Lisa Paddock started getting cystic acne in her 20s but saw a major improvement in her skin (and her entire outlook!) once she started using products from the cult-favorite line.

By Renee Cherry
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If you're tuned into skin-care forums, then you know that the brand Drunk Elephant has a wide stan base. People are loving the fact that the products' ingredient lists are stacked with acids, peptides, vitamins, etc., but free of what the company calls the "Suspicious 6."

One mega fan, Lisa Paddock, recently wrote an Instagram post about her experience with the brand, revealing how the products cleared her acne and, in turn, boosted her self-esteem. (Related: These Are the Best Acne Products On Amazon Under $25, According to Thousands of Reviewers)

In her caption, she opened up about a recent mental health struggle that affected "just about every facet" of her life. She was barely making enough money to pay her bills, was in a toxic relationship, and had been dealing with depression and anxiety since she was 12, she tells Shape.

To add insult to injury, she started getting acne for the first time in her 20s. (Yay, mysterious adult acne.) "After I turned 25, my skin completely changed," she says. At first, it was the occasional breakout, but then she started getting painful cystic acne. She tried OTC products, prescription products, and changing her diet, but they didn't help. (Related: Retinol Got Rid of This Woman's Acne In Just Three Months)

Paddock dove into more research and decided to give Drunk Elephant a try after reading reviews. (ICYMI, the company finally launched a retinol cream this month.) She had quick results that cleared up her acne and boosted her confidence, she explained in her recent Instagram.

"Within a month my skin had changed drastically and just kept improving with each day of consistent use," Paddock wrote in her recent Instagram post. "The most beautiful part though is that as my skin cleared and healed, so did my soul. The better I began to feel about my skin, the better I felt inside. Some people may think it's ridiculous to say skin care is a form of mental health self-care, but for me, that is exactly what Drunk Elephant is!"

If that statement has you ready to drink the Kool-Aid, you can copy Paddock's routine product-for-product.

Morning: She mixes one pump each of: 1 pump of B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum ($52, sephora.com); 1 pump of C-Firma Day Serum ($80, sephora.com); 1 pump of Protini Polypeptide Cream ($68; sephora.com); 2 to 3 drops of Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil ($72, sephora.com). (Drunk Elephant advocates mixing its products together to create a "cocktail.")

Then she'll apply C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream ($64, sephora.com) followed by a teaspoon of either Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense Sunscreen ($36, sephora.com) or Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense Sunscreen ($34, sephora.com) mixed with a half pump of D Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops ($36, sephora.com).

Night: She mixes single pumps of B-Hydra, T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum ($90, sephora.com), and Lala Retro Cream Whipped Cream ($60, sephora.com) with 2 to 3 drops of Marula Luxury Face Oil and a teaspoon of A-Passioni Retinol Cream ($74, sephora.com). (Ed. note: The recommended amount of A-Passioni is a pea-sized dot.) She'll also apply Shaba Eye Serum ($60, sephora.com).

Once or twice a week she'll use T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial ($80, sephora.com).

Paddock's story is a testament to the fact that skin care isn't always just skin deep, since skin conditions like acne and rosacea can cause serious anxiety and depression and even lead to body dysmorphia.

"I'm not saying skin care will fix mental health issues, obviously seeking professional help is so important, but it gave me the confidence to take my life by the reins and get back in control," she says. Whether or not you buy into the Drunk Elephant hype, there's something to be said for treating your skin-care routine as an important act of self-care.

Comments (1)

Anonymous
January 18, 2019
For me the 2 most important things to get rid of or prevent acnes are clean diet and a good face wash. I like the ACURE facial scrub https://amzn.to/2RTxP93 but find something that works for your skin type.