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The Great Borba Experiment: The Results Are In!

Back in early December, I embarked on an experiment to see if Borba Aqua-less Crystaline would clear up my spots as it promises. The pomegranate-infused $100/month regimen promises to combat oily skin, clogged pores, and impurities. Sounds great, but the skeptic in me wanted to try it out. Every morning, I'd wake up and mix the powder into water, then drink it down. It doesn't taste bad at all; it's kind of like a less bitter SweeTart.

So does it work? Sadly, no, it does not. (I promised before-and-after photos, but honestly, considering the number of pimples on my chin after a month, I just couldn't subject you to my pizzaface. Trust me, it's better for us both.) Borba didn't make my skin worse, but it certainly didn't improve it; I didn't see the promised results. And the sucralose (brand name: Splenda) in the formula gave me headaches. No fun. While Borba does deliver nutrients that can help skin, you could get those nutrients elsewhere — or you could afford to eat a whole pomegranate each day. Unless your bank account rivals the GDP of Monaco, I'd take a pass.

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NeffableSquirrel NeffableSquirrel 8 years
I agree with LindsayBrians. You shouldn't be turned off of Borba products because of one person's review of a regimen that wasn't even complete. The drinkable products by Borba are intended as a BOOST to the topical skin care products, not to be used alone. After all, they are merely a drink full of vitamins and antioxidants, which helps your skin, but won't/can't, by itself, cause any major relief of acne/oily skin/etc. As most of you know, vitamins can assist your body in repairing your skin and making it look better, but they WON'T cure your skin problems (like acne) all by themselves. Do research. Never base your decisions on ONE review. I, personally, have been using Borba's Clarifying line (topical and drinkable skin care) for only a few weeks, but I'm loving it. It is not a rip-off or a scam. In fact, if the price is the problem check out other sites that sell Borba. You can find it for below retail. I promise. I didn't spend very much for my products and I have the full line of Clarifying.
LindsayBrians LindsayBrians 8 years
I'm a little curious - when you did this experiment did you do the entire Borba line or did you rely only on the skin balance waters? The reason I ask is because I use the entire Borba line and it has saved my skin from the acne that used to plague it. I have tried all sorts of products such as Proactiv, Differin, Peter Thomas Roth, Murad and NV Perricone and nothing has worked. Not only does the Borba line help my acne, it leaves my skin looking healthy and feeling softer than ever before. However, you can't just drink the drinks. I use the cleanser, concentrate, day cream and night cream. The cleanser works as any normal cleanser does. Just wash your face morning and night. The concentrate replaces your toner. The night cream is amazing, it actually helps repair your skin over night and leaves it feeling beautifully soft the next day. And the day cream has spf in it to help protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. The skin balance waters are the missing key to enigmatic puzzle - but they can't work alone just as the topical products can't work alone either. It's a complete system. I enthusiastically recommend these products and I think its sad that so many people are now turned off from trying them because of this article.
brown_eyed_grrl brown_eyed_grrl 9 years
Also, one other thing I learned from the book is that some people who are prone to breakouts will use the benzoyl peroxide and salycilic acid products only when they have a breakout. That is what I used to do, too, but now I use both products daily to treat AND prevent. You might have to ease into it though if your skin is getting to dry or flaky. I could talk about skincare all day long! I feel like I've tried everything under the sun (or at least everything at Sephora!).
brown_eyed_grrl brown_eyed_grrl 9 years
Yes, Bella, birth control helped me out, too. Even on the Skin Type Solution regimen, I'd still get at least one or two pimples right before my period, but I went on the pill, and I maybe get one every few months. I launched an all-out attack on blemishes when I got way was I going to deal with bad, uneven skin on my wedding day!
crazykitty180 crazykitty180 9 years
If you want a daily supplement to help combat acne NOTHING works better than Skin Balance from health Concerns. It's an herbal supplement that I get from my accupuncturist. When she recommended it, I was really skeptical, because this kind of stuff NEVER works for me, but I figured since it was only $20 for a month's supply (one bottle), I'd give it a shot. I don't know how it works, but this stuff was amazing. I started taking it at a time when I was really really stressed out, so I expected to break out, but it not only prevented break outs, it made my skin nice and clear. The only downside: you have to take 3 pills 3 times a day and they're kind of big and smell and taste bad. But considering the other things I do (and the money I spend) for clear skin, it's not that bad. Here's a link if you want to check it out -
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I always thought Borba could be a rip-off; a shame. My skin became worse when I used Differin; I used it for 3 months until I said enough. I know they say that for 2 months you're skin is purging however when almost the end of 3 months hit and it got worse, I had to quit it. So right now I'm going through some trial & error; I love my Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion (although it's a toner) - it rids of all the dry skin yet it doesn't burn or peel my skin. However I apply some moisturizer after the toner. I love Suki's Lemongrass cleanser although I use it as an exfoilater since it's alittle more grainy than a cleaner; it's one of my fave's along w/ PTR Acne Buffing Beads. Another help is Polysporin or Badescu's Drying Lotion; helps with new breakouts.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Awww Bella, hugs.
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
My skin is relatively well-behaved (or well-sedated) by a MUCH cheaper regimen, but 'tis good to know that this stuff really doesn't do anything... Re: acne, I've found that a healthy dose of tea tree oil knocks things out for me, but it's hard to keep skin moisturized sufficiently (even though my skin is way oily...). But just generally, acne sucks. :-(
AllaWallaBalla AllaWallaBalla 9 years
