This acne spot corrector is by far the most difficult product to formulate. I have tried so many different ingredients that I almost wanted to give up. Ingredients that textbooks and clinical papers showed help in reducing acne but when I tried, it wasn’t as effective.
The old Anti-Acne Solution is able to reduce acne with just one application for me. So, unless the new formulation is as efficacious or even better, I cannot cross my heart and launch it. This launched version is the 50+ version I’ve made and tested over a period of 2+ years. I cannot be more pleased with this new Acne Spot Corrector. So gentle and full of goodness, yet effective against reducing acne.
As with all my products before launch, I would pass on samples for selected customers to test and feedback. There were a few customers, who couldn’t use the old Anti-Acne Solution, feedback that Blemish Corrector worked for them. I also asked old-time customers to try and they testified that it’s as efficacious. And some felt that their skin became less oily after using Blemish Corrector.
What’s in Blemish Corrector?
Just two key ingredients – Stabilised Vitamin C and Vitamin B.
Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Stabilised Vitamin C)
Effective against Acne
Study showed that Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (SAP) reduces P. acnes bacterial count. P. acnes bacteria is the specific bacteria responsible for acne. Another study conducted on volunteers with moderate to severe acne showed that after 12 weeks of usage, skin condition significantly improved.
Fades pigmentation (red/brown marks)
SAP is able to reduce the formation of pigments(melanin). The red/brown marks (post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation) left after pimple/acne have healed are a kind of pigmentation.
Other than being effective on reducing blemishes, SAP is able to promote the synthesis of collagen, leading to increased skin firmness.
Protects against free radicals
SAP protects skin against free radicals (pollutants). It has shown to quench reactive oxygen species effectively, reducing skin aging.
P.S. Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate is different from unstable L-ascorbic acid as well as other forms of Vitamin C.S
Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
One study found that Niacinamide gives comparable results to Clindamycin (a topical antibiotic), without the risk of bacteria resistance developing. Another study found that Niacinamide is effective and safe in alleviating symptoms of mild to moderate acne.
Shrinks Pores and Improves Skin Texture
Regulates Sebum/Oil Production
Protects against UV damage
Strengthens Skin Barrier
Reduces Sallowness (Skin turning yellow)
Some Key Differences
- Blemish Corrector is Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Safe! Very few pregnancy safe anti-acne products are in the market.
- No need to use cotton pad/bud, thus reducing wastage. Just apply directly with fingers.
- No more peeling. I never thought that peeling would be a problem as it’s just the initial phase but it seems quite a number of people do have issues with peeling and find it trying to use.
- Not drying. This Blemish Corrector is so good that you can use on your whole face to reduce wrinkles and firm skin.
- Change in routine sequence. Use after hydrating serum as it’s more gel texture.
Why I had to separate acids and vitamins into two products
Even when I thought all was good to go, feedback was good, packaging has been made, I then read of possible interactions(explained below) that might occur between ingredients, I started all over again. Although testing didn’t reflect the interactions I read, I needed to be sure. Below is the packaging that I had to discard as it contains the old ingredient list. Can you spot the differences? This is also why I don’t have 20ml stocks as the new packaging has yet to arrive.
The formulation prior to this launched version included salicylic acid and camphor together with these two vitamins. However, after more readings, I realised that Niacinamide might react with Salicylic acid to form Niacin. Niacin might cause facial flushing for some individuals although it’s not harmful. My testers and I didn’t experience any flushing but I decided to change it. Another reason is that these vitamins I’m using work best at close to neutral pH while the acids work best at acidic pH. Thus, I decided to separate them into two products. Removed Camphor, so that pregnant ladies can use this product too.
Upcoming Complementary Product
I’m still very much in love with salicylic acid as it’s a good exfoliator, helping to unclog pores from deep within. While testing ingredients for this acne spot corrector, I tried a combination of salicylic acid and mandelic acid and I absolutely loved it. My face gave out a nice natural glow. Not oily glow but healthy glow. When I was going to give this combi the green light to replace Anti-Acne Solution, a cystic acne was developing. I rarely have any big acne, but it came at the right time. This combi didn’t manage to help subside my cystic acne although it helped with clearing whiteheads, thus it was back to square one again.
In the past, I have gone through chemical peels in doctor’s clinic and it gave me extreme sensitive skin. It took many years before my skin stopped flushing under the sun. Thus, I’m very careful with acids.
With clogged pores, salicylic acid is good to dissolve all the gunk in the pores. And as we age, exfoliation is needed. I still believe that chemical exfoliation is better than physical exfoliation(scrubs). However, moderation and balance is key. I will explain more when I launch this product. I’m still working on perfecting this product.
I try to my best present knowledge to give my skin the best. So, you will get the very best too. Let me know your feedback after you have tried via email/comments/what’s app. I would love to hear from you. Leave us a review on our facebook/website if you found that our products helped you. If there’s something you didn’t like about it, feedback to us, so that we can improve.
P.S. If you have missed out on my earlier posts, this post explains why we had to make changes to some of our products/labels.
About the Author : Jasmine Kang
Founder of Skinlycious – a one stop skin care solution for acne and acne-prone skin. A science geek, who has struggled with acne for 14 long years. Armed with decades of acne-fighting experience and bioscience / pharmaceutical knowledge, she seeks to find solution for her own acne-prone skin. She also takes immense joy in helping people regain confidence by solving their acne woes. Her secret ambition is to rid the world of irritating acne.