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Monday, January 21, 2013

Review: Santalia Daily Balancing Serum for Acne


It is said that 40-50 million Americans have acne. As an esthetician I have seen what acneic skin can do to the self-esteem and self-confidence of a person. When your skin is ridden with acne, it is hard to feel good about yourself. This happens at any age. The treatments for moderate to severe acne are generally harsh. Benzoyl peroxide is drying and prescription treatments can have severe side effects.

Santalia products, made from the oil of pharmaceutical grade Sandalwood trees, changes this. It treats acne-prone, sensitive skin with a clinical solution without over drying the skin. The four products in the regimen will clear, calm and balance the skin. These products are formulated without sulfates, artificial fragrances, dyes, preservatives and benzoyl peroxide. Sandalwood has long been used in Ayurveda, prized for its anti-inflammatory properties, anti-bacterial properties and the fact that it is non-irritating.

In combating acne you want to do four things: get rid of excess skin cells, combat excess oil on the skin, kill the acne bacteria and get rid of the acne lesions. There are four products that Santalia has to combat acne. They are: a Daily Cleanser, a Refining Mask, the Daily Balancing Serum and an Intensive Spot Treatment. There is also an Acne Treatment Kit, which is perfect to try out all of the products and get your skin under control. All of the Santalia products are infused with the following extracts: lemon myrtle for antibacterial properties; kakadu plum is the highest source of Vitamin C in the world and helps to make the skin healthier and laminaria digitata, an extract of seaweed which is rich in minerals for balanced skin.

The Daily Cleanser provides gentle exfoliation, with a fresh grapefruit and tangerine oil scent. It also balances oil production. It contains 0.5% salicylic acid and also has extracts of kakadu plum and lemon myrtle.(http://iamthemakeupjunkie.blogspot.com/2012/12/review-santalia-daily-cleanser.html) $20.00

The Refining Mask is composed of natural minerals and up to 5% sandalwood powder. It has the kakadu plum, lemon myrtle, laminaria digitata extracts and also zinc extract (good for inflammation). Use up to twice a week. $28.00

The Intensive Spot Treatment helps to calm newly forming breakouts before they emerge. Has a nice aroma of sandalwood and 0.5% salicylic acid plus the odorless onion extract. It also has the extracts mentioned above that are in all of the Santalia products. $25.00

The Daily Balancing Serum is a lightweight serum that is used twice a day. It helps to counter sebum production and prevent blemishes with the 0.5% salicylic acid, 2% sandalwood oil, kakadu plum extract, lemon myrtle and laminaria digitata extract. I have been using the Daily Balancing Serum for several weeks now and I have noticed a significant decrease in acne lesions, such as comedones. I do not have many new ones formed on the chin area, which is where I usually have a large problem with them. Also, there aren’t any hormonal lesions formed. Usually there are at least one to two hormonal lesions formed every month. One thing I can say about the serum is that the odor of it is not as pleasant as other products I have tried. But once it dries down then it is okay, no lingering smell to speak of at all. $38.00

The Acne Treatment Kit contains smaller sizes of all of the products listed above. $80.00

There was a clinical study done to see how well the Santalia products would perform over other acne treatments such as benzoyl peroxide. Dr. Ronald Moy, former president of the AAD (American Academy of Dermatology) and a professor of the Geffen School of Medicine performed an 8 week double blind study that was published in peer reviewed journals. The outcome of this study showed that Santalia products outperform benzoyl peroxide. 73% reported better skin after 7 days. 89.4% reported that after 8 weeks significant skin improvement. Santalia now has clinical significance that it helps acneic skin.

Having used two of the Santalia products now, and linking the clinical data to them, I think that the Santalia products are a good match for mild to moderate acne. These products provide anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and help to reduce sebum production in acneic skin. They are great for any skin and do not contain harsh chemicals. The Daily Balancing Serum reduced comedone production. These products do work. Santalia products are available at www.santaliashop.com.

(The above product was sent for consideration, my opinion is honest)

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