The French approach to life is rooted in simplicity, and skincare is no exception. Rather than relying on an arsenal of products to treat an acne flare-up, for example, French model Camille Rowe turns to a simple $15 product found in most French drugstores: Hexomedine Transcutanée. The antiseptic gently penetrates the skin to dry out acne from the inside out, and it claims to reduce redness, swelling, and bacterial infection in 48 hours.
"I have a really bad habit of picking at my face," the 27-year-old model confessed to Into the Gloss. "I use Hexomedine Transcutanée, which I buy from French pharmacies. It costs like 2 euro. There's the Cutanée version for surface blemishes, and then the Transcutanée, which is for cystic acne. But the cystic one works well for both. You just put it on with a Q-tip. It's incredible."
The product also made an appearance on influencer Dakota Butler's list of her favorite skincare products. "I am blessed with reasonably good skin (blessed as in I take birth control), but on the off occasion I do break out, I want it gone ASAP," she recently told The File. "This stuff is magic—it literally takes two nights to dry up any unpleasantries that might pop up on my face. I just dab it on at night with a Q-tip, and that's that. I just know it's a French skincare staple, and makes me feel fancy."
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