Written by Jamika Martin, the founder of ROSEN
Hello! This is Jamika, the founder of ROSEN Skincare. Who are we? Who am I? What does ROSEN even mean?
For those of you who don’t know me, I’m someone who’s always dealt with difficult skin. Notice how I said “who don’t know me”, because if you do know me, you already knew that!! Like I was probably the person in middle and high school who had some of the worst skin you know. If I would have told someone while I was in high school that I would start a skincare company, it would have been a joke. But here we are!!
A YOUNG HIGH SCHOOL JAMIKA PRE-ACCUTANE, NO MAKEUP.
So, having difficult (acne prone, scars super easy, texture, oily, etc…) skin sucks. Like a lot. So, after a while I gave into Accutane. The daunting and very intense prescription drug to give hope to kids like me that clear skin could be a possibility. Accutane was something I never wanted to do because of all the sketchy side effects. I remember the first time a doctor told me about it and I was like “I’ll never do Accutane. That stuff cannot be good for you,” but then cut four years to significantly worse self confidence, and I gave in. And I gave in twice. That’s right, my skin is such a pain that I did Accutane twice, and you know what? It still sucked after that second round.
"MY SKIN WAS SUCH A PAIN THAT I DID ACCUTANE TWICE"
Post-second-round-of-Accutane puts me in my second year of college. A time of my life where I was really getting into clean eating, beauty and everything else. And that’s when it dawned on me: I could clean up my whole routine, except what went on my face.
Food? Check. Hair? Check. Body? Check. Hell, even deodorant? Check. But skincare? Like for my face and breakouts? Wasn’t gonna happen.
MY SKIN MONTHS AFTER A SECOND ROUND OF ACCUTANE
There wasn’t a lack of clean beauty on the market and there definitely wasn’t a lack of acne products, but there was a huge lack of clean acne products. Clean acne products that were actually clean and didn’t just advertise ~ tea tree oil ~ or one natural ingredient in a sea of synthetics and fillers. Oh yeah, and add on the fact that I was a college student and didn’t want to pay $65 for a serum that might not even work.
So, I started ROSEN. The cleaner, more thoughtful solution to acne care, and that’s what we’re all about. ROSEN is for folks like me (and hopefully you!) who deal with breakouts and acne prone skin, but don’t want to sacrifice on the ingredients.
Did you know 85% of people between the ages 12-24 deal with acne prone skin?
(Yeah, I don’t believe the remaining 15% exists either, but apparently they do.) That means there are a lot of millennials and gen z folks out there dealing with breakouts and being forced to choose from the same legacy brands in the acne care isle. The same brands who barely (if even?) became cruelty free. The same brands who have been pushing benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and alcohols as your only options for dealing with breakouts for years.
We create all of our formulas in house. We test on ourselves (not animals). We use your feedback. And, we keep it clean and minimal. ROSEN is cleaner, more thoughtful acne care and we’re here to bring you confidence, naturally.