Fight with acne like a pro | Neogen Dermalogy A-Clear Series

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Neogen Dermalogy A-Clear Series

I'm not new to acne - spend the majority of my life fighting with facial and body acne. It feels like acne doesn't want to go home, even worse - the older I get the worst it can sometimes be but I got a secret weapon to that - cosmetology knowledge and a huge amount of tools which I can use (or I should say products which I can use to fight acne). New Neogen Dermalogy A-Clear Series is one of the series which is recommended for acne-prone skin and it's also something we've been waiting for. Cleanser, Overnight Mask, Spot Treatment or Treatment Kit? Which one do you choose? And how does the Neogen Dermalogy A-Clear Series work on your skin?

My acne story

My story with acne is not new. I was about 9 when I got my first pimple, I spent lots of time and money (or I should say my mom did) to remove acne from my face but it didn't work. Usually, it ended up with my face being burned or even - skin cancer. Don't worry, my case wasn't that bad and hopefully, it was easy to remove but for a year I was using a product that was supposed to remove blackhead from my nose - I was diagnosed by a dermatologist, then I've asked my mom to take me to an aesthetic clinic because I wanted to remove this "blackhead" from my face, I got information that it's a skin cancer from my esthetician. It was a moment when I've decided to screw dermatologists, especially that the next one told me that my fungal acne is an allergy to metal... Somehow I managed to get my skin to the better condition thanks to books and the internet but also Korean skincare products... Somehow I ended up getting a certificate in dietetics and now I'm studying cosmetology - if someone would tell me what I'm going to do 10 years ago I would be like "you must be joking". Unfortunately, my dream of a perfectly clean face is still not complete but believe me - I'm happy that my skin is better than before. So what's the moral? Even if my journey with dermatologists weren't good I still encourage you to visit them since nowadays dermatology is way different than back in my days. There are different types of acne - PS. fungal acne is not really an acne type - and not every solution works on each acne type but also every skin is different and sometimes you need dermatologist because it's easier to determine if you have for example hormonal acne than figure it out on your own. Still, there are skin care products which you can use on your own and you don't need a prescription. 

Neogen Dermalogy A-Clear Aid Soothing Foam Cleanser

Neogen Dermalogy A-Clear Series

Neogen Dermalogy A-Clear Series doesn't need any prescription and I guess it's the first Neogen series fully focused on acne available on the Western market (and also the Eastern market). I think that Neogen had similar series before but it wasn't really available back then so I didn't try it. Neogen Dermalogy A-Clear Series is made out of 5 products: Aid Soothing Foam Cleanser, Aid Soothing Overnight Mask, Aid Soothing Spot Eraser, Aid Soothing Spot Patch and Aid Soothing Spot Kit. This time I'll review almost entire series - I do not review Spot Patch in this post - and instead of all the ingredients, I'll focus on ingredients that work on acne. The design of the products is focused on 3 colours - white, light blue and delicate shade that reminds me of Pistachio Green. 

Neogen Dermalogy A-Clear Aid Soothing Foam Cleanser

Neogen Dermalogy A-Clear Aid Soothing Foam Cleanser

Water, Glycerin, Palmitic Acid, Myristic Acid, Stearic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Potassium Hydroxide, Lauric Acid, PEG-75, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Beeswax, Panthenol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Guaiazulene, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Sodium Chloride, Salicylic Acid, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, PEG-14M, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin

Ingredients good for acne prone skin: Lauric Acid, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Salicylic Acid, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil

Neogen Dermalogy A-Clear Aid Soothing Foam Cleanser is a product that I know the best since I use it every day. I was a bit scared at the beginning because it contains Palmitic Acid, Myristic Acid and Stearic Acid - ingredients that my skin doesn't like. Hopefully, my skin got well with them. There was no breaking out after every use, my skin didn't get dry and full of blackheads and the most important - it works well with my cleansing balm which is a waxy texture balm that cannot be removed easily - pure water doesn't work on it but a good foam can remove it well. The scent reminds me of grass but I guess that's the smell of Tea Tree Leaf Oil since Tea Tree usually reminds me of grass. There's no artificial scent to this product and I really appreciate it. The foam made of it might not be huge since it's a foam based on Cocamidopropyl Betaine instead of SLS and that's a really good but small amount of foam cleans the skin well. I've been using it for a while now and it might not be as economical as Cica Cleansing Foam but still, it's a foam which you'll use for 3 months or even more. As I said it doesn't dry out the skin, skin feels moist and fresh after cleansing, unfortunately, I didn't check the pH of it but I'm sure it's not a high pH since it's a delicate product. 


