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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


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


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?


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.


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 [email protected] and we will refund your order.


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But seriously... We know how tough it can be to get accurate info on skincare. We cut the fluff and tell you what actually works, based on science and customer experience.

Happier You, Happier Skin

It is way too easy to get caught up in our boring, daily routines. Sadly, due to our daily grinds of work or school most of us are relatively sedentary throughout the day and spend most of our time indoors. UGH, this is not fun or ideal. Science has proven that spending time outdoors and in nature is extremely beneficial for our overall health and well-being. Check out these scientifically proven reasons to make some HAPPY lifestyle changes:

First, spending time in nature improves cognitive (thinking and learning) functions! Studies have shown that walking outside improves short-term memory and spending time in nature improves attention span. Also, spending time outdoors can improve the ability to succeed in creative problem-solving tasks.

Second, immersing ourselves in nature can improve our mental health. According to several studies, a green environment improves self-esteem and mood. People suffering from anxiety and depression benefit greatly from natural environments, such as green forests. In fact, spending time in nature is a form of therapy that is often termed “green exercise”.

Third, physical activity, such as walking, is often a part of being outdoors, and, for this reason, blood pressure is often decreased. Healthy blood pressure reduces the risk of heart attack, heart failure, stroke, and kidney failure.

Lastly, natural sunshine increases VITAMIN D levels! Our skin absorbs sunlight, which produces Vitamin D. Vitamin D is necessary in promoting strong bone growth, while Vitamin D deficiency is linked to diseases such as colon cancer, breast cancer, and prostate cancer. Additionally, Vitamin D also contributes to skin cell growth, repair and metabolism, which keeps our skin’s immune system in check!

Remember, though that excessive sun exposure is not good, so every time you head outdoors protect your skin with a good sunscreen. For your face, we recommend a sunscreen that is labeled as non-comedogenic, which means it doesn’t clog your pores.

If you're having trouble maintaining a clear complexion make sure to check out Dermala's #FOBO Kit on our website. We are always here to help you live your best skin, blemish free.

So, spend some time outdoors and get in touch with nature because happy skin starts with a happier you!  

Is exercise good for your skin?

Some research suggests it only takes 21 days to form a habit. Imagine implementing healthy exercise habits in your everyday routine. Okay NGL, it sounds daunting and pretty terrible. But, imagine setting aside at least thirty extra minutes a day to focus on YOU and your well being. Exercise could even improve your skin. The benefits are endless, but here are just a few:

1. Improvement of Gut Health...SAY WHAT?!

The human gastrointestinal tract contains a wide variety of bacteria and microorganisms, some good and some bad. The human microbiome is the genetic material of all the microbes, including bacteria (both the good and the bad), that live in and on the human body. So, it makes sense that a healthy microbiome is key for immunity and the body’s overall health status. Recent studies suggest that exercise can increase the number of beneficial bacterial species in our gut. More good bacteria = less toxins from the bad bacteria = less inflammation throughout the body = happier skin = happier YOU.

2. Blood Flow Cleanse

Exercise induces blood flow… to the skin! More blood flow to skin cells means an increase in oxygen and nutrients to the cells. As skin cells become revitalized, cellular debris is flushed away. Talk about a simple skin hack, and this time from the inside out.

3. Sweat It Out!

If you’re working up a sweat during your workout, your skin can thank you. Let’s be real, sweating isn't always our idea of a good time, but there are benefits to sweating. Sweating on the face unclogs pores of dirt and debris. Just make sure to wash your face afterwards with a gentle cleanser so you don’t leave unwanted bacteria, and pore-clogging dirt and sweat hanging around. BUHHHBYEE clogged pores.

4. Reduces Stress Levels

Stress is the worst. As if having a million errands to run and responsibilities wasn’t bad enough, the harm stress causes to your body is just the cherry on top. Several studies have proven that acne severity is correlated with increasing stress levels. However, exercise is a great way to combat stress levels. Exercise increases the production of endorphins in the brain, which are chemical signals that are responsible for making us “feel good.” Basically, high endorphin levels are the key to feeling amazing! Who knew chemistry could actually be so cool? 

5. Increases Energy

Exercising regularly improves the efficiency of your cardiovascular system. As your cardiovascular system improves, tissues in your body have more oxygen and nutrients. More oxygen and nutrients increases muscle strength and endurance. Since your body won’t have to work as hard to carry out simple bodily functions, you will have more energy throughout the day to do everything you WANT to do.

6. AND…. It can be FUN?!

Do something that’s down your alley. There are so many different ways to exercise. Maybe you love to dance on the weeknds for a girls night out, so try taking a dance class. Or maybe you need some Zen in your life...or some more Zen people in your life (we could all benefit from some more positive and chill vibes) so try yoga. The options really are endless, and how cool would it be to take up a hobby and actually get good at it. Imagine that...


Busy? Try to slip these clear skin tips into your schedule

Let’s face it. Life can be incredibly crazy and stressful sometimes. With balancing school, internships, work, family and friends, finding time to properly care for your skin and health can seem impossible, but it’s important to remember that self-care should be made a priority in your everyday life. Putting your health first ensures that you have the energy, mindset and confidence to give your best at everything you do. Here are a few tips and tricks for keeping your skin healthy and clear during these hectic times.

Remove your makeup and wash your face

After a long, busy day, nothing sounds better than some Netflix and chill followed by immediately passing out on your bed. However, taking the extra five minutes to remove your makeup and wash your face before bed is so important for your skin. Removing the dirt, oil, and environmental toxins that accumulate on your face throughout the day will help to keep your pores unclogged, which is an important step for preventing breakouts. Not all cleansers are made the same, though. Harsh cleansers can actually lead to an increase in oil production, disruption of the skin barrier, irritation and breakouts, so look for a cleanser that will clean the skin without stripping it dry. And, if you’re feeling extra energetic, follow cleansing with a treatment or toner and some moisturizer!

 Get enough sleep

Sleep is not only essential for proper health and development, but studies also suggest that a lack of sleep can affect skin health as well. When your body is stressed, such as from a lack of sleep, it produces more of the stress hormone, cortisol. Increased cortisol levels cause an increase in inflammation, and interfere with DNA repair, which can worsen your acne and disrupt skin barrier function. Not getting enough shut eye can also affect your mood, make it hard to concentrate, and increase moodiness and psychological distress. Even though everyone knows sleep is important, one third of young adults are not getting the hours of zzz’s they need every night. So, no matter how tempting it is to cram in that last-minute studying or scroll through those last few posts on Instagram, make it a priority to get enough shut eye each night.

Try to keep a (mostly) healthy diet

When you’re busy and stressed, junk food tends to look even more appetizing than usual. However, foods high in sugars, unhealthy oils and fats lead to feelings of sluggishness, mental fatigue and increased inflammation, and this unbalance tends to show itself on the skin. So, while it’s tempting to eat easily-available, processed foods during those busy weeks, remember to try and make it a priority to include some wholesome grains, fresh vegetables and lean proteins into your diet that will energize and fuel your body to help you tackle that to-do list.

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