Reformulation of Anti-Acne Wash. Introducing Gentle Calming Cleanser

As explained in my earlier post, I had to make some changes to the old formulation and labels of Anti-Acne Wash.

In the past, some customers feedback to us that they couldn’t accept the smell of Anti-Acne Wash. Some weren’t very happy with my use of sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) or fragrance. In all honesty, I wasn’t too keen to have these two ingredients in my products. But without fragrance, the wash would have smelled much much worse. As for SLES, at that point of time, it was the only surfactant(cleansing agent) that didn’t oil up my skin. I tried many different individual sulfate free surfactants but they all oiled up my skin.

But all these have changed with the improved formula. We have removed fragrance and SLES and replaced them with other less controversial ingredients.

A Summary of Ingredients that  have changed

  • A unique blend of natural coconut-derived surfactants to replace SLES. In the past, when I was formulating Anti-Acne Wash before it was launched, I have tried some of the individual surfactants that I have used in the new cleanser, like Cocamidopropyl Betaine, but they all oiled my skin up. I was pleasantly surprised that with this unqiue blend of gentle surfactants, my skin wasn’t oily after washing. Best of all, it cleanses better and is even more gentle. I got a few friends with sensitive and dry skin, who found Anti-Acne Wash too drying for them, to test the new cleanser out. They all gave the green light. No tightness after washing, cleanses well and no redness.
  • I also replaced fragrance with Tea Tree Leaf Oil and Honey. Other than providing additional anti-bacterial properties into this new cleanser, these ingredients also made the new cleanser smell better (at least to me) without the need to add fragrance.

Why the change in name?

Many have the misconception that Anti-Acne Wash can only be used when they have acne. Anti-Acne products also has the perception that it’s harsh. It’s true that a lot of brands out there when they come out with Anti-Acne range, it can be drying and harsh. That’s because many of the formulators or brand owners or even doctors don’t have acne or acne-prone skin to begin with, what more to test on themselves.

We renamed it to Gentle Calming Cleanser, so that people would not perceive our cleanser to be harsh or drying. And we based this on actual tests done on dry, sensitive human skin.

Why is the bottle height different?

Although the bottles’ height are different, both contents are still the same at 150ml. Previously, we had to fill 150ml in a 200ml bottle.

When I first started, I wasn’t even sure if the brand would take off. I had to use whatever bottles I could find in Singapore. I didn’t have the means to order from source and stock large number of bottles. But now, thanks to all my customers’/your support, I’m able to order the 150ml bottle in bulk from source.

Last Words

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 love the new Gentle Calming Cleanser. I am absolutely in love with the new cleanser.

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.