Celebs may experience acne just like us, but their treatment methods always seem to work faster. For supermodel Kendall Jenner, flare-ups rarely last and for that, she has her dermatologist Dr. Christie Kidd to thank.
In a recent interview with W, the expert unveiled the exact regimen she prescribed to keep Jenner’s skin under control, while also noting that because everyone’s skin is different, it’s important to understand your’s before treating it. We’re definitely taking notes.
For Jenner, Kidd uses a combination of four products to combat all phases of acne. Unfortunately, those products, developed by Kidd herself, aren’t for sale. However, she did share what makes each of them effective.
To start, she uses a gentle cleanser, followed by “medicated pads to reduce the bacteria and oil on the skin, as well as redness.” Next, Kidd follows up an “acne/scar treatment which helps to keep pores tight and invisible and dries up active blemishes” before finishing with sunblock and acne medication to protect Jenner’s skin from future damage.
Even if you can’t replicate this exact routine, her number-one rule for managing acne is to keep your routine simple. According to Kidd, it’s not so much about scraping breakouts away, but instead, being gentle on your skin—no matter how frustrated you are. Using overly abrasive scrubs or picking at breakouts can cause more irritation than help.
Alternatively, if the pimple is especially irritated and you have the budget for in-office treatments, she suggests cortisone injections or LED light treatments to help diminish inflammation.
As for the ingredients to look for in your own acne-clearing products, Kidd says the three most effective ones are salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and sulfur. Retin-A can also work for some, but she recommends proceeding gently since it can be drying.
“Salicylic acid is used to help unclog pores as well as to aid in preventing new breakouts, but does not kill bacteria. Benzoyl peroxide can kill the bacteria causing the pimple as well as help dry it up,” she said. “Sulfur is also used for acne; it gently unclogs pores and dries up the blemish.”
Once you’ve cleared up the acne, it’s time to address any scarring. For this, Kidd prescribes dermal fillers (which she says are worth the cost, though the results are temporary) or in-office dermatological procedures like light therapy or laser treatments.
In short: the secret for healthier skin on a time crunch includes finding the right regimen, treating your skin kindly and lots of patience. And remember, as Kendall wrote to an encouraging fan on Twitter who lauded her for walking the Golden Globes red carpet with acne: “never let that sh*t [sic] stop you! 😎✨.”