• Brooke Walter

Acne, SMACNE: 3 Step Treatment Review

Updated: Sep 15, 2020

Acne has been an ongoing battle for me since I was a teenager. I had hoped those awful, hormonal years would be the end of that fight, but I’ve struggled into adulthood. I’m now in my early 30’s, and while the amount of breakouts has subsided, I still struggle with hormonal acne around my jawline.

If there’s something out there marketed toward acne prone skin, you name it, I’ve tried it. As a teenager I tried all the stereotypical products that still come to mind. However, in retrospect one thing I realize I did wrong was trying to DRY OUT my skin. That’s not the answer! In fact, it exacerbated the root cause and drove my oil levels even higher. So when SMACNE reached out to see if I was interested in reviewing their acne treatment, I was thrilled to try it out.

As an adult, I’ve truly come to find a balance between treatment and hydration, and have found the ingredients that WORK. Benzoyl Peroxide has always been one of those, but I’m very particular to the formulation so that it doesn’t overdry the skin.

Enter, SMACNE. I wish I had access to this 15 years ago in my peak acne days. I know it would have done wonders! I have been using the line for the past month, and have seen great results. The few breakouts I did experience went away quickly after using the treatment serum, and I liked that I had options between a daily/ severe treatment. When your skin is doing well, there’s no need to attack it with the big guns!

SMACNE’s formulation is well rounded, with the cleanser being an aloe and AHA/BHA blend and the serums featuring both tea tree oil and benzoyl peroxide. I like that the cleanser isn’t drying, yet still offers the daily chemical exfoliation necessary to encourage cell turnover. It helps clear out impurities and with a PH of 4, helps release the “glue” that holds our skin together and clears the pores.

The treatment, in my opinion, is truly innovative. It is oil-based rather than water-based, and is designed to replace the oil on your skin. This new oil does not cause breakouts and has acne fighting ingredients so that it kills acne instead of causing it. It has a pH of about 5, which is close to the same as your skin in order to keep it neutral as possible.

If you have acne, you may wrongfully assume that you want everything you use to be oil free. But in fact, the science proves otherwise. Oil and water don’t mix,. So when you use a water-based product, the active ingredients don’t penetrate the skin as well. Instead, they sit at the surface which isn’t what you want when you’re trying to treat acne under the surface!

I learned about the benefits of strategically using oils in double cleansing several years ago and it made a major difference in my overall skin oil production. Whereas I used to have severely oily skin, I now would say my skin is much more normal and I don’t struggle with mid day shine like I used to. Smacne takes advantage of these same principles from double cleansing, of oil cutting oil, to drive their ingredient delivery deeper into the skin to make it more effective.

I would recommend this to teenagers and adults alike. Please don’t make the mistakes I made! Using harsh cleansers/ soaps and high percentage drying actives will just make you skin over produce oil when it feels stripped. Focus on a balance of hydration and treatment, which SMACNE did perfectly with their system!

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