You would think that celebrities are guaranteed to have perfect skin. After all, they have access to the best dermatologists, aestheticians, and they have the money to buy a whole range of skincare products. But in reality, even people like them struggle about their skin, too.
Cardi B recently took to Twitter her latest "uncomfortable" skin problems: blackheads and dry skin. The 28-year-old rapper said she has “been breaking out lately” and that her “face is extremely dry.”
This is my cheek...It’s been happening for like 3 months now ...Shit really is uncomfortable. pic.twitter.com/Yqb197hKQp— iamcardib (@iamcardib) January 25, 2021
She figures her age and the water in Los Angeles may be the culprit, adding that any of the products she has tried, including a retinol product that a dermatologist recommended her, only dried her face and clogged her pores even more.
Though she is fully aware that retinol usually has a purging phase and that it takes around three weeks for skin to get used to, the singer said: “Yea the doctor told me that ...I don’t got time for my face to do that.”
Cardi also revealed popular brands like Clinique, CeraVe, and the OG cleanser Cetaphil “really didn't work” for her. Facial oils, which one fan recommended, made her skin itchy and react badly.
Out of all the tips from her fans, Cardi said she’ll be trying The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 and AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution. She also said she wants “to go to a good dermatologist that do blood testing and everything. Get to the root of the problem.” Cardi admits that she has yet to find a good dermatologist in LA, but luckily, singer-songwriter Kehlani suggested one! "Sis you need @seangarrette," she said.
sis you need @seangarrette !!!— Kehlani (@Kehlani) January 25, 2021
Will this fix Cardi's problem? We'll find out in two weeks.
Ok @Kehlani recommended me somebody for my face ...Imma give ya a update in 2 weeks .....I’m off this for a while ...LOVE YA ❤️— iamcardib (@iamcardib) January 25, 2021
Meanwhile, if you're experiencing the same skin problems as Cardi, check out the recommendations from her fans below! It may have not given the results Cardi wanted, but it might work for you!
1. Add retinol to your regimen. Retinol is an over-the-counter vitamin A derivative that clears acne, evens out skin tone and texture, stimulates collagen production, and minimizes signs of aging. It comes in cleansers, creams, serums, or spot treatment.
Cardi's fan, @shewh0cares warns about the "purging" phase, which is your skin's reaction to an active ingredient, therefore increasing skin cell turnover rate, when using retinol. "You might get dry skin and break out before it gets better, you have to use it for a while."
She also suggests to "Start once a week and work your way up. Mix/layer with a moisturizer." The fan also mentions to visit the skincare community group on reddit, which has "lots of info."
2. Fix the skin barrier. One fan believes that Cardi's skin barrier is damaged. "That means the previous products you used disrupted your skin’s equilibrium," @LaBeautyologist said. The esthetician said she "recommends going back to basics with a high quality hydrating products & maybe one active ingredient to target the mild acne."
3. Get a hydrating moisturizer. When our throat feels dry, we drink water. Same idea goes for the skin: Apply hydrating products (especially those with hyaluronic acid) to alleviate dry skin. Cardi's fan, @bodakvictor, recommends Clinique's gel version of their best-selling Dramatically Different Lotion. "It’s basically water and will keep your skin hydrated without any chemicals react."
4. Use a gentle cleanser. No fancy cleansers needed—the simpler, the better. Fans recommended to use popular drugstore brands, Cetaphil or CeraVe, which are fragrance-free, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. @TUENEMIGOEFRAIN said, the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser, CeraVe Renewing SA Cleanser, and CeraVe Moisturizing lotion "will change your life."
5. Really, go see a dermatologist. Before trying any products, it's best to see a dermatologist first "and see what they say about it," said @cardibandqueen.