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I had left the years of my horrible pimples in the past, thankfully, but the scars continued to haunt my present. I didn’t like wearing foundation, so I wanted to be confident enough in my skin to walk around in public without it or my dark spots and uneven skin texture. I still hadn’t come across the skincare side of TikTok and hadn’t realized I was using the worst products possible. In 2021, I laid down the pearl-filled cleansers that only irritated and ripped my skin and got serious.
Derma E had sent me a sample of their Ferulic Acid Resurfacing Pads and I decided to give them a try. I hadn’t heard of Derma E until then, but decided that the selling points of the tampons fit my mission. The pads contain kojic acid, which helps lighten acne scars, dark spots and sun spots. It is designed to combat hyperpigmentation. While the other powerful ingredients resveratrol and DMAE plump up the skin. Resveratrol also protects against free radicals, which break down your collagen.
I applied this product after cleansing at night every other day. I gently swept the pad upwards over my face, let it soak in while I brushed my teeth, then rinsed my face before applying a peptide serum, SPF, and moisturizer. It had a clean scent which I enjoyed. I wondered if the pads would dry out my skin at first, as I had never used a proper exfoliator before, but there was never any noticeable dryness – other than my usual winter dryness.
Changes to your skin happen gradually (although we all wish they were instantaneous), so I can’t say I noticed a change overnight. After about two months, I examined my face in the mirror and noticed that a small group of three pesky acne scars on my left cheek had finally disappeared. I also realized that where there was uneven texture before, my cheek was smooth. I also think it’s important to say that I don’t get extra beauty treatments like other editors often do. I relied on this product and the cleansers, moisturizers and SPF in my daily routine.
I used these resurfacing pads until they disappeared and I can honestly say that the products I’ve tried since haven’t been as effective.
On Ulta, this product has 117 reviews and 4.8 stars.