Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's Facialist Swears By This Old-School Pimple Treatment

Emily Algar

It's not everyday you get the same facial Rosie Huntington-Whiteley gets before the Oscars, but a few weeks ago, that was exactly what happened to me (albeit I wasn't heading to the red carpet, but rather back to the office). It was with the legendary Dr. Barbara Sturm, and her lead facialist who were visiting from Germany, and I can confirm that I did have the skin of a newborn when it was all over. For those who aren't familiar with Dr. Sturm, firstly, shame on you (I kid, I kid), but in all seriousness, she is one of Hollywood's most sought-after skin therapists with a stellar range of take-home products to match.

First and foremost, Sturm was a doctor of orthopaedics who played part in the development of the Kobe Procedure (as in Kobe Bryant who suffered a basketball-related knee injury) where a patient’s own blood cells were used to produce proteins to jump-start the internal healing process. Following this, Sturm turned her attention to skincare and thus the invention of her famed MC1 cream, where a patients' blood was used to create bespoke skincare, and then there was the vampire facial (we all saw that image Kimmy K posted on IG—you know, the one where she was covered in blood). Thankfully for us here in Australia, you can now buy Dr. Sturm's product line at Mecca, so while a facial with the skin wizard herself isn't always possible (unless of course you're Rosie), you can still get that signature Sturm glow from home. Following my treatment, I asked Sturm a barrage of skincare questions, and she most definitely had some sage advice (including a surprising blemish hack).

Keep scrolling for the full Q&A. 

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