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What's the #FOBO Kit?

It’s what happens when teens with acne grow up to be PhDs, MDs, big-data scientists, and software engineers. When they join up, take a new look at old problems, and realize they could be addressing the causes of acne, not the symptoms.

After a few years and some hard work, they end up with six patents pending on a treatment that fights acne from the outside and inside. It uses a modern suite of probiotics, prebiotics, and postbiotics to balance the microbiome and purge the bacteria that cause breakouts. And it uses big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to personalize and continually optimize the treatment.

You messed with the wrong people, acne.

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Acne's a Bacteria

Yep. Cutibacterium acnes. About 700 million people, most between 12 and 28, are affected. During puberty, our hormones kick off a cascade of changes, one of which is sebum production. Sebum is a kind of oil the skin produces, and when it mixes with dead skin cells it’s a perfect pore clogger.

Those clogged pores are like a dinner buffet for C. acnes. They multiply, inflame the skin, and produce acne lesions (better known to you as pimples).

Yet another reason to hate puberty.

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Why the Microbiome Stuff Then?

Good question. Our microbiome is just the collection of bacteria in and on our bodies. Most of it’s good for us, helping to protect against germs, break down food for energy, produce vitamins, and develop our immune system. Sometimes our microbiome gets imbalanced, though. That’s called dysbiosis. It can happen both on the skin and in the gut.

Whether the ecosystem is a forest or your body, when one species grows too fast, it hurts the others. In the case of acne, dysbiosis in the skin causes C. acnes to get stronger and eventually outgrow the good guys. The imbalance in the gut increases inflammation throughout the body, which just makes the inflammation happening on the skin worse. Hellooo acne.

Why don't regular treatments work?

Did you know the last new treatment for acne was developed more than 60 years ago? NASA didn’t exist. Doctors thought smoking was healthy. The average house cost $13,000. Is this the era of medicine we should be trusting our skin to?

Go down the list—benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, antibiotics—they’re all short-term fixes with big-time side effects. They each address just one of the many causes of acne, so if they work at all it’s only for a short time. Then you’re stuck with the aftermath.

Benzoyl peroxide and retinoids dry out the skin like crazy. Which, yes, clears up that one pimple, but guess what the body does with dry, irritated skin? It makes the only lubricant it can: sebum. And the cycle repeats.

60% of people with acne have some level of antibiotic resistance. If you’re one of them, good luck trying antibiotics for persistent acne. And, antibiotics kill good bacteria too, further messing with your microbiome balance.


Accutane (isotretinoin) is another bad option. It has been associated with birth defects, depression, gastrointestinal disorders, nose bleeds, joint pain, and poor bone development. Yikes. It’s a last resort for a reason.

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How is Dermala Different?

Well, our solutions are newer than 60 years old. It’s amazing what you can accomplish with a modern understanding of the human microbiome, the gut-skin axis, DNA sequencing, and some data science.

Our acne-fighting regimen was developed by scientists at leading U.S. universities and perfected by experts in acne treatment. It fights all the causes of acne, not just one of them. It has been clinically tested, and approved by the FDA.

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What is the #FOBO Kit?

It’s a skincare personal assistant who knows you inside and out, and has everything you need:

SCANTILY Pad™ AM/PM Acne Treatment
CLEANSE with Benefits™ AM/PM Cleanser
SUPPLEMEANT to Be™ Daily Pre + Probiotic Mix
PATCH Me (If You Can)™ Targeted Pimple Patches
Each one is formulated with clean, natural ingredients, and a specific blend of pre-, pro-, and postbiotics. Which aren’t just buzzwords, by the way. Probiotics are the good bacteria themselves, prebiotics are their food, and postbiotics are the metabolites (a.k.a. body-beneficial compounds) they produce. Working together, they balance the microbiome by helping your good bacteria flourish, and keeping the bad bacteria in check.

Also, the #FOBO Kit is personalized to you. Throughout your skincare journey, you’ll track your progress with the Dermala Acne Tracker app (it’s free, app store, iOS/Android - you know the drill). As you share your results, it learns what works for your skin, and tweaks each month’s kit to keep up with you.

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#FOBO Product Highlight

SCANTILY Pad™ - AM/PM Acne Treatment

FDA-approved.* Personalized. Topical. Leave-on. Kind of a boring set of adjectives, but we’re more about exciting you with the results. Each pad is infused with a unique combination of our patented SE Microbiome Complex™, salicylic acid, and Aloe vera. The SE Microbiome Complex™ is a unique blend of Staphylococcus epidermidis pre- and postbiotics. That’s what kills the acne-causing bacteria and nourishes acne-fighting bacteria on your skin. The salicylic acid dissolves dead skin cells, which opens clogged pores and prevents new clogs from forming. Aloe vera soothes the skin and reduces inflammation. And the ratio between these ingredients is adjusted, month-to-month, based on your results.

Fewer, smaller, and less-severe pimples. No lame side-effects like inflammation, redness, peeling, or itching. Like we said, we’re about the results.

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CLEANSE
with Benefits™ - AM/PM Cleanser

Cleansers are a paradox: they have to clean away dirt and oil, but can’t over-dry the skin. Getting ours right took a pending U.S. patent on our SE Microbiome Complex™ that targets acne-causing bacteria and helps the acne-fighting strains to flourish. It also took natural plant oils, amino acids, vitamins, and a slightly acidic pH balance, because that’s what helps fight acne. (Typical cleansers have alkaline pH, which is actually associated with acne).

Break it all down and you’ve got a powerful cleanser, healthier skin, and less acne. Paradox solved.

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SUPPLEMEANT
to Be™ - Daily Pre + Probiotic Mix

You can’t just swallow a bunch of good bacteria and get a magically healthier microbiome. If a supplement doesn’t correctly balance a lot of different elements, you’re just *ahem* flushing it down the drain. Ours is an exclusive blend of:

Prebiotics - a combination of bacteriophages formulated to attack bad bacteria by destabilizing their cell walls (science!)
6.25 billion CFU of probiotics - species that have been specifically associated with reduction of inflammatory acne and improved skin health
Zinc - a natural antibiotic that has reduced acne severity in clinical trials
Vitamins – best vitamins to restore skin health after acne breakouts
Spinach extract - a super blend of antioxidants, vitamins, enzymes, and minerals that nurture the good bacteria


All those nutrients set up the probiotics to do their thing: optimize gut health, support your immune system, reduce the oiliness of your skin, bring down inflammation throughout your body, and most importantly, help kill off C. acnes.

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PATCH ME
(If You Can)™ - Targeted Pimple Patches

There are escape-artist pimples that no amount of skin nourishment or microbiome balancing can lock down. Fortunately, you’ve got back-up, in the form of our clear, drug-free, disposable patches. They vacuum up oil and pus, reduce inflammation, speed up healing, and prevent the bacteria from spreading.

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