You May Also Like

Science says controlled breathing may help alleviate stress

Healthy Holiday Gift Guide: What to buy the connoisseur who has it all

The sneaky habit that could lead to a quarter-life crisis

This focus hack might revolutionize your remote-working game

The high-vibe way Lea Michele deals with puffy eyes

Holistic beauty products and zodiac necklaces: What the Well+Good Council is gifting

Beauty Aisle: Marie Veronique Organics Acne Relief Kit


Adult acne is a huge bummer, and the products typically made to treat it tend to be equally awful. But not these.

Organics acne treatment Adult acne is a huge bummer, and the products that are made to treat it tend to be equally awful. (Or for teenagers.)

But Marie Veronique Organics’ Acne Relief Kit ($230), which launched last fall, allows you to treat your blemish-prone skin like a grown-up—banishing excess sebum with calming botanicals, instead of drying it out with harsh Clearasil-flashback-inducing chemicals.

The Treatment Cleanser smells fresh and clean and gently exfoliates as you scrub, and the Treatment Oil is super hydrating. (Don’t be scared—it won’t make your skin more oily!)

The Treatment Serum is the kit standout, which I’ve been calling a “better for you benzoyl peroxide.” I’ve wanted to kick that chemical for a long time, and I’ve found this organic serum really goes the extra mile: It balances your skin’s oil production, instead of just taking it all away. And it kills bacteria with pumpkin seed and lavender oils, instead of BP’s method, which can irritate your skin and sensitize it to the sun.

Speaking of sun damage, the Marie Veronique kit also includes a lightly tinted face sunscreen to protect your newly clear visage from daily rays.

Of course, it’s almost impossible to say whether the kit will definitely banish all of your blemishes back to grade school. But we can report that while we used it, our skin stayed clear—with no new zits popping up. (And no burning or dry patches to get there.)

And while it costs more than a Proactiv kit, you’ll spare your skin the toxic damage (and pillowcase-staining). And good news, the benefits have lasted. —Lisa Elaine Held

Marie Veronique Organics Acne Relief Kit, $230, www.mvorganics.com