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You Look Moist: Pia Baroncini on Acne-Fighting Skincare and the Two Treatments That Are “Worth Every Penny”

Welcome to You Look Moist, a regular column wherein Man Repeller asks cool people with glowing visages how they achieved their supreme hydration (amongst other things). Today’s installment features Pia Baroncini–Creative Director of LPA, host of Pia’s Pod, and CMO of Ghiaia Cashmere

How would you describe your skin?

First and foremost, it’s oily. I have adult acne which started at 25 when I was doing fashion PR at People’s Revolution, literally throwing fucking parties every day. I went to get a facial at some hippy dippy place and she tried to POP the underground pimples. I woke up the next day and they were infected–one on my cheek was so big I couldn’t see out of my goddamn eye. So I went to a dermatologist around the corner from my office (Tribeca Dermatology) because they took insurance. She shot up the eight infected giant pimples with cortisone, and so began my journey.

How would you describe your skincare approach in general?

It’s a percentage of my life. Do I refuse to leave the house when I have a breakout? No. But if I’m having one it means there is something going on with me internally that needs to get fixed.


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Which skincare products are integral to your routine for achieving your ideal, glowing, well-moisturized complexion, and how/when do you use each of them?

I had a routine down that I was OBSESSED with until it stopped working. I’m the queen of listening to signs–for a couple months everyone around me kept mentioning IS Clinical. I reached out to them, described my skin, and two months later, my skin is the best it’s been in a long time. Here’s the routine:


IS Clinical cleanser
Either Moon Juice Beauty Shroom Toner or Royal Fern Toner
IS Clinical Healing Serum
IS Clinical White Lightening


Koh Gen Do Micellar Water on a Face Halo reusable washcloth thingy
IS Clinical Cleanser
Goop Facial Scrub (two times a week)
Same toners as above (I always leave them on alone for 10 minutes before applying any other products)
IS Clinical Active Serum (GAME CHANGER)
IS Clinical Hydra-Cool Serum
Biologique Recherche Creme Dermopurifiante
Serum C micro-needled into my skin post toner and active serum (I only do this once a week, and I wait 10 minutes before using other serums/cream)

Other tips:

Get a food sensitivity panel
Talk to a doc about your hormones

What about makeup products?

My go-to makeup products are: Clé de Peau concealer, Dior foundation, Chanel blush in rose bronze, Benefit mascara and eyebrow gel, and Dior bronzer and highlighter from the backstage kit.

What’s the cheapest product you use regularly and love?

God dammit… Q-tips? Drinking water?

Is there anything you try to avoid, skincare- or makeup-wise?

Anything overly scented. Also, listen–everything for my skincare is pregnancy approved. I know I need to move to natural makeup, too, and it needs to happen ASAP. I’m just putting it off.

Any next-level tips, tricks, or services that you swear by to help you look “lit from within”?

PRP with micro-needling is NUTS. Actually worth every penny. So is Forma if you wanna get snatched.

What’s your go-to product or trick for fixing a skin disaster?

An antibiotic in toner from, or a dermatologist along with a cortisone shot.

Do you do anything differently skincare-wise when you travel?

NEVER dude. Same rule applies to everything in life–CONSISTENCY, BABY. When I’m in cold weather I’ll add some In Fiore Canendula Oil to my face cream so I don’t get dry skin.

What’s something you wish your teenage self knew about taking care of your skin?

Stop eating like shit. Get off birth control.

Photos provided by Pia Baroncini.

Harling Ross

Harling is a writer and was most recently the Brand Director at Man Repeller.

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