I recently found myself asking a skin question that hadn’t crossed my mind in a long time: Why am I breaking out? Aside from a treacherous battle with cystic acne that came and went in my mid-20s, my pimple situation over the last few years has been minimal. Of course, one-off zits arrive here and there (that’s life!), but rarely do I experience full-blown breakouts. S about four weeks ago, when I noticed one pustule, then two, then three, then four pop up on my skin out of nowhere, I knew something was up.
I can typically trace any blemish back to a particularly stressful week, overdoing it on sugary snacks, or neglecting my water intake, but since none of those shortcomings were at play this time, I was stumped. It wasn’t until I was chatting with my mom about our updated haircare routines that I started to connect the dots. You see, at the start of quarantine, I’d vowed to learn how to better care for my natural hair texture and had begun incorporating a lot more oils and heavy creams into my hairstyling regimen. It made total sense that these new products could have something to do with the breakout since the pimples I saw cropping up were all on my forehead (not an area I typically break out in), and the bulk of the hairstyles I’d recently mastered saw my coils cascading down toward my brows much more often than before.
This discovery didn’t make those oily product-induced zits magically vanish, but as timing would have it, our friends over at Versed were preparing to launch a brand-new collection of products that might be exactly what my skin woes were calling for. Enter Keep the Peace Acne-Calming Cream Cleanser ($17), Game Over Acne Drying Treatment ($17), and Back-Up Plan Acne-Control Body Mist ($15), the brand-new collection of Versed products specifically formulated to treat acne. Our clean, vegan, and endlessly cool sister brand is known for its results-oriented formulas, but today it released its first range dedicated to head-to-toe acne treatment.
As soon as fellow beauty editor Erin Jahns and I got to testing, we found that we were both loving our results despite our radically different skincare concerns. Keep scrolling for everything you need to know about the latest products sure to help us all keep breakouts at bay, and don’t miss out on our detailed (and brutally honest) editor reviews.