Fight Adult Acne and Aging with Marie Veronique Organics
By Cara Chronis March 20,2012
After complimenting a colleague on her skin, she let us in on her secret: “I’m absolutely obsessed with a brand called Marie Veronique Organics.” Intrigued, we started googling. The first thing that caught our attention was the combination of antiaging and acne-fighting ingredients found on the MVO site. Years of fighting our blemish-prone skin with prescription treatments had left it overly dry and in need of some serious antiaging treatments, and the blemishes were still there. We were excited to give MVO’s products a try, not only because of the rave reviews by our co-worker but also because it was so different from anything we’d tried before. The vegan, natural, and organic ingredients found in MVO products were a world away from the harsh prescription creams we’d been using for the past few years. You won’t find toxins, petroleum-based products, or anything else potentially harmful in any MVO product, but that doesn’t mean these products aren’t powerful. “Intelligent Ingredients,” MVO’s tagline, essentially means that the right ingredients can do a world of good—and the wrong ones do the opposite.
Here’s what we tried:
Acne Relief Treatment Cleanser: The cleanser was gentle but deep cleansing at the same time. It contains alpha-hydroxy (lactic) acid and beta hydroxy acids. Our skin felt clean but not tight and dry. Acne-causing bacteria eliminates using usnea extract and rosemary oleoresin, and green tea calms inflammation. This cleanser washes away the day while keeping the top layer of the skin intact.
Treatment Oil: After cleansing, while our skin was still damp, we put a nickel-size drop of oil—yes, oil—on our face. The oil alleviates breakouts by balancing oil production and restoring skin’s natural protection barrier. Acne is caused by excess sebum, and these oils (including tea tree, lavender, seabuckhorn, and pumpkin seed) balance skin’s natural sebum production. The oil made our skin feel moisturized and dewy without being slick or oily.
Treatment Serum: The treatment serum, to be used only at night, uses pantothenic acid to make skin less susceptible to acne. It calms inflammation, restores moisture to skin, and kills bacteria.
Everyday Sheer Coverage SPF 20: This moisturizer really does it all—it’s calming, smells great, and doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients. It’s so safe you could even wear it to bed! We loved that it evened out our skin tone, calmed any redness, and absorbed easily into our skin.
The instructions that came with our kit warned that we should give the product a full 30 days to do its job, and an increase in breakouts could be expected the first week. That first week was rough: It was hard breaking our routine, and after years of drying out our skin, it was bizarre to be putting oil on it. So we definitely experienced an increase in breakouts during the first week or so. But by the middle of week two, we were official converts. Our skin cleared up, felt softer, and looked brighter and healthier. Even traveling, which can be a trigger for our blemish-prone skin, didn’t faze us. After stopping the products for a week and returning to our old routine, we went running back to our MVO products and tossed our harsh prescriptions out the door. We’re hooked.
Marie Veronique Organics Acne Relief Kit
Check out Glam’s interview with the woman behind the brand, Marie Veronique:
Glam: Your skin looks amazing from the photos on the site. What are your go-to MVO products?
Many women look for products such as sunscreens and moisturizers that are oil-free. What’s different about the oils in MVO products?
For some acne sufferers, the idea of using oil to fight breakouts can be scary. We’re taught that the best way to clear up skin is to dry it out! Why is drying out your skin even worse for acne?
People think drying the skin on the surface of the skin will take care of excess oil and dry up pimples, but again, the real trick to clearing acne is to attack it where it starts, that is, at the site of the plugged hair follicle. Oils have two major things going for them: 1) they penetrate more deeply, down to where the comedome is plugging the follicle and setting up the conditions for the pimple to grow. 2) Oils dissolve oils, so oils are much more efficient at breaking up oil plugs than any other comedolytic like, for example, salicylic acid. Some essential oils like tea tree oil not only penetrate, but they work at killing off P. acnes as efficiently as benzoyl peroxide. So, for real cleansing, oils work much better than AHA/BHA washes.
In addition to working below the surface, an intact lipid barrier on the skin’s surface helps to control microbial growth. Ironically, too much cleansing and exfoliation can compromise the protective function of the stratum corneum. If it becomes dry and irritated it attracts more bacteria which in turn exacerbates the breakout problem. The natural reaction is to want to wash even more, but it’s better to resist the urge. Blemishes mainly happen because of poor sebum regulation, not because of surface oil and dirt. I know it seems counter-intuitive to use oil for acne, especially given all the propaganda, but it honestly is the best way to go.
I noticed that the instructions on the acne relief kit recommended avoiding makeup. I love the Everyday Sheer Coverage lotion but need some extra coverage during the day. Can you recommend any makeup that won’t prevent your products from doing their job?
Do you have any plans to start an all-natural makeup line?
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