SKIN UPDATE #5: 0.04% to 0.1% Tretinoin, 6+ Months of Spironolactone, Professional Microneedling

My last skin update back in the summer 2020, I was using 0.04% Retin-A Micro for 1 month, and started taking Spironolactone. Since then, I have done 3 professional microneedling sessions for my acne scars, got prescribed the highest strength of Tretinoin, and have experienced a few side effects from Spironolactone.

For further context, please check out previous posts!


ACNE – 0.1% Tretinoin, 6 months of Spironolactone

As mentioned in my previous skin update, I noticed a huge improvement in acne control since upgrading to 0.04% Tretinoin from 0.3% Adapalene. A lingering pimple on my cheek finally disappeared, if I breakout, it’s not as inflamed and disappears very quickly. I’m now at the highest strength of 0.1% Tretinoin, and I did find my skin breaking out a bit from using it daily, so I cut back to using it 4-5 days of the week and it seems to be the sweet spot for my skin needs. Overall using topical prescriptions Retin-A Micro and Aczone have really boosted the clarity of my skin and I’ve been really happy with the results!

For Spironolactone, I experienced some annoying side effects the first 3 months of taking 4 tablets of 25mg. I was very dizzy for around two weeks, to the point where I had a few close calls of fainting. The second most annoying side effect was spotting. I’m not talking one week (which did happen), I’m talking an entire month. AN ENTIRE MONTH OF SPOTTING! I really wanted to give up at this point lol. However I stuck through it for 3 months, got my blood tests done (all good), and have currently found my sweet spot dose of 2 tablets daily. I noticed when I tried to go down to 1 tablet and I carb cycled that week, I would get breakouts – albeit not as large or inflamed as they used to be! With 2 tablets I notice I rarely break out and my skin has not felt uncomfortably inflamed from active acne in a long time! Overall Spironolactone is helpful at controlling breakouts particularly when I have too much carby foods, but other than that my skin seems well controlled with my regular eating habits plus the use of Retin-A Micro and Aczone.


SCARS – Microneedling Treatments

Yes, I FINALLY got professional microneedling done! I did all 3 sessions and plan on writing up a separate post on what both the medical esthetician and I have noticed prior to the treatment.

For those of you who have read previous skin updates, I mentioned that I would be getting treatments at my dermatologist’s office. However I went with the medical esthetician who’s certified in microneedling because I know her personally, and she has been in this profession as an educator and consultant for decades. Having said that, it also didn’t cost me $1525, but I saved up expecting to pay a high amount either way!


PLAN OF ACTION

  • Continue taking 50mg of Spironolactone – I have been thinking of discontinuing because I know how my eating habits effect my breakouts, this has just been a bandaid for my indulgences.
  • Use 0.1% Tretinoin forever – Seriously, I have the peak of its strength, my acne is under control, and all I can do at this point is be patient and consistent for well aging benefits.
  • Still apply Aczone (5% Dapsone) day and night – I’ve noticed this year using it consistently has greatly contributed to my acne control. So if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
  • Since I have completed 3 sessions of microneedling, I was told to wait 8 months to do more if needed. In the meantime, I can do other treatments (not like I can anymore).

And that’s it for this update! It’s probably the quickest one I’ve ever done, but I guess that’s a good thing – less things to complain about and pay attention to lol. I have to say, with a shit show of a year 2020 has been, at least I’ve come to the point where I am quite content with my skin – at age 30!

Rovectin Cica Care Line – Purifying Toner, Balm, Sleeping Pack, and Dr. Mask Cica

Rovectin seems to be the new kid on the block in the K-beautysphere. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, this Korean beauty brand was originally created for cancer patients who experience irritating, skin-drying and barrier deteriorating side-effects from the treatments. Knowing this, Rovectin primarily focuses on providing skincare products to those with the most sensitive skin types – effective, gentle formulations to promote skin health.

