Product Review: Holistic Vanity Acne Care Line

Holistic Vanity Acne Care Last week I wrote about 3 amazing acne fighting ingredients to look for in skincare . . .  which was motivated by my recent trial of the new Holistic Vanity Acne Care line.

A couple of months ago when the fantastic folk at Pure + Simple sent me their newest products from their sister line, Holistic Vanity, I was super excited at the prospect of finding an acne care line that actually works!

I was skeptical though on HOW well these products would work, because acne is such a finicky thing. That’s why I have spent the last two months testing the goods.

In perfect timing, I happened to have a stress-induced breakout (mainly cysts on my chin). I also  happened to have a small bottle of exfoliating gel (a mix of glycolic, salicylic, and kojic acid) from my recent days training in medical esthetics. All of this set up the perfect acne-busting experiment.

I first spent some time using the acid on my breakouts (don’t try this at home!!). At night I would apply this potent acid cocktail on each pimple. Each morning I could see that the angry red bumps had slightly decreased in size and were less red. But I also noticed that the skin around my breakouts looked dry and a bit blotchy. It certainly did not look ‘healthy and clear’.

After a week or so of using the acid, I saw some improvement with the breakouts, but my skin had turned from dry and blotchy, to red and slightly raw (as I said, don’t do this at home!!).

What I learned: This cocktail of acids may temporarily reduce breakouts and pigmentation, but will damage your skin in the long term.

Next, I turned to the Holistic Vanity products. “Lucky” for me I had another bout of stress induced acne . . . I know, I’m working on it . . . anyhow it gave me the perfect canvas to test the products. I used the Pine Mint Tonic and Black Mud Turmeric Lotion during the day, and all four products (including the Black Mud Cleanser and Black Cumin Oil) in the evening. Each morning, just like with the acid, I found that my pimples were less red and slightly smaller. But my skin also felt super moisturized and actually glowed! (Despite the red spots still being there).

Cystic acne does not go away over night and so I did not expect this miracle, however the products helped significantly reduce redness, and slowly reduced the size of the cysts without drying or flaking.

Purifying Black Mud Cleanser, 100 ml $28

Purifying Black Mud Cleanser, 100 ml $28

Balancing Black Mud Tumeric Lotion, 100ml $50

Balancing Black Mud Turmeric Lotion, 100ml $50

The superstars for me are the Pine Mint Tonic and Black Cumin Oil. The tonic feels so clarifying and refreshing (especially if your breakouts cause pain, like mine), but is not drying. I would not recommend the Tonic for all skin types though, especially if you tend to be very dry. In this case, just dab the tonic directly onto the pimples.

Amti-Bac Pine Mint Skin Tonic, 100ml $26 & Clarifying Black Cumin Oil, 100ml $43

Anti-Bac Pine Mint Skin Tonic, 100ml $26 – Clarifying Black Cumin Oil, 100ml $43

The Black Cumin Oil is incredibly nourishing, anti-inflammatory (and yes smells faintly of cumin), but does not clog pores. At first I found that the oil to be quite stimulating (in other words may cause temporary redness), but I’m also quite quite religious about facial massage and spend a lot of time massaging it in. By the morning though, any redness was gone and my skin felt so plump and supple.

Black cumin oil can cause photo-sensitivity (although this one is mixed with Babassu oil to reduce the risk) but it’s best used at night. And always wear sunscreen during the day (which you should be doing anyway!!).

For anyone who has been struggling to find a skincare line that combats breakouts, but is not drying (in fact hydrates and makes skin glow!), then I highly recommend this product line. If you are only going to buy 1 or 2 products, I recommend the Pine Mint Tonic and Black Cumin Oil.

If you do try it out, let me know what you think! I always love hearing your comments!

 

Three Amazing Acne Fighting Ingredients

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Acne Care

At the first sign of a breakout, we often go on the attack and use the strongest, most ferocious weapons we have. This may temporarily dry out pimples, but harsh treatments will also wreak havoc on our skin by causing dehydration, flaking, more redness ,and permanent damage.

When treating any breakouts, gentle is always the best solution.

I know this goes against what the ‘Clean and Clear’ commercials want to make us believe, but trust me on this.

Avoid these ingredients in your acne care products:

Alcohol: Found in most toners and astringents, alcohol will only strip the skin of its natural oils (signalling to the body to produce more!). It will also cause dehydration and make the skin more susceptible to bacteria.

Salicylic acid: This is the most common ingredient recommended for fighting acne, but it’s often far too harsh for the skin, and is most often found in alcohol solutions. Note: it’s also an absolute no, no for women who are pregnant!

Benzoyl Peroxide: This is a common ingredient found in topical creams prescribed for acne by dermatologists. It’s also another ingredient that’s too harsh for the skin and will result in irritated, flaky, and dehydrated skin. If this (and other harsh ingredients like this) are the only things that seems to clear up your breakouts, then you should probably look internally. Seek out a naturopathic doctor to help identify the problem that is most often deeper than what’s on the surface.

For the topical treatment of acne, look for ingredients that are naturally anti-septic (but not drying), anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, and nourishing.

Skincare oil
Use these ingredients in your acne care products:

Black Mud: Earthen ingredients like mud and clay are incredible for drawing out impurities and absorbing oil. Black mud specifically, which is extracted from the Dead Sea, is extremely rich in minerals which helps to detoxify and purify the skin.

Pine: Naturally fights fungal and viral infections, boosts the skin’s immunity, and reduces redness.

Black Cumin Seed Oil: Naturally anti-inflammatory and clarifying. This oil has black been used for centuries. It’s ideal for re-balancing oil production and helps prevent against breakouts caused by bacterial infections.

When it comes to skincare, I never want anyone to feel tied to one specific product or brand. That’s why I like to educate on ingredients, first and foremost, so that you can pick and choose products based on the ingredients you know work for your skin. That said, I am super excited to say that all of these ingredients can be found in the Holistic Vanity Acne Care line, which is a line I have always loved and supported.

I particularly love the fact that Holistic Vanity is one of the first to introduce these incredible ingredients into a full acne care line. Read my review here.