Dermalogica Breakout Control Review | Finally, a zit zapper for adults

Just J: Dermalogica Breakout Control

Sadly, my 30's have not started off nicely to me. After years of living in a blemish-free zone, Mother Nature decided to kick me in the ass by flaring up my hormones in the form of adult zits. What a bitch. It seems like literally the day after my birthday, my chin and upper lip area began to suffer. Thankfully, it's not anything serious, or long-lasting, but every month, a couple of ugly bumps will rear up.

In order to combat this new condition, I've changed up a couple things in my routine and added in a new weapon to my arsenal: the Dermalogica Breakout Control.

The Product
This new anti-blemish gel is part of the mediBac line, Dermalogica's new line of adult acne solutions. Unlike most acne treatments, which are geared towards teens, the mediBac line is focused on adult acne, which can occur throughout one's 20's and 30's. Adult acne is usually caused by excess sebum and compared to teens, adults can experience greater sensitivity to alcohols and other chemicals, resulting in longer healing times and hyper-pigmentation. Dermalogica's Breakout Control uses gentler acids in the form of lactobacillus ferment to unplug pores, azelaic acid to remove excess sebum without drying out skin, and colloidal silver to eliminate bacteria. With regular use, Breakout Control claims to help prevent and treat blemishes.

The Guts
This product primarily contains:

  • PEG-8 - surfactant (cleansing agent)
  • Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer - a solvent and film-forming agent that gives this product its physical properties
  • Lactobacillus ferment - a form of bacteria commonly found in fermented foods and even in our bodies. This ingredient works as an anti-microbial agent to cleanse skin.
  • Potassium azeloyl diglycinate - a type of azelaic acid that has whitening properties and helps to control sebum production
This product also contains tea tree oil (antibacterial, anti-inflammatory), lemon peel oil (astringent) and sage oil (antioxidant, can be irritating). 

Price & Packaging
The Breakout Control is available in a 30 mL bottle for $60, available wherever Dermalogica products are sold. Although it's only 30 mL, I would still say you are getting a fairly sizable amount of product, unless you are planning to slather your entire face with this everyday. For me, I've been using it as a spot treatment for blemishes and to fight off blackheads. 

The bottle's stubby oval shape is actually quite cute and compact enough to carry around in a purse, while the pointed tip also helps with dispensing precise amounts of product. The only thing I dislike about the packaging is that you have to shake the bottle a little to get the product out; if you don't do this, only bubbles will come out when you squeeze.

This was my first foray in "adult acne" treatments, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Most blemish treatments I've used contain salicylic acid, so I was skeptical that the Breakout Control would work as well without such a powerful ingredient. 

As a blemish fighter, I would give this product a tentative thumbs-up. When I apply it, I feel a tingling sensation, which I like as it makes me feel as if it's really doing something. However, I didn't notice any significant reduction in healing time compared to other treatments; nor did I notice any lessening of post-blemish hyper-pigmentation. 

As a treatment to prevent blemishes, I think it fared better. As I was treating one blemish, I could see another slowly rising its ugly head. Immediately, I began treating that new one with the Breakout Control and surprisingly, it actually began to shrink! 

If you want this product to be effective, then regular, frequent use is needed. The ingredients in here are so gentle, you basically have to apply it a couple times a day for it to work. Out of the bottle, the Breakout Control is a  milky white gel, but it dries down clear, which does make it easier to use during the day. Unfortunately, the formula is also quite watery so very precise application is tricky. 

Final Verdict
Ditch - I do like this product, but at $60 a bottle, it hasn't wowed me enough to say that I'd repurchase it again.

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