my 30s, I still suffer from hormonal break-outs and unfortunately for me, any zits, even ones I don't mess with, leave behind a brown spot that can last for weeks or months.
I was using an acne system I liked well enough for a few years, but it seems my skin builds up a tolerance for whatever treatment is currently working and I need to switch it up every now and again. So there I was, trying to decide what to try next, when I asked the Twitterverse what they thought. Overwhelmingly people were recommending RX For Brown Skin.
I had heard of RX For Brown Skin because Vibe Vixen (RIP) had done a feature on the creator of the line, Dr. Susan Taylor, when the skin care system first went to retail. Dr. Taylor is an expert on black skin and with the recommendation of folks online, I decided to try it.
Now, I wasn't sure which line to try. There is a line called "Bright & Clear" and a line called "Bright & Even." Bright & Clear is more of an acne line, while Bright & Even helps with the brown spots and discoloration left behind after acne. I decided on Bright & Even because, although I still get acne, it's mostly hormonal and the brown spots are more bothersome to me than any zits.
The starter kit I purchased comes with a cleanser, toner, moisturizer and the brightener. The cleanser is absolutely amazing! It removed all of my make-up and left my skin really clean without drying it out. I use mineral make-up which is really difficult to remove completely, so I am thrilled with this cleanser.
The second step is the toner, which comes in a spray bottle. So smart! No worries about spilling or wasting the product, just put a few spritzes on a cotton ball to saturate. The toner has a bit of a medicinal smell, but it's no worse than any other acne product I've used.
Next comes the moisturizer, and a little dab here goes a long way. I found after using the line for about a week that I had a bit of dryness around my hairline, but overall this moisturizer kept my skin hydrated.
Finally, I apply the brightener just to brown spots.
After about three weeks of using the line, I have noticed an improvement in my skin. Newer brown spots have completely faded away and the older ones are lightening up nicely. So far I'm impressed with the line and will keep you all updated on how it's going in the future.
Want to try the line for yourself? You can purchase it online at Dermstore.com for $55. It is available at other online stores, but I prefer Dermstore because they offer free shipping on all orders and a 10% discount on all products you add to your "favorites" folder. Even if you've never purchased a product from Dermstore before, you can still add it to your "favorites" and save the 10%. So shopping at Dermstore will save you about $10 over buying the product from Sephora.
Anyone else tried this line of products? What are your thoughts?