Oh snap, it’s finally here – Malezia is on the market!
Recall back in 2018 the Michelle that started using a 5% Benzoyl Peroxide wash and OTC Differin in her skincare routine? Well, it was after learning a lot about skincare and skin ingredients from awesome people such as Dr. Dray, Lab Muffin Beauty Science, and F.C. from Simple Skincare Science.
SimpleSkincareScience was one of the first places where I really began to understand my skin and how to look for skincare catered to its needs. His focus is on malassezia folliculitis, or as the internet calls it, “fungal acne”. In short, it is a yeast that’s naturally part of our skin’s microbiome that grows in the presence of oil. Its growth seems to be a common factor when it comes to various skin conditions, such as acne!
For extensive information, definitely check out his blog post on the topic, it’s a great learning experience.
While my acne is not “fungal acne”, I can definitely appreciate using products that wouldn’t overfeed the yeast on my skin that may be triggering my acne.
That’s where Malezia comes in – it is a “microbiology-based” skincare company started by F.C. from SimpleSkincareScience. The goal is to “destroy skin diseases” (F.C.’s words lol) by using simple but effective products in a minimal skincare routine. If you look at his skincare guide, it’s just 3 products!
If there is one relatable person on the internet when it comes to dealing with skin concerns, trying everything under the sun and flipping some figurative and literal tables – it’s F.C. My skin improved because of what he shares with the world and I guess in a way I’m trying to “pay it forward” with my blog and youtube by sharing my experience in maintaining clear skin.
With all that being said, I absolutely had to buy Malezia skincare! I’ve have both the 5% Urea Moisturizer and 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide (BPO) Acne Treatment Gel. I have been rotating them in my skincare routines since April 2021 to June 2021 and I am ready to share my thoughts!
About Malezia 5% Urea Moisturizer
Packaging: Opaque pink beige aluminum tube with a twist-off cap.
Urea is a humectant, helps with skin’s desquamation, and it helps improve the function of your skin barrier by thickening it, thus preventing excess Trans Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL).
There are additional, classic moisturizing molecules in the formula – Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid for humectants, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride as an emollient, Dimethicone as an occlusive.
Allantoin is also present in the INCI list, a classic soother.
Overall the formula is nice and simple, with 5% urea being the star! The list has 13 ingredients total, none that should comprimise those with malassezia folliculitis and other skin concerns related to this overly fed fungi.
About Malezia 2.5% BPO Acne Treatment Gel
Packaging: Opaque black aluminum tube with a twist-off cap.
Malezia Acne Treatment Gel has a whopping 7 ingredients! The focus is around the 2.5% BPO in the formula.
In my skinthusiast opinion, BPO is THE best OTC active you can use for inflamed, active acne. It’s a pro-oxidant that inhibits the acne bacteria, and it can’t “get used to it”. The main issue with this ingredient is while it works really well, it definitely comes with side effects. Micronized, 2.5% BPO is used in the Malezia Acne Treatment as a gentler alternative. Speaking of gentle, you don’t need a high percentage for BPO to work, you don’t even need to leave it on your skin overnight, you can use this like a mask aka Short Contact Therapy!
The Acne Treatment Gel also includes 0.5% Sodium Phytate. According to the Malezia website, it helps “boost skin moisture and elasticity, regulate oil production, and combat hyperpigmentation.”
You’ll also find classic Glycerin in the formula, a humectant naturally occuring in our skin.
Overall the formula is simple and purposeful – beat that acne’s butt without the need to dry the skin out.
My Experience with Malezia Moisturizer and Acne Treatment Gel
Both Malezia’s Urea Moisturizer and BPO Acne Treatment gel have a lovely light gel consistency with no stickiness. The Urea Moisturizer definitely has more body to leave a moisturizing layer, whereas the BPO Acne Treatment Gel is so nice and light, it’s really easy to incorporate in your skincare routine either on the whole face or as a spot treatment.
I would use the Urea Moisturizer right after cleansing as my only hydrator, I stopped using vitamin c as well to see what it would do as the main performer in my AM routine. When I use this, my skin always feels super comfortable, looks even, plump, and overall healthy and unbothered. I have tried a number of times using this on its own, but alas, it’s not enough for my parched skin! I also noticed my sebaceous filaments looked good when I used this as my sole supplemental product in my morning routine. Not sure if it’s because of the urea, or because I stopped using layers of other hydrators, or both! In addition, it managed to calm an allergic reaction I had on my cheek quickly.
For the BPO Acne Treatment Gel, I discontinued Aczone and tried it in both my morning and nighttime skincare routine; I would not use Tretinoin if I used BPO at night.
I got too confident in my skin and applied this 2.5% BPO gel all over my face one night, and woke up the next morning with a red, puffy, and itchy face 😀 Learning my lesson, I tried the BPO gel via spot-treatment. I personally am not a fan of spot-treating, but it was the only way my skin could tolerate the Acne Treatment Gel at the beginning since I messed up first use. I used it on a couple of acne cysts I got on my chin (typical) and I was happy with how quickly it lowered the size and inflammation around the pimple. My husband also uses it on the rarely so often spot, and he also noticed how quickly the pimple flattens. I’ve recently been using it all over my back because gym + hot weather = gnarly cystic bacne breakouts. I’ve experienced no irritation, dryness and the size and redness has already significantly reduced.
Overall I like the simplicity of both formulations in the Malezia Moisturizer and Acne Treatment Gel, but it is not enough for my thirsty skin if used on its own. If you’re looking at keeping your routine minimal, I think these two items are better for those of you with oilier skin types. If you’re a dryer skin type like myself, you can definitely incorporate both of the urea moisturizer and bpo treatment easily in your existing skincare routine!
Final Thoughts on Malezia
I can feel that this brand was created with genuine intentions to help those of us that suffer from acne. F.C. and supporters created a massive list of “fungal acne” safe products but the big achievement is to have reliable products that check all those boxes without navigating through the noise.
Easy understanding of what they’re doing to be sustainable. I find brands just say they’re environmentally friendly but the method of delivery and claiming glass packaging is the extent of it. Malezia actually shares what they’re doing from the ground up and just makes the information very easy to access and understand.
Makes me embrace the minimalism of skincare. Less is more, both in the formulations and the skincare routine as a whole. The ingredient lists are small to help us consumers understand what’s in our products as well as reduce the likelihood of having negative reactions to products. The 3-step skincare routine also goes to show we really don’t need a lot of products, actives, lotions and potions to get clear, healthy skin.
On their instagram stories and website reviews, the before and afters are quite compelling and I do feel that’s a mix between the products themselves as well as the skincare regimen on the website where you keep it very simple – simplicity is also part of achieving clear skin as well.
The one notable con for me is the shipping. It is quite pricey, so I would recommend doing a bulk order if you did like the products the first time around. Now that I have tried both skincare items I do plan on repurchasing the moisturizer and having it as a staple in my routine. Another “holy shiz” moment the shipping is the time – I got 6-45 days! Hot dang that’s a long ass time. Malezia is a new company run by a small team trying to uphold quality and value as much as possible, so this is why I’m not letting this con effect my opinion of the products and brand as a whole.
Another reminder is that the BPO Gel can still bleach fabric. After I apply it, I wash my hands properly and wear a white shirt as my pajamas and have a white pillowcase.
Overall I love the heart of what Malezia stands for and its attention to detail. Choosing effective ingredients, minimal formulation, cosmetic elegance, and packaging choices. Being a baseline skincare routine for those with acne-prone and other malassezia-induced skin concerns. This is definitely a brand worth supporting if you have the budget for it – in the long run, if you end up just needing these products, it is worth it.
WHERE TO BUY:
Malezia Offical website (affiliate link and code)
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