I have just had a blackhead emergency which has made it necessary to cease my trial of A’kin 24 Hour Pure Moisture ($39). This is sad because I tried to like it but couldn’t.

Let’s take the good before the bad; it’s Aussie, it’s free from sulphates, ethoxylates, parabens, propylene glycol, petrochemical cleansers, silicones, phthalates, mineral oils, DEA and artificial colours. It also has some nice ingredients like horse chestnut, shea butter, camomile and B5.

I tried not to be negative when I opened the box to find a jar, yes the much hated “jar“ which required me to head off to the shops to get some wooden sticks so I would not be contaminating the product when I used it. And for a product without so many common cosmetic ingredients it left me wondering what is left in it that will preserve it? Most people just stick their finger in to use it morning and night! Hang on what did I just type? Yes the directions ask you to apply it morning and night ...Humm why do they call it 24 hour moisture cream if I am applying it every 12 hours or thereabouts?

I opened the “jar” to find an unscented cream that smelt kind of oily and looked kind of lumpy. When I put A’kin 24 hour Moisture cream on it felt oily and all my worst fears come true a few days into the trial when I turned into blackhead central. I tried to continue but I just couldn’t suffer the consequences any longer.

The verdict:

I love what A ‘kin is trying to do - they are making products that leave out all the nasty chemicals that people really worry about. So if you one of those people or pregnant and avoiding parabens then I would defiantly look into this range. As I am an oily, easily congested skin type A‘kin 24 hour moisture was way too heavy for me, and I just think it was a case of the wrong product for my skin type.  Now I am left wondering what product to try to get rid of blackheads ……. any suggestions?

Ingredients

Aqua (purified Australian water*) *BP 2007 standard, glycerin (botanical source, sodium gluconate (from GMO free corn), panthenol (pro Vit B5), sorbitol (from GMO free maize), ethylhexylglycerin, glyceryl laurate (botanical source), citric acid (botanical source), phenoxyethanol, mannitol (and) ammonium glycyrrhizate (and) caffeine (and) zinc gluconate (and) aesculus hippocastanum (horse chestnut) extract, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil (cold pressed Australian grown), persia gratissima (avocado) oil (certified organic cold pressed Australian grown),lecithin (and) tocopherol (and) ascorbyl palmitate (and) hydrogenated palm glycerides citrate, squalane (from olives), butyrospermum parkii (certified organic shea butter), sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, xanthan gum, tocopheryl acetate (Vit E) (botanical source), alpha lipoic acid, bisabolol (botanical source), caprylic/capric triglyceride (from coconut & palm) (and) carotenoids (from marine algae), echium plantagineum seed oil, hydrogenated lecithin (and) C12-16 alcohols (and) palmitic acid, persia gratissima (avocado) oil (and) persia gratissima (avocado) oil unsaponifiables, sucrose stearate (from sugar beet & palm), fusanus spicatus wood (West Australian sandalwood) oil, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract