The regime that I am about to disclose completely healed my skin of unsightly pimples and I HIGHLY recommend you give it a shot. Unlike so many other brands that have let me down, these products actually WORK. My skin is now calmer, less sensitive and consistently CLEAR. Look out for the 'Before' & 'After' photos at the end of the post! :)
Ok, now to put you guys out of your misery, the brand I wholeheartedly endorse is none other than...
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Just to give you a little background about the company:
mySKINBAR is a Singapore brand (yay for going local!) founded in 2010 by Eva Soh. The range of products cater to problems such as acne, aging, sensitivity and pigmentation via non-invasive solutions and work to boost the skin's natural ability to heal itself. The company believes in a simple 3 step process - Prime, Treat & Protect.
Most acne fighting products in the market are really harsh and drying on the skin. What I love about these products is that they are all really gentle with no 'bad' ingredients. Let's go through them one by one, shall we?
(I previously wrote about makeup removers in Part 1 of this series, including mySKINBAR's Youth Revitalizing Milk Cleanser which I LOVE. Read about it here)
Cleanse / Tone with - Moisturizing Foam Gel & Toner Sebum/Bacteria Control
I love this cleanser. It's soooo gentle and non-drying, yet cleanses effectively. I also like that it doesn't contain SLS or any soaping agents so it doesn't disrupt the skin's natural barrier. Do note that this cleanser has minimal lather. If you enjoy products with lots of foam, this probably isn't for you. I foresee myself sticking to this for a loooong time. <3
Next, I apply the toner by patting it on with my hands. I don't use a cotton pad because I feel it's such a waste of product. This toner is blue in colour and contains probiotics to strengthen the skin, antibacterial witch hazel and allantoin for hydration. It feels comfortable on the skin and absorbs quickly.
Treat with - Corrector Gel
This, for me, is the star product of the range. It is a thick, orange gel that has a cooling effect when applied to the skin. Some of its ingredients include willow bark, ginseng, garlic and peppermint to fight acne bacteria. I believe it has some exfoliating effects due to retinal palmitate (vitamin A). This gel is significantly gentler than typical retinoid products and does not dry out the skin. I use this twice a day and before sunblock in the mornings. It prevents new pimples from forming and maintains clear skin.
Protect with - SunProof Aqua
For years I've tried countless sunscreens, both physical and chemical ones. ALL, and I mean ALL of them have either clogged my pores or caused breakouts. As such, I've not worn sunscreen for 27 years of my life.
*cue gasps of horror* :o
Enter this baby. Since mySKINBAR products work so well for me, I decided to go with Eva's recommendation and try this water-based sunscreen. Did you notice it does not have an SPF rating? That's because it contains nano zinc spheres which form a shield on the skin to reflect UV rays, providing TOTAL protection against aging. SunProof Aqua has a light, watery texture and rinses off easily at night with the Moisturizing Foam Gel. This has caused neither clogged pores nor zits for me, which is AMAZING!!! Love it!
At the beginning when my skin was really congested and constantly plagued with pimples, I used the DRX toner after cleansing and before mySKINBAR Toner just to get that extra exfoliation so that the Corrector Gel treatment could penetrate the skin better. I found that this helped to clear the initial breakouts quicker.
The Corrector Lotion from mySKINBAR is supposed to be dripped on swollen, painful pimples to speed up healing. It works by pushing the bacteria to the surface of the skin where they will be killed by the Corrector Gel. I used this rather generously and regularly at the beginning but now that my skin is clear, I use it only when I get the few large zits before that time of the month. I have not decided how much I like this lotion, as it doesn't seem to heal pimples that quickly.
Both the DRX toner and mySKINBAR corrector lotion contain acids such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid (DRX) and lactic acid (mySKINBAR) to exfoliate the skin, so if you have similar products you can try to use those instead.
Dalacin T is something that I'd rather not use given the choice, as it is a topical antibiotic. However, it does get rid of monster zits VERY quickly. I use it after the Corrector Lotion and only on really big pimples. Given that I don't constantly apply it to large areas of the face, the acne bacteria shouldn't develop resistance to it.
That is pretty much how I cleared my skin.
Oh, if you've noticed the lack of a moisturizer above, that's because I was advised by Eva not to use one whilst working to clear the pimples. I guess it's due to my oily skin. And no, my skin has not shriveled up like a prune.
Some notable pros and cons of mySKINBAR range:
- Definitely, definitely DEFINITELY works to clear skin
- Heals skin and helps it to regain balance, rather than attacking it
- Gentle and non-drying. Can be used for sensitive skins
- Products are not exactly cheap, but some of them last a LONG time (Quickest to run out is the
- Has free local delivery for total purchase of $200 and above (in 1 receipt)
- Good service and NO hard selling
- My skin seems to get oilier since starting this??? Also the products don't have oil control despite their
- Expect an initial breakout whilst the products work to clear the acne bacteria inside the skin
- The products take time to work. Expect to persist for 3 - 6 months, depending on your original skin
condition, to see full results. (For me it took about 1 month to get mostly clear, and 3 months for full
- Does not totally prevent blackheads/whiteheads although mine have significantly decreased. I plan to
go for facial extractions once in a few months. (Yes, I don't really need facials anymore!!)
- Isn't good for spot treating big pimples, takes quite long to get rid of them
- Only sold in Singapore for now, so overseas readers may find it hard to purchase
Oh yes, let's not forget the long awaited 'before'/'after' shots!!
BEFORE - Taken 2 Nov 2013:
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AFTER 1 MONTH - Taken 2 Dec 2014:
|Right Cheek Left Cheek|
|Right Cheek Left Cheek|
If you are interested to try their products (and after all that you should be), I suggest that you head down to their shop at Park Mall Level 8 so the staff can recommend products suitable for your skin condition.
To learn more about mySKINBAR, you can visit their website here.
I came across this brand by accident and I am not paid to do this review.
I purchased all products mentioned above.