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Can a Natural Acne Cure Work? Let's Find Out.

Can a Natural Acne Cure Work? Let's Find Out.

Ten years ago, eco-friendly cosmetics were difficult to track down, and the ones you could find were often just so-so. Times have changed, and as the number of natural beauty treatments grows, so does their effectiveness. So with the launch of Dermify ($19.95-39.95), a new natural anti-acne treatment, I was curious to see if it could tackle the zit factory that is my chin.

Dermify uses organic plant extracts and other natural ingredients, and it's free of parabens, soaps, sulfates, petrochemicals — and traditional acne fighters such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Its active ingredient is sulfur, which encourages skin to lose its dead skin cells. I've been using Dermify for just over a month, so for my thoughts, keep reading.

There isn't any elaborate process with this product. Instead, you're supposed to wash your face with the clay-based cleanser for one minute before washing it off. Then, once to three times a week, you use a thin layer of it as a mask.


I've never used a clay-based cleanser, so washing with Dermify was a new experience. I like how it very gently exfoliates without feeling abrasive at all. The only drawback is that, as is the case with just about any treatment with sulfur, it gives off a mild sulfuric scent. It doesn't smell awful, but it isn't flowery like a lot of cleansers, either. After washing, my face generally feels clean, smooth, and ever-so-slightly slightly dry — just enough to require a light moisturizer. (It's important to rinse the heck out of your face, though, and to keep the cleanser away from the delicate eye area.) When used as a mask, Dermify temporarily made my face red, but I definitely saw cleaner pores afterward. Both as a mask and a cleanser, a little goes a long way.

After using Dermify for the last month, I'm pleased to report fewer breakouts. The pimples that do spring up are smaller, and most impressively, the world's biggest blob of cystic acne has been slowly but surely shrinking from my chin. (Full disclosure: I've also eliminated dairy from my diet, so that may have an effect, too.) Aside from mild redness with the mask, my skin hasn't been irritated, overly dry, or otherwise "angry" like it can be when treated with benzoyl peroxide. Overall, I like using an effective product that isn't packed with synthetic chemicals. If you've been disappointed by "green" skin care that hasn't improved your acne, Dermify might be worth a try.

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GummiBears GummiBears 7 years
This sounds like something my skin will respond to well. I have tried sulfur treatments in the past, it works but my skin would flake like crazy. It this doesn't contain any aromatic woods like sandalwood, this might be on my wishlist.
scissorz scissorz 7 years
don't you have a clairsonic bella? i just got one recently and i haven't seen anything help my blackheads as much!
biarose biarose 7 years
ooh I think I'm going to give this a try! My face, too, has been an "zit factory" ever since Easter when I absolutely overdid it on the chocolate. (I don't care what the experts say, chocolate DEFINITELY gives me pimples.) Anyway I really don't like using those harsh chemical acne treatments and have been wanting a natural version, tea tree oil just doesn't seem to be strong enough.
Ellenora Ellenora 7 years
Bella, I'm actually the opposite. I can tell when I don't have dairy (particularly Tillamook cheese) for long periods of time--I break out like crazy. I don't know why that is but dairy is absolutely essential for me. If only sulfur didn't make me turn beet red....
rach716 rach716 7 years
Thanks so much Bella!! Really looking forward to giving this a try :)
frenjalibi frenjalibi 7 years
I'm always on the lookout for natural products. I've also tried to cut down on dairy. But its so hard during the holidays!!!
Beauty Beauty 7 years
I'm a lacto-ovo vegetarian who hardly ever drinks milk. Like once-every-two-years "hardly ever." But I kept breaking out on my chin, and then I realized, "Aha! I've been on a hot cocoa streak." Cut that out and took cheese down to once every other day or so, and that helped a lot. I do think the Dermify also helped; I have fewer blackheads and when I do get a pimple, it's generally smaller and faster to go away.
pandacn pandacn 7 years
Wait, I didn't know dairy was bad for acne! I'm a vegetarian, but I don't drink milk. I eat very little cheese and eggs, but I don't think it has helped my acne. I also have really bad patches of cystic acne on my chin and right cheek. Maybe I'll have to give this a try.
weffie weffie 7 years
My skin has been way better since I stopped eating dairy too! This stuff sounds worth a try, the organic cleanser I'm using now is way too drying for wintertime. Thanks for the tip Bella :)
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I wish I weren't so in love with cheese...
sashalr sashalr 7 years
Going vegan this summer was huge for my skin. I kept my skincare regimen the same when I went back to school and the acne came right back. Eating vegan just for a few days is enough to clear my skin noticeably, but it's too hard to eschew animal products every day in the dining hall...
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