The Ingredients You Need
Azelaic acid is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial (so it prevents breakouts) and is often used to treat acne and skin pigmentation issues.
Anti-inflammatory that is often used to treat redness, dullness, and skin discoloration: it lightens scarring and hyperpigmentation gradually.
This form of vitamin B3 is an excellent anti-aging treatment; it also fights redness in acne-prone skin, minimizes hyperpigmentation, and treats acne breakouts, in general.
A form of Vitamin A that helps regulate cell turnover, retinoids help reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and acne. A lot of prescription topical acne products are some form of vitamin A.
Snail Secretion Filtrate
Yep, snail secretion is very moisturizing: it contains hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, copper peptides, and other elements that help stimulate the production of collagen (which means it can help repair collagen damage resulting from hyperpigmentation issues). Also, snail mucin collection is cruelty-free—a major plus.
The Products You Want
Blemishes are annoying, let's face it. Our hormones are, alas, not 100 percent under our control. You might not be able to spring for laser treatments, but plenty of over-the-counter products can help.
A combination of green tea, other natural ingredients, and salicylic acid help this product gently exfoliate dead skin cells off your face with bubbles, promoting cellular regeneration that leaves your skin smooth.
This product, with cellulose and vitamins, is a miracle for unevenly textured skin. After exfoliating, it will give your skin is a nice dose of vitamins for brightening, regeneration, and hydration. First it softens, then it exfoliates, and then it calms.
Snails? On your face? Yes, we're bringing this up again. Snail mucin is dermatologically proven to be amazing for acne-prone skin: it's very hydrating and helps with cell turnover and redness, too. This (vigorously filtered) stuff is—you guessed it—96 percent snail secretion, which sounds gross and is a little. But all it means is that it is highly concentrated to be maximally effective. There also isn't anything else in there, except stabilizers, to make it as simple and safe for sensitive skin as possible.
Vitamin C is a skin-care hero. This serum is especially good for its combination of green tea extract and vitamin E, so it packs a punch. It helps reduce inflammation, seal in moisture, and boost collagen levels in your skin.
A few years ago everyone was freaking out about the discovery of BB Cream, and now we're putting snails and donkey milk on our face like it's NBD. But you know, all these things work—and work really well. Though the mask name is Donkey Milk, it's the licorice extract and camellia japonica flower water, among other natural ingredients, that make this mask excellent for hyperpigmentation. (And the donkey milk is great for recovery and moisturization, too.) So this is a nuanced effort in anti-inflammation and moisturization. Five stars.