Thanks for sharing an honest review! A lot of bloggers and youtube gurus are sponsored by cosmetic companies so it's hard to find less than stellar reviews in public forums. I really appreciate your honesty!
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Wow, lots of comments! Thanks for all of your feedback. hottpink, this is what has helped me personally, but like brown_eyed_grrl said, everybody's skin is different. Anyway, the things that have helped most are Differin (a prescription retinoid), regular exfoliation, the Pill, and learning when to just leave things alone. I also use a mud-based mask if my t-zone gets oily, and the CVS/drugstore benzoyl peroxide if I have a particularly nasty zit. At this point, aside from some small blackheads on my nose, the only acne I get is on my chin — but unfortunately, nothing seems to get rid of it completely. The flareups are most likely hormonal, but I also think stress plays a big part. (For instance, the week running up to the Oscars was keee-ray-zeeeee here at Sugar HQ, and I broke out right after that. I think that's why so many pimples sprouted at once.) My skin isn't horrendous, but it drives me bonkers when everything is glowy and nice, and then you look at my chin and it's like a volcano field. Yech. tinkerbelle76, I will check out Badescu. I know a lot of people swear by its acne-stopping abilities!
sh0pah0lic56 sh0pah0lic56 9 years
i actually like the borba night repair- it works really well for my sister, me and my
ALSW ALSW 9 years
brown_eyed - I'm going to check out that book! Maybe it'll help me get rid of the last of the pimples!
carlabunnie carlabunnie 9 years
I have tried so many things on my skin. Murad, Clinique, MaryKay, Alveeno...the list goes on. I have cystic acne, but no joke since i started using the transparent bar soap by Neutrogena, and my skin has been really clear and no more cystic acne.
tinkerbelle76 tinkerbelle76 9 years
Bella- I tried everything for my cystic acne around the jaw and chin. Murad, MD skincare, retin-A, differin, proactive, etc. etc. etc. I gave up. Then I started working at a store where they sell Mario Badescu. The lady made me sit down and try the products. I gave it a shot. It didn't irritate my VERY sensitive skin at all, and after a month of continued use my skin had dramatically improved. Now four months later, my skin has never been better. Not to sound like a ad, but I would look into it.
brown_eyed_grrl brown_eyed_grrl 9 years
Have any of you tried The Skin Type Solution? It's a book by Leslie Baumann, M.D. There are about 16 different skin types, and there's a quiz to figure out which one you are. My skin is oily, sensitive, tight, and pigmented. She suggests a skincare regimen for your type, and the great thing is that most of the products are not that expensive. I quit using my $50 moisturizer in favor of Oil of Olay, for example. I do splurge on my retinol treatment and a few other things. She'll also tell you what ingredients to look for, and which to avoid. My skin has really cleared up on her glows. Most other products treated the acne but caused other problems because they were too strong for my sensitve skin, or they didn't address the spots left behind after a breakout, etc. This book has been the best beauty find for me...especially because I'm getting married in six weeks!
ALSW ALSW 9 years
That's always the way. I feel like I'm finally getting a regime down that doesn't irritate my skin or cause me to get pimples all the time and I get a pimple. Still, my skin's been clear for awhile before that, so I'm thrilled! (Two periods without zits - woot!) hottpink - I'm in the same boat. I'll be 26 in 2 months and I'm still battling acne. I tried Proactiv and boy did I hate it. The longer my acne goes on, the more I realize that spending more money doesn't equal more results.
brittanybe brittanybe 9 years
I'm so sorry Bella. I've had acne for six years-- all over my chin and occasionally on my forehead or cheeks. I've been using the Patricia Wexler regimen (from bath and body works) and it seems to be *helping*. I had one of those deep pimples start to surface but then it went back down with in a day. I have a second deep cystic bump peeking out on my chin but if you don't look closely you'd never see it. Other than that, I haven't had a new breaktout since I started the regime. Which is a huge difference for someone like me, who usually has up to 20 painful red bumps or icky whiteheads.
hottpink hottpink 9 years
Bella-Since you have problem skin as I do.....what products do you use? Proactiv? Murad? a combo?? I have battled acne for since I was 15 and I will be 26 in 2 weeks :( Sad. I currently use Murad and I still get cystic acne around my chi. I've tried Proactiv as well.
Beauty Beauty 9 years
GlowingMoon, yep, I've done Retin-A; it irritated my skin too much. I love Differin and that's much better. Still, my chin does not stop breaking out. Nothing works. I'm trying to live with it. ;) And ALSW, that's always how it happens. On the Friday before the Oscars, I was all, "Wow, not a single blemish. FINALLY!" And then I woke up Monday morning with 11 pimples on my chin. I wanted to cry.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
My face was doing fabulously until I got cocky. Then, of course, right after I tell my husband how fabulous my skin is, I get a huge pimple! But this just seems like WAAAAY too much money for little to no results. And I couldn't stand Proactive either.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
These drinks come bottled. For fun, I tried one bottle. I don't remember what flavor, but I think it was baby blue. It gave me a headache, too! BellaSugar, have you tried Retin-A for your acne? It's available in generic, and you can purchase it online (without a prescription). It costs MUCH less than the drink, and it's clinically more effective. It controls my adult, cystic acne. Now I have peaches and cream skin. But check with your derm before you start a regimen to be sure it's right for you.
michlny michlny 9 years
I'm so not surprised! I love this post! You should definitely do more of these "guinea pig" type things!!
Daisie Daisie 9 years
Well...Borba's drinks and mixes always intrigued me. But I suppose that I won't be spending any of my hard-earned money on it in the future. So thanks for trying it for us, Bella! (I do dig their eye cream though.) Proactive works for lots of people...I just wish I could get only the cleaner. I used only the cleanser when I had it because I was lazy and it worked just fine using my own products for the other steps!
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