I’ve been sent the following products to test out from Rovectin’s Cica Care Line:

  • Rovectin Cica Care Purifying Toner
  • Rovectin Cica Care Balm
  • Rovectin Cica Care Sleeping Pack
  • Rovectin Cica Care Dr. Mask Cica

The Cica Care Line focuses on irritated skin due to acne. Cica – Centella Asiatica – is the key ingredient in this line, alongside Calamine – remember the pink stuff we put on bug bites as kids? I’ve been rotating these products in my skincare routine for the past couple of months and I am ready to share my experience!

I am acne-prone, normal to dry. My skin gets easily sensitized to drying products and environments. I have been using topical prescriptions for my acne daily for almost 3 years such as Vitamin A and Aczone.

Products were sent to me for review purposes, however this in no way effects my opinion of them. My opinions are honest, always *casts doe patronus*


ABOUT ROVECTIN CICA CARE LINE

Cica Care Line for soothing and calming your irritated skin – acne-prone, hormonal breakouts and dark spots. Calamine and Madecassoside work day and night to revitalize your sensitive skin.

– Rovectin.com
  • All products are cruelty-free
  • Some products are vegan friendly
  • All products contain fragrance – I believe the fragrance component has been updated but the overall formula and performance is the same
  • Price point in my opinion is mid-range $$

Not a skin expert in any way, just a passionate skincare enthusiast! For the highlighted ingredients below, I listed the ones I thought were important and their basic function for convenience.


ROVECTIN CICA CARE BALM

Rovectin Cica Care Balm

Price: $26 USD
Amount: 40ml
pH: 6.5 – 8.5

Highlighted Ingredients:

  • Trehalose – humectant sugar molecule
  • Calamine
  • Centella Asiatica Extract, Madecassoside – wound-healing, anti-inflammatory, and have antioxidant benefits
  • Glycerin – skin-identical humectant
  • Betaine – humectant sugar amino acid derivative

A thin, slightly pink gel-cream, I tried the Cica Care balm in 2 ways – spot treatment and all over moisturizer. As a spot treatment I thought it performed decently, it’s definitely a more “supportive” product (as I like to call it) when used alongside my anti-acne prescriptions – helps keep the effected areas calm and moisturized, to prevent any side effects such as irritation and dryness. As an all-over face moisturizer, it’s definitely not enough for my dryer skin type in the winter time in Canada, but I can see this being a good stand-alone moisturizer if I were to live in a more humid place. Paired with the Sleeping Pack, I did find my face comfortably moisturized all through the night.


ROVECTIN CICA CARE PURIFYING TONER

Rovectin Cica Care Purifying Toner

Price: $24 USD
Amount: 260ml
pH: 5.25 – 5.75


Highlighted Ingredients:

  • Glycerin – skin-identical humectant
  • Centella Asiatica Extract and Madecassoside – wound-healing, anti-inflammatory, and have antioxidant benefits
  • Panthenol – humectant with soothing and wound healing benefits
  • Houttuynia Cordata Extract – traditional Asian plant extract high in flavonoids that show antioxidant, soothing, and antibacterial properties
  • Ceramide NP – skin-identical waxy lipid (I guess an emollient?)
  • Camellia Sinesis Leaf Extract – an antioxidant, helps with pores and antibacterial
  • Amino Acids – Glycine, Glutamic Acid, Serine, Lysine, Alanine, Threonine, Proline – skin-identical humectants

I opted for this toner as a “morning cleanse” – it has the right pH, moisturizing ingredients, and is quite watery, so I didn’t really classify it as a hydrator in my skincare routine. I’d saturate a cotton round and wipe my face and neck from a night’s sweat and fluff. The big standout of this toner is the fragrance – it has quite a deep Lavender scent to it; I have mixed feelings about it – sometimes I don’t mind it, other times it’s just too strong. I believe the fragrance component in this Cica Care Purifying Toner has been updated so it may not be as strong for some of you considering this.


