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#FOBO Kit = Personal Acne Solution

Acne is a personal problem, which means it needs a personal solution. Your skin—and your microbiome that drives it—are as unique as you. That’s why we continually optimize and personalize your Dermala regimen to adjust with your skins needs! By tracking your progress with the Dermala Acne Tracker app, we'll be able to continually update your monthly #FOBO kit.

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Balance is the Key

Human cells are outnumbered 10 to 1 in your body by bacteria. That’s your microbiome, and acne happens when bad bacteria overpower the good. Restoring balance by strengthening good bacteria charts the way to clear skin.

Down With Oil, Long Live Moisture

It’s a vicious cycle: acne bacteria LOVE to multiply in oily skin but removing moisture just tells your body to make more oil. Break the cycle with our optimized cleanser that removes oil but keeps moisture in.

Never Plateau

Have you ever used an acne product that worked for a while, then stopped? Your skin gets used to the same old treatments and then they stop working. Like any great personal trainer, Dermala evaluates your results every month and continually optimizes your regimen. Buh bye plateaus!

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How It Works

TAKE THE QUIZ

Tell us about your acne so we can get a baseline of where you’re starting from and determine what products and treatment regimen are best for you.

Quiz Me

GET YOUR PERSONALIZED #FOBO KIT

Acne treatments are not a one-size-fits-all solution. You will receive a #FOBO (Fear of Breaking Out) kit unique to you, that attacks YOUR acne problems.

What's in my kit?

GET OUR APP AND TRACK YOUR PROGRESS

Download the Dermala Acne Tracker App and take your 'before' photo. Then check in with the app once a week to show how you’re doing.

RECEIVE YOUR OPTIMIZED #FOBO KIT EACH MONTH

Our experts will get to know you, track your progress, and optimize your next #FOBO kit based on your actual results. You’re on your way to clear skin!

Frequently Asked Questions

You’ve got questions? Well, we’ve got answers. Check below for some commonly asked questions.

1. Shipping

Your #FOBO kit will ship every 30 days. Shipping is always free for your #FOBO kit and you can cancel your plan at any time.

2. What is the microbiome and how does it make our products unique?

Our bodies have 10 times as many bacterial cells as human cells and these bacteria that live with us are necessary for our health. The bacteria train our immune systems, provide us with necessary vitamins, aid in digestion, and keep bad bacteria from overgrowing. Basically, we need the bacteria and the bacteria need us. Our SE Microbiome Complex and probiotics support the growth of the good bacteria while suppressing the growth of the bad bacteria that are associated with disease. Happy bacteria = happy us.

3. What makes my #FOBO kit personalized?

Acne is complicated and what works for one person, doesn’t work for everyone. On both our mobile app and website you can take a quiz to receive a personalized #FOBO kit based on your specific needs. Your acne treatment will differ based on details you give about your general skin characteristics and the type of acne you are experiencing. The app will then guide you through the treatment process, track any behaviors that might be leading to breakouts and recommend changes to optimize your results.

4. What is your return policy?

When starting a new acne treatment, it can take up to 8 weeks to see results, but if you don’t love our products, send us an email at FOBO@dermala.com and we will refund your order.

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Traveling this spring? Follow these simple skincare tips

When we go on vacation, our time schedules and routines get out of whack. Relaxing by the pool or exploring a new city is great for our mental health, but it’s not always great for our skin! Whether you’re traveling by car, by plane, or by train, follow these simple skin tips to avoid breakouts.

1. Hydrate with H20

During our travels, especially while on vacation, we tend to eat out, which often means ordering sugary foods/drinks (that includes alcohol, UGH). Foods and drinks with high glycemic indexes cause a spike of insulin levels, which trigger inflammation throughout the body. Bodily inflammation is correlated with skin inflammation, which can make acne worse. However, experts say we can minimize sugary effects by drinking water before or after we eat or drink something sugary. AND drinking water helps flush toxins out of the body while carrying nutrients to our skin cells. HELLO H20!

