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Gentle yet effective acne fighting products? They do exist!
Sometimes great things just drop in your lap; the umbrella you find under your front seat on what was supposed to be a clear and sunny day or the change in the bottom of your purse when you’re 5 cents short at the meter. I recently had one of those experiences when I realized that my formally well-behaved and blemish-free skin had been less a product of good genes and more of a side effect of my recently discontinued birth control pills. (Boo.)
A few days after this discovery, a box from heaven (and the ladies at wht) arrived containing the Bio-Activating Breakout Control line from Green Monday favorites Own. Problem solved.
When we reviewed the Nighttime Lip Therapy we learned Own is a natural skincare line dedicated to creating affordable products with natural ingredients instead of harsh skin irritants. The founders searched the world for natural sources and ingredients, assembled a group of top chemists to study their findings, and filed for 16 patents while creating this unique line.
How unique? All the products in the Bio-Activating Breakout Control collection contain Bitter Melon, Canadian Willow Herb, Neem and CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) instead of harsh chemicals like Benzoyl Peroxide to help make your skin smooth and lovely. A little Salicylic Acid thrown in the mix to help zap zits makes Own a natural acne-fighting powerhouse.
My package from heaven meant that I was the lucky reviewer of all four products (face wash, toner, lotion and spot treatment) that comprise the Breakout Control line. The products work in synergy to form The Four Steps to Breakout Control. Own breaks this down as renewing skin cells, taming bacteria, mopping up oil and soothing skin. Sounds good to me! But does it work?
The Purifying Face Wash ($10.99) cleanser cleans like a dream. A tiny amount gets loads of foam and it has nice refreshing scent. The cleanser also removes gunk, oils and makeup from my face without over-drying my skin.
The Calming Facial Toner ($10.99) works well, but it’s SO different from usual toners that it takes a bit getting used to. It removes makeup and dirt, but without alcohol, so it can leave behind a slightly tacky feeling to the skin as it dries. However, the calming effects of this gentle toner are a nice bonus. While many toners sting and itch, this one softens and soothes. Could be a miracle for the oily skinned with sensitivity issues.
The Shineless Face Lotion ($14.99) is also unusual – I’m sensing a pattern in the products from Own! This lotion is thick and opaque, almost like a primer, but as promised leaves your skin shine-free for most of the day. It’s designed “to help balance oil production,” leaving a matte appearance and less pimples behind.
However, it’s the Fast Acne Remover ($12.99) that’s the real star of the show! This little tube takes care of blemishes fast with Own’s exclusive blend natural pimple fighters without drying out the skin. Even better, since there is no Benzoyl Peroxide in this spot treatment, there are no worries about bleaching your hair or your linens if you wear it overnight.
• Gentle, yet effective products
• Nice herbal scent to the products; the toner in particular reminds me of cinnamon
• Affordable, no product over $15
• All natural ingredients
• Paraben, SLS and phthalate free
• All products and ingredients are cruelty free
• Recyclable packing and a company with a commitment to being as sustainable as possible while delivering a great product
•A tacky feel to skin from the toner
•The lotion doesn’t moisturize as well as I would like.
(I use a separate oil-free lotion and then apply the Own lotion as a mattifier.)
I’m so grateful the beauty gods shined down on me and sent the Own Bio-Activating Breakout Control JUST when I needed it. Other acne products don’t always deliver, but Own’s Natural Bio-Activating Breakout Control kit does exactly what it says – fights acne without destroying your skin in the process.
we heartsters and testers – does your skin issues include the 1,2 punch of acne and sensitivity? Were you able to fight back with Own skincare?
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