It's been about a month since I first introduced the Wexler MD MMPi 20 Anti-aging Acne Serum in this blog. Since then it has become my go-to anti-acne product and I use it almost everyday. So how does it stand up with my occasional flare ups? Pretty good, I have to say.
This product claims to "actively treats and helps prevent breakouts, diminishes redness associated with acne, visibly reduces blemishes, boosts skin's own powers to diminish the visible signs of aging". Let's go over all the claims, shall we?
1. Actively treats and helps prevent breakouts:
Before the MMPi 20 serum, I had a lot of breakouts along the jawline and after one died down, another one poped up at almost the same spot! Very annoying! And we all know scarings come after the acne spot left and they are even more damaging than the zits themselves. However, after a month of using this serum, that jawline area of zits was finally unclogged. Yay!
2. Diminishes redness associated with acne:
I do notice this serum reduces redness somewhat and most of my zits are not hot, red, inflamed acne spots anymore (thanks to this product).
3. Visibly reduces blemishes:
I did not see it strink a zit at all. Once a blemish came up, it would stay there until it popped. However, the MMPi 20 serum does reduces the number of blemishes on my face and now I have maybe 2,3 spots on my face a day. And that's a big difference from say, 10-15 zits a day.
4. Boosts skin's own powers to diminish the visible signs of aging:
Since I do not have wrinkles yet, I cannot testify on this point. However, I do notice the pores look smaller and my skin also looks and feels smoother.
How I use it:
I've been refining my skincare routine to 2, 3 products a day and this serum is a part of my daily grind. At night, I put a couple of drops of the MMPi 20 anti-acne serum on my face after washing it with the St. Ives Olive Scrubs and that's it. I only use this serum once a day as twice a day proved to be too drying for me. Plus since this is a serum, it does sink into my face faster and serums delivers better than cream/lotion.
The only complain is the smell: it smells very synthetic but not too offensive or annoying at all! Moreover, the smell quickly goes away in about 10 minutes. But since I am used to fragrance-free skincare products, this took me quite a while to get used to.
List of ingredients for those who are interested:
Active ingredient: salicylic acid 2.0% as an anti-acne ingredient
Water, alcohol denat, ethoxydiglycol, cyclopetasiloxane, butylene glycol, PPG-14 butyl ether, polysilicone-11, myristyl nicotinate, octyldodecanol, steareth-21, polyquatemium-37, pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract, Palmaria Palmata extract, Glycine Soja (soybean) seed extract, Rheum palmatum root/stalk extract, Cinnamonum cassia bark extract, Calluna vulgaris flower extract, Haslea ostrearia extract, Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) extract, caffeine, sucrose, dimethicone, propylene glycol dicaprylate/dicarprate, delphone, methyldihydrojasmonate, Steareth-2, ethyl 2,2-dimethylhydrocinnamal, Laureth-12, PPG-1 tridecenth-6, Cyclamen aldehyde, dimethylcyclohexylethoxy isobutylpropanoate, triclosan, Red 33 (CI 17200), Red 40 (CI 16035).
So if you're searching for parabens, there is no parabens in this product. There may be other preservative ingredients but in very small quantity. The fact that this product is contained in an air-tight pump bottle also says that not a lot of preservatives is neccessary since the container itself is also designed for preservative purpose.
I actually love this product as it approached its one-month mark without losing its efficacy on my skin. Most anti-acne products just stop working after a month or so and more zits would pop up after that. This one is still going strong, thank God! Beside the fact that it is quite expensive ($45 USD at Bath and Body Works), it is an excellent anti-acne and anti-aging product. I got mine at 75% off and I really count my blessings.
Have a nice Sunday y'all! Take care, be restful and have gorgeous skin!
Your Makeup Blogger
P.S: related posts in the past, please read them!
My first impression on the Wexler MD MMPi-20 Anti-Aging Acne serum: more detailed information on this post as it was the first to introduce the product.
St. Ives Elements Olive Scrub: the only face scrub that I use and love. I find that it keeps my face smooth and clean when using in conjunction with the Wexler serum.