ROVECTIN CICA CARE SLEEPING PACK

Rovectin Cica Care Sleeping Pack

Price: $34 USD
Amount: 80ml
pH: 6.3 – 6.5

Highlighted Ingredients:

  • Glycerin – skin-identical humectant
  • Betaine – humectant sugar amino acid derivative
  • Panthenol – humectant with soothing and wound healing benefits
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract – humectant/emollient with soothing properties
  • Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate – humectant with soothing properties
  • Allantoin – soothing
  • Bioflavinoids – soothing

My favourite product out of the bunch! I suspect it has quite a bit of Glycerin in the formula, because it immediately reminded me of La Roche Posay Cicaplast Mains which is 30% Glycerin. I like using sleeping masks over my moisturizer, for I don’t find it performs that well on its own for my dryer skin type. The next morning after using this mask, I was always pleased at how well it retained moisture in my skin – comparable to more affordable occlusives found at the drugstore!


ROVECTIN DR. MASK CICA

Rovectin Dr. Mask Cica

Price: $20 USD for 5
Amount: 25ml/sheet
pH: 4.3 – 5.3

Highlighted Ingredients:

  • Glycerin – skin-identical humectant
  • Arginine – skin-identical humectant, wound-healing benefits
  • Centella Asiatica Extract and Madecassoside – wound-healing, anti-inflammatory, and have antioxidant benefits
  • Sodium Hyaluronate – skin-identical humectant
  • Trehalose – humectant sugar molecule
  • Betaine – humectant sugar amino acid derivative
  • Calamine
  • Houttuynia Cordata Extract – traditional Asian plant extract high in flavonoids that show antioxidant, soothing, and antibacterial properties

The Cica sheet mask is a cotton material, was nicely drenched in a more viscous serum, and fit my face well. I specifically used this sheet mask on a day I was experiencing a breakout (not that inflamed) from the It Cosmetics Foundation + Skincare to test out how much it can help my sensitized skin. It hydrated my skin nicely, didn’t irritate my acne spots, but it didn’t really do much to lower the size of them either. I have used sheet masks that are able to reduce the size of breakouts and redness, so I know those claims can be true.

Note on the packaging of the box I have, it says there is salicylic acid in the formula for exfoliation – there is no BHA in any form in it. I don’t know why they would advertise it :\ But just know this is why it’s always important to look at the ingredients list to make sure they have something to match their claims!


FINAL THOUGHTS ON ROVECTIN CICA CARE LINE

Rovectin’s Cica Care Line performed nicely. I like how their formulations cater to sensitive acne-prone skin, nothing stripped or overly sensitized my skin while rotating the products in my skincare routines. Keep in mind my skin is not impaired and I don’t have a lot of inflamed acne, but I still found them to be good supportive products around the actives I do use to help control it. The one major standout con was the heavy fragrance in the Cica Care Purifying Toner, but as I have mentioned at the beginning of this post, Rovectin has updated the fragrance component in some of their products, I believe this toner included. This is where the major pro comes in – Rovectin shows they listen to their customers and continue to grow their brand based on their feedback. Overall I find this line more suitable for those with normal to oily skin types because majority of the products have a light consistency, but any skin type can make them work in a skincare routine.

WHERE TO BUY:
Wishtrend*
Use “MICHXMASH15” for 15% off your order
Yesstyle*
Use “YESMICH“* for 5% off your first order, 2% off 2nd+ orders

As always, I hope you found this review helpful and informative!

xo, M

REVIEW: COSRX AC Collection

In today’s post I will be reviewing 5 products from COSRX’s new AC Collection! For those of you who don’t know, COSRX is a low to mid-price K-Beauty brand that focuses on skin’s health with good ingredients – I find it a mix between science-backed ingredients as well as the trendy ones like Snail, Propolis and Galactomyces, to name a few. Based on their website, the AC Collection in particular is meant for those whose main focus is on pore, sebum and/or acne trouble. I tested them out on my acne prone, normal to dry skin and I’m ready to share my thoughts!


These products were sent to me by StyleKorean for review purposes. That in no way effects my opinion on these products. My reviews are honest, always *casts doe patronus*

This post also included affiliate links. If you click on the link to make a purchase, I earn a small commission. Thank you if you decide to use them! If you feel uncomfortable, feel free to google a new link.


