Who here is still suffering from ongoing maskne? 🙋♀️ I know I still am, and these days I feel like a war is constantly breaking out on my face. If you can relate, keep reading to see if this hyped-up product could work for you! This month I had the opportunity to try out SomeByMi’s AHA BHA PHA 14 Days Super Miracle Spot All Kill Cream. Wow, definitely a mouthful, I know. SBM is definitely famous for its AHA BHA PHA line - which has mad reviews everywhere and has improved the skin concerns of countless individuals. Hence, I was interested to see if their spot treatment would also be all the fuss.
Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Water(500,000 ppm), Centella Asiatica Extract(250,000 ppm), Glycerin, Water, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Panthenol, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Origanum Vulgare Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid, Saccharide Isomerate, Fructan, Salicylic Acid(500 ppm), Madecassoside, Madecassic Acid, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Allantoin, Protease, Lipase, Adenosine, Lactobionic Acid(300 ppm), Citric Acid(100 ppm), Sorbitan Oleate, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Polyisobutene, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Cellulose Gum, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, 1,2-Hexanediol, Benzyl Glycol , Ethylhexylglycerin, Raspberry Ketone, Disodium EDTA, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Limonene
Tea Tree Leaf Water is less concentrated and more gentle on the skin than its oil form. It is a potent healer and soother of damaged skin. Its unique cooling effect also aids in this process.
Centella Asiatica and its components are powerful plant-derived ingredients that are much needed to soothe sensitive, red and acne-prone skin.
Lactobionic Acid is the AHA/PHA that features in this spot cream. PHA is a sub-category of AHAs that are less irritating to the skin. This is ideal for more sensitive skin types, as there will be a much lower chance of experiencing a negative reaction. It is an all-rounder PHA, being exfoliating as well as moisturising. This is paired with the BHA, Salicylic Acid - great at unclogging pores, controlling oil and is surprisingly anti-inflammatory!
Of course, Niacinamide is bound to make an appearance and rightfully so! Its skin-conditioning properties include oil-control - which is one of its main duties in this spot treatment.
Hyaluronic Acid and Panthenol will both help draw moisture deep into the layers of your skin so that it won’t be left feeling tight and dry. You definitely wanna avoid drying out your skin when dealing with pimples! Overall, this duo improves your skin's hydration, elasticity, and smooth appearance.
This month, for some reason my skin was super angry and I only had cystic pimples pop up - ugh. These are literally the worst because they are big, red and hurt like heck. I slathered this gel on, in hopes of banishing the cysts far, far away. I would say it noticeably helped with the size and redness, but the cystic pimples went away slower than usual. It could be because my skin is already used to a higher concentration of AHA/BHA - both of which I avoided while testing out this spot treatment.
Post-moisturising, I squeeze out a tiiiiny amount onto my fingertip - you really do not need much because it actually spreads out more than you would expect! I gently massage the gel into my pimples and/or areas where my skin is a bit red and inflamed. There is an instant cooling effect which is super soothing and great at calming down my skin. That minty/cooling kind of sensation lasts for quite a while and is one of my favourite parts of this treatment. I like that the gel is lightweight and absorbs quite fast, without leaving a sticky feeling.
In all honesty, I wouldn’t regard this spot treatment as a favourite or one of my go-to's. I feel like it is a nice product to keep in my skincare collection for days when my skin is overheated and can be cooled down effectively by applying a thin layer. Though, it might just be that it doesn’t work for my skin, as I have heard from friends that love this spot treatment.
If you have slightly-to-very sensitive skin, irritated skin or acne-prone skin, I would still recommend giving this spot treatment a go! Or you could be someone who only gets those pesky pimples that pop up once in a while and you want a product that could help! If you’re finding that normal exfoliating spot treatments are too irritating for your skin, this one could be more suitable for you, too. The formula contains gentler concentrations of PHA and BHA so you won’t experience the possible irritations that the exfoliants can cause. Its ingredients are gentle enough that it definitely wouldn’t hurt to try!