Neogen Dermalogy A-Clear Aid Soothing Kit - Spot Cleaner & Spot Ampoule

Neogen Dermalogy A-Clear Aid Soothing Kit - Spot Cleaner

Water, Alcohol Denat, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trideceth-10, Guaiazulene, Phenoxyethanol, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Salicylic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, 1,2-Hexanediol, CI 42090, CI 19140
Ingredients good for acne prone skin: Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Salicylic Acid

Neogen Dermalogy A-Clear Aid Soothing Kit - Spot Ampoule

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Guaiazulene, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tromethamine, Xanthan Gum, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Salicylic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Trideceth-10,  Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, 1,2-Hexanediol

Ingredients good for acne prone skin: Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Salicylic Acid, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil

Neogen Dermalogy A-Clear Aid Soothing Kit - Spot Cleaner & Spot Ampoule

Neogen Dermalogy A-Clear Aid Soothing Kit is made out of two products - Neogen Dermalogy A-Clear Aid Soothing Spot Cleaner and Neogen Dermalogy A-Clear Aid Soothing Spot Ampoule. This was the first product I've tried from the entire series because I like the fact that the ampoule looks like a syringe. They are tiny and remind me of the tools I use at my practice. The liquid inside the ampoule is quite thick and transparent - you can't see it on the skin but somehow it works! But before you use an ampoule you need to use spot cleaner first. Spot cleanser is a transparent product which we apply with cotton q-tips, the formula is making the cotton wet and we are ready to use q-tips on the pimple. It's surprising how this tiny bottle works because of both - ampoule and cleaner - you can't really feel them on your skin, they are very delicate, even a small wound doesn't hurt when you apply them. They won't dry out the skin on the surface you've applied them on. The scent of both products is light, you shouldn't be able to smell it on the skin and you can use both products under your makeup. I found this set more effective than the next product I want to introduce you to. 


Neogen Dermalogy A-Clear Aid Soothing Pink Eraser

Neogen Dermalogy A-Clear Aid Soothing Pink Eraser

Water, Alcohol Denat, Calamine, Glycerin, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Asiaticoside, Madecassic Acid, Asiatic Acid, Madecassoside, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract, Sapindus Trifoliatus Fruit Extract, Camellia Japonica Seed Extract, Camellia Japonica Flower Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Vaccinum Angustifolium (Bluberry) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Guaiazulene, Panthenol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Fruit Extract,  Salicylic Acid, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trideceth-10, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin

Ingredients good for acne prone skin: Calamine, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Asiaticoside, Madecassic Acid, Asiatic Acid, Madecassoside, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Salicylic Acid

Neogen Dermalogy A-Clear Aid Soothing Pink Eraser

This treatment you should know well since many brands have similar products - Calamine spot treatments. This treatment has two different layers, calamine and liquid formula. You shouldn't shake it since the shaken formula doesn't work as effectively as when the layers are separated. Similar to cleaner, you need to use q-tips and apply the product on the skin. Somehow it reminds me of calcic water - it's a chemical substance used in skincare and you can't shake it, another way you'll have to wait until it'll make layers again. This product is not as effective with pimples - it doesn't dry them out or help them go away from your precious skin but I find it better as a product to use on inflammation (redness) and dry skin since it contains ingredients like Asiaticoside, Madecassic Acid, Asiatic Acid and Madecassoside. Still, it's a big unknown for me and I hope that one day I'll be able to update you and say it's my best friend but today I would say - if your acne is mild and you're a teenager then this product shouldn't hurt your skin but help you, if your acne is a harder case then cleaner + ampoule set will be better for you. 


Neogen Dermalogy A-Clear Aid Soothing Overnight Mask

Neogen Dermalogy A-Clear Aid Soothing Overnight Mask

Water, Alcohol Denat, Glycerin, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer,  Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Guaiazulene, Rubis Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Carbomer, Panthenol, Tromethamine, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trideceth-10, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Salicylic Acid, Ethylhexyglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Disodium EDTA, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, CI 42053

Ingredients good for acne prone skin: Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract,  Salicylic Acid, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil

A mask that smells like alcohol that has lots of alcohol on the 2nd place? Thanks, but no. Or maybe? This formula is drying and it leaves the sticky feeling on the skin. You might feel like it's a lost case - you can save this product but my body acne is so bad that using this formula from time to time especially when I'm before my period saves me from the pimple plague. I've tried it on my face and it does work - I would say good moisturizer and Overnight mask can do miracles. It's not a product which you can use every night but once in a week or twice in a week. It has alcohol scent and it might be unpleasant but I feel like it does more than manual skin cleansing and believe me people are usually annoyed with this type of treatment even if for some estheticians removing blackheads is the best thing ever (you should hear my commentary every time I do this type of treatments). I wouldn't recommend this product for dry and normal skin - it works the best on the oily skin. 


Overall, Neogen Dermalogy A-Clear Series is something fresh, I still hope the one-day Neogen will make series targetted on the skin with pigmentation problems because once you heal your acne you'll have to focus on all the darker spots on the skin. Definitely, Cleanser but Cleaner + Ampoule set are my favourites but the entire series has potential. Which product seems to be the best for you?

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*** This post was made in collaboration with Neogeneven though it still shows my personal opinion on the topic and product**

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