Arcona Tabula Rasa Review

By Taylor Ellsworth

Is acne is the Bane to your face’s Gotham, staging coups against your facial authority that mimic the unforgettable scene from The Dark Knight Rises? Is it the packs of zombies, a la AMC’s Walking Dead, to your skin’s Atlanta? Or is it Walter White’s ricin-filled cigarette to your chin’s Jesse Pinkman, of Breaking Bad infamy? If you answered yes to any of the above, read on for the spot-treatment to end your skincare woes.

Tabula Rasa, a liquid formula in a sleek silver can, is L.A.-based skincare brand Arcona’s best concoction yet. A few weeks’ use will demonstrate what your skin could be in another, blemish-free life, just like the effect the memory-annihilating Lethe’s Bramble had upon the cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the episode titled Tabula Rasa. Except the Buffy episode revealed what the vampire slayers’ lives could be like in an alternate universe, not their skin, and the blemish-zapping spell lasts much longer than 44 minutes of Netflix nostalgia. Bonus!

Tabula Rasa is rare because it can make a whitehead disappear in the night while leaving the surrounding skin plump and flake-free. Just squirt a little bit of the fluorescent-beige (My fave color! Okay, not really; all beauties go hard for pink) liquid onto a Q-tip and dab it onto any whiteheads, blemishes, cystic acne or ingrown hairs prior to the rest of your skincare routine, and say hello to flawless skin in a few days. Now, if only those poor zombie-fighting peeps from Walking Dead had something like Tabula Rasa to fend off their attackers.

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