2. Moisturize

While it’s important to hydrate your skin from the inside, it’s important to hydrate it from the outside too. Topically hydrate your skin with a good moisturizer! We recommend moisturizing in the morning and at night. If you are about to hop on a plane, we suggest applying an intense moisturizer the night before to prepare your skin for the drying effects of flying high in the sky. Inside the cabin, the air is recirculated and can be extremely drying. Moist skin provides a strong barrier to keep harmful toxins and chemicals out.

3. Sunscreen

Whether you’re traveling to the warm and sunny tropics or to the cold and rainy mountains, always apply sunscreen. The sun is strong and its harmful UV light can penetrate clouds. Sunscreen helps keep our skin young and damage-free in all weather. Also, there are so many sunscreen varieties that have non-comedogenic properties which means they don’t clog pores. So, you have no excuse to skip on the sunscreen!

4. Control the oil

Traveling entails long hours on the go, so we recommend you bring some blotting sheets to control oil on your skin. Blotting sheets are affordable and can be bought at any beauty store and in skin care aisles in most grocery stores. Simply pull out a sheet and blot (gently tap) your T-zone or other oily areas for a quick skin refresher.

5. Prepare with TSA-friendly product sizes

As if the stress of traveling wasn’t enough, getting your beauty and skincare products taken away at airport security is the worst! Make sure your liquids, creams, aerosols, and gel products are in compliance with TSA guidelines, which means they must be in containers no larger than 3.4 ounces. Thankfully, the #FOBO Kit is all TSA and travel-friendly. The CLEANSE with Benefits AM/PM Cleanser is 3 fluid ounces, while the SCANTILY Pad AM/PM Acne Treatment, the SUPPLEMENT to Be Daily Pre + Probiotic Mix, and the PATCH Me (If You Can) Targeted Pimple Patches are all compact and perfect to take on the go.

So, as traveling can bring on the unexpected, expect great skin with these simple skin tips from Dermala!

 

 

 

Bedtime Buzz: Beat Breakouts

Use a gentle washcloth

If you wear makeup throughout the day, it is important to use a gentle washcloth or makeup remover to thoroughly remove any potential pore clogging materials. Using rough and abrasive materials on your skin can cause micro-tears to the skin’s surface, which are tiny tears in the skin. Micro-tears make the skin more vulnerable to its environment including bacteria, dirt, and pollution.

Cleanse

Before you get cozy in bed, make sure to cleanse your face (we suggest our amazing CLEANSE with Benefits AM/PM Cleanser). Benefits of cleansing your face before bed include:

  • Getting rid of dirt, oil, and bacteria that have built-up over the course of the day.
  • Allowing you to apply acne and skincare products to a clean base, making the treatments more effective.
  • Helping you wake up looking and feeling refreshed.
Keep a consistent treatment routine, if needed

Did you know it can take 6-8 weeks of consistent use of an acne treatment before signs of improvement are seen on the skin? This is why it’s important to include an acne treatment into your skincare routine if you commonly experience breakouts. With that being said, we recommend using Dermala’s personalized SCANTILY Pad AM/PM Acne Treatment! This product has Dermala’s SE Microbiome Complex, salicylic acid, and Aloe vera - Acne’s triple threat, which work together to unclog pores, kill acne-causing bacteria, and hydrate the skin! Together these ingredients not only fight current breakouts, but also prevent future breakouts. After cleansing, simply rub one pad all over your face in circular motions, followed by your favorite non-comedogenic moisturizer.

Moisturize

Lastly, don’t skip the moisturizer! Never forget to apply a moisturizer after cleansing your face and applying treatments, even if you have oily or acne-prone skin. Many people believe drying the skin will help their acne, but drying the skin can actually signal your body to produce more oil. Dry skin makes your skin appear dull, and leads to irritation. Moisturizers lock in moisture to keep skin hydrated and maintain proper barrier function, which are important factors for treating acne. The stronger the skin barrier is, the better the skin is able to tolerate treatments.