ABOUT the COSRX AC Collection

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  • Their newest line for pore / sebum solutions
  • Tea Tree Oil (I assume Essential Oil) is the main acne treatment in the leave-on products in the line
    • Soothing
    • Antibacterial
    • Shown to be as successful as Benzoyl Peroxide in same percentages, but it may take longer to see results
  • All products contain Centella Asiaticas main constituents, which are wound-healing, anti-inflammatory, and have antioxidant benefits –
    • Asiaticoside
    • Asiatic Acid
    • Madecassic Acid
  • Products are made in Korea
  • Cruelty-Free
  • $-$$ pricepoint

COSRX AC Calming Foam Cleanser

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AMOUNT: 150ml
PRICE: $14.30 USD
WHERE TO BUY: https://bit.ly/2UJCewn
INGREDIENTS: 

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Highlight ingredients:

  • Glycerin – humectant and 2nd ingredient
  • Salicylic Acid – oil soluble chemical exfoliant that help to decongest the pores of excess sebum and dead skin
  • Centella Asiatica molecules

Surfactants/cleansing agents: Lauric Acid (also shown to be anti-acne), Myristic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Lauramide Dea, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Potassium Cocoate

Fragrance: Lavandula Hybrida Oil

INCIDecoder

 

Experience:

  • Feels like a cream
  • Very dense foam once you lather
  • Lavender fragrance quite noticeable
  • After rinsing my skin feels slightly tacky, in an unpleasant way

COSRX AC Calming Liquid Mild

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AMOUNT: 125ml
PRICE: $24.20 USD
WHERE TO BUY:
https://bit.ly/31JDrFr
INGREDIENTS:
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Highlighted Ingredients:

  • Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water – the extract is an antioxidant, helps with pores and antibacterial, so for the water ingredient these benefits may be reduced. I’ve personally seen benefits from applied tepid steeped tea on my skin
  • Betaine Salicylate – combo of salicylic acid and betain, to make it a mild exfoliant
  • Gluconolactone – is a PHA, a gentler type of chemical exfoliant than AHA, also moisturizing
  • Panthenol and Allantoin for soothing
  • Arginine and Sodium Hyaluronate as humectants
  • Tea Tree Oil as active anti-acne treatment
  • Also has the 3 centella asiatica molecules

INCIDecoder

 

Experience:

  • Watery consistency with little residue
  • Smells like mint
  • Leaves a slight, refreshing sensation
  • Makes skin look slightly smoother
  • Most reached for product out of the 5

COSRX AC Blemish Spot Clearing Serum

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AMOUNT: 40ml
PRICE: $27 USD
WHERE TO BUY:
https://bit.ly/31JE4yN
INGREDIENTS:
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Highlighted Ingredients:

  • Propolis Extract – base of the formula and is soothing
  • Niacinamide – best ingredient ever! In terms of acne prone skin, will help regulate sebum production and reduce the look of pores, it’s also supposed to help brighten any post-red marks
  • Allantoin for soothing
  • Tea Tree Oil as the active anti-acne ingredient
  • Sodium Hyaluronate, sunflower and macadamia seed oil as additional moisturizing ingredients
  • Ceramide NP and Niacinamide to help maintain skin barrier
  • Rh-Oligopeptide – Epidermal Growth Factor that is supposed to help with wound-healing and skin renewal

INCIDecoder

 

Experience

  • Slightly hydrating on my normal to dry skin, feels lighter than the Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner
  • Face feels sensitized because the “refreshing” feeling takes a while to subside
  • A very light residue, barely noticeable and I still question whether or not the finish is the same as the Calming Liquid Mild

COSRX AC Lightweight Soothing Moisturizer

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AMOUNT: 80ml
PRICE: $19 USD
WHERE TO BUY:
https://bit.ly/38q1tb6
INGREDIENTS:
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Highlighted Ingredients

