medik8 betagel on the spot exfoliator

Reviewed by TIA Community Member on October 15, 2014

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by Christina

I was lucky enough to be chosen to review Medik8 BetaGel On The Spot Exfoliator ($68 in the shop). I have been wanting to try this product for quite some time because of the pure ingredients, but I was so put off by the price, I just couldn't do it. So, when I received the email letting me know the fabulous news, I was so psyched.

I am a Licensed Esthetician (have been for four years now) and have access to most anything I want, but I have still struggled with finding the perfect regimen for my finicky, easily irritated, unreliable, breakout prone skin. I have dealt with breakouts/acne since I was in eighth grade, and am now 32. Combating pimples and aging is one of the most difficult things to do. 

As, I said earlier, I have had my eye on this product for a bit. One of the main ingredients, niacinamide, is antibacterial and fabulous for acne and hyperpigmentation; it increases ceramics in the skin, assisting with a healthy barrier. Azelaic, which is the second active ingredient, and the third in the ingredient deck, is also antibacterial and helps with hyperpigmentation of the skin. It is also soothing and in many products prescribed for rosacea. Next is Salicylic Acid, a beta hydroxy acid that exfoliates to keep the skin clear and can actually penetrate oil, which other hydroxy acids cannot. 

Luckily for me, my actual blemishes are small and are typically controlled to a single area, but they are very persistent, I have blackheads on my nose and chin, and I also have melasma from years of birth control use. That being said, I need something that addresses my hyperpigmentation and breakouts, and this is exactly what the ingredients in this formula promise to deliver. The formula is like an essential oil (it does contain rosemary ess oil), is very thin and watery and comes in a glass dropper jar. I put a single drop on my fingertips and rub it into an area on my face. The product can be used as a spot treatment or as an all-over treatment. Now, let me say, they have currently changed the formula effective this month. My review is on the old formula with the dropper. From what Medik8 told me directly, it is now in an actual gel and some of the ingredients have changed, but it still has all of the actives from the old formula I am reviewing. 

So would I purchase this again? Yes, if it were on sale. It really did help reduce the redness from my blemishes overnight, which is an amazing feat, it felt clean and absorbed very quickly and did not dry my skin at all — not even once, and I was using it daily at night. I used it for more than a month before writing this review, and I still have a little over half left, which is fabulous. I was thinking it would go so fast because of its small size, but I only use about six to eight drops every night. I am a bit sad that they reformulated it, but who knows? Maybe the new formula is an improvement. I would try it after this bottle is finished.