Chloe Bailey Says These Under-$20 Products Are Her Favorite for Treating Period Acne

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Kelsey Stiegman
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Chloe Bailey Says These Under-$20 Products Are Her Favorite for Treating Period Acne
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From Seventeen

In the world of skincare, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all product. What clears your breakouts overnight, might wreak absolute havoc on your best friend's face. It's for this reason that nailing down the perfect skin routine can take years–especially when brands don't take these differences into account.

Two weeks ago, I hopped on a Zoom call with R&B darlings Chloe and Halle Bailey–two viral stars both on their own skin journeys. Like any sisters, their beauty routines are the same, but different. Of the pair, Halle says she is more prone to breakouts, while Chloe has mostly-clear skin. Both, however, have the shared experience many women of color face: the struggle to find products that cater to non-white skin. According to them, this is why they chose to partner with Neutrogena as the brand's first-ever sister-duo brand ambassadors.

"We are obsessed and so happy with Neutrogena because they have been ... staying ahead of the curve, with creating inclusive products for all of us–all skin types," Chloe explained.

Specifically, the pair say they've found it most difficult to find a quality SPF that doesn't leave behind a pasty residue (a process Halle began after years of pressure from her sunscreen-obsessed sister).

"As Black women ... it's been a battle to find a good sunscreen that works with our skin that doesn't leave us looking ashy–we need to have the right one," Halle said.

Photo credit: Neutrogena
Photo credit: Neutrogena

Both found the answer in Neutrogena's Invisible Defense Sunscreen, which has a clear-dry finish made specifically with darker skin tones in mind.

"I love it because you don't have a white cast when you put it on. It enhances your inner glow and I really, really love that, because I'm obsessed with sunscreen," Chloe explained. "I have so much melanin and I'm obsessed with my melanin, but I also want to protect it and I think that's why it's so ... important to continue to wear sunscreen."

Though they both reach for the same sunblock, when it comes to acne, the two are polar opposites.

"I'm very acne-prone," says Halle. "Out of both of us, I feel like Chloe has such beautiful, mostly-clear skin all the time, but for me, I realized–when we were touring especially–I get breakouts. I remember one time my forehead just broke out in all these small bumps."

Halle says the Stubborn Acne AM Treatment, a benzoyl peroxide-based spot treatment, has an unparalleled ability to heal cystic acne.

"Every time I see like a pimple popping up or like one that you feel under the surface–I hate the ones that you feel but can't see, because you can't get your hands on it–I just zap that on there and then I'm Gucci, then I'm good," she continued.

Though Chloe rarely deals with pimples, she's no stranger to the monthly occurrence many people with uteruses can relate to: period acne.

"For me, when it's like my time of the month and my hormones are going crazy and I get those pimples, I always get a little bit of anxiety because even if I don't pop them, they will leave scarring–even after the pimple is gone," says Chloe.

"But what I realized is that if I keep my skin hydrated and supple that it'll be less likely to scar. So because of that, I love the Hydroboost collection," she continued, breaking mid-sentence due to an outbreak of barking from her dog, Common. "I use the serum and the gel cream moisturizer and it helps keep my skin healthy and hydrated."

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