- Drew Barrymore, 44, revealed her go-to skin care products and treatments in a recent interview with New Beauty.
- Barrymore says she swears by Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel, a salicylic acid-based acne medication that gently unclogs pores and exfoliates the skin.
Even though Drew Barrymore is a self-proclaimed beauty junkie, she admits that she didn’t really start paying close attention to her skin care until her late 30s.
“When I was a teen, I washed my face with a bar of clear vitamin E soap. Nothing. Moisturizers always broke me out. They still do on my chin. My chin is like a completely different neighborhood on my face, and you don’t go there after dark,” Barrymore told New Beauty in a recent interview.
While the 44-year-old actress and mother-of-two definitely has her go-to skin care products-everything from cleansers to moisturizers to serums to sunscreens-there’s one miracle worker she always turns to banish those breakouts: Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel.
“I just spot it on any arriving friend from out of town in the form of a zit and say, ‘Go back to where you came from!’” she told New Beauty. “I love the freshest, dewiest face. I have a phobia of clogged-looking skin. It goes back to watching women’s skin get baked under hot lights.”
This isn’t the first time Barrymore has sung the product’s praises. During her #BeautyJunkieWeek on Instagram back in February 2017, she wrote: “If you are like me and hate acne, this is a clear solution! Pun intended. I swear by this! Not cheap. Not unattainable.”
She’s not the only one that raves about it, either. With more than 550 reviews on Nordstrom and 740 at Sephora, the product has become a bit of a cult favorite. “Works amazing on one blemish or several clusters. I put on at night when experiencing the worst breakouts and let it do its job overnight. The next morning my breakout was significantly less red and swollen, if not almost gone. I would highly recommend!,” one Nordstrom reviewer wrote.
“This acne solution works miracles and literally clears most acne overnight. It’s a must have,” another reviewer wrote.
So how exactly does it get rid of pimples? The lightweight gel contains salicylic acid, an acne-fighting ingredient that unclogs the pores, reduces excess oil, and gently exfoliates the skin. You can use it as an all-over treatment by applying a thin layer, or as a spot treatment on areas where your skin needs it the most. (Just be sure to follow with one of these light moisturizers for acne-prone skin, as salicylic acid can be drying.)
The best part? You can try it yourself for under $20! The mini size (half an ounce) starts at $18-but a little goes a long way. All you need is a pea-sized amount and your pimples won’t know what hit ‘em. Just take a look at Barrymore’s makeup-free skin below if you need any convincing!
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