24 October, 2019
Iris Law might have been blessed with good genes but, regardless of what it looks like on the ‘gram, that doesn’t mean her skin has always been flawless. In fact, the model has opened up about battling cystic acne.
In a new interview with Dazed, the model admitted she has “struggled with acne for so many years”, which is why these days she focusses on getting her skin to look as “clean and perfect as possible”.
“I’ve had cystic acne, so the way I approach skincare has definitely evolved,” the 19-year-old said. “Seeing my skin change, and having so many different doctors tell me different things, I feel that it’s best to go natural and be consistent intuitively. It’s not about having a 15-step facial routine but a select three or four steps that adjust to the seasons.”
Iris said she’s now all about a chemical-free and ethical routine, having found many cystic acne treatments – and their potential side effects – to be “too harmful and drastic”. Her new, stripped back regime incorporates a Chanel overnight face mask in the summer months, and the model adds oil to her daily moisturiser when winter sets in.
She also broke down her simple one-minute beauty routine. “I’ll spray some rose toner, pat some lipstick onto my lips and cheeks, and sometimes use some balm to brush up my brows. I only use concealer and foundation if I’m doing a full face, as they kind of mask your facial definition and radiance, which you have to compensate for with extra products,” she said.
As for taking it off, Iris relies on a combination of witch hazel, Caudalie face mist, and 001 Skincare London moisturiser.
While an all-natural, chemical-free routine is working for Iris, that might not be the case for everyone. As skincare expert Renée Rouleau explained, unlike surface-level acne, cystic acne can be caused by a number of factors – from hormones to diet – so what works for one person might not for another. Lactic acid, for example, which naturally occurs in the human body, is just one of the chemicals still currently used to treat cystic acne. Salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are also common treatments for acne-prone skin.
If you suffer from acne – whatever the type – enlisting a good dermatologist to pinpoint what products suit your needs is always the best call.
This article was originally published by Teen Vogue.