If you’ve been following me for awhile, then you are well aware of many of my life struggles. One major struggle I’ve been having in my late 20’s is adult acne. Quite frankly, I find this to be incredibly unfair, as I didn’t struggle with acne anywhere near as bad in my teenage years (you know, when we’re supposed to be having acne issues) as I do as a grown woman. By the time my 30th birthday rolled around and I was still having major acne issues (especially along my jaw line), I’d had enough. No 30 year old should have to worry about having the skin problems of a 15-year-old. While I’m a huge fan of makeup, I was truly tired of not being comfortable enough in my own skin to leave my home without foundation and concealer on.
With my husband’s blessing, I decided to start researching dermatologists in my area, because clearly everything I had tried in the past wasn’t enough. The list of products I’ve tried could probably fill an entire short novel, and while some products helped (most didn’t), there was nothing that made me feel like my problem was actually being solved. So, the hunt for local dermatologists began.
Well, as I was doing the “good blogger” thing of making an effort to read and support other bloggers, a post by Jess from The Golden Girl blog came up on my feed about an online dermatologist. Online dermatology?! That can’t possibly be legit…can it? I decided to reach out to the company, Dermacare, and see if we could work a little something out, because basically, I was the perfect candidate to prove whether or not this service of theirs actually worked. Thankfully, they agreed to work with me (and yes, they’re sponsoring this post, but before you leave thinking “oh great, she was paid to talk about this,” just hear me out. Seriously.)
Back in January (yes, 8 months ago!) I got hooked up with an account and my journey to see if Dermacare would actually work began. The first thing you do is create a skin care profile talking about your skin care goals, and then (are you ready for this?) you upload selfies to the site for the doctor to look at. Using the photos and the information they’re given, the dermatologists at Dermacare create a custom prescription product mixed just for you with your goals in mind. Ready for some crazy honesty? Here are my “before” photos. These are what I sent in when I created my account.
Ick. I can’t stand looking at them. No 30 year old should have to deal with that kind of acne situation.
After a few days, I got a package with my custom acne treatment inside. I couldn’t contain my excitement. If getting quality dermatology is as time-saving saving as snapping a few selfies, this is the greatest idea ever!
Dermacare Active Ingredient List
Let’s chat about the active ingredients used in your Dermacare product. Your prescription can contain a mixture of the following:
Fights dark spots and is antibacterial, anti fungal with pore-unclogging properties. Primarily used for acne, clogged pores, and dark spots
This antibiotic and anti-inflammatory agent is powerful at fighting acne-causing bacteria. Primarily used for acne and clogged pores
A well known vitamin-B3-derived antioxidant that fights acne, inflammation, and hyperpigmentation. Primarily used for acne, clogged pores, and dark spots
Arguably the best ingredient in the world for treating and preventing wrinkles, stimulating collagen growth, and fighting acne. Primarily used for acne, clogged pores, dark spots, texture, firmness, wrinkles
This antibiotic/antimicrobial fights inflammation and redness. It is the first-line Rx treatment & prevention for Rosacea. Primarily used for acne, rosacea, red bumps, inflammation, and whiteheads
As an example, here’s what’s in my medication. It’s written right on the label.
How to use Dermacare
Your Dermacare treatment is meant to be used once a day, at night right before bed. After your regular skin care routine, it’s recommended you let your skin dry and allow all other products to sink in to the skin before applying your Dermacare. I tend to do my whole skin care routine at the beginning of my night time routine, then my skin has plenty of time to dry and soak up everything before I apply my Dermacare. The first few nights I used it I did notice a bit of a tingling/burning sensation, but it wasn’t unbearable or anything, and after a few uses that went away. Quite frankly, if that happened every day it would be worth it if the product does its job.
My Dermacare Results
With skin care, it is important to note that seeing results takes time. Sometimes quite a bit of time. For as much as I love changing up my products and trying new things, I was so committed to hoping this product works that I diligently used it night after night, for weeks and weeks, and guess what…
It actually works!
I didn’t start to see truly noticeable results for about 2 months, but then, slowly but surely I noticed my skin looking nicer, clearer, and my jawline was no longer full of gross, cystic acne bumps! Guys, after a few months I started feeling comfortable enough with my skin to go out in public with no makeup on. It may sound insignificant, but that was a huge deal.
After a few months, I was able to try their special Rx only moisturizer as well, which added even more results to my progress. The moisturizer is made with azelaic acid and niacinamide to help hydrate while preventing my breakouts. Between this moisturizer (which I use 2x/day) and my treatment (used once daily at night), the change in my skin has been amazing, and I am so thankful to finally feel comfortable in my own skin.
Now, does this mean I don’t get random breakouts here and there? As you can see by the picture, my skin isn’t perfect, but it’s a huge improvement from what it once was. I still get the occasional breakout, especially when I get lazy with the rest of my routine, but the improvement I have seen in my skin since starting Dermacare has been outstanding, and I will continue to use this product for a long, long time. See the results for yourself. No touch-ups or photoshopping of any kind. I swear.
How to get Dermacare
Now that you’ve listened to me rave about it, I’m sure you’re wondering how you can get your hands on your own customized skin care. It’s simple: head over to the Dermacare website and create an account. Dermacare is a monthly service, so you pay a fee each month. There are 3 subscription options:
- Custom Rx treatment only – $20/month
- Rx Moisturizer only – $20/month
- Get BOTH for $30/month
With the monthly subscription, you get free reformulations (if you find it’s not working right or your skin care needs change over time), free refills, monthly auto-shipment, doctor consultations, and free shipping! If there’s ever a time where you need to stop your subscription, you just click the “put my account on hold” button and you won’t get charged again until you turn your subscription back on. No games. No hidden fees. Super simple.
Did I mention you don’t have to go to a doctors office and it’s all done at home? I did? Well, it’s definitely worth mentioning again.
Want an even better reason to give Dermacare a try? The lovely people at Dermacare gave me a special code just for my readers. Use the code Diva1 and your first month of Dermacare is FREE! Just pay shipping. Pretty cool, right?
As you can see, my Dermacare experience has been pretty stellar. Yes, it literally took months to get my skin to where it is today, but like most good things, skin care takes time, and the confidence I now have in my skin is well worth it.
This post was sponsored by Dermacare, however, all opinions are my own. I mean, who can argue with those results?