Reviewed by Laura
I tend to have breakouts every couple of weeks and have never had much success with the typical drugstore acne treatment products. I have very sensitive skin with bouts of dryness and dermatitis. As a result, I generally have to stick to gentle products to avoid various skin flareups. Needless to say, at 37, I tend to shrug my shoulders when I get a breakout and hope they go away quickly!
When I received the Aphelia Oasis Acne Treatment 12+5 Essence,
I was (surprisingly) having a bout of good skin, and basically waited for my breakout to come. I waited and waited… After about a month of nary a pimple, I began wondering if my breakouts were psychological! It was around that time that I found out that I was expecting a baby and that perhaps my skin was behaving due to the influx of hormones in my body (normally the opposite occurs). Eventually, after waiting a while, I finally had my first big breakout in months. I know that certain acne medications (namely salicylic acid) are not supposed to be used during pregnancy, so I thought it was a perfect opportunity to use this gentle herbal acne treatment for my breakout.
First off, the list of ingredients is quite interesting; the first three ingredients are humectants (water, hyaluronic acid, and butylene glycol), and I love that! I’ve always felt like my acne issues were more related to hormonal changes and skin irritation than oily skin, and drying my skin out was never a good answer to my breakouts. The majority of the remaining ingredients are exotic-sounding herbal extracts that I had never heard of (saposhnikovia divaricata
, anyone?) that appear to have a combination of anti-microbial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, and antifungal properties.
The suggested use of the product is twice daily, but I tend towards being conservative with products at first, so I used it once in the mornings on my blemishes for about three days. Once I saw that my skin was not going to explode or become enraged, I started using it twice daily. I didn’t apply it to my entire face but only on my “trouble” areas – chin, nose, and forehead. The actual product itself has a bit of an unpleasant acrid smell and is the consistency of a thin gel. Once on my skin, it dried fairly quickly. I experienced slight redness on the areas where I used the product, but nothing that would deter me from continuing to use it.
My overall results with the acne treatment were fair. I do feel like this product works, but it is gentle and takes a few days to kick in. For someone like me who is not looking for a quick fix and wants to avoid salicylic acid due to pregnancy, I think this is a good option. I’m going to keep using the Aphelia Acne Treatment when I have breakouts and have even started to use it to test its preventive anti-acne powers as well. I haven’t had a breakout since. It’s hard to tell if Aphelia is the answer, but it’s a possibility!
Ingredients: Aqua, Hyaluronic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Saposhnikovia Divaricata Root Extract, Angelica Dahurica Extract, Forsythia Fruit Extract, Platycodon Grandiflorum Root Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia Fruit, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Glucosyl Ceramide, Ligusticum Chuanxiong Root Extract, Coptis Chinensis Rhizome Extract, Gardenia Jasminoides Fruit Extract, Lactoferrin, Schizonepeta Tenuifolia Extract, Mentha Spicata Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra”(Licorice)” Rhizome/Root, Dimethyl Sulfone, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Methylparaben, Parfum, Tetrasodium Edta