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Neocutis Bio-Cream tested and rejected

Is a Solution for:
Sagging Skin
September 6, 2009 Reviewed by Marta 8 Comments
When I embarked on my trial of Neocutis Bio-cream ($59) a month ago, I said that if it was a handbag it would be more Canal St than Fifth Avenue: a smattering of designer skinwear trying to disguise some thrown together fillers. This analogy turned out to be way off the mark. This cream is a raiding party and my skin has been a battleground for the past four weeks. Forget the Cold War, I've been in the cold cream war.

By which I mean, I broke out. I have been using Neocutis on my forehead and left cheek. After 10 days I had to stop using it on my forehead and I really should have stopped altogether. My skin reacted to this cream by forming red lumps under the skin that eventually erupted and blistered. Because, I doggedly kept going, two of them started to heal and then blistered again. I now have several scabs. I should remind everyone that I have very sensitive skin, so my experiences aren't always typical. However, Tman left a comment on my first post on Neocutis mentioning breakouts.

There are so many things in Neocutis Bio-Cream that could been responsible for the assault. It could be one of the 10 (yes, I'll say that again: ten!) preservatives, all of which are known to be irritants. Or perhaps I have been ambushed by all of them working in toxic tandem. Then there are back up forces in the form of cetyl alcohol, seen by many medical experts, along with other fatty alcohols, to have the ability to altercate the lipid bilayer of the epidermis (protective barrier) and cause allergic dermal reactions. If that wasn't enough, Neocutis threw in a grenade in the form of ceteareth-20. Although some say it is carcinogenic, there actually isn't much evidence of that. However, the cosmetic industry's own panel found that when used on burn victims, ceteareths may result in kidney damage. They determined that this ingredient should not be applied to damaged/injured skin. Those with oily skin or the acne prone might want to avoid decyl oleate. Although not an irritant it is comedogenic, meaning it may clog the skin's pores. As does myreth-3 myristate.

And I exposed myself to this onslaught because? Oh yes, processed skin proteins. Neocutis claims that its formulation of human growth factors is comprised of the most complete blend available of cytokines (signaling molecules) and interleukins (cytokines secreted by white blood cells). Cytokines, a unique family of growth factors primary secreted from leukocytes, stimulate immune response and can activate cell proliferation. I can't say I really noticed an effect from the PSP. But then I've been preoccupied tending to my wounds.

Water, octydocecanol, glyceryl stearate, decyl oleate, glycerin, propylene glycol, wheat germ oil, stearic acid, cetyl alcohol, ceteareth-20, myreth-3 myristate, ceteareth-12, cetearyl alcohol, cetyl palmitate, tocopheyl acetate, dimethicone, borage seed oil, carbomer, triethanolomine, methylparaben, propylparaben, processed skin proteins (PSP), glycosphingolipids, phenoxyethanol, disodium EDTA, BHT, ethylparaben, butylparaben, methylisothiazolinone, methychloroisothiazolinone.
  • October 5, 2015

    by Sue

    I have been using the NEO CUTIS BIO Bream and the Lumiere Bio-restorative Eye Cream for years now. I have very sensitive skin. I am allergic to mostly every perfume I come in contact with and most every kind of skin cream with perfume. This does not have any perfume and it doesn't seem to break me out in anyway. I have been using so many cortizone creams on my face for years and so many different creams from the Dermatologist for years that once I found these creams I stopped using those prescription creams that I was practically addicted to. Now tht I see what is in these creams (the Neo Cutis creams), I am becoming very afraid to use them and worried about what I have done to my inside system.
    I am especially afraid of the under the eye cream (the Lumiere cream). I have no idea what all those chemicals have actually done to my eyes. There are so many Paraben ingredients in them both that I am just very afraid now.

  • July 16, 2014

    by Haley

    I use all their products. They are amazing. My skin has never looked better. Everyone can have different reactions. Hope you find one that works for you.

  • May 14, 2014

    by brenda

    I wish there was more helpful info about neocutis and pep I started using the facial creme (in the blue jar) BIO and my skin looked flushed and blotchy with redness. I thought it was just stimulation happening and then after about 4 days, I noticed my skin felt like leather. It's so parched! I've had to use beeswax and olive oil to saturate it just to feel moist but I'm not using it anymore. I wish the dermo receptionists told me I needed to test a spot on skin first. Then I would have known.

  • September 15, 2012

    by ursula

    I just tried the neocutis cream, and after only one day my face is covered in tiny little white and red pimples! I even have 2 little pimples on my eyelid! How does that even happen? I am beyond disappointed. :(

  • October 13, 2011

    by vicki

    I tried this eye cream (my skin is not sensitive) but it seemed to burn where I applied it and then apparently I got some in my eye which prompted my eye doctor to say he's never seen an eye so irritated where the cornea wasn't scratched! The upside? I found this website.

  • September 17, 2009

    by tman

    I tried Neocutis for about 3-4 weeks, and I to noticed breakouts. One unsitely zit showed up on the tip of my nose, and three on my cheeks. I doubt it has to do with the processed skin proteins since Revitacel provides a similar product and I never broke out from it.

  • September 7, 2009

    by marta

    Thanks Stephanie - in a way I'm glad it isn't just me. I am dreading seeing my esthetician later this week. I can anticipate the telling off I am going to get.

  • September 5, 2009

    by Stephanie

    I've not used the bio cream but I have used the bio gel, and that made me break out too. Actually, any of the neocutis products I've tried, have caused breakouts. I no longer use anything by neocutis.

    Marta, I hope your skin heals swiftly!

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