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Oh Canada, how I love you! Many of the little things in my life that bring me the most joy come from our friends North of the border: hockey, Degrassi (the original and TNG), Douglas Copeland, Molson Dry Beer, Keanu Reeves, Trivial Pursuit, Bran Van 3000, saying “aboot” for “about” (which never gets old in my house) and now, the hard working line of beauty products from B. Kamins Chemist.
A big shout out to Ilissa at B. Kamins Chemist for sending the we heart this review team an array of products to test. First, some basics: this line of specialized skin care was developed by pharmaceutical chemist, Ben Kaminsky, who had a calling to create products that efficiently treat problem skin without expensive and painful visits to a dermatologist. Right away, when reading their mission statement, you know this is a line you can respect and trust. B. Kamins Chemist “bridges the gap between the physician’s office and traditional cosmetic treatments. (Our) mission is to successfully solve problematic and everyday skin conditions responsibly. We will not mislead or make outlandish claims, but rather provide realistic solutions. (Our) pharmaceutical grade brand, prides itself on using only the highest quality ingredients to create a prestigious and intelligent product under the strictest standards. Our goal is to provide results-driven, reparative treatments for all skin types in gentle yet effective formulas.”
Wow, “intelligent products” and “realistic solutions” is not what I am used to hearing from skin care companies and I really appreciate it! I love that this line doesn’t promise me that I’ll wake up wrinkle free and never get another pimple again. Nope, B. Kamins Chemist just pledges that “as pioneers of innovative formulas we intend to always be leaders in the field of cosmeceuticals.” To that end, all of their products contain their exclusive ingredient, the Bio-Maple compound, which is “a natural extract from select Canadian maple trees, that hydrates, helps cell turnover, and smoothes fine lines and wrinkles.”
B. Kamins Chemist products focus on a number of skin conditions that are common complaints in my group of friends, including sensitive, rosacea, problematic (i.e. acne) menopausal and extra dry skin types. Today, we will be reading reviews from our testers that received products in the B. Kamins Chemist line for combating pimples. Check back for a review of some of the anti-aging peels from B. Kamins Chemist April 9th. For now, we’ll get the low down on the following acne busters:
Hydrating Acne Wash
An everyday face wash that “helps to control acne breakouts caused by bacteria, excess oil, hormonal changes and stress… while improving skin’s texture and reducing the appearance of blemishes, breakouts and spots.” This was my pick to review. I was intrigued with a wash specifically for acne that promised to hydrate my face as well. After months of indoor heat, my face was craving a light wash but I always need to watch out for pimples.
Clear Control Corrective Mattifier
“A progressive topical treatment that helps clear breakouts, reduce congestion and control shine.” Continued use keeps gives skin a matte surface and “results are improved clarity and a more radiant and healthy complexion.” Hmm, sounds like a primer (a must have for oily skinned gals) with some special bonuses (like anti-oxidant vitamins) that keep skin bright.
Clear Control Purifying Masque
We all love a nice masque when we need some relaxation time and this one contains “mattifying and balancing actives (to) help control shine, while natural plant extracts help rid the skin of impurities.” Additionally, (and this made me perk up, I can’t wait to hear the review) the masque contains a “specialized skin lightening complex helps fade past acne scars and brighten the complexion.”
Medicated Acne Gel 10
This oil-free, color- free, benzoyl peroxide gel “helps to gently clear spots, blackheads and blemishes.” Yet, unlike the telltale white, benzoyl peroxide products of our youth, this gel “contains the moisturizing Bio-Maple™ compound, which helps prevent skin from becoming excessively dry and flaky.” Finally!
Have we found a spot treatment that clears up blemishes without creating a patch of dry, itchy skin?
So what did our testers think of B. Kamins Chemist? Our chicks will give us their thoughts in the comment section on these acne fighters from the Great White North. Join us and let us know your favorite imports from Canada.