Sunday, October 26, 2014

Michael Todd True Organics - Acne/Oily/Combination Sensitive skin regimen review

Hello Everyone!

I have finally finished testing and trying the full size products from the Michael Todd True Organics: "Acne or Oily Sensitive Regimen" line. After using the products for several months till the bottles were all empty, I thought i'd review this skin care line.

To start off, I'll give a brief overview/facts about my skin type:

  • Oily/Combination/Sensitive (possibly the worst skin type ever)
  • Very sensitive (+cannot handle any products that have too much fragrance in it)
  • Gets oily during the day especially in the T-zone
  • Super dry at night (after cleansing) and extremely dry in the mornings (skin peels and is flaky)
  • Acne-prone (not cystic, just breakouts from stress/anxiety)
  • Lots of scars from past acne
No products have EVER worked for me before (Proactiv, Murad, Clinic, Neutrogena, Clean&Clear, Laneige, and many others), and I did not want to try any more products that contained benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid because those ingredients simply do not work on my skin. Many "acne treating" products out there contain those two ingredients and my skin simply doesn't react to them. Oh, I was also not looking for any products that contained alcohol in it because my skin is terribly dry enough on its own in the morning+night, I really don't need alcohol to help make that worse. So....I decided to try out Michael Todd products after hearing countless good things about the line!

(Not my photo)

Enough of my rambling, and onto the products themselves! So the first 3 steps below are what I do on a day-to-day basis. Steps 4-5 are used 1-2 times per week. 

1. The cleanser: CHARCOAL DETOX (everyday)
It cleans my face gentle enough so that my skin doesn't peel as much, yet efficiently removing the dirt and oil off my face. When I used this product, I didn't even use make-up remover/make-up wipes to take off my foundation. I simply used a quarter's size amount and lather it onto my face, and that did the job for me. 

2. The toner: BLUE GREEN ALGAE (everyday)
I use this after I wash my face with the cleanser, on a small cotton pad I "wet" it 3-4 times by tilting the bottle. It is not harsh like the toners that contain alcohol in them, it might sting a bit (not in a bad way) at first because of sensitive skin, but my skin felt so refreshed and clean afterwards. You could really see the residue gunk on the cotton pad too.

3. The serum: ANTIOXIDANT CARROT (used 4 times a week)
This serum used in conjunction with the cleanser and toner, was probably what helped my acne stay at bay. It didn't "remove" or take away any of my acne because I still noticed small breakouts here and there and those small annoying bumps of white heads and such. One thing I must point out though, is that if you have this product on your face for the night, sleep on your back and not on the side or else it will rub off onto your pillow. You'll feel the product on your face after application and the feeling will stay there. 

4. The facial scrub: JOJOBA CHARCOAL SCRUB (used 2 times a week)
I loved this scrub because not only did it not sting my face like other scrubs that I hurry to wash off, but it was sooooo gentle! I slowly massage this all over my face in circular motions and allow the small beads do their job. My skin feels soooo soft and all the dead skin cells are gone after every use.

5. The mask: KAOLIN CLAY (once a week)
This mask gave the same smooth skin feeling after using it like the face scrub. You can really feel the mask tightening onto the skin after 5 minutes, and smiling becomes difficult! I leave it on for approximately 15 minutes then I wash it off with lukewarm water.  I moisturize my face right after because it is kind of drying. 

Overall rating: 4/5
The only reason why I would not give this skin care line full points is because if you are someone who's looking for something to help clear away ALL your acne, this line may or may not do that for you. You can keep trying to see after two repurchases if it makes a huge difference or not, but personally, this line only kept my acne at bay. Right after I emptied my bottles, the acne slowly crept back. Not cystic, but annoying enough to feel bumps across my face. 

I also cannot forget to mention that when I first received my package, the toner leaked. So I lost some product there. The dispenser for the serum also bothered me a lot. I think mine was slightly broken somehow. It always gave me an inconsistent amount! 

  • Warning: All the products have a heavy smell to them at first because they are organic. You will get used to it!
  • Moisturize after using the toner/any other treatments you use
  • I don't moisturize after using the serum because it's heavy on it's own and I HIGHLY recommend putting paper towel or sleeping on your back when using the serum, simply because it will rub off onto your pillow
  • Don't abuse the amount of product being squeezed out of the tube. You only need enough product to cover your face in a THIN layer! This is true for all the products!

Koji xx
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