  • Propolis extract, Aloe leaf water and green tea leaf water for soothing
  • Glycerin, Betaine, sodium hyaluronate, Arginine for moisturizing
  • Niacinamide – the all-rounder for skin health
  • Panthenol and Allantoin for soothing
  • Zinc PCA both for moisturizing and limiting acne bacteria
  • Tea Tree Oil for anti-acne
  • Centella asiatica molecules

INCIDecoder

Fragrance: Menthyl Lactate

Experience:

  • Smells like mint
  • Very nice light gel texure
  • Made my skin feel lightly moisturized and smooth, but not enough for my dry skin type – best used as a humectant before a more occlusive moisturizer
  • Face felt sensitized for 30 mins – 1 hour – I suspect it’s the Menthyl Lactate

COSRX AC Ultimate Spot Cream

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AMOUNT: 30g
PRICE: $22 USD
WHERE TO BUY:
https://bit.ly/2SBwfXD
INGREDIENTS:
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Highlighted Ingredients:

  • Aloe Water for soothing
  • Sunflower Seed Oil, Glycerin,  Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Kernel Oil as moisturizing
  • Calamine – pink substance that you use on bug bites and the sulfur based spot treatments
  • Tea Tree Oil as active anti-acne treatment
  • Centella asiatica molecules

INCIDecoder

Experience:

  • Quickly calmed any inflamed, sore feeling lesions
  • Brought the bacteria to a head
  • Did not sensitize my skin
  • Works like other ones I’ve tried on the market

Final Thoughts

Overall PROS:

  • All products contain Centella Asiatica constituents Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid
  • Leave-on products contain Tea Tree Essential Oil, a gentler anti-acne active
  • Impressed with the additional concoction of soothing, wound-healing, moisturizing ingredients
  • Pleasant light consistency that does not make you feel congested
  • Suitable line for oilier skin types with light to moderate acne
  • A good quantity of product in each formulation
  • Packaging is sanitary A.K.A. no jars

CONS:

  • Skin felt sensitized; I think it’s because the formulas are so thin and my skin drinks them up so fast; I imagine those with oilier skin types would experience something more gentle
  • COSRX is not the only K-Beauty brand at fault for this, but no indications of percentages for its actives
  • Not super sensitive-skin friendly – my skin is somewhat sensitive but the constant sensitized feeling on my skin after all products (except the spot cream) definitely makes me believe that those with known sensitivity will not like the Tea Tree Oil in these products

I can see how COSRX put in effort in the AC Collection to create gentle acne-fighting products to help those with troublesome skin. While not entirely meant for my skin type, I still noticed some of  the products calmed my skin down from active acne lesions and made my skin look smoother.

Overall if you have light to moderate acne, check this line out! I used to use Tea Tree Essential Oil as an acne active back in my teens, and with proper dilution it definitely helped. However as someone who’s been through a vicious cycle of controlling acne in different ways, I advise you to buy ONE of the following reviewed products. I never got on well with my entire routine consisting of an acne-fighting ingredient, and it’s a very easy way to overwhelm your skin with actives (especially since the percentages are not listed). Also the products in general were either a hit or a miss, so the one I recommend the most is my favourite product out of the bunch, the Calming Liquid Mild. It has Tea Tree Oil for treatment of active acne, (low %) chemical exfoliants to help speed up the healing process and slightly improve skin’s texture, and it’s a product I can easily associate as a treatment and use 1-2x a week.


I hope you found this post helpful and informative!

xo, M

REVIEW: By Wishtrend Polyphenols In Propolis 15% Ampoule

Another week, another Korean skincare product to review for you all! In this post I’ll be reviewing the By Wishtrend Polyphenols In Propolis 15% Ampoule and how it performed for my acne prone, normal to dry skin. Believe it or not, I think the last time I tried any product with Propolis was the Egyptian Magic Cream.


Product is a PR sample and provided for review purposes.
All thoughts are my own, always *casts doe patronus*


CLAIMS

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This ampoule contains Houttuynia Cordata Extract effective in soothing acne instead of water and 15% Propolis with powerful antioxidant effects. The product improves acne and sensitive skin through powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects and immune system enhancement.

