Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Busting Food Allergy Acne - Dermalogica MediBac Clearing Adult Acne Treatment Kit

Dermalogica MediBac Clearing Adult Acne Treatment Kit

So yeah... I'm still battling with food allergy acne. After 1 month ++... its still secreting puss and... the all acne are concentrated at my neck, back and jawline. Imagine... clear forehead, clear nose area... cystic acne at jawline and neck and back. And eczema on feet... Sigh... really. What did I eat this time...?

The itchiness is really killing me and I refuse to see a dermatologist or a doctor this time because the signs are obvious... I'm having food allergy. And the only thing the doc can do is give a me a good lecture on my food discipline, anti-histamines, maybe topical antibiotic serums, and probably a hormonal check. So no. This time I'll take matters in my own hands... And if the acne still stays... doc... I need help.... lol

I've taken a macro shot of my neck and jawline which I might upload soon enough. You'll see reddish cystic bumps all over. But don't quote me on this... If the kit shows no result, there's no way I'm uploading any before-after pics here.. Does not justify the means... lol...

Below is the list of stuff I've stocked up on for this sure-win battle... muahahaha...
  • Bioxil Inner D-TOX
  • Lotsa Red Crunchy Sweet Apples (my failed apple detox.. hahaha)
  • Dermalogica MediBac Clearing Adult Acne Treatment Kit (RM178 retail - I got it at RM133 off eBay)
  • Ettusais Medicated Pre-Acne Care Sheet (RM95 retail)
  • Lotsa Water
  • Averine Medicated Cover Spot Concealer
  • Ettusais Acne Body Whitening Mist (hopefully to get rid of red marks on my tummy and back... sigh...)
Now, lets not deviate from the main point of this post. This post is really more of a review for the Dermalogica MediBac Clearing Adult Acne Treatment Kit. After many days of Googles and reading tonnes of reviews on acne kits, this kit has got the most GOOD reviews. So I decided to try it out. It costs me a bomb for several small tubes of product that will probably last me less than 2 weeks. But heck... who would want to be battling acne with the same product for more than 2 weeks? Okay-okay... I'm being impatient 'cos this has been going on for more than a month...

pic credit to www.makeup.com

In the kit:
* Dermalogica Clearing Skin Wash - 1.7 oz / 50ml
* Dermalogica Clearing Mattifier - 0.50 oz / 15ml
* Dermalogica Overnight Clearing Gel - 0.50 oz / 15ml
* Dermalogica Concealing Spot Treatment - 0.10 oz / 3ml
* Dermalogica Sebum Clearing Masque - 0.75 oz / 20ml

What the kit says:
For Acneic and Breakout-Prone Skin. Experience clearer skin faster! MediBac Clearing products work around-the-clock to actively treat, clear and prevent breakouts. Use MediBac Clearing morning and night as your complete acne-fighting system to maintain consistently clear, healthy skin.

I'd recommend a good anti-acne moisturiser to go with this. The eBayer who sold me this kit added in a sample of Dermalogica Oil Control Lotion which was pretty okay. I started on this Medibac regime last night. And lets catalogue my skin's reaction to the product:

Day 1 - 31st March 2009
Skin feels fresh and clean but maintains supple. Unlike products like Oxy and Clearasil and Neautrogena and Clinique, my skin experienced NO dryness. Acne has subsided a little (not fully cos they are still there).. but...no new appearance of acne. And the Concealing Spot Treatment is a little tinted so I could go to work without any make up.

Day 2 - 1st April 2009
Emm.. My neck and jawline acne is still very very obvious (no miracles huh?) and uh-huh... I'm now seeing zits popping out on my tummy! Okay... this is it... no more suspicious food... food allergy is not exactly a fun thing... its definitely burning a hole in my pocket! Oops... back to review on the Mediback Kit.. at least my face don't feel that itchy anymore.. and the kit is not killing my skin like how those industrial strength acne treatment does... lol..

Day 3 - 2nd April 2009
Still there. Acne not going away. Heck... at least there are no more zits popping out. And the old acne seems to be subsiding... real.... slowly.... lol.

Day 4 - 3rd April 2009
Reduced blackheads and whiteheads. But previous acne... still there.

Day 5 - 4th April 2009
Decided to check with doc on my allergy. Doc insists that I needed antibiotics to clear the already-there acne on the neck, back and tummy. He gave me the LOOK when I insisted on a no-go for oral medication. Heck... it feels stupid to think that I would need to put any pimple gel on my tummy to get rid of tummy acne... Eeeeeeeeek... So okay... I listen to the doc for now. But still... I think my daily regime found a new add-on - Medibac Clearing Mattifier. Nice cos' blackheads and whiteheads have hugely reduced even without any medication. hehhehheh...

Day 6 - 5th April 2009
Previous acne - check - still there.

Day 7 - 6th April 2009
Decided to add on DHC Acne Whitening gel to my daily regime for clearing up the red marks left by subsided acne. But acne on the neck area are still very much obvious.

Conclusion for this 1 week:
There are no miracles in this world that would cure severe acne in a matter of days! Not even laser! (Cos my beautician friend tried that) The Dermalogica Medibac range is really as good as everyone raved about. Its not a miracle cure, but... it does keep your skin in check with reduced blackheads, whiteheads and prevents formation of new acne. One thing I needed to add on though... this kit is only as good as it gets when purchased as a mini kit. Don't all of a sudden go and purchase the full bottled range in your effort to fight off acne. Its not gonna work and you'll just end up with super uncomfortable skin and a huge hole in your pocket.


  1. After 27 years of breaking out, I finally saw my allergist and was tested for food allergies. I found out I was allergic to 11 things. I have (almost) succesfully eliminated those from my diet (wheat is a hard one). And for the first time in 27 years, I am acne free without being on antibiotices or birth control. What a wonderful thing!

    Please - get your allergies tested. It really makes a difference!

  2. I think allergy kits help you to your problem.but thanks for the post.

  3. Thanks for the comments :p

    Yeah... I did check with my doc 8 years ago on allergy tests and I'm suppose to be eliminating all shellfishes and milk products from my diet. Both of which are really difficult to avoid if you come from KL. I'm even allergic to oyster sauce and prawn paste which is used in most local cuisines.. So, on the months which I do avoid these stuff.. I get acne free skin. (--)"

  4. Hey, just wondering how to go about getting my allergies tested and how long does it take. Ive been battling acne for 10 years now. since I was 14 and its getting increasingly worse.

  5. Hi Anonymous,

    Allergy tests are pretty quick and can be done below an hour depending on what tests you take. Ask any local GP and they'll know how to take you from there. The only thing that may keep you waiting is the tests results.

    The most common allergens are shellfishes, (yes, oyster sauce and shrimp paste/belacan too), milk, peanuts (I'm lucky cos I'm not allergic to nuts) and wheat.

    If you don't plan to take the tests, try a fortnightly to a monthly food segregation. Eg; avoid all shellfish containing food for 2 weeks to a month.. And see how things goes... Do the same with other possible allergens...

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  7. I'm glad that I never experienced food allergy acne. My sister does, so I can recommend these tips to her. Thanks for this information!

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