Change your pillowcase

Our skin already faces enough scary pollutants throughout the day, but don’t let it be introduced to even more bacteria at night! We suggest switching out your pillow case at least once a week. Pillow cases can hold bacteria, dirt, and oil which pose a threat to the skin, especially those with acne-prone skin. Also, we suggest using a silk pillow case because it is more gentle on the skin and hair than cotton. People even believe sleeping on silk pillowcases reduce wrinkles and helps the skin retain moisture! *GASPS*

Beauty sleep

Doctors suggest that young adults should sleep at least 7.5 to 8 hours a night. Our bodies, including our skin, rejuvenate and repair themselves in our sleep. In fact, sleep deprivation causes our bodies to release more of the stress hormone called cortisol, which is linked to inflammation in the body, including the skin. UGH!



Tired of spending money on face masks? DITTO

Buying face masks is like buying coffee in the mornings; it starts to add up! Thankfully, coffee and face masks can be made at home, which helps us save our hard earned coin. I’m sure most of us have spent money on all kinds of face masks (I know I have). Sheet masks can cost anywhere between two and ten dollars… and for only a one time use?! OUCH. That hurts the wallet (and the soul). Clay masks can have lots of added ingredients, which don’t always have the longest shelf life. That’s why we love these go-to DIY face masks; they are so simple, convenient, and affordable!

Oatmeal Mask: Best for all skin types

You’ll need:

  • 2 Tablespoons ground Oatmeal
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • ½ Banana

Oatmeal is a natural exfoliator and works best when paired with honey, which has antibacterial properties that help reduce inflammation. Mix two tablespoons of ground oatmeal (we recommend grinding oatmeal in a food processor) with one tablespoon of honey. Lastly, add in half a banana to create a pasty texture. Leave on your face for 10-15 minutes.

Baking Soda Mask: Best for acne-prone skin (especially blackheads)

You’ll need:

  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Warm Water

Baking soda is a physical exfoliant, and it can help fade acne scars and pigmentation. Additionally, baking soda helps absorb oil from the skin and dries out blemishes. Mix one tablespoon of water and one teaspoon of baking soda until you get a pasty consistency. Gently rub the mixture onto your skin, avoiding your eyes and mouth. Leave on your face for 10 minutes then gently remove using lukewarm water. It’s best to follow this mask with a hydrating, non-comedogenic moisturizer.

Avocado Mask: Best for dry, flaky skin

You’ll need:

  • ½ Avocado
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey

Avocados are full of biotin and Vitamin A, which are crucial nutrients for healthy skin, while honey helps to moisturize and brighten. Mash half an avocado with two tablespoons of honey until you achieve a pasty consistency. Leave mask on skin for 15 minutes or until hardened then gently remove with lukewarm water or a damp washcloth.

Egg White Mask: Best for oily skin

You’ll need:

  • 1 Egg White
  • ½ of a Lemon

Egg whites contain lots of protein that aid in tightening the skin and absorbing excess oils. The lemon juice has antibacterial properties and contains Vitamin C, which helps to brighten skin. Mix together one egg white and the juice from half a lemon. Gently apply a thin layer to your skin, avoiding your eyes and mouth. Leave on your face for 10 minutes, then gently wash it off with lukewarm water and pat your face dry.

If you have acne or acne-prone skin, it’s best to combine these DIY masks with a gentle cleanser, a daily acne treatment that unclogs pores and keeps your bacteria in check, and a daily moisturizer with SPF! If you’re wondering where to start, check out Dermala’s #FOBO Acne Treatment Kit that fights all causes of acne, without those unwanted side-effects.

Note: Before applying face masks make sure your face is clean and dry. For best results, apply a mask after washing your face with warm water or after taking a warm shower to open up your pores. Also, we recommend testing the face mask on a small test patch before applying to entire face.

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