– Wishtrend

Price: $32 USD
Amount: 30 ml

  • Made in Korea
  • Made for all skin types
  • Cruelty-free
  • Free of ethanol, silicone, steroid, artificial colouring, artificial fragrance

 


INGREDIENTS

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Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Propolis Extract, Glycerin, Propanediol, Isopentyldiol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Panthenol, Perilla Frutescens Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Betaine, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Zinc PCA, Pantolactone

From my -skinthusiast- perspective…

Just like their Vitamin 75 Maximizing Cream, I appreciate that the bulk of the product is not in a base of water! Houttuynia Cordata Extract has polyphenolic flavanoids (hence the name) which have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties. The extract also contains sugar molecules that serve as good humectants. Propolis Extract may also have soothing and antioxidant properties, so I can see how based on these ingredients alone that By Wishtrend claims the ampoule will help those with acne prone and sensitive skin.

Joining the moisturizing list is Glycerin and Sodium Hyaluronate, both great humectants that are found in pretty much all moisturizing products these days.

Panthenol and Zinc PCA are also listed as moisturizing ingredients, but for acne prone skin are particularly beneficial; The former for being soothing and having wound-healing properties, and the latter to help reduce acne causing bacteria.

Admittedly the number of plant extracts overwhelmed me at first, but reading about them calmed my mind, for they all pretty much further contribute to the ampoule’s soothing and moisturizing abilities. Since Houttuynia Cordata and Propolis Extract take up the bulk of the formula, it’s highly possible that the additional extracts are in low percentages either way.

INCIDecoder Breakdown


EXPERIENCE

Packaging: Glass bottle with a dropper.

Usage: Morning and/or evening, applied after cleansing and/or before moisturizer.

Texture: Slippery.

Fragrance: None.

Finish: Light but moisturizing.

Instant Results: Skin feels surprisingly moisturized. If I were to measure based on previously reviewed products, it sits between the I’m From Rice Toner and Laneige Cream Skin Refiner.

Long-Term Results: Skin rarely feels rough or dehydrated.


FINAL THOUGHTS

The By Wishtrend Polyphenols In Propolis 15% Ampoule has performed well in terms of gentleness, adding additional moisture to my skin, and its antioxidant benefits. However when it comes to calming active acne lesions, this was not enough for me; I still need to use Aczone or Benzoyl Peroxide to really get the job done. With conversion to CAD it is a bit pricey, but a little goes a long way so if you’re interested in this ampoule, you’ll get a fair mileage. I appreciate the blend of science-backed and traditional ingredients being used in the formula, and they avoided including heavy fragrance and a high use of texture-enhancing ingredients – it’s not to say that these ingredients are bad, but it’s nice to know that the cosmetic elegance of the product is mainly due to a lot of the beneficial ingredients in the formula. Overall if you want to try a Propolis type of serum that is gentle enough to use on acne-prone skin, you may like this.

WHERE TO BUY:
Wishtrend
YesStyle

Links provided are affiliate links. This means if you click the link and use it to make a purchase, I make a small commission. Thank you if you decide to use them! If you do not feel comfortable, feel free to Google a new link.

Hope you found this review helpful and informative!

xo, M

REVIEW: The New Banisher 2.0! | AD

This post is sponsored by Banish Acne Scars.
Products provided for review purposes.
This post contains affiliate links / codes. This means if you use this link / code to make a purchase, I make a small commission. Thanks for your support if you decide to use them! If you feel uncomfortable, feel free to google a new link.


Banish Kit

Back in March I began using the Banish Acne Scars Banish Starter Kit in hopes of smoothing out my textured skin from the onslaught of cystic acne I suffered 5+ years ago, as well as controlling my hormonal acne breakouts. It was my first time microneedling, so I figured the selected products included in the kit would also help with my skin issues. To my surprise, microneedling wasn’t painful, and I saw results within 3 months.

The Banish Team saw both my First Impressions/Demo and Banish Starter Kit Review, and reached out to me and a few other “influencers” (I can’t take myself seriously calling myself that) to test their newly launched, limited edition Banisher 2.0!

banisher 2.0

I agreed to partner with Banish because:
1) I have already purchased and tried almost all of their products.
2) Daisy, the owner of Banish, experienced the pain of acne and acne scarring just like I, and many others are currently going through. Banish products were originally made for her personal use, until friends and subscribers started requesting them after seeing her skin’s progress in her Youtube videos!
3) Banish partners with influencers with similar skin concerns as ours, who could also benefit from their products and achieve similar results.


How the Banisher Works

Microneedling


Banisher 2.0

original vs. 2.0

I’m happy to report that the Banisher 2.0 was created based on the questions and feedback received from customers, as well as Daisy’s personal needs. During her travels, Daisy always brought the Banish Stamp, but wanted a bigger surface area, clean it easily and store it securely in her bag. I’ts always a big thumbs up when companies revamp/create products based on customer input!

original vs. 2.0

Features
Price: $69 USD
Needle length: 0.5mm
1. Cleaning cap acts as a protector, stand, and sanitizing container
2. Bristles are finer & sharper than current Banisher
3.  Design more ergonomic; Better grip, provides a platform for even distribution of bristles into the skin vs. rolling.

banisher-improvements
Picture from Banish website

Angle of needle penetration is straight line as opposed to roller; less skin trauma, easier to work around pimples
4. Titanium needles coated in 24k gold to accelerate collagen production in skin
5. Lasts twice as long as Banisher – can use up to 8 times
6. Can be used once a week


Usage

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Skincare
Since I already know microneedling works with the Banish Oil, I tested the first session with products in my current skincare routine: peptide serum, HA lotion, moisturizer with Niacinamide.

cleaning cup vs. cap

Cleaning Cap
VERY handy; Wastes less, and less annoying to disinfect.

banisher 2.0

Ergonomics
– Takes a tad longer to microneedle with the new design, but I don’t mind it if safety is considered!
– Easier to concentrate on specific red marks and large pockets of texture.
– Difficult to microneedle on the nose, the Banish Stamp is better for this.
– The handle has soft, grippy material with a wider body, felt secure to hold and easily rotate when I stamped.
– I felt the needles more, and my face became quite red! *beauty is pain* > . <

up close needles

It’s Goooooold
I haven’t found anything solid to convince me that gold can indeed help induce collagen, but I haven’t read anything controversial to say it’s not safe to use; Gold mostly acts as an extra precaution against infection from microneedling.


Before & Afters

Time Period: 11/11/18 – 11/18/18; I had a short amount of time to review this. Since I already showed Before & Afters of texture improvements, the photos below capture the improvements of my red marks in a week’s time.

Note:
– It typically takes 4-6 weeks to see the most results, especially for texture. I’ll try to update as I continue using the Banisher 2.0.
– It was my time of the month when I tested this :\

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Left; Mark top of cheek faded

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Right; Marks closest to mouth on chin faded


Final Thoughts

banish kit 2.0

Compared to the original Banisher, Banisher 2.0 is most definitely a fancy (and effective) upgrade! In my Banish Kit review, I mentioned how there was not enough information on using the Banisher safely. I appreciate that the Banisher 2.0 was created to ensure a safer and easier approach for beginners, with a less likelihood of problems (still use it carefully!). Another step I hope they consider in the future is making just the head replaceable, which will make Banisher 2.0 more cost effective.

If you want to give the Banisher 2.0 a try, they are currently selling it in a kit. Banish offers:
– Products made to order in the U.S.
– International Shipping on purchases $150+
– 30 Day Money Back guarantee
– Products only available on their official website.

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If you want know more about my experience with Banish, be sure to read my Banish Starter Kit review. I post Before & Afters after 4 microneedling sessions and review every product in the Kit.

I hope you found this review helpful!

xo, M