Product of the month (Review) – OXYGENETIX ACNE FORMULATION

Acne Foundation Bottle RGB-nbgSo I’m one of those women who seemed to get through my teenage years acne free and as soon as I arrived in my twenties, adult acne presented its very ugly face. What’s worse, is now that I am well into my thirties I would think that I could finally move on, but no…..the skin gods will hear nothing of it and I am still fighting the acne battle.

To be fair, my skin is really not that bad, but I seriously cannot remember a time when I was pimple free. There is always something brewing, erupting or festering on my skin and to be honest it can really get a lady down. Especially, that I am in the skin care industry, I can see when I speak to people about our products, they will inevitably search out my latest pimple and I can see the questioning look in their eye.

Everything seems to trigger my skin, from climate, to exercise to hormones to diet; it never stops, despite the effort that I put into fighting off these intruders. The one thing I can say is that since using Dermaceutic religiously, my skin has improved heaps, which I am very grateful for. But the product that I want to talk about today, which has taken my skin to a new level is: OXYGENETIX.Now I’m sure many of you have heard about the revolutionary breathable OXYGENETIX foundation, which in all honesty will change the life of your skin and therefore will change your life. In summary –  it is life changing. Once you’ve used OXYGENETIX you will never go back. But enough of that. What I am now talking about is OXYGENETIX Acne Formulation, which has 2% of Salicylic acid lovingly added to the original formula. The creators of OXYGENETIX are geniuses, because not only did they create a crazy, miracle product, but then they took that miracle product and improved it!!!! Yes, believe it!

Ok, so OXYGENETIX Acne Formulation is obviously designed to target and prevent acne. Although the original formulation was great for acne patients because it allows your skin to breath and does in no way form an occlusive barrier, the new Acne Formulation just takes things to a whole new level. Like the original formulation, OXYGENETIX Acne also has an Aloe Vera Barbadensis gel base and very importantly DOES NOT CONTAIN WATER (remember water attracts bacteria to the skin). Therefore, this remarkable foundation has antibacterial qualities, protects the skin and removes the dead surface cells. In addition, it is transfer and water resistant, which means it doesn’t budge, you literally can go swimming with it on and get out of the pool and it’s still there!

What the Acne formulation has that the original formulation doesn’t have – is maximum strength 2% Salicylic Acid. This combined with the breathable properties and the patented healing compound CERAVITAE and is just a power-packed, super-healing, acne-fighting, miracle foundation.

Anyway, long story short, this is a phenomenal product that has greatly helped in my war against acne. What I find most incredible is that even when I do get a tiny baby breakout, it never really turns into much and heals within a day. Aside from its acne fighting achievements, it also feels great on my skin, spreads easily, covers perfectly and leaves my skin with a lovely finish. Life-changing is all I have to say…

Written by: Justine Campbell

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*Disclaimer: I am the Director of the Aesthetics Division of Conquest Aesthetics, so I do have an invested interest in the products I review. However my reviews are based on my passion for the industry, the products I represent and my love for the science behind skin care. All my reviews are honest and factually correct*

Product of the month – Dermaceutic Turn Over

So it’s not just good enough that I work with Dermaceutic every day, but I like to make sure that I use the products too and understand them. I believe in the products that I represent and make sure I have tried and tested everything.

What’s interesting is even with all the products available at my fingertips I still go through stages with my favourites. This is largely due to weather, lifestyle and of course when the hormones like to take their toll.

I have recently been through a rather bad stage with my skin; I got peri-oral dermatitis soon after I started running. I think it had a lot to do with change in my hormones, perspiration and also the harsh climate taking its toll on my skin.

I have been working hard at getting my skin healthy again and the product that seems to be really standing out for me is the Dermaceutic Turn Over cream. I use it every night and it has completely transformed the area where I had the dermatitis as well as the rest of my skin. It has improved the texture as well as removed the redness that the dermatitis left. Even after it had gone.

The change in my skin since adding Turn Over to my regime is phenomenal. I am honestly in love with this simple, yet highly effective product.

Turn Over cream forms part of the STIMULATING segment of the Dermaceutic home care range, it is essentially a stimulating night cream. The role of Turn Over is to essentially stimulate cellular turnover – hence the name :) By increasing the cellular Turn Over of the skin, this powerful product acts as an anti aging tool and reduces the signs of aging. The formulation is very simple and essentially contains 15% Glycolic Acid in a beautiful white, silky smooth consistency cream.

The Glycolic Acid in Turn Over is very concentrated and aids in cellular regeneration by removing dead cells that build up on the skin’s surface, therefore stimulating cellular renewal.

What I’ve loved the most about Turn Over is that it has made my skin beautifully smooth and transformed my complexion.

I am not a skin faffer, although I look after my skin, I want something that is simple, and effective. I don’t want to faff around with 5 products as a night time regime. I love Turn Over because all I have to do is cleanse at night (Dermaceutic Foamer 15), and follow it with a pump of Turn Over. In the beginning it causes your skin to seriously tingle, but who doesn’t like a good tingle to prove that your skin care is working. It applies easily and doesn’t smell.

I can highly recommend Turn Over cream, because you can honestly see the difference in your skin, within a couple of days.

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What is ACNE?

Congestion and Breakouts

As many as 40% of women aged 25+ suffer from a low grade, persistent acne. Blackheads, whiteheads and pimples are common amongst South Africans, some learn to live with it, others try their best to get rid of it.


What is the difference between Acne and just a breakout?

Acne is genetic whereas breakouts can occur at any time, but is not normally persistent and is triggered either by hormones or external stimuli. Any skin type can suffer from an occasional breakout at times.

Genetically the following happens in an Acne skin:

  1. Produce thicker, stickier sebum (oil) than a normal skin due to excess male hormone, testosterone.
  2. An Acne skin produces 5 times more skin cells, but contains less Lamellar Granules which secretes enzymes to loosen the skin cells for desquamation. This condition is called Retention Hyper Keratosis (holding onto too many skin cells).
  3. With the above mentioned the follicle opening (pore) is closed off (blackhead formation) and with the lack of oxygen present the Propioni Bacterium (P-Acne) becomes active digesting certain parts of the sebum, leading to irritation and inflammation, this is now a pustule (pussy pimple).
  4. Every follicle should contain a hair to wick out the oil and dead skin cells. However in a Acne skin this is not always the case, sometimes there is no follicle in which case we call that a sebaceous follicle, or other times the follicle contains a very weak hair which cannot perform this function.


Products and ingredients to avoid when you are prone to breakouts or suffer with Acne:

Lanolin: Irritates the skin lining the follicle leading to an increase in oil production and dead cell build-up resulting in a blackhead.

Mineral Oil: Occlusive on the skin, leading to congestion (fine bumps which

are whiteheads and blackheads).

Artificial Colour: Irritates the skin lining the follicle leading to blackheads. Often women wearing orange, red and bright pinks might get blackheads on the lip line or on the cheeks where they apply their orange or pink blusher.

Invest in the following products or ingredients:

Bentonite and Kaolin Clays: Absorbs the excess oil without dehydrating the skin.

Salicylic Acid: Exfoliates the excess dead skin cells and is anti-inflammatory making it ideal for the inflamed breakouts.

Glycolic Acid: Removes the excess dead skin cells and rejuvenates the skin, preventing scar tissue as well as removing dark discolourations.


By Sonette Donker (Skin iD)