Ashleigh Murray, best known for her role as Josie McCoy on the hit TV show Riverdale, may look HD-perfect on the screen, but in real life, Ashleigh has struggled with cystic acne. It's a common skin concern for teens and adults, too, but the majority of us don't have two million people watching us every week on the CW.
In a new interview with Popsugar, Ashleigh came clean about how she figured out what worked for her skin. The solution? Going on birth control and swearing by the IS Clinical Cleansing Complex cleanser, and CeraVe Renewing SA Cleanser.
"My acne was one hundred percent hormonal. And it was really bad, like huge blisters on my face," the actor, who plays Josie McCoy on the hit show, explained. For those struggling with breakouts that don't respond to topical treatments, dermatologists might prescribe an oral contraceptive, which works by regulating your body's androgen levels, a hormone that can lead to excess sebum production. Less sebum = less acne.
After cleansing, Ashleigh tones her skin with aloe vera gel to combat hyperpigmentation. Then, she follows that up with a serum and a combination of essential oils to moisturize her skin. Her go-tos? Jojoba, coconut, juniper, and lavender, plus tea tree for its acne-fighting properties. She also name-checks "any yummy thing" from Lush and Murad Invisablur Perfecting Shield Sunscreen as a great choice for darker skin tones: "It doubles as a primer," she adds. "It's bomb."
For those who want to take the extra step in taking care of your complexion, Ashleigh also swears by facials from Vancouver hotspot Skin Girls. And Ashleigh, hit us up should you ever go into skincare vlogging. Just saying...
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