I don’t know what’s worse: acne or acne treatments.
You’re trying to get rid of those ugly, inflamed pimples and you’re left with dry, sand paper-like skin. Isn’t there another way?
Nerd Skincare thinks so. Instead than traditional acne-fighters (think benzoyl peroxide) that kill all bacteria on your skin, they use natural ingredients to reduce acne and keep the good bacteria on your skin.
Cool, huh? But does it work? The Acne Treatment (Lotion) is $85.00 so you want to be sure before splurging. Just saying…
The Science Of Bacteria: Acne Edition
Acne is caused by the bacteria P. Acnes. To get rid of it, you have to use something that kills bacteria. Benzoyl peroxide is the perfect example.
Problem is, benzoyl peroxide doesn’t know it only has to kill P. Acnes. Instead, it goes to battle on your skin and kills all the bacteria that finds on its surface. And there are a lot of bacteria there. Most of them are good and help your skin stay in good condition.
Once benzoyl peroxide has done its job, your skin is worse for wear: it’s all dry out, red and irritated. Your skin’s protective barrier is damaged too. You killed acne but you’re left with dry skin. *sighs*
Nerd Skincare takes a different approach. They “leverage the blemish-fighting benefits of probiotics to keep your skin clear.”
I’m not sure what they mean. One: there are no probiotics in the three acne products in their range. Two: even if there were, it’s not like you can put alive bacteria in a cream and expect them to stay alive to fight acne when you put them on your skin. Newsflash: without anything to munch on, those bacteria are gonna die in the tube.
I think what they mean is that they don’t destroy the good bacteria on your skin so it stays in better condition to help you fight acne. After all, it’s a good idea to maintain your skin’s microbiome (the families of bacteria that live on your skin) as intact as possible. You want to get rid of the bad ones, not kill everything.
How Nerd Skincare Works
So, if there are no bacteria and no acne-fighters, how does this stuff work? What exactly are you spending $85.00 for?
Let’s take a look at the Acne Treatment ingredients, shall we?
“Water, Butylene Glycol, PEG-12, Allantoin, Propylene Glycol, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract,Camellia Sinensis Lead Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Rosemary Officials Leaf Extract, Buddleja David Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Sulfur
This stuff is loaded with anti-inflammatory ingredients. Inflammation plays a key part in the formation of acne so anything that soothes inflammation will help reduce it. And that because this stuff is soothing, it won’t irritate or dry out your skin.
There’s also a smidget of sulfur there. It’s a mineral that kills P. Acnes and regulates oil production BUT it can be irritating and dry out the skin. Guess that’s why they used so little of it.
The Clarifying Cleanser takes a gentle approach too. Let’s look at the ingredients here too:
“Glycerin, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Myristic Acid, Water, PPG-10 Methyl Glucose, Sodium Citrate, Yogurt Powder, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Laurel Glutamate”
Again, there’s nothing here that can fight acne. But there’s nothing here that aggravates it either. The two cleansing ingredients are so gentle, they won’t strip your skin bare of all moisture.
That’s a common mistake acne sufferers make. They think if they soak up all the oil, the acne will go away faster. Sorry, ladies, it doesn’t work that way. That only dries out skin and makes acne worse!
When it comes to cleansing skin – yes, even acne-prone skin -, gentle is the way to go.
In a nutshell, Nerd Skincare helps reduce acne but I’m doubtful it can completely get rid of it on its own. I guess that’s why they also sell a comedone extractor… 😉
Related: Sulfur: Good For Acne, Bad For Skin?
The Bottom Line
Nerd Skincare is a weird line. There’s very little here that can fight acne. What it does is reduce the inflammation that plays a key part in acne. I personally wouldn’t rely only on this line to fight acne but if you’re struggling to find a gentle cleanser or moisturiser, these are worth a try.
Have you tried Nerd Skincare? Share your experience